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?
OK…let me be honest for a minute. When I first started reading Not At First I was having a difficult time with it. I had a rough time understanding the story, it was a little choppy for me HOWEVER…as the story continued I was dragged in and I couldn’t get enough! This was definitely a 4 star read for me. And of course I have a major book hangover and Phalla is still writing the follow-up ;)
“You will never be happy… You gave up on life… Your family hates you…”
This is how she views her life. Upon starting classes she meets Kevin, the apparently bi-polar tough guy who is sweet one minute and a complete ASSHAT the next. Angel seems to be drawn to him but pushes him away at the same time. She also meets Roman, the sweet and sexy business man who spots her while she is waiting for the bus.
When Roman and Kevin are around each other Angel can feel the tension between them but doesn’t get it. At dinner with Kevin she orders first and unknowingly orders his “usual” meal. While at Kevin’s house she asks Roman to pick her up and he knows right where it is without even asking…so many coincidences I could not figure out what on Earth was going on.
Angel and Roman begin seeing each other and he is sooooo sweet! Roof top dinners, sweet kisses, walking her to the door…meanwhile Kevin is always inadvertently insulting her or getting to comfortable and touchy feely. As the story goes on Roman becomes more and more overprotective and he begins acting like the ASSHAT. He speaks of “punishing” Angel for her actions.
“He’s not gentle and this is not making love. He’s fucking me. I take what he’s giving me and whimper out my orgasm.”
I started liking Kevin more and more. There was something about him that had me curious. I didn’t like that he was secretive and acted like a jerk and yet I was still rooting for Angel to leave Roman and go to Kevin. Angel is torn between the two men.
“I have fallen in love with two men. There’s going to come a time where I will hurt one deeply, but for right now, I’m just going to enjoy them both. I will face the consequences when the time comes.”
We start to learn bits and pieces of Angel’s past and how Kevin apparently had a part of it. It is not 100% clear to me where this story is going butneedless to say I am anxiously waiting!! I need to know if Angel is going to be OK and be able to live a life that she deserves. Please don’t keep me waiting too long Phalla :)
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. Right now she is finishing up her debut novel, Not at first.
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