My Review: Stay Awhile by Gia Riley

My Review:  Stay Awhile by Gia RileyStay Awhile by Gia Riley
Publication Date: March 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romance
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Life can change in the blink of an eye.
And every choice can unravel more of the truth.
One split second decision after a lifetime of lies, has created a world so confusing, happily ever after isn’t guaranteed. Not even when the stars align and the pieces fit perfectly into the puzzle.
This time, she'll have to fight for love with a vice clamping her heart and a gaping hole swallowing her soul––absence won’t make the heart grow fonder.
Lies and deceit.
Broken promises and disappointment.
Megan Campbell knows them all too well.
So far, the pain has won. But the pain doesn’t have to be permanent.

My Review

We don’t have tomorrow figured out let alone the future, but with this amazing man by my side, I have a fighting chance. And I’ve never been more excited to stay awhile.

Stay Awhile by Author Gia Riley is a friends-to-lovers novel.

“I’ve always wanted you, Megs. The timing was never right, and you already had what you were looking for, but that’s not the case anymore.”

Megan fell in love at an early age with Connor. He was her everything, and she let him consume her. But, this now seems to be a one-sided love and Megan is crushed in the process. Garrett has been her friend since childhood, and when she and her daughter, Laney, need him most, he’s there.

“Garrett’s part superhero, with the capes and all. I think he’s probably friends with Santa and that’s how he made it happen. They’re working together.”

Initial impression…I am in kid-love. Authors use so many techniques and story-starters to lure in a reader. Author Gia Riley made my heart melt with adoration for sweet Laney, and that was all it took. I then slid fast and furiously into ga-ga infatuation with Garrett. He was the best superhero for Laney, kind, protective, and charming. But for Megs he was the enforcer, making sure her every need was met, and keeping the “bad guy” away.

He’s a total contradiction—sweetly romantic by day and sinfully lustful at night. If it were up to me, I’d live in a world of total darkness, just so I could explore the heat radiating off of him.

I loved all of the character interactions in this story. The rich history of bonds and connections that friends-to-lovers stories bring is always sentimental and moving. Laney and Garrett gave some of the hottest highs and some of the most unfortunate lows, allowing me to stay connected to them and each facet of the novel.

“I’ve always liked you, Garrett, but you’re not my second place. Someone as good as you always deserves first.”

In addition to the great characters, there was this simple thread of suspense. Every time it same back around I wanted to scream, “Tell me now!”. It was the perfect added edge. And OMG! The end of this story. Wow! Gia Riley, you absolutely know how to give your readers so much more than they expected. That was just amazing! And I am hopeful that, beyond the evident HEA, it left us with an open door.

“If you stay . . . You won’t regret. If you stay . . . I’ll make you mine.”

4.5 Stars

About Gia Riley

Gia Riley is a New Adult and Contemporary Romance author from the small but mighty state of Delaware. She’s a lover of all things romance and a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Gia takes pride in creating characters who are real, personable, and entertaining.
Mother and wife by day, writer by night –she’s having a blast living her dream. When she’s not writing, you can find her roaming the isles of Kirkland’s or up to her elbows in Play-doh.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
Happy Reading

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