The Insiders is the first in a brand new, page-turning romance trilogy from New York Times bestseller, Tijan!
Bailey is as normal as could be, with a genius IQ and a photographic memory. But still, normal for her. Then, things happen—a guy breaks into her house in the middle of the night to take her hostage. She finds out her father is actually billionaire tech genius Peter Francis, the same guy she’s idolized all her life. She learns all this when she meets dark, mysterious, and electrifying Kashton Colello. He’s an associate of her father’s, and he gives Bailey two choices—go with him and meet her father or survive on her own because those kidnappers are going to try again. It’s a no-brainer.
After this, three things become clear for Bailey:
1. She’s living at her father’s sprawling estate, complete with bodyguards and the best security that money can buy.
2. She’s no longer an only child. She has three siblings and has no idea what to do with them and vice versa.
3. She is being guarded by Kash himself. Personally guarded. And there is a lot of guarding going on there and some of it is going to drive her crazy.
A complete outsider in a world of wealth and decadence, Bailey has to find her way within a family that has more secrets than she could have imagined. One of these secrets could be deadly…
The attempted kidnapping that opens this overloaded romantic suspense novel and series launch from Tijan (Nate) plunges plucky heroine Bailey Hayes into a world of danger and privilege. The kidnappers targeted Bailey to get to the father she never knew she had Peter Francis, the tech mogul she's idolized for years. Now 22-year-old Bailey must hide out with her newly discovered stepmother and half siblings all also targets in her father's tightly secured mansion. Kashton Colello is more than just Peter's head of security. He takes care of every member off the Francis family and, in many ways, has more power in the Francis estate than Peter himself. When Kash and Bailey are thrown together, Kash is as turned on by Bailey's intelligence as she is his alpha-male magnetism. But as Kash's fiercely guarded secrets keep him from opening up, there's not much talking going on between the two, relegating their chemistry almost entirely to the bedroom. The charm and humor of Bailey's narration helps break the tension, but it doesn't negate the danger the Francis family faces, which includes another attempted kidnapping, a poisoning, infidelity, and the threat of Kash's wealthy, dangerous grandfather. The result is a whirlwind of high-stakes suspense that settles into a balmy cliffhanger.
an interesting and well written novel
Tijan is one of my all time favorite authors. I typically devour all of her books and so I was thrilled when I read the synopsis of this novel. There were several elements of the book that I enjoyed and then some areas where I struggled. I positively love this author’s unique writing style. She has such a way of conveying the heroine’s thoughts that I feel like I am present in her mind. This was especially true with Bailey. The author’s characters are always interesting and this even includes the secondary characters.
I also really enjoyed the premise of this book. However, I don’t think it was necessarily executed in the best way, but I’ll get to that later. As for Bailey, I found her endearing for the most part. She is exceptionally intelligent and a little quirky, which are the fun little personality traits that I love. Even with her entire world being flipped upside down, she takes it all in stride and I was definitely rooting for her. The elements of suspense was also exciting. These were interspersed throughout the book, but with the bulk of it during the last few chapters. The build up was well done, but it sort of fell a little short at the end.
I want to say that I loved Kash, but I didn’t feel like I knew much about him. I do believe some of this was intentional. He is mysterious with a proactive streak. The author peels back a few of the layers, but his character was not well developed. I also think this is why I didn’t feel that connection between Kash and Bailey. The physical aspect of their relationship was pretty solid which I liked but I didn’t really see much beyond that. Again, I think this is because not much was revealed about his character. Maybe a connection between them will be more tangible in the next book.
The book grabbed my attention immediately, but it felt like not too much happened until the very end. There were secrets revealed and moments of action which were perhaps my favorite parts of the book and yet the cliffhanger wasn’t overly shocking. Finally, the cover, while absolute stunning is a bit misleading. This isn’t a love triangle as it seems to suggest with two girls and a guy but I honestly have no idea who the blonde is. Even with the lack of connection between the main characters, I did enjoy this book. I especially liked Bailey as the heroine and I liked the underlying story. Yet, I am not certain how the author will get 2 more books out of this. Still, I am invested enough to see how it all plays out and will read the next book.
Writing style : 5 stars
Story/Plot: 4 stars
Heroine Development: 5 stars
Hero Development: 3 stars
Romance: 3 stars
Fantastic start to a new series
I listened to the audio of this book.
Tijan took me on a ride and I wasn’t ready to get off. I loved the way this story was built with Bailey slowly getting introduced to the characters and quickly finding herself emotionally attached to most of them. The banter between Bailey and Kash was top notch and Kash’s exchanges with Matt also made me giggle. I thought Emma Galvin embodied Bailey very well, showing how obviously uncomfortable she was in this new world at first and how she grew in to a formidable person that anyone should reconsider picking a fight with. I am excited that we get to go back into this world next year.
The Insiders Tijan
I have always loved her writing. I could re read her stories dozens of times. BUT WHAT HAPPENED? There had to be a ghost writer. I’m suddenly disappointed for waiting all that time and spending money on that “bore”. 😏