ARC Review: His Alone by Alexa Riley

Series: For Her #2
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Rating: 4/5
Complimentary copy from NetGalley (requested by Collector of Book Boyfriends and Girlfriends)
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Ryan Justice may be her boss, but nothing will stop him from making her his.

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.

Warning: This book is over the top, cheesy, scorching hot, with virgin heroine who likes to pull the chains of the hero. Said hero is obsessed with her and destroys everything that gets between them. But they live happily ever after, that’s for sure. If that is something that would make you run for the door, close this tab right now.

This is it. The beginning of my AR’s full length novel obsession.

His Alone is the second in the For Her series by the writing duo who’s been known to deliver traditional romance only with a lot of dirty sex, insta-love and definitely HEA. I love love the first book because Miles Osbourne defined the over the top obsessive, possessive alpha who manipulated Mallory’s life just to get her to him. (I know it’s insane. Haha! But it worked on me.) And though Miles still holds the OTT possessive crown, Ryan “Captain” Justice came a close second.

We met Ryan Justice (AKA Captain according to Paige and Mallory) from the first book, the head of security of Osbourne Corporation, Miles’s company, and Paige Turner as well, Mallory’s best friend and security detail and half-sister of Miles. They work together for the company’s security.

Paige knows that getting close to Ryan is a mistake so she really has to fight off her crush on him. She’s too dirty for such a perfect man. She knows she doesn’t deserve him. Only, she doesn’t know that Ryan keeps secrets of his own that would make or break what they could have in the future. Ryan is nothing but a man who’s sure of himself. Once he decides on things, he delivers with precision and nothing could stop him. Case in point, from the first time he saw that redhead’s photo in his hands, he’s certain to go after her, protect her at all cost and make her fall in love with him.

I love that this book has a well-thought-out prologue. It’s not something I was expecting but I considered it a good backstory to get to know Ryan and how he ended up working for Miles. The chemistry was very strong which was a sure thing with AR’s books. There were a lot of moments where Ryan couldn’t just stop being the perfect man. He cooks for Paige (that woman loves to eat!). He’s more gentleman because he’d rather have sex with Paige once she acknowledges her feelings for him. He could last all day just by kissing the girl. (But where is the fun in that, right? Haha!) He supports Paige’s shoe addiction (swoon!). And he’s got this wallpaper of Paige’s photos in his room AKA Paige Shrine when his fixation for her started. (What did I say about being OTT obsessed and cheesy??? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.) Also, for someone who had a sassy mouth and teased Ryan like a freaking vixen, I didn’t peg Paige to be a virgin. She hid it so well. Or the authors did. But this is Alexa Riley; I should have known that. LOL. I liked that Paige could hold her own and wasn’t intimidated of Ryan. Size-wise (she’s small, he’s enormous) and otherwise. Her plot for revenge has good intentions and I loved that she didn’t mind to get her hands dirty for it.

There has been less obsession and stalking to this one but it’s still there, just toned down. Maybe because both of them work together and Ryan was sure to have eyes on Paige all the time. While the lies and deception played a part on the conflict, it didn’t linger that much. I was expecting for something more unexpected that would have me throwing my Kindle but I guess the authors are not there yet. The suspense plot of Paige coming after her father only to find out Ryan had been there first was a nice try as well for the authors. It’s too bland for my taste, though. Too easy. Maybe they could work out more on that with their next full-lengths. The sex, though it took some time for them to have it, was still top notch. Totally AR signature–filthy and so very hot.

Overall, if you love AR’s novellas then you’d surely like this His Alone! Once again, these unstoppable authors delivered a full length novel that’s so hot, very sweet (because Ryan!! Eeee!!!), a page-turner and loaded with satisfying epilogues. Yes, plural and it’s not just two–it’s more.

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