Everything For Her

Alexa Riley
Everything For Her
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Carina Press
Release Date
December 2016
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

I'll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance. She wasn't ready for me yet. I didn't approach her and I didn't disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.

Mallory Sullivan is ready to start her new life. After graduating at the top of her class, she's landed one of the most coveted internships in the United States. Hard work and determination have gotten her to this moment of living the life she only dreamed of while growing up in foster care.

From the start, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me.

She never expected Oz to be the greatest culmination of those dreams. But sometimes fate determines who you fall in love with. Who makes you lose control. Who owns your soul.

And then you realize it wasn't fate at all…

I've wanted to care for and protect her since the first moment I saw her. I've constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her, could give her the life she deserves.

The time has come.

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Oct 26, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
95 people found the following review helpful
Alexa Riley's stories aren't for everyone and I can understand why.

Her characters are obsessively devoted to each other—sometimes one more than the other without much reason to the point where it feels like creepy stalking—yet Ms. Riley builds on a pairing's dynamic in a way that makes you grateful there isn't any other woman or man in the picture that will ever come between them. There's the virgin trope that's refreshingly celebrated in all her books, and her heroes are (thankfully) never manwhores or players, but there's also the lightning speed at which lust and apparently love come into play. And if the idea of unbreakable soul-mates isn't enough, there's also an indubitable HEA that has epilogue after epilogue of the couple in question months and years later—still happy and horny together.

That in a nutshell, is the core of Alexa Riley's writing, which often leaves me conflicted about the crazy, instant dive into love and the over-the-top behaviour with hot sex to help tide you over the unbelievable bits.

The longer length of EVERYTHING FOR HER does, in some ways, mitigate those bits I've just mentioned, although those traits are still present, only with better character development that goes a long way in framing the obsession and the manipulation Miles had going with Mallory for years. However, I couldn't fully understand this completely possessive attitude that Riley's heroes tend to have and Miles's one did leave me more than a little alarmed at the stalkerish way he tracked Mallory, who after a time, did accept his reasons for doing so.

If it's as unreal as romantic fiction could get with some shades of Christian and Ana (minus the BDSM) in it, Ms. Riley nevertheless does write something compelling between Miles and Mallory with minimal angst that dissipates as soon as every barrier—physical and emotional—is stripped away. In short, best for a good few hours of escapism so you can feel hot under the collar.
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Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Apr 27, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
44 people found the following review helpful
4 crazy, seriously obsessive stars for EVERYTHING FOR HER.

The second Mason Osborne laid eyes on Mallory Sullivan when he was a college student judging a High School math competition, he's ensured that every single event in her life was orchestrated to lead her to him...when it was the right time. He's now ready to make his move, and when Mallory meets him, she's thoroughly seduced. But Mason, aka "Oz," has been pulling strings in her life for years...how will Mallory react when everything is revealed?

EVERYTHING FOR HER is the first book in the For Her series, and I'm so glad I picked it up! I read the second book first, which I loved, and just had to get Oz and Mallory's story. There is so much creepy stalker obsession in EVERYTHING FOR HER, and I can't figure out why I enjoyed it so much. If that happened in real life? Oz would totally be in jail, after a long stint in the loony bin. Their sex scenes were incredibly erotic, though the fact that Oz talked her into going protection-free after her only knowing him for a hot second was cringe worthy. Overall, I just can't decide whether I loved or hated EVERYTHING FOR HER. There were so many things just so WRONG about this story…but it was really good too. Pick it up and make your own determination!!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; no condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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