Series: The Insiders #1
Genres: New Adult
Setting: Chicago, IL
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: Fallen Fourth Down, Fallen Crest University, Anti-Stepbrother, Cole, Eye Candy, The Boy I Grew Up With, Bennett Mafia, Teardrop Shot
Bailey is as normal as could be, with a genius IQ and a photographic memory. But still, normal for her. Then, things happen—a guy breaks into her house in the middle of the night to take her hostage. She finds out her father is actually billionaire tech genius Peter Francis, the same guy she’s idolized all her life. She learns all this when she meets dark, mysterious, and electrifying Kashton Colello. He’s an associate of her father’s, and he gives Bailey two choices—go with him and meet her father or survive on her own because those kidnappers are going to try again. It’s a no-brainer.
After this, three things become clear for Bailey:
1. She’s living at her father’s sprawling estate, complete with bodyguards and the best security that money can buy.
2. She’s no longer an only child. She has three siblings and has no idea what to do with them and vice versa.
3. She is being guarded by Kash himself. Personally guarded. And there is a lot of guarding going on there and some of it is going to drive her crazy.
A complete outsider in a world of wealth and decadence, Bailey has to find her way within a family that has more secrets than she could have imagined. One of these secrets could be deadly…
The Insiders is the story of a young woman who discovers her life has been a lie. Her father isn’t the dead, decorated military man she thought, but instead the man she has idolized from afar. And now, being his daughter is going to get her killed if she isn’t careful.
The story has all the elements I enjoy about a Tijan book: a little angsty tension between the leads, some drama llama, and a quick pace. I am curious to see where she takes this series. Its a bit more mature/darker than her Fallen Crest series, but not quite as dark as her mafia series, so I think there is going to be a lot of broad appeal in The Insiders. I liked Bailey-she is a genius (literally) and has a good head on her shoulders. She isn’t mean or catty. Kash, the hero, is a classic brooding protector (and I’m totally down with that) and he is all about the job (protecting Bailey) but is totally in love.
This is book 1 in a trilogy, so there is an open ending, but it kind of felt anticlimatic. It was almost like it just sort of…stopped. Normally when I read a book in a known duet or trilogy, there is some major THING at the end of the early books, but The Insiders didn’t feel that way. It felt like a to be continued more than a cliffhanger; honestly, I think this was better for me since I don’t really like cliffhangers.
- POV: 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: bodyguard, secret family
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »The Insiders ends with a sort of TBC feel so I’m not calling it yet « Hide Spoiler