ARC Review: Don’t Go by Alexa Riley

Don’t Go by Alexa Riley
Series: For You #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: January 22nd 2018
Links: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

CEO Henry Osbourne has only ever desired one woman—the one who got away. New York Times and #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley returns with Don’t Go, a virgin-hero insta-love contemporary romance in the For You series

I’ve spent the past ten years convincing myself that what I felt for her was teenage infatuation. That love so consuming couldn’t be real. Then everything went to shit, and in an instant, she was gone.

Kory Summers knew returning to New York meant running into Henry. The way her heartbeat picked up at just the thought was nervousness—not anticipation. Oh, no. She never expected to find him on her doorstep looking as handsome as ever.

She’s mine. She always has been. I’ve waited this long for her…but time’s up. I’ll use all my power, all my connections, to convince her she’s the one.

Kory ran from a boy, but a man of power and persuasion now stands in his place.

You wouldn’t think that Alexa Riley could write a second chance romance, because what kind of AR hero would let go of his woman!? Luckily, AR pulled off this second chance romance as well as they do any other trope. I loved that we get Mallory and Oz’s son’s book (who were the main couple in Everything for Her) – and it’s just as smutty, angsty, and fun as I expected it to be. If you’re a fan of the author, you won’t want to miss this newest novella!

It’s been years and I haven’t gotten over her. The day she disappeared was the day I lost my soul. She took it with her, and I’ve never so much as glanced at another woman since. Why would I? I might have been young, and it might have not meant anything to her, but I’ve never felt anything like it since. I knew when I was eighteen that I’d met the love of my life, but she slipped through my fingers.

Henry and Kory felt a connection the instant they met in high school, and fell in love hard and fast. But a misunderstanding unfortunately caused them to break apart, and they haven’t seen each other for ten years. Henry has been aching for the love of his life and never once looked at another woman since. When he finds out that Kory is returning to New York, he knows he’ll do whatever it takes to get back into her life and heart.

Ahhh, sweet, young love. Don’t Go was everything I expected in an AR novella. It’s got the sweet, the smutty, and the virgin hero and heroine. What’s not to enjoy? For those in the mood for something quick, hot, and sweet, I’d definitely recommend picking this one up!


lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Reading Order: For You series

  

#1 ~ Stay Close: EbookAudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Hold Tight: Ebook • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Don’t Go: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads

Reading Order: For Him series

  

#1 ~ Everything for Her: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ His Alone: EbookPaperbackAudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Claimed: EbookPaperbackAudibleGoodreads (March 27, 2018)


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Cover Reveal: Temper for You by Genna Rulon

Temper for You by Genna Rulon

Title: Temper for You
Series: For You #3 (full reading order below)
This is the Final book of the For You series and can be read as a Standalone
Author: Genna Rulon
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: September 24, 2014
Cover Design: G. Relyea
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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“Life is messy. Love is messier.” –Catch and Release

Meg Adeio has led a life of isolation—not by choice, by necessity—until one act of heroism forces her out of seclusion. Despite a past shrouded in mystery, Meg is “adopted” by an eclectic group of friends that become the family she never had. Life was good for the first time in…ever.

Or it was until Westly Black reappeared on her doorstep. She knew he was the last man any woman should give her time to—only good for one thing—yet a temptation no woman could deny. Wes might make her life messy, but Meg’s eyes were wide open and she had it under control. At least she thought she did.

When past and present collide, loyalties are tested, forcing Meg to sacrifice her future to protect those she loves.

Temper For You is a gripping story of regret, deception, and redemption – filled with raw emotion, sarcastic wit, intrigue, and love’s propensity to forgive.

Reading Order: For You series

Only for You by Genna Rulon Pieces For You by Genna Rulon Temper for You by Genna Rulon

#1 ~ Only for You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Pieces for You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Temper for You: Goodreads (Sept. 24, 2014)

about the author

Genna RulonGenna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

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Blog Tour + Review & Giveaway: Pieces for You by Genna Rulon

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Pieces For You by Genna Rulon

Title: Pieces for You
Series: For You #2 (full reading order below)
Author: Genna Rulon
Genre: New Adult 18+
Publication Date: December 15, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.” -Miguel de Cervantes

Samantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her. Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together. Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.

As Sam struggles to resume a life that no longer feels familiar, she finds unwavering support in an unexpected, familiar face. Confronting Sam’s raw emotions and open wounds head-on, Griffin manages to take two steps forward for every step she retreats.

But when Sam is once again threatened, Griffin must decide how far he is willing to go to protect the woman he wants…knowing the cost of her safety is the risk of losing her.

Pieces For You is a captivating journey of survival, healing, and sacrifice—teeming with honesty, humor, unexpected twists, and love’s unsurpassed endurance.

*Though Pieces For You is a part of the For You Series, the book can be read as a stand alone.

