Series: For You #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Hold Tight, Don’t Go
Also by this author: Shielding Lily, Roping The Virgin, The Wanted Virgin, The Virgin Cowboy, Halloween Treats, Stealing Christmas, Pulling Her Trigger, Beauty and the Biker, Everything for Her, Her Touch, His Princess, Stolen Princess, Claimed Princess, Forbidden Princess, His Alone, Beauty in Winter, Hold Tight, Thankful For Her, Flight Risk, Kingpin, Don’t Go , Claimed
A former Russian mafia soldier is hired to protect a friend’s young daughter, but he knows he’ll do more than keep her safe–he’ll make her his. Forever.
If she were to simply whisper my name, I would be at her feet, begging to touch what I shouldn’t, taste what doesn’t belong to me, run my hands along the sweet innocence she taunts me with.
Penelope Justice is eighteen, old enough to graduate high school but—according to her parents—not old enough to live without 24/7 security. Practice has made her an expert at ditching her bodyguards. One look at Ivan and she never wants to run again.
I’ve been hired to protect her.
I can’t help but think that perhaps someone should have protected her from me.
Ivan steals the breath right out of her lungs, something no boy has ever done. Then again, he’s far from a boy. This man, this man who looks like he could kill someone with the flick of a wrist, is everything. He is her future.
I can’t let her go and I won’t give her up. I’ve done bad things in my life, and I don’t deserve her. But I can’t do the honorable thing.
I’ve never been noble, and I’m not starting now.
Stay Close is a novella that gives you what you expect from Alexa Riley: short, sappy, instant love! If you don’t like that kind of thing, this isn’t the book for you. But, if you are like me, you gobble up AR books and you will love this!
Penelope is the daughter of Ryan and Paige from His Alone. She has a twin sister, Pandora, that she is very close to as well. She has grown up seeing the love between her parents and she can’t wait to have that kind of affection. She is the kind, caring sister. She is soft and thoughtful where Pandora is a bit more like her mom! Penelope is 18 and finishing her last year of high school when her parents bring Ivan in to be her new guard. Its love at first sight!
Ivan had a tough childhood and feels that he isn’t deserving of Penelope. But, he loves her and goes all alpha! These two have a super fast courtship and their relationship moves at light speed. There is no hidden danger or threat in this story; the entire plot is around the development of the relationship between Penelope and Ivan.
Short, sweet, and over the top have become the keystone of Alexa Riley and Stay Close is no different! It was neat to see the kids of characters I loved in the past, and am looking forward to Pandora and (hopefully) Henry’s books as well!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: Insta-love
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »of course; 2 epilogues « Hide Spoiler
Books by Jennika Snow, Dani Wyatt, Fiona Davenport, SE Hall…then you will probably like Stay Close!
I actually hadn’t heard much of this author. I love short sappy novellas. Might have to give her books a go. Great review!
I have yet to try out an Alexa Riley though I continue to buy them all. I really need to get my butt in gear and try some out. Thanks for continuing to school me on all things AR. I love reading your reviews!
AR is my guilty pleasure!
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