His Alone by Alexa Riley

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Erotica/ New Adult/ Reviews 21st February 2017
His Alone by Alexa RileyHis Alone by Alexa Riley
Series: For Her #2
on March 28th 2017
Pages: 244
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four-stars

She thinks I'm perfect. A good boss, a good man. She thinks that I play by the rules.
She has no idea who I truly am. Why I'm really here.
Paige Turner is trying to outrun her past, but there it is, tossed back in her face anytime she manages to get two steps ahead.
She has no idea what a man like me will do to get what he wants.
Her need for Ryan got in the way of revenge, took her off course. Redirected her focus. Before she knew it, he'd made his way into her life. Into her heart.
I'm dirtier than she knows. She thinks I'm good to the core, but she doesn't know the things I've done. The things I would do for her.
True love doesn't let secrets as big as these stay buried. And when the truth about Paige's father is finally exposed, Ryan will do anything to fix everything. Paige has always been his and his alone.

There’s no denying that Alexa Riley’s books appeal to a certain portion of readers (as is declared by the authors themselves). Her heroes and heroines are over the top, have over the top sex, are prone to dramatic bursts of temper, and are well, so completely devoted to each other that their happy-ever-afters actually require chapters worth of epilogues to ensure that these happy endings are iron-clad. It’s as though the readers themselves need some convincing that a pairing’s overwhelming love can and will last decades, even when the kids have flown the coop. Along with instant love however, Riley’s characters stay ‘safe’ in many ways: there isn’t talk of other men or other women and the steamy scenes—consisting of acrobatic sex, a multitude of orgasms and no recovery period—are reserved wholly for the protagonists alone.

Captain’s and Paige’s story had been in the wings for a while now, ever since Miles and Mallory burst onto the scene like a recap of ‘Fifty shades of Grey’. And both Captain and Paige kind of follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, though the obsession and stalkerish behaviour is thankfully toned down a bit more here. Lies and deception do form some part of the conflict here, but they don’t last. The bulk of the story is much focused on the developing relationship between Captain and Paige, the side of suspense comes as a surprise, as is the revelation of Captain’s undercover status throughout all these years. The lack of elaboration and details regarding that shady part of his life unfortunately, made the bit about his role in Paige’s and Miles’s father somewhat less unbelievable, but perhaps that really isn’t the point at all in this book.

The long and short of it is, if you’re looking for erotica that’s wrapped around a decent kind of plot (though you’ll definitely need to suspend some disbelief there) and characters who burn up the sheets, then this is a read for you.

four-stars

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