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Review | Sheltered by Alexa Riley


by Alexa Riley

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Blair Rosewood is preparing for her first day at her new job. She left her trailer park town to go to college and make something of herself. Now she’s in Charleston, South Carolina surrounded by people with money and she’s going to have to keep up. She hasn’t exactly ended up where she wanted, but she’s going to make the best of it.

But one night everything changes. Suddenly she’s taken from all that she knows and is being held captive by a man who is beyond obsessed with her. He’s created a paradise for her with no escape, and he won’t allow an inch of space between them.

How can he know so much about her? How can he look at her like he owns her? How can his big hands hold her captive yet be so gentle? How can she resist?

Warning: She’s been captured by a beast who refuses to let go of what he wants. But this brooding alpha has secrets of his own, and he’ll do everything he can to protect her from them.


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2018 seems to be my year of discovering new authors. It is also the year I discover what genres work and don’t work for me. I should have read the fine print and warning that screamed this author loves insta-love, because I’m always sceptical when it comes to that trope.

Either it works, or in most cases it doesn’t.

Sheltered is very much a classic case of, “it’s not you, it’s me.” I almost DNF’d this. Multiple times. But the completionist in me had to keep going. Maybe I shouldn’t have read too many stories with intense chemistry, sassy heroines and brooding, delectable heroes, because this demonstrated the complete opposite. It left me so disappointed.

In my suffering I learned I have zero interest in possessive alpha millionaires who have this need to save the poor girl everyone ignores, because she’s less fortunate. I also have no connection whatsoever to Blair, who fell into this dark hell of winding up with someone who drugged and kidnapped her, yet being o-fucking-kay living with him.

Ryker made me want to throat punch him before slipping into a coma.

However, Sheltered does have some redeeming features: gorgeous cover, an intriguing blurb that actually grabbed my genuine attention and some semblance of a storyline. Perhaps one day psychotic kidnappers will intrigue me.

I will leave my review short and ending on one of my favourite quotes from Bianca Del Rio in RuPaul’s Drag Race, “not today, Satan, not today.”

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