Every Little Piece of Me (Orchid Valley #1) by Lexi Ryan


Every Little Piece of Me, a sexy, standalone second-chance romance in the all-new Orchid Valley series, by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Lexi Ryan, is live!


It’s not every day you’re invited to your wife’s wedding . . . as a guest.

The first time I saw Brinley Knox, she was crying, draped in a ridiculous pink tulle dress for her sweet sixteen, and cursing the boy who’d broken her heart.

I was the hired help, a teenage charity case.

She was the daughter of the wealthiest family in Orchid Valley.

I knew a girl like Brinley was off-limits. That didn’t stop me from kissing her. Or from promising that if she were ever mine, I’d never let her go.

The last time I saw Brinley, she was sleeping, tangled in the sheets of my Vegas penthouse, my diamond glittering on her finger.

I returned three hours later to an empty bed, the ring on the dresser, and a goodbye note.

We haven’t spoken in the six months since, but I’m not the kind of guy who’d file for a divorce he doesn’t want.

Until I got this damn invitation, it never occurred to me that Brinley didn’t remember our impulsive Vegas nuptials.

It’s time to return to Orchid Valley and remind the bride-to-be that I’m a man who keeps his promises.


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I run the water cold and brace myself on the sink.

Everything is okay. This is just one moment. Inhale and exhale, and move your way through it.

Once my breathing evens out, I splash cold water on my face and blot it dry with a paper towel. I’m definitely overreacting. There are a thousand reasons he could be in town and want to talk to me alone. Thousands of reasons that don’t begin with the words “You’re the love of my life. Please don’t marry anyone else.”

Because I’m almost positive I don’t want to hear those words. Mostly.

When I step out of the bathroom, Marston is waiting there, leaning against the wall across from the ladies’ room, arms folded, jaw twitching with aggravation. The picture of tall, dark, and pissed off.

When Marston sets his mind to something, he gets it, and tonight, apparently that something is talking to me alone.

“Sorry.” I smooth down my pencil skirt. “That vodka didn’t sit right.” I turn toward the main room.

He catches me around the waist and spins me so fast that I’m trapped between the wall and him before I can blink. “Give me one minute.” He braces his hands above my head and leans forward.

I swallow hard. Not because I’m scared. Marston’s never scared me. But looking up at him when he’s this close is stirring up all kinds of memories. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to look at him without part of me wishing for the future I longed for at sixteen. I place a firm hand on his chest. “I don’t think this is a good idea.”

“Was Vegas a joke to you?”

Of all the questions I expected him to ask, that wasn’t anywhere on the list. “What? Of course not. Vegas was . . .” Hot. Impulsive. Crazy. Amazing. Wild . . . everything.

He dips his head until his lips hover right above mine. “Don’t you dare call it a mistake,” he growls, his warm breath tickling my skin.

I ache to close the distance between our mouths, ache to feel his kiss again. I’d never call Vegas a mistake. Maybe I should, but I can’t.

“Fuck, you smell so good. I couldn’t get the smell of you out of my mind for weeks after you left me that damn note. Do you know how crazy that made me?”

My hand is still against his chest. If I pushed, he’d back off. He’d give me the space to clear my head. But when he shifts his mouth from above mine to my ear, I don’t want to push him away. I want to pull him back. “Marston—”

“Is this why you sent me that invitation? Did you want me to come here and remind you what it’s like between us? How it feels when we’re close?” In a breath, he has me pinned against the wall again, and his mouth crushes against mine.

Fireworks explode in my stomach. All at once, the floor is falling out from under me and I’m floating.

The kiss doesn’t last long—I don’t let it. I tear my mouth away before it can swallow me whole.

I shove him back, my lips tingling. “You can’t do that.” The kiss was everything I remembered, everything that’s missing when I kiss Julian. Everything I’ve been trying to convince myself I don’t need.


Every Little Piece of Me by Lexi Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’ve been following my reviews or me, for any length of time, you might now Lexi Ryan is one of my favorite humans. I don’t have that many so do with that info what you will …. But that really has zero to do with why I am always in awe when I read one of her books. She’s talented with the words. That’s why I’m in awe. She hits me in all the right #feels every.single.time. There have been times where I may not have liked where she took a story but that’s on me. She is incredible at layering her stories with the exact amount of timing and pace a story needs to unfold perfectly. She is the queen of character growth and maturity in a story. No one can touch her skills when it comes to twisting stories into pretzels that keep you blinking and guessing to the very end. Not in any kind of dark way, more like in a deeply emotionally investing kind of way.

I have never not loved a town/family/series/individual/all the things in a Lexi Ryan world She is imaginative and creative and thorough and again, a wizard with words. Her story-lines are meaningful and fill of purpose. Her plot-lines are intertwined into a story perfectly. Her characters are relatable and realistic. There is always at least a few AH HA! and a few more wait, what now? (lol) moments in her story-lines so they are never mundane or boring. They are fresh and unique in a way only Lexi can bring to life.

Brinley and Marston have history. History that is not all rainbows and gumdrops. At this point I should tell you it’s really a very good idea for you to download Every Little Promise before you read this book. It’s a prequel to this story and it will give you the history to understand how Brinley and Marston got to where they are today.

Man, you guys, I want to tell you SO much about this story but …. *sigh* This might be Lexi’s best work kids and I’m not even going to tell you a little bit about why LOL Okay, maybe one thing … Brinley and Marston both are going to camp out in your heart and never leave. Neither one perfect, both with faults they bring into this tale that will endear them to you. Everyday people you could be friends/family with. There’s struggles and your struggles. I walked in the shoes of this story easily. I’ve always been able to do that to some degree with Lexi’s stories, but this one was a step above the rest. That may be because it’s the introduction to a series so everything is vivid and new and exciting, but I think it’s a lot more that she created characters I not only can root for, but want to root for and cheer and applaud and do all the things! GAH!

I don’t think I have ever looked forward to a series by Lexi as I am this series. This book not only had its story, but it also began the story of Orchid Valley and I am stoked!!

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Meet The Author

Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. A former academic and English professor, Lexi considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.

Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website: www.lexiryan.com


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