Book Review: Everything for Her by Alexa Riley

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Everything for Her Book Cover Everything for Her
Standalone in For Her #1
Alexa Riley
Contemporary Romance
December 27th 2016

USA TODAY bestselling author Alexa Riley's first full-length novel shows just what happens when a strong, possessive man finds the woman of his dreams.

I'll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance. She wasn't ready for me yet. I didn't approach her and I didn't disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.

Mallory Sullivan is ready to start her new life. After graduating at the top of her class, she's landed one of the most coveted internships in the United States. Hard work and determination have gotten her to this moment of living the life she only dreamed of while growing up in foster care.

From the start, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me.

She never expected Oz to be the greatest culmination of those dreams. But sometimes fate determines who you fall in love with. Who makes you lose control. Who owns your soul.

And then you realize it wasn't fate at all…

I've wanted to care for and protect her since the first moment I saw her. I've constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her, could give her the life she deserves.


My review

My review on Goodreads + teaser

The first full-length Alexa Riley’s book. How amazing is that? We finally lived to this day and is really good! Alexa Riley is still at its best.

About the plot: The first time that Miles saw Mallory, she was seventeen and took part in a high school math competition. He is five years older than her and decided to wait and direct her path so that at right time, she lands in his arms. The time has come now.

“Until the day I saw her, there was no color. But once my eyes landed on her for the first time, it was like when Dorothy landed in Oz and she opened the door. The world went Technicolor, and she was my very own Glinda the Good Witch.”

Mallory is determined to achieve something in life from an early age. She first got fully funded scholarship to Yale and then one of the best internships in the country. She is an orphan and doesn’t have a lot of people in her life beyond best friend, Paige. When she meets a charismatic man, he made her fell for him from the very beginning. It has happened quickly and was like a fairy tale. But what happens when she finds out that all this was not an coincidence.

“Looking into his sapphires, I’m lost again. It’s like being in the center of a tornado. Only I don’t know if he’s the wind that’s going to wreak havoc, or if he’s the calm in the middle that will hold me steady.”

Final thoughts: Possessive suit billionairs, Miles Osbourne, who sees something he wants, and will not hesitate to do anything to get it. Sweet, innocent girl, Mallory Sullivan, who wants to be independent, but feels good in the arms of man, who will take care of her. It’s our charming couple.

While reading, I had this feeling of Christian Grey’s type. Miles is a romantically possessive man, so this is for those who longs for such heroes. It’s sweet and romantic. Sexy but not strongly erotic. I like those moments when he was fighting for forgiveness. There is nothing better than a crawling man. But you don’t have any illusions, there never really was a choice. They have great chemistry, and leave you with the feeling that they really are perfect for each other.

“All thoughts of the world dropping away and leaving only this one moment. But that’s because this kiss isn’t simple at all. This kiss is everything.”

It was very good reading. Long time since I read this kind of story, even though it is not very unique, it was a nice return. Only after middle of the book could be more action. I was waiting for something that will give more tension, but everything solved quite smoothly.

In summary this is a great entry into the world of full-length books by the Alexa Riley. I’ll cheer for her further and I can’t wait for next book about Paige and Ryan. You’ll know them in this story, and certainly will want to learn more about this explosive pair.

For who I’d recommend? For those who like romantically possessive and at full alpha mode heroes and sweet, but with giving as much as gets attitude heroine.


Excerpt

PREFACE
Miles


I’ve watched her since the beginning.

It’s funny, but I don’t really remember much before her. It’s as if I could split my life into two halves. Before her and after. I remember my life with my parents, and I remember getting into college, but it’s all gray before her. Until the day I saw her, there was no color. But once my eyes landed on her for the first time, it was like when Dorothy landed in Oz and she opened the door. The world went Technicolor, and she was my very own Glinda the Good Witch.

I was twenty-two years old the first time I saw her. She was seventeen and competing in a state-level high school math competition.

Yale University asked me to represent them as a student judge, and I nearly declined. The state of Connecticut is small but houses one of the greatest Ivy League colleges in the country. One that makes becoming a standout almost impossible. I was among the top one percent in my class as a senior at Yale, with a major in statistics.

The only reason I’d accepted the invitation was to play a part. Many expected me to follow in the footsteps of my father, and I wanted them to believe that, but my end goal was a little different than anyone knew. I was on the path of revenge, but playing a part would help me on that path. Rubbing shoulders with the same men my father did, even if it left a bitter taste in my mouth.

Agreeing to judge the competition was life-changing. The bitter taste in my mouth altered that day. A sweetness took over. I wanted it. Needed it.

I’ll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance, like you would a lioness in the wild. I didn’t approach her and I didn’t disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.
I found out later she was being sponsored by her high school so that she could attend the competition. She had no family and was being raised in a group foster home, so her school funded the trip. She was smart, and they wanted to see her succeed, which she did.

I saw so much in her as she competed. She knew all the answers and was absolutely sure each time. She trusted her instincts, and they didn’t let her down. There was so much potential in her just waiting to be unleashed. I wanted to sit down and have her tell me everything, anything, as long as she talked to me.

She swept the competition and won first place in her division. I was strangely proud of her.

When she walked out of the hotel ballroom after the competition was over, I let her go. It was the hardest thing I’d ever had to do. But I knew that if I went after her too soon, or too fast, she would run. Not only was she too young for me, but something about her told me she was the kind of woman who came along once in ten thousand lifetimes.
This wasn’t to be rushed. It was to be savored.

I may hate my father, but I’ve learned from his mistakes. I’m going to use those mistakes for my own advantage. He’s smart but sloppy at the same time and it’s been showing. But I know if you want something, you work hard for it, plan out all the details to make it yours.

From the beginning, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her.

A path to me.

No one knows it’s been me behind the curtain, pulling the strings. I’ve constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her.

The time has come.


About the Author

alexa riley bannerAlexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

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