From New York Times bestselling author Alexa Riley, a friends-to-lovers romance that will bring you the happily-ever-after you’ve been waiting for
Jordan Chen is the man behind the screen. As part of the elite security team for Osbourne Corporation, he has an iron grip on protection, all without having to make close connections with people. Until he meets the beautiful Jay, and suddenly his quiet life doesn’t seem so perfect anymore. He needs more. He needs her.
A workaholic to her core, Jay Rose doesn’t have a lot of men in her life. Smiling in the face of her enemies gets her the results she wants at work, but doesn’t exactly project a warm, welcoming vibe. So she’s surprised when the enigmatic security expert strikes up a friendship with her—surprised but flattered, and maybe a little bit turned on.
A company as powerful as Osbourne Corporation has powerful enemies, and when Jay becomes a target, Jordan realizes there’s nothing he won’t do to bring her home safe.
This book is approximately 95,000 words
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Jordan and Jay were such a cute couple! We got the overly possessive, stalking Hero in Jordan that Alexa Riley is known for but he was also a bit shy at first. I was surprised to see our main couple have a normal, fumbling and nervous start to their relationship. They were adorable!
I'm not sure if shy is the right word I should use for Jordan. His and Jay's start to their relationship had him come off as the IT nerd who can't make a complete sentence in front of Jay, which puts him in the friend zone at first. In the background we get that protective but stalkerish Hero we all expect from AR. He's in IT, he's got access to everything. Enough said.
Jay comes off as the confident one until Jordan makes the move out of the friend zone. Then Jay becomes the nervous klutz and it was adorable! Their first date should have been a complete disaster but all Jordan cares about is being with Jay. Once Jay gets threatened, then his caveman really comes out!
I've always wanted longer books from this author. This is my first full length book of Alexa Riley and it didn't disappoint! I have not read the first two books in the series...yet, but you don't need to to be able to read this one. They are all standalone books that carry over some of the same characters. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Creepy, stalkery behavior by “hero”
Long story short, multiple instances where the hero uses his abilities and privileges as an IT guy at their company to accesses information about the heroine and/or hack her system without her knowledge or consent. Very creepy and not okay. Boundaries and consent need to be respected.
Hysterically sweet and exciting
Book starts off with a really cute, awkward friendship where poor Jacob feels stranded in the friend zone and Jay doesn’t realize she’s all he wants. As the pair attempts to move from friend zone to forever their attempts go hysterically awry! I laughed so hard at some of these moments. The story had all of the classic Alexa Riley over the top alpha romance that we love but this one went a step further with the action. I was really surprised by that! The story picked up and became dangerous and exciting. Felt like the authors pushed their typical boundaries for that and I totally loved it and hope they write more stories like it! We get a look at some other favorite characters and I was thrilled for that. Timeline gets a little off with those other story lines so I would caution the authors on paying closer attention to timeline within a series. Overall I loved it and will read again!