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review

I really enjoyed Genna Rulon’s Only for You, and I was SO excited for Pieces for You, which is Samantha’s book, and it didn’t disappoint! The story was exceptionally well done, and I was really impressed with how the author chose to portray Sam after what horrifyingly happened to her at the end of the previous book. Pieces for You is similar to Only for You, with the heart-warming romance and the totally hot and sweet alpha male main character, but I liked book 2 even more because of how touching and emotional it is.

“You’ve been dealt one of the shittiest hands imaginable; most will never be challenged with a fraction of what you have. You are one of the few with the bravery to walk through the fire, let it burn you to ash, and rise again, changed but all the more beautiful for it.”

At the beginning of the book, Samantha is recovering from her brutal attack and rape. She’s a tough girl, but that attack broke her, and she has a hard time coming to terms with what happened. Reading her POV, going through her thoughts was heart-wrenching to read. However, slowly, but surely, Sam heals. It’s a long process, but one she’s able to get through and make it to the other side. I loved how even though Sam is broken, she’s also fierce and stubborn and her quirky self. She’s so easy to like, so easy to relate to, that I enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would. Sam is a fighter through and through, and even though she still has bumps along the way of her road to recovery, she doesn’t give up. She wants to recover; she can’t go back to normal, because she doesn’t even know what normal is for her anymore, but she wants to be able to overcome her fears, and I admired her for that.

What Sam never expected was to find Griffin along the road of her recovery. Sweet, sexy, supportive Griffin, who puts Sam first over everything, who has loved Sam from afar for so long. I was totally rooting for him in Only for You, because it’s obvious to everyone but Samantha how much Griffin really cares for her. Griffin was devastated when he learned of Sam’s attack, and vowed to do everything he could to make her life better. And he does, so much. He’s been waiting for her for so long, and no matter how long he has to wait for her, he will wait for her. And during this wait, he does everything to take care of Sam and to support her.

As the two of them spend more and more time together, Sam learns to trust again. It’s a painful path, not an easy one, but through Griffin, Sam is able to heal. Samantha is so strong and brave, and it was so heartwarming to read how Sam learns to trust Griffin, and even love him.

I had a wonderful time reading Pieces for You. It’s heart-wrenching and emotional, and it’s also sweet and moving. Samantha and Griffin’s story is heartfelt and touching, and I was smiling and laughing through most of the book. It’s an uplifting book, for sure, and one I won’t be forgetting soon.

4 hearts!

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lacey

Reading Order: For You series

Only for You by Genna Rulon Pieces For You by Genna Rulon Temper for You by Genna Rulon

#1 ~ Only for You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Pieces for You: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Temper for You: Goodreads (Sept. 24, 2014)

about the author

Genna RulonGenna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

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Book Blast + Excerpt & Giveaway: Pieces for You by Genna Rulon

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Pieces For You by Genna Rulon

Title:   Pieces for You (For You #2)
Author:  Genna Rulon
Genre:  New Adult 18+
Publication Date:  December 17, 2013
Cover Designed By:  G. Relyea Designs
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.” -Miguel de Cervantes

Samantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her. Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together. Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.

As Sam struggles to resume a life that no longer feels familiar, she finds unwavering support in an unexpected, familiar face. Confronting Sam’s raw emotions and open wounds head-on, Griffin manages to take two steps forward for every step she retreats.

But when Sam is once again threatened, Griffin must decide how far he is willing to go to protect the woman he wants…knowing the cost of her safety is the risk of losing her.

Pieces For You is a captivating journey of survival, healing, and sacrifice—teeming with honesty, humor, unexpected twists, and love’s unsurpassed endurance.begin to plague Sam, it is Griffin she is forced to turn to.

Though Pieces For You is a part of the For You Series, the book can be read as a stand alone.

Purchase Links:
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Excerpt

I was waiting for Griff to exit the men’s locker room when a gym rat approached me from behind, nearly causing me to wet my pants when I discovered his body within inches of mine.  He leaned against the wall next to me with his arm resting above my head.  I felt caged and uneasy.

“Hey sexy, haven’t seen you here before.  Need me to show you how it’s done?  I know the manager—I can hook you up with a free month…in exchange for dinner?”

I was about to—I didn’t know what—run, scream, panic, tell him I wasn’t interested in his ‘free month’ if he was the last man on earth.  Then I heard it—a growl.  A deep menacing growl was coming from behind me, about a foot and a half above my head.  I slapped my hand over my mouth to stifle my snicker.

I couldn’t see Griffin and he didn’t say a word, but whatever his body language communicated, the dumbass in front of me clearly got the message because he turned tail and left, practically running.

I spun, hoping to catch a glimpse of ‘scary Griffin,’ but his face was devoid of all emotions, his eyes tracking my visitor’s departure.

“Excuse me,” I said to capture his attention.  “Did I just hear you growl at that moron, or am I hallucinating now, too?”

“I didn’t growl, it was a deep exhale.”

