Stay Close (For You)

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Stay Close (For You)

Ever wonder what happened to the progeny of Ryan "Captain" Justice and Paige Turner? Well this answers half of that question. While not as long and not as dirty as her parents story, the insta love between Penelope and Ivan was still a hot read.

Penelope is only eighteen and is very emotive compared to her twin. She enchants everyone who meets her but Ivan is the one enchanting her. Hired to protect their daughter, Ivan is torn between his duty to the job and his duty to his heart. Guess which he chooses?

Like all books by this author-duo, I inhaled the story of Penelope and Ivan. While scary to all he encounters, Ivan becomes a marshmellow (albeit a deadly one) for Penelope. One of the reasons for my love of Alexa Riley books is the uber alphas who will do anything for the one woman who can own their heart. We need more of that today in this world of selfish metrosexuals. Ivan is a sterling example of that fantasy man and Penelope, while young, isn't bulldozed by him. She makes him work for it. A little.

A great addition to the series that is still growing.

Book Blurb for Stay Close (For You)

New York Times and #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley returns with Stay Close, the first novella in a brand-new series spinning off from the bestselling For Her books.  

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.  


This book is approximately 23,000 words  


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Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2017 4.50