by Alexa Riley
on December 27th 2016
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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.
The time has come.
Alexa Riley has been one of my go-to authors whenever I want a quick, sexy, super steamy read. Everything for Her is their first full length novel, and this book had everything long time fans could want in an Alexa Riley book.
Possessive hero? Check!
Sweet, virginal heroine? Check!
Insta love? Check!
Super steamy sexy scenes? Double check!
That said, I wish I enjoyed the story a lot more. But I found myself a bit concerned by the hero’s stalkerish and possessive nature. There are times when I find myself enjoying a possessive hero. Unfortunately, Oz was just too much. I felt like he crossed the line by taking away a lot of her choices.
I mean, sure. He provided her with everything she needs (without her knowing it was him) but a cage is still cage regardless of whether it’s made of gold or wrought iron.
There are certain things that the hero did which made me uncomfortable. I get the fantasy of having someone there to give you everything you could dream of. It’s nice fantasy. I wish I just couldn’t turn off this other scenario in my head where instead of a billionaire, the hero is just a regular guy who still lives in his mom’s basement. Imagine that guy doing everything this hero did. It’s creepy. And having a hot billionaire do it instead of your run-of-the-mill basement dwelling stalker doesn’t make it less so.
The whole thing would have been much better for me if the heroine had more choices or acted more independently instead of just accepting everything the hero did. She did feel deceived, and rightfully so. But her acquiescence was too easy. And I wasn’t 100% convinced with the reasoning behind the hero’s actions.
It didn’t end up all that bad. Alexa Riley has such an easy writing style that reading this book was painless. Plus the smuttastic steam was phenomenally hot, as usual. And the sweetness towards the end is vintage AR. I have no doubt AR fans will love this book even if I didn’t.
Despite my misgivings, I would recommend this book to fans of insta-love, over-the-top possessive, obsessive heroes. If you love this type of fantasy in your book then Everything for Her is definitely written for you. 🙂