(Alexa Reed #1)
Genres: Adult, Contemporary,
Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay.
Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore. For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it’s not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa’s best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her. Luke’s determination and Alexa’s secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together. Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can’t decide if she is going to STAY.
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*
Stay was a little different of a read for me, in the way that the female was the indecisive and damaged character here, and the male character was way too nice at times. Julian and Alexa literally fall into each other at a club, and their story begins. But they have so many hurdles to overcome that I was not sure there was a HEA for them, and guess what?? I still am not sure because this story ends in an unexpected cliff hanger….GRRRRRRR! I growl but I love it 🙂
“This relationship, or whatever we’re doing, is wearing me out big time.”
But, even though I am not happy about the ending, I enjoyed this story. Alexa drove me CRAZY!!! I know the girl is damaged, but really?!?!? I want you! Get out! I need you! I’m leaving! Fuck me! I gotta go! Seriously, woman, make your mind up!!! I kept waiting for the moment when Julian told her to take a hike, and I certainly wouldn’t have blamed him for it. If annoying indecisive females bother you, prepare yourself before jumping into this one. I honestly walked away from the story a few times because I was so damn frustrated with Alexa.
“He was like a drug that woke up my senses, and I can’t help wanting more.”
But, Julian was the one that kept me reading. He is amazing…almost perfect. Possibly too good to be true 😉 Money, patience, looks, great sex…he has it all. But, yet, Alexa still freaks out daily!! Have I emphasized my annoyance with Alexa enough yet?? LOL!! It’s probably not nearly as bad as I am saying. I have been known to not have patience with indecisive chicks.
“Is that how you feel? That secrets are okay? Because if you do, this relationship stops right here, right now.”
And then we can’t forget Luke…Luke I won’t say too much about because I think he could be a spoiler, but I had mixed emotions about him. I truly think he meant well but his ways of doing things were definitely inappropriate.
So, with having said all that, I will also say that I VERY MUCH enjoyed this story!! I love getting all emotional about a book, even if it’s annoyance or frustration 😉 I felt it is well written and the flow was good. I would definitely recommend it, but don’t forget my warning. LOL!!
Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.
I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.
When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.
I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.
I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.
My someday has arrived!