Genre: Romance, New Adult
Published: November 18, 2013
Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay. Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore.
For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it's not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa's best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her.
Luke's determination and Alexa's secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together.
Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can't decide if she is going to STAY.
This was such a good read. It had the perfect amount of romance, angst, questions and sexiness with a solid plot that I love to see in my romantic reads. This is a true roller coaster of non stop emotions and events. Each of the characters were well developed and helped create a multi-dimensional world that I could visualize. As I read the story I felt like I was there sitting with the characters and hearing them tell me how their day, week, love, etc. went. Hilary does an amazing job giving details to the story like little breadcrumbs to where the ending/cliffhanger of this book just blew me away.
Little details seem key to this book and they are part of what I keep thinking about after finishing the series. I am obsessed with the fantastic playlist that I can create from this story and my shoe wish list may have expanded into an unhealthy list! I also appreciate the realistic addressing of self-doubt, self-esteem and other emotional matters that HW provides us.
This is book one of the Alexa Reed series and as soon as I finished this book I promptly started book two. As I got into book two it was clear that while Book 1 introduced us to Alexa and Julian as a couple this book was really about Alexa and the issues that she was bringing to the table. This is a very strong start to a series and will grab your attention and interest from the beginning.
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