“Oh, an audible exhale that reverberated in your chest…like a growl,” I said before dissolving into giggles.

“I love that sound—you laughing.”

“Should I start calling you ‘Tony the Tiger’ now?  Wait…how about ‘Harry the Hippo’?”

“Hippos do not growl.”

“They absolutely do!  I took a zoology class for my science requirement sophomore year, and hippopotamuses, my growly friend, most definitely growl.”

“If I growled—and I admit nothing—but if I did, it was not a damn hippopotamus growl.  It was a tiger growl…no, a bear…I want to be a bear.”

“Alright, Yogi it is.  Come on, my furry friend, you promised me dinner.”

“Despite your torment, I do keep my promises.  Let’s go.”

“Do you have the picnic baskets in the car?” I teased, enjoying watching him squirm.

“No picnic baskets, I’m afraid.”

“Oh, is Boo-Boo bringing them?”

Reading Order: For You series

Only for You by Genna Rulon Pieces For You by Genna Rulon

#1 ~ Only for You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Pieces for You: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Temper for You: Goodreads (release date TBA)

about the author

Genna RulonGenna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels. Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

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Only for You by Genna Rulon

Title: Only for You
Series: For You #1 (full reading order below)
Author: Genna Rulon
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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“In its purest form love is self-sacrificing, eternal, selfless, enduring, truthful, forgiving and indulgent. It also feels an awful lot like a kick to the stomach when you try to fight it!

All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she carefully planned.

When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous relationship is born.

Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate–that fickle shrew–continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication… Hunter is resolutely pursuing vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal.

Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption–brimming with intelligent characters, witty dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.

Note:  Although this is series, each novel can be read as a stand alone.

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review

AH–it’s a friends to lovers romance! Off-the-charts sexual tension? Check! AH–it’s a new adult mystery! Intense, thrilling, and suspenseful? Check! AH–Hunter! A totally hot, sexy, protective alpha-male? Check! Okay, so if you’re into any or all of what I’ve just listed, then you have to read Only for You!

I had a great time reading this book. Not only was there a fantastic–if at times, frustrating, romance–there was an exciting mystery going on! I loved how Genna Rulon integrated both the romance and the mystery, and the story flowed so well. I was impressed with the writing, and I felt the characters were very mature (maybe a little TOO mature sometimes…) for their age. And it was good that they were mature, because at the university where they attend, an attacker is on the loose. Someone on Hensley University has been attacking and brutalizing women, and the violent crimes escalate even further. Because of this, the school has offered free self defense lessons, which is where our heroine comes in.

It was impossible to explain what it was like to be a woman under the best of circumstances, the awareness of out vulnerability, the inherent wariness. And in these extraordinary circumstances–he could never fathom the effects of living every day under the threat of assault, the constant vigilance required for self-preservation, doubting every man we encountered whether stranger or friend.

Everleigh is in her last year of college, and her best friend has just signed her up for self defense lessons. And the instructor of these lessons is the über-sexy, delicious Hunter Charles. And what I loved about Everleigh was that even though she drools a little over him, she’s still her snarky, witty self. She doesn’t fall head over heels for him on sight. In fact, things get worse right at the beginning of the lesson, and Everleigh and her smart mouth are kicked out but none other than Hunter.

But then Hunter shows up on the first day of school in one of Ever’s classes, and she’s less than thrilled. The two of them have such a snarky, hilarious rapport together, and even though there’s an intense attraction between the two, they eventually become great together as friends. And Everleigh cements this strong and steady friendship when she (hilariously) believes Hunter is… gay. Hunter doesn’t know Ever thinks he’s gay, and we certainly know Hunter is far from gay, but it’s the perfect setup for the both of them to remain just friends. And they become best friends, sharing so much of each other that it would seem that they are in a relationship.

In the meantime, the attacker at Hensley University is getting bolder and more daring. More girls are getting hurt and by more violent means. Ever and her best friend continue to learn how to defend themselves as the mystery gets bigger, and as Hunter and Ever move closer to passing the friend-zone.

The romance was a tiny bit slow for me, but I ended up enjoying it very much in the end. If you love alpha-males, Hunter is totally your man!

“I already knew, for me there is only you. No matter what happened between us in the future, it would only ever be you. I was made for you–only for you.”

Did you see that? It was the title of the book in that quote! Gah, I just love it when books do that (heehee). And yeah, swoon!

Only for You is the perfect blend of romance and mystery/suspense. I enjoyed reading it very much, and I’d definitely recommend this book for fans of either of those genres. And now I’m so excited to read the second book in the series, which is about Ever’s best friend, Sam!

4 hearts!

4-hearts

lacey

Reading Order: For You series

Only for You by Genna Rulon Pieces For You by Genna Rulon Temper for You by Genna Rulon

#1 ~ Only for You: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Pieces for You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Temper for You: Goodreads (Sept. 24, 2014)

about the author

Genna RulonGenna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

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signed hardcopy of Only for You
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