Review: Stay Close by Alexa Riley

Reviewed by Shelly

If you’ve not read anything from the duo that is Alexa Riley you’re missing out. Okay, well that might be a little strong but they’re a fun read. My only warning is make sure you keep your expectations low and here’s why. I think they have a plug and play template. I read this story after reading book 3 in their ‘For You’ series.

This is a novella with insta-love and is book one in the series. The heroine is a virgin. The hero is her bodyguard and is not a virgin. The ‘friend’s young daughter’ thing mentioned in the blurb should have deterred me because I find May/December romance to be…well, let’s just say I’m not a fan. Ivan, of the indeterminable age, grew up in the Russian mob. He was able to get out because of some snitching and ended up working for twins Penelope and Pandora Justice’s parents.

After eighteen year-old Penelope sees her new bodyguard, Ivan, for the first time she knows she can save him. From what I’m not sure but that’s not important right now. Actually it never becomes important. Once Ivan sees the young sweet thing that is Penelope, he knows he can protect her. Protect her from what I have no idea but that’s not important right now.

What’s important is the immediate attraction that quickly develops into love. Too bad, so sad for me that I didn’t really develop any kind of like for either character. I actually thought the relationship between the twins was much better than the one between the hero and heroine.

The romance didn’t make sense because the bodyguard character moved too fast. What friend would accept a mature man messing with their young impressionable daughter so easily and quickly?

There’s some attempt at staying away from each other but that lasted a whole day and then it’s off to the races. Love and sex are not far off. I think I’ll skip book two.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: C

Click to purchase: Amazon

Stay Close
by Alexa Riley
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press

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