Review: Stay With Me
STAY WITH ME - Alexandria House
Pink Cashmere Publishing
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May 2017
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell| RATING: A
REVIEW: This is your chance to get in on the beginning of a new series by a dynamic writer, Alexandria House. STAY WITH ME highlights Angela Strickland, the oldest of three sisters, and Ryan Boye`. Angela is a successful natural hair vlogger, and Ryan makes a very good six-figure salary as a corporate employee. They meet when Ryan responds to Angela’s flyer for a renter to rent the other half of her duplex apartment building. When they meet, there is an instant attraction which they both try to ignore and deny. They each have their own valid reasons for this which is really the heart of this contemporary romance.

Angela has two very heartbreaking and unproductive romantic encounters from her past. The most damaging one involving her high school sweetheart and her best friend. It didn’t end well at all for Angela, so she is resigned to the idea that any intimate relationship with the opposite sex is not in her future. Moreover, when she looks at her family members, neither her parents nor her two sisters get any points in the romance or relationship areas. On the other hand, Ryan, the womanizer, goes from woman to woman avoiding any kind of lasting relationship. There are no role models in the romance department in his past either. It’s just sex that he seeks, and nothing else. That is, until he meets Angela. Their relationship shifts from tenant and landlord to lovers. The question is…will they be able to survive the glitches and hang-ups to get to that ‘happily-ever-after’.

Angela’s and Ryan's story draws you in as they succumb to their mutual attraction, and in spite of their insecurities, they recognize that they have something special. The subplots that connect to their story are also well-written. The well-developed minor characters, the two Strickland sisters Renee and Nicky, have their own issues that they must deal with, along with their parents. Three of the best scenes in the book involve Renee, a baby, and her cheating husband; a shocking announcement made by the mother, Lisa, at a family gathering; and an unplanned steamy encounter involving Angela, Ryan, and Angela’s ex-boyfriend, Benny. I’ll just leave that right there.

Each chapter is told from either the heroine or hero’s point of view, a technique that enhances the storyline. The dialogue is contemporary, and helps to move the plot. There is also the use of profanity, but it is not used indiscriminately. This is an enjoyable story with some memorable characters and scenes. I am looking forward to reading the next book of this series. In the meantime, I recommend
STAY WITH ME for your reading pleasure.

21st May 2017 | romcol@caribsurf.com