Stay Close (For You #1) by Alexa Riley Review

Stay Close (For You #1)

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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.

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4.5 stars

I really liked this book. I struggled a bit with their other full length books. But this one hit all the spots for me! This book had all the things I love in an Alexa Riley book. It was swoon worthy… there was some Insta love going on and the most important thing… it was super hot!!

Ivan had a rough time growing up. He had to do a lot of things he didn’t want to to do in order to survive. He got out of his situation just in time. He was able to change his life around with the help of Osbourne Corp International.
Penelope (the daughter of Ryan and Paige from the His Alone book) needed a new security guy. Penelope wasn’t to happy to get a new guy following her around. But once she laid eyes on Ivan. She knew he was different. She felt this pull towards him. As he felt it too.

“but 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. An innocence I shouldn’t want but crave. Something so pure and untouched like nothing I’ve ever known before.”

I like how they didn’t just pounce on each other right away. Even though they wanted each other so bad. And yes they got together fast too. They still took their time.

“I know that I’ve never experienced love before and that the feelings I have now for you are unlike anything I’ve felt before. My soul was bound to yours the first time we touched. If that is love, then I love you, Penelope. But it feels like more than that. More than one word.”

Penelope told and showed Ivan that he would always be wanted by her. That she would be his family.

“I love you, Ivan.” She touches my cheek and smiles so sweetly at me. “My heart is in your hands, krasotu.”

I loved the Ryan/Ivan scene! Oh man… confronting daddy that he loved his little girl is never easy! But Ivan handled it perfectly! I loved it!

This was a good read! I can’t wait for Pandora’s story!!

*ARC provided by Carina Press Via Netgalley*

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About The Authors
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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

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