This is definitely an Alexa Riley read - it's sweet, a bit over the top, and nothing but pure sugary spice.
That said, it is pretty much cotton candy with little conflict and next to no drama. Sure, Ivan works for her parents and Penelope's kinda young, but it's all as nothing in the face of true love. Speaking of nothing, not much happens over the course of this book. I would have liked to see a bit more character development, and it would have been nice if more had happened other than insta-love and lots of steam, but on the other hand, too much reality does interfere with the sweet sweet escapism. Perfect if you're looking for a quick, sweet read to revive hope that dreams can come true and love does conquer all.
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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