Sunday, September 24, 2017

Stay With Me by Alexandria House

Rating: ★★★+.5 | 194 pages | Self Published | Contemporary | 5/16/2017

After two failed relationships 30-year-old natural hair vlogger Angela Strickland is calling an audible on men. But when hotel executive Ryan Boyé swings into town for 6 months and rents out the other side of her duplex she feels an instant attraction to her new tenant that may have her reconsidering.

I had a tough time at first with this book because the characters seemed like the worst. Ryan, the self proclaimed player, came off as an obnoxious womanizer and Angela was extremely judgmental of her sisters despite the fact she had her own issues  However, once House started peeling back the layers and we get past Ryan and Angela’s sexual tension, I was into it.

 Ryan and Angela have this great interplay and lots of scenes that steam up the pages, but I just really loved how they kind of end up starting a YouTube career together. I've been lowkey obsessed with YouTube for years and I would seriously watch their YouTube channel, I think it would be cool if someone made this channel as like a viral marketing campaign.

This is the first in a series about the Strickland sisters (and possible the mother ?) and I get the feeling that this is a series that it better read in order. I’m especially curious to see how House write the romance for the spoiled, perpetual college student Nicky.

I have never actually seen myself in a romance novel or any book but this is pretty darn close:

"So I watched hours of YouTube videos, everything from Trader Joe hauls to wig reviews, until I finally crashed and burned around three that morning."
- House, Alexandria. Stay with Me (Strickland Sisters Book 1)

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