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Stay (The Alexa Reed Series Book 1) by [Wynne, Hilary]
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Set against the steamy and sultry world of South Beach, Florida, a modern romance unfolds in Stay. Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore.

For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it's not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa's best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her.

Luke's determination and Alexa's secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together.

Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can't decide if she is going to STAY.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2435 KB
  • Print Length: 504 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996029443
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K5WX1VS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Another book boyfriend. Very easily fall in love with Julian. Can't wait for book 2 Hold On. Thank u Hilary.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars blogging the romance ... a new trend, maybe 28 February 2014
By katie kofemug - Published on
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Written in the first person, this modern romance is like reading a blog with the comments turned off. At the end of the novel I feel as conflicted and overwhelmed as Alexa and, surprisingly, as glad to be serially unattached as Julian. It's rare to read a romance and not sigh just a bit for what you don't have at the end of the story. Stay is the only exception to that experience in my ferocious reading history.

The first seventeen chapters interested and amused me; made me roll my eyes and piqued my curiosity, oh and the sex was not only hot it was well written. This is extremely difficult to do in the first person. By chapter nineteen, I was struggling to hang on to empathy for *any* of the characters. By chapter twenty-three, I was frustrated; by twenty-seven I jumped to the end of the book to get to the Big Sekrit. There are forty chapters and I couldn't take it anymore!

It is chapter thirty-seven before you get to that by the way and it's viciously shoveled out there in a heated moment. Like Alexa, you want to run because you realize you've been manipulated as thoroughly as she has been. The characters barely get to react, never mind cope, before the book is over. Rather than being pieces of a puzzle put together so the bigger picture allows perspective to bring closure, your left with ragged, torn images and sorrow and anger and a bucket of doubt that even a baby step forward is genuinely being made. Just like that annoying real life you might be trying to escape for the space of a good book.

I went back to chapter twenty-seven and read to the end, hoping it wouldn't feel the same. Frankly, I closed the book despising Alexa's so-called friends, wanting to slap her parents and siblings, ready to file charges against the best buddy and a formal complaint with the American Psychological what-evah against the shrink! I also wanted to ask our hero if Alexa was a 5 instead of an 8 on that 10 point scale of perfection, and was mediocre in banter and bed, would he bother? Most of all I wanted to sit down with a cup of tea and Alexa and promise her it would be perfectly OK to tell her friends and the hottie new boyfriend to bug off and allow time for herself to actually deal and heal before rejoining the so-called "real world, the one where I socialize and date and enjoy my life."

But then, there wouldn't be a romance would there?

And yet ... I read every word, some of them repeatedly. I rooted for Alexa to keep trying and to have at least as much enthusiasm for her own life as she did her fashionable clothes and shoe collection. I wanted Julian to win her trust, despite the fact he's described in terms so similar to her best buddy I had to go back in several places and re-read to be sure whether it was Julian or Luke that Alexa was talking about. They were even the same height!

See, I was paying attention and in my humble opinion, that's the mark of a good writer. I read this book in spite of the lush locale, plot and twenty-something stereotypical angst because the author kept me interested. She fed my frustration, eye rolling and impatience like I was a monkey and she cornered the market on peanuts. The intimate scenes and emotional electricity were used in the story exactly as they are in life, to keep the characters connected even when everything else is going to hell in a hand basket. Ms. Wynne makes you want to believe with chemistry that good the rest of it just has to work out. It will be epic, any minute now, we're sure of that.

But be warned, this book leaves you hanging, clinging to hope but just not sure. Personally, I don't like being toyed with in that way. I want my story complete, not ending with a cliff hanger and promises of the rest of the story in Book 2. I think many folks will like Stay precisely because of that.

Reviewed for Romance Reviews Magazine - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Romantic... 20 November 2013
By Lisa Hall - Published on
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STAY'd engaged from the 1st to the last page. The characters are authentic and the plot is kept me emotionally charged throughout!!! Deliciously romantic and often heartbreaking this is a book you will want to climb inside of and STAY as long as possible!!! I can't wait for her to write another one....I'm dying to find out what happens with Alexa and Julian xoxoxo

Lisa Hall
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 12 December 2013
By Jennifer B - Published on
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Loved it! From beginning to end Hilary does a wonderful job of bringing the reader into the book! The characters are relevant and relatable – you can almost see yourself in the book. Alexa and Julian have passionate chemistry and at times you can actually feel Alexa’s butterflies. Steamy. I can’t wait for the next one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite book club selection! 22 November 2013
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Stay is a great read. The characters are engaging from the moment they are introduced. The storylines are current and relevant and the author has created characters who engage in dynamic relationships we can all relate to.

Having grown up in South Florida, I love the way she embraces Miami and its Hispanic culture and weaves it into the book. Hilary is a strong writer and her detailed descriptions make it easy to visualize each and every scenario as if you are watching it on TV.

The love scenes are as hot and spicy as I picture Julian himself to be. Julian and Alexa’s relationship is complex with twists and turns until the end. Appropriately titled, both characters have you wondering whether their relationship will make it and if indeed they will Stay. Here’s hoping that this is not the last I read about Julian and Alexa.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny is Mine 1 March 2014
By Brittany - Published on
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“You know now that this is really going to happen, right, Alexa? And it’s going to be amazing.”
“Not just amazin, Julian. It’s going to be epic.”
I was approached by Hilary Wynne to read and review her debut novel, Stay. Stay is the first in this series and after reading this, I am hooked.
Alexa Reed has been just barely getting through life, ever since her ex-boyfriend and her broke up, almost a year ago. When her friends finally convince her to go out, Alexa literally runs into a man that will change her life.
Julian Bauer is the owner of Hotel Del Marco, which houses a club, bar, and restaurant. He’s sexy, confident, and wealthy. Every woman’s dream, right? Alexa feels an instant connection to Julian, but her best friend Luke is warning her away. She doesn’t listen.
Alexa and Julian fall into a relationship, one that is rocky but oh so amazing. They’re good together in bed, they have wonderful conversations, but Alexa is scared. Nothing Julian says can convince her that what they have is real. What she feels for him scares her; she’s never felt anything like this before.
“Julian, with you, everything is…amplified. My emotions, my desires, they’re stronger than they should be. All of my senses are heightened when you’re around.”
While Alexa battles her own demons, so does Julian. Together they are heading for disaster. Alexa is set in the belief that she’s going to wind up hurt, and she’s prepared to prevent that. Can Julian convince her to stay? Can he find the words that will make her believe what they have is real?
I honestly have no words for this book. It has left me speechless. It is a definite six stars on my five star scale. I was hooked from the beginning! The story is so well written; it will definitely keep you on your toes. This is one of those books that I couldn’t put down, one that I highlighted like mad. I cannot praise Hilary enough for this novel.
The story line flowed really well. The plot was terrific! It had those WTF moments, those parts where you look at the book and literally say “WHAT?! NO!!!” It was one of those, and I love those types of books. I fell in love with the characters too. I felt close to them, like I knew them. Alexa, though, man, she’s one of those characters that I want to knock upside the head. This girl has problems, yes, but come on, Alexa. You’re blind! You have two people that are in love with you, and you can’t tell with either of them! Stop self-sabotaging yourself. Look at me, I felt so connected with Alexa, I’m literally talking to her, OVER A REVIEW. I need psychiatric help.
Anyways, like I said, there aren’t enough words for this book. It was incredible, sexy, steamy, and romantic. All the things I look for in a book. Hilary Wynne can write some pretty hot scenes, if you know what I mean.
Six stars, for Stay by Hilary Wynne. I absolutely CANNOT wait for the next one! Hurry it up, chick. I need more Julian!

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