Spotting a hooker on a city street corner is not an abnormal thing.
Me bringing one home? Well, that’s a first.
But this girl . . . She’s in trouble.
And this asshole is not a guy she wants to go home with.
So I do the exact thing I shouldn’t—I offer to bring her home with me instead.
She says this is the first time she’s ever done this, which is adorably ironic.
Then proceeds to tell me a sob story about needing money to care for the baby who was left on her doorstep. That’s when my stomach starts to clench. I think she might be telling the truth.
So I do what any respectable man would do—I take her home, stopping to pick up diapers and formula on the way—and discover that she was telling the truth all along.
Christ on a cracker.
I should have just kept walking.
I should have done a thousand other things except for barge into her sad life, offer to fix everything, fall for her . . .
Finding Alexei was an impossibly sweet, satisfying read. The cute factor was high, the conflict factor low, and the overall feeling of the book was heartwarming. I always have fun reading Kendall Ryan’s books, but Finding Alexei stands out from the rest.
Few women can resist the lure of a hot man with a baby, especially when the baby isn’t his. I am no exception; neither is Ryleigh. I loved how much both Ryleigh and Alexei stepped up for that precious infant who was completely lacking a family. Ella was an innocent, and I was so happy to see these people who had no tie to her rearrange their lives to ensure that precious baby had everything she needed.
Ryleigh was nearly as innocent as Ella and in desperate need of a break. Her life had been anything but easy; she had no support system, no safe place to land, no one to fight for her. Until Alexei found her. She was so used to clawing her way through life, she could scarcely believe – or accept – that someone would so willingly help her. I loved that she was so intent on retaining her independence and resilience.
Alexei was just as good as I imagined him to be in Dear Jane. Seriously, I don’t think the man had a bad bone in his body. He was good with babies, supportive of women, and seemed otherwise flawless. He was perfect in a way only romance novel heroes can be. Those types of heroes don’t always work for me, but in this story, with everything Ryleigh and Ella had gone through, Alexei definitely did it for me. He was amazing, and I kind of want to keep him to myself and refuse to share him with anyone else.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
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