Paige’s Review – Stay Close (For You #1) by Alexa Riley

I love Alexis Riley and their short instant love romances. The book hit the instant love piece but needed another element. ~ Paige, Guilty Pleasures 

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.

The queens of short stories have created another cute read. Stay Close is your typically AR short story. It’s the story of Penelope Justice. A twin daughter of Ryan and Paige from His Alone (For Her series #2). Since they were brought up in this book, I’m hopeful we’ll get stories about her sister Pandora and their cousin Henry next.

Paige and Ivan’s love happened as quickly as her parents. There’s only a brief hiccuping these characters and their relationship but they were able to overcome over come that pretty quickly.

While I enjoyed this book I’m left wanting more. I wanted more of Ivan’s story. How did he became involved with Ryan and Paige? What secrets lied between these 3 characters?

Both girls have been guarded their entire life but we weren’t given any element of a threat or why they needed guards. I felt that it was missing any sort of drama or suspense.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

3.5 stars

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