Shielding Lily by Alexa Riley
Published by Self-published on September 13, 2016
Genres: New Adult
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It’s Lily Parker’s first day at a new high school. She’s a senior finishing her last semester, and all she wants to do is graduate and get out of town. Her home life is a secret hell, and she’s trying to find a way out. But everything changes when Ren says hello and sees right through to her truth.
Ren Hendrick’s succeed's at everything he touches, including football. But he’s never been passionate about anything. He’s quiet and keeps to himself, which pisses people off. But he can’t find the desire to care. He’s lived a life without color, until Lily walks in and lights up his world.
Their story is one of sweet young love and finding your forever before you can even dream of what that is. It’s one of protecting what belongs to you and having the courage to follow your heart, no matter your age.
Warning: Call your dentist and schedule an appointment, because you’re going to get nothing but cavities from this sugary book. Ren and Lily start off so innocent, but by the time it’s over, you’re gonna need to hose yourself off. We’re talking two virgins who turn into maniacs. You’re welcome!
As the warning at the end of the blurb says: They start off innocent and turn into maniacs. But is one long sweet ride. Shielding Lily is a great story, and shows how AR’s OTT heroes are born, not made:
“I’m gonna kiss you, Lily Parker. Because you’re the sweetest and most beautiful girl I’ve ever met, and if I don’t I might die. But once I do, you’re gonna belong to me.”
Ren succeeds at anything he tries, but he doesn’t really enjoy things much. He’d rather be by himself and has no interest in teen drama. That is until he sees Lily for the first time. One look at the new girl in school and everything changes for him, and he’ll do anything and everything to keep Lily safe and happy. He was the perfect mini alpha and I loved his uber-protective streak and absolute dedication to his girl.
“The second I saw you, I fell, babe. I fell hard and fast. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Loving you and becoming everything to you like you are to me.”
Lily’s home life had been steadily deteriorating for the last couple of years, and she can’t wait for her eighteenth birthday and to finish up school so she can leave. At first, Lily can’t seem to trust her luck when this boy-man singles her out, but Ren’s total devotion to her soon convinces her of what she has. Lily was a sweet and quiet girl, with some hard experiences but with a tender heart. When she gave herself to Ren (and his family) she was totally devoted to them.
“Ren, half the girls here are dressed skimpier than I am. It’s college.”
“I don’t see any woman but you, so don’t tell me what other people are wearing. I don’t give a fuck.”
Shielding Lily was a great addition to the AR library and I enjoyed it way more than I had anticipated (being that the main characters are finishing high school). They were super sweet together, Ren’s parents were hilarious and fantastic and the overall feel to the story was simply superb. I’d go as far as to say one of my favorite of Ms. Riley’s stories so far.
3.5+ “And that’s how OTT alphas are born” Stars
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