I’ve read Alexa Riley’ work before and she always brings the fun. This time it’s in novella form about a young curvy model who gets hired by a rich hedge fund owner (aren’t they all?) for a lingerie ad campaign for a new investment company. Coming back from vacation with her family, Cali Carr gets a call from her manager/agent about an upcoming job. Little does she know that she’s been requested by Flynn Long who after seeing her picture now has a… what I would call ‘stalker’ thing for her.
This is quick read that takes place in a very short time frame. I can’t say it wasn’t good, but then again I had some hesitation about Flynn ‘me Jane you Tarzan’ and Cali ‘okay’ with whatever Flynn said. What I didn’t like about Flynn’s behavior – he was too basic – a bunch of grunts and moans, and he just came off as a rutting bull to me. And Cali – for a girl with her v-card, she thought Flynn’s brutish behavior was perfectly acceptable. After spending the night at Flynn’s house, she wakes up to a locked, from the outside, door and is agreeable to Flynn’s excuse – “I didn’t want you to leave” excuse.
Like I said, this is a quick read and there’s not a lot of either character or plot development. I think there was opportunity because Cali seemed to be a bright, friendly, and ambitious young woman, so it kinda threw me when she was so accepting of Flynn’s outlandishness. But I should have suspected something when she willingly accepted the hotel room at the Waldorf Astoria so easily. I’m not sure about Flynn’s story. There’s nothing about his personality that’s really revealed other than his ‘need’ and obsessive behavior for Cali once he sees her picture.
The epilogues (yes more than one), not the sexy times, brought this back from a lower rating for me.
Happy reading folks!
*ARC provided by author
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Alexa Riley
Release Date: March 1, 2016