Published by Amazon Digital Services, Amazon Publishing on September 13th 2016
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It’s Lily Parker’s first day at a new high school. She’s a senior finishing her last semester, and all she wants to do is graduate and get out of town. Her home life is a secret hell, and she’s trying to find a way out. But everything changes when Ren says hello and sees right through to her truth.
Ren Hendrick’s succeed's at everything he touches, including football. But he’s never been passionate about anything. He’s quiet and keeps to himself, which pisses people off. But he can’t find the desire to care. He’s lived a life without color, until Lily walks in and lights up his world.
Their story is one of sweet young love and finding your forever before you can even dream of what that is. It’s one of protecting what belongs to you and having the courage to follow your heart, no matter your age.
Could it be possible to read something entirely so happy and tooth-achingly sweet that I wouldn’t quite know how to review this? From the crazy start to the even madder multiple epilogues, Ren’s and Lily’s high-school first and only love affair is the stuff Shakespeare would crow about in hyperbolic metaphors, minus the tragedy and the comedic confusion.
From what I’m starting to gather about Alexa Riley so far – which admittedly isn’t too much – is the sheer enjoyment of subverting the usual manwhore/inexperienced woman trope and bringing to light the kind of story that colours outside these typical boundaries. Riley does bring an over-protective alpha male and a woman so in need of help who are on the cusp of adulthood to full term without the rising tension and conflict towards the end, which is probably still something that amazes me because of the rarity of it all.
Not that I’m complaining though, because ‘Shielding Lily’ is a fun (albeit rather unrealistic) romp that simply shows a couple going from strength to strength without the difficulties reality can toss their way. I’d say it’s escapism at its finest, but even that might be a little too cynical for me.