Not At First by Phalla S. Rios

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Synopsis

Falling for two men at the same time was something Angel Mabbott never expected to happen.

Leaving a past full of pain and loss in California, Angel is determined to make something of her life when she starts college in Minneapolis. But life takes a turn when she finds herself torn between Kevin and Roman.

Kevin Hawken is a domineering man who forces himself into Angel’s life and changes everything she thought she knew. But how much can he be trusted when he is so secretive about himself?

Angel was instantly intrigued when she first laid eyes on Roman Conti, an Investment firm owner. He was everything she ever wanted in a man: romantic, loving, and protective over her.

As Angel begins to weave a bitter web of desire and deceit, will she find herself consumed, or will she be able to find her way out and follow her heart?

*New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Chelly’s Thoughts <3<3<3<

Angel Mabbott is a broken soul who finds herself moving to Minneapolis to start a new life.  Her plan is to lie to everyone about her past and start completely over, which proves to be easier said than done, especially when she meets not one, but two guys, who are interested in her.  She is reminded daily of her past, how long can she hide it from them?  She also knows she can’t keep both of the guys, but she doesn’t want to hurt either one.  Which will she choose?

Option number 1 – Kevin Hawken.  On the outside he’s the typical bad boy – hot, muscles, tattoos, dark and dangerous.  The downside is he’s extremely cocky, not to mention temperamental and moody.  But he genuinely cares for Angel and wants to take care of her, if only he could get her away from that other guy that Kevin just doesn’t trust at all

Which brings us to option number 2 – Roman Conti.  At first glance, he’s this extremely romantic, shy, generously wealthy CEO, and his smile makes Angel want to do anything he asks.  It doesn’t take long to learn that shy, sweet Roman is actually a very strict, controlling, dominating, demanding man who expects Angel to do exactly as he says or be punished.  We can see that, but for some reason Angel doesn’t see him that way.

Angel thinks she wants Roman, that he is better for her because he is sweet and caring, but she is quickly developing feelings for Kevin and can’t deny her attraction to him.  She also knows Kevin has secrets that he is hiding, and she wants him to open up to her, without her having to open up herself.  Both guys want her, neither will share – who will she choose?  Will she make the right choice, or will her decision cost her more than her heart?

This story definitely kept my attention and I did enjoy it, but the characters just seemed to move ridiculously fast, and Angel is the most confusing person I’ve ever met.  One minute she’s being loyal and can’t do anything wrong, the next minute she’s begging for it.  Not to mention she is not the smartest girl when it comes to her decisions, I wanted to knock some sense into her myself.  Overall, it was pretty good, and the ending did leave me wanting to know what happens next, so I will be looking forward to the release of Always at First.  Hopefully some of the questions I still have from this one will be answered.

About the Author

Phalla S. Rios lives in California with her husband and two goofy pit bulls. She loves to read and write drinking her favorite tea, Joy, from Starbucks. During her spare time she is usually at the movies or looking for the next best place to eat. She often refers to herself as a foodie. Her debut novel is Not at first. She is currently writing the sequel Always at First.

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