I’ll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance. She wasn’t ready for me yet. I didn’t approach her and I didn’t disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.
Mallory Sullivan is ready to start her new life. After graduating at the top of her class, she’s landed one of the most coveted internships in the United States. Hard work and determination have gotten her to this moment of living the life she only dreamed of while growing up in foster care.
From the start, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me.
She never expected Oz to be the greatest culmination of those dreams. But sometimes fate determines who you fall in love with. Who makes you lose control. Who owns your soul.
And then you realize it wasn’t fate at all…
I’ve wanted to care for and protect her since the first moment I saw her. I’ve constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her, could give her the life she deserves.
The time has come.
I’ve watched her since the beginning.
It’s funny, but I don’t really remember much before her. It’s as if I could split my life into two halves. Before her and after. I remember my life with my parents, and I remember getting into college, but it’s all gray before her. Until the day I saw her, there was no color. But once my eyes landed on her for the first time, it was like when Dorothy landed in Oz and she opened the door. The world went Technicolor, and she was my very own Glinda the Good Witch.
I was twenty-two years old the first time I saw her. She was seventeen and competing in a state-level high school math competition.
Yale University asked me to represent them as a student judge, and I nearly declined. The state of Connecticut is small but houses one of the greatest Ivy League colleges in the country. One that makes becoming a standout almost impossible. I was among the top one percent in my class as a senior at Yale, with a major in statistics.
The only reason I’d accepted the invitation was to play a part. Many expected me to follow in the footsteps of my father, and I wanted them to believe that, but my end goal was a little different than anyone knew. I was on the path of revenge, but playing a part would help me on that path. Rubbing shoulders with the same men my father did, even if it left a bitter taste in my mouth.
Agreeing to judge the competition was life-changing. The bitter taste in my mouth altered that day. A sweetness took over. I wanted it. Needed it.
I’ll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance, like you would a lioness in the wild. I didn’t approach her and I didn’t disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.
I found out later she was being sponsored by her high school so that she could attend the competition. She had no family and was being raised in a group foster home, so her school funded the trip. She was smart, and they wanted to see her succeed, which she did.
I saw so much in her as she competed. She knew all the answers and was absolutely sure each time. She trusted her instincts, and they didn’t let her down. There was so much potential in her just waiting to be unleashed. I wanted to sit down and have her tell me everything, anything, as long as she talked to me.
She swept the competition and won first place in her division. I was strangely proud of her.
When she walked out of the hotel ballroom after the competition was over, I let her go. It was the hardest thing I’d ever had to do. But I knew that if I went after her too soon, or too fast, she would run. Not only was she too young for me, but something about her told me she was the kind of woman who came along once in ten thousand lifetimes.
This wasn’t to be rushed. It was to be savored.
I may hate my father, but I’ve learned from his mistakes. I’m going to use those mistakes for my own advantage. He’s smart but sloppy at the same time and it’s been showing. But I know if you want something, you work hard for it, plan out all the details to make it yours.
From the beginning, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her.
A path to me.
No one knows it’s been me behind the curtain, pulling the strings. I’ve constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her.
The time has come.
I still have this huge smile on my face after reading Everything For Her. This was the first full-length novel by Alexa Riley and I have to admit that I was so freaking excited. I’m a sucker for their stories. Insta love, cheesy and over the top, I wasn’t disappointed.
When I read the blurb I was already expecting this part of craziness and I’m not usually the kind of girl to fall that kind of stories and I’m not ashamed to say that it was a delightful read.
The magic was operating but I have to say that I’ve been warned but since I’ve read a lot of their work, I knew what to expect but I’m still surprised by the storyline and this one was no exception.
What happens when a man found the love of his life and pulls all the strings behind to make her his? You get Mallory and Oz’s story. The storyline was bold and totally insane but I fell for it.
Mallory is a hard worker and now she got an internship at one of the best companies, she didn’t know what’s gonna hit her. I read it utterly surprised and speechless at first.
I liked that Mallory wasn’t a helpless girl, even if she was sheltered all her life. She was so much more. A mix of sweetness and toughness. She wasn’t letting some guy rule her life and it was refreshing. She has this little innocence but this fierce and strong temper inside.
She has a tough life and being lonely was part of it, until she met Oz. Someone who was watching over her but she didn’t realise how much.
Oz … If a guy like was trying to talk to me like he did with Mallory, I think I’d be melting, really. All about him is intense, passionate and addictive. That man … wow.
After getting all my senses again, I didn’t totally approve what he has done to make Mallory his first, life forcing fate but reading more about his convictions and belief convinced me. I was enrolled to his mission. Like Mallory there was two sides, the sweet man and the one seeking for revenge.
Everything For Her is sexy, naughty, with dirty talks and at times kinky, all wrapped with a strong hint of romance. Well I was sold by their first full-length novel and I’m so going to read the next one!