Title: His Alone
Author: Alexa Riley
Series: For Her
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 03-28-2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 304
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Ryan Justice may be her boss, but nothing will stop him from making her his. New York Times and #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley entices with a brand-new, full-length novel.
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.
“I know I’ve loved you since the first time I saw you, and one day, you’ll say it back. That soon you’ll see that I really do love you. That they aren’t just words. I’m going to prove it to you. Make you fall in love with me.” – Ryan Justice (aka Captain America)
This book was everything I wanted for this couple and more! We first met Paige and Ryan (aka Captain) in the first book in this series, Everything For Her. I was so intrigued by their push-and-pull connection. They definitely started out with a love/hate thing (at least on Paige’s end), and it grew from there!
Paige grew up rough. Her dad is a piece of garbage monster, and her mom was weak, and loved him, even though he treated her horribly. He killed her mom right in front of her (which we learned in book 1), and Paige ran away. When Paige met her half-brother Miles (the hero from book 1, who has the same father) and agreed to work for him, she met her new boss, Ryan. Paige and Mallory, in book 1, nicknamed him Captain, because they said he looked like, and reminded them of Captain America.
Ryan has deeper layers than anyone knows. We don’t know much about him from the first book, except that he has a thing for Paige. But even as a reader, we didn’t know how deep that ran. He’s had an interesting life, and we learned lots of spoilery goodness about him right up front here in this story, that I won’t discuss, but really made us understand him a lot better, and gave us details I didn’t even know I needed or wanted, but they made the story so much better.
Ryan and Paige’s cat and mouse act is cute, and you really get to understand Paige a lot more, and why she can’t help but try to push his buttons. She’s never really had anyone love her unconditionally, and it scares her to death, because she doesn’t trust it. She’s a mess of anxiety and issues, and in uncovering things about her past, you can accept her more easily. She wants Ryan, but she’s also scared to have him, and she doesn’t think she deserves him. Meanwhile, Ryan is basically obsessed with her (he’s about as bad as Oz in book 1!), and he just wants her to accept his love. He wants her to realize he’d do, literally, anything for her, which he definitely proves, before the book is over.
“‘I’ve never met a piece of bacon I didn’t like, and I have a very strong attraction to your ass.’ Paige howls with laughter, and I sit there watching. The way her head tilts back and exposes her throat. The way her hair falls to the side. The way she places her hand on her chest. She’s laughing with her whole heart, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” – Ryan (aka Captain)
There were some interesting twists and turns, and a couple red herrings, when it came to the story about their pasts, and how their paths first intersected. I really enjoyed this part of the story, as it was a lot different than I expected. I do love a good surprise! Also, it was more emotional than I expected, which I enjoyed as well. Ryan and Paige both really grew as characters, both within themselves, and together as a couple, to create an unbreakable bond. I just loved them.
I really love all of Alexa Riley’s short and sexy stories, but I have loved this duo of full-length novels much more than I even thought I would. There is so much more story, but with all the same delicious chemistry, fun banter, and awesome sexy times. Also, I have to admit, one of my favorite things about their books are their amazing epilogues! This book was no exception, as it had it’s own fun ones too!
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, as I enjoyed it tremendously! I can’t wait to see what the Alexa Riley duo come up with next!