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Ria is a spiritual artist and lacks grounding in the "real world." One day, at a hardware store, she meets a sexy-as-sin younger man who seems to have the hots for her. But he keeps her hidden from the world and refuses to even kiss her. Whenever she comes too close, he has an anxiety attack. Ria is understandably more than a little confused...
Reviews for Ria's Healing
This story has touched my heart so deeply!
Ria is a spiritual artist whose head is mostly absent in other dimensions. She has spirit guides with which she parties in her studio and when she holds conversations, half of it happens in her head, so following her responses can be a bit of a challenge for people who talk to her. Her hair is as colourful as her creativity and her spiritual beliefs do not incorporate the typical kind of Christian concept of God. Until she meets Jordan and believes him to be God at first. Then she wants nothing more but to paint his behind. Yes, all of him from the rearview. And don't get me started on her verbal reaction to him!
Jordan has had a difficult childhood. His father left the family early on and his mother, stricken with grief, turned to the bottle to cope with the pain, leaving Jordan to fend for himself for the most part. But Jordan has been successful in turning his adversities into strength and has built himself a stripper empire, owning his own nightclub in Manhattan and being world-famous. Women pay enormous amounts of money to spend time with him, not only with him dancing.
When he meets Ria, however, in a hardware store of all places, his old demons rise to the surface, however, and he suddenly experiences an anxiety attack. This is how these two completely different characters form an unlikely alliance and friendship that turns to love. If only there wasn't the problem with Jordan fretting over being too good in bed, fearing it could destroy all they have between them.
When you hear male stripper, you probably first think of Magic Mike. I did. I expected something similar, although with a lot more depth, knowing the author's style already. But then, it all comes completely different. This book had me laughing out loud, rooting for the two, groaning in agony and suspense and yes, I was in tears as well.
The characters came to life off the pages and I so felt for them that I couldn't help but really live in this story. I felt for Ria and Jordan, laughed, cried and fretted with them. There were such tender moments and such great acts of friendship as we meet the characters from Book 1, Izzy's Law, of The BFF Diaries series again. One of Izzy's men, Yann, actually plays an important role in this story as well, which also moved me deeply.
The unforeseen twists and characters kept me on my toes and turning the pages. I am amazed at and impressed with the author's sensitivity and knowledgeable handling of the subject of mental health issues without making it too depressing and dark. She shines a light on taboo subjects and lets them shine not in their negativity but ultimately brings a positive lesson learned and a "Night of the Soul" turns into bright daylight.
If you ever need a pick-me-up and a story that will make you believe in the rainbows at the end of the dark thunderstorms of life, this author is a definite go-to. No matter, how unique and eccentric a character is, she shows the positive aspects of a person, their strengths and a good influence on the people in their lives. She also showcases how supportive friendships can help a person reach their full potential and develop a belief in and love for themselves. Ria, Izzy and Lucia are the best BFFs I've yet come across in romantic literature. They are real, all different but complement each other perfectly. And their mutual support is exemplary.
Ria's Healing is an amazing read and it also makes sense why this is not a reverse harem but a one-on-one story. But read it for yourself and thank me later!
Hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 five stars for Ria!
I loved this book. The beginning had me all cracking up laughing 😆. I could so relate to Ria:
“My fingers are already itching with the need to paint him. Before I can lose momentum and clam up again, I have verbal diarrhoea and spill all my thoughts out unfiltered...”
This could have been me. Verbal diarrhoea. 🤣
Tirza Schaefer expertly manages to combine positive elements like humour true friendship, trust and sexual tension before plunging us into the abyss of Jordan’s battered and abused, anxiety-ridden mind. She then gently takes us on a healing process that wasn’t only a revelation for the characters, but also for me.
I loved the multiple layers of meaning, the understanding of the human psyche and the energies involved, showing them as colours of the soul.
Going full circle, the end is full of love, positivity and steamy release. Tirza Schaefer, thank you for the happy end 💖
Finishing this book left me in a state of bliss that simply made me feel good all over. Deserved five stars!
J.C. Seal, Author
Talk about anticipation!
Jordan is a man with heavy baggage and Ria was just the right woman to lift it from his arms.
A charming read.
Gina Salamon-Casto, Author & Editor
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I totally fell in love with Ría and Jordan. The opening chapters when they meet at a hardware store are SO funny.
‘I need to screw...I mean a screwdriver!’
I was laughing my ass off. Both characters are so well developed and are so intricate I fell in live with both. This is an opposites attract novel and I am rooting for them until the end.
I love that the characters don’t jump into bed right away, the author teases us for awhile before giving us a good finale. That’s one of the things I liked about the novel the most. The growing connection and anticipation. Love this series.
Lyndsay Whitlock, Author
Wow! Now this, I didn't see coming at all.
After the family-oriented and pragmatic Izzy (Izzy's Law, Book 1 of The BFF Diaries), which was a reverse harem with three men, Ria's Healing is quite a change. A slow burn, one-on-one romance with a very deep topic. Anxiety. And it's not Ria who suffers from it. It's the man she falls in love with, the stripper (although she doesn't know he's a world-famous stripper) Jordan. And Jordan is literally scared out of his wits to have sex with Ria. This story starts with a hilarious first encounter when Ria thinks, Jordan is God and wants to paint screw him. Or paint him. Well, she is a bit out of this world but in a really cute way. And she has the biggest heart you can imagine.
I loved this book because the author is not afraid to go into the darker recesses of a man's mind with a traumatic past. But it's not overly dark and there is, of course, a happy ending. Still, I would have loved to have a little more action on Ria's side because I was so taken by this lovely spiritual artist that I wanted more of her.
I am happy to report that I took the liberty to reach out to the author and she was so kind as to reply and told me, we will see more of Ria in Book 3, Reyna, which is not yet published but there will be a lot more to come. I can't wait to read more of this series. From what the author shared with me, it's going to be hotter, deeper and with more men, too. Ria is going to be the only one-on-one romance in the series but Tirza Schaefer explained that Ria needs a lot of peace and quiet to be creative and having to concentrate on more than one man in the worldly realm would just be too much for her.
And Jordan has had his wild times. He's fed up with being surrounded by women who just want in his panties and Ria is the only one he feels at peace with and really seen. Until he tries to have sex with her, that is. But find out for yourself! Definitely a great book!
And check out the author's website. There are some great videos on The BFF Diaries page as well. Love that website, anyway. It's brilliant. You can see Tirza Schaefer's love and devotion to her craft for sure!
Tuari Eagleswing, Reader
A great read!
After meeting the main character Ria, in "Izzy's Law", the previous book in this series, I was really looking forward to hearing her story. I certainly haven't been disappointed. Tirza writes so movingly, Ria and Jordan's love story, overcoming so much together to achieve their happiness.
Just wonderful, and full of compassion as well as beautifully written sensuous and passionate love scenes. Looking forward to the next in this lovely series. Many thanks!
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This is a deeply emotional book. Jordan has huge problems stemming from his childhood causing anxiety when he meets Ria. Jordan is a god to women and Ria is his goddess. No one is better fitting than these two characters.
I loved the humor and the emotional ride. Ria has a wonderful personality and is a fantastic character.
Kim Kurtz, Reader