Well, I have zero interest in continuing the trilogy, so that should really tell you everything that you need to know. I didn’t like it. It hits the ground running from page one, and our heroine’s perspective sometimes felt scattered, leaving me confused and disconnected. There’s a mysterious feel to the whole book that should’ve worked well with the suspense, but often left me frustrated instead. I didn’t care enough about any of the characters to fully connect; Kash and Bailey were just okay for me, and some of the side characters were vomit-inducing. Their romance was strangely paced and often vague, yet we got plenty of dirty details about the other guys, including one or two particularly cringey scenes that I wish I could erase from my memory. It’s not my first read by this author, so I can confidently say that it’s not her best work.
The story follows Bailey, a computer genius with a photographic memory. After a kidnapping attempt leaves her shaken, she’s taken in by a mysterious group and told that her father is someone famous. The man in charge seems to be the mysterious yet sexy Kashton, who clashes with Bailey in a way that’s both frustrating and sexually frustrating for her. As Bailey learns more about her family dynamics and gets to know Kash better, she’s not entirely sure what to think. But she seems to be bonding with Kash more than anyone else, and it’s not long before their relationship feels anything but platonic.
The writing quality probably sits somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but my personal enjoyment is closer to 2. I’ve read several of this author’s books, and her distinctive writing style always keeps me coming back for more – even when I’m not completely sold on the storyline. That won’t be the case with this trilogy. While her style does lend itself well to the suspenseful nature of this series and I liked that it kept me guessing, there just wasn’t enough GOOD stuff going on to keep me interested – especially in a love story that essentially ends on a CLIFFHANGER. So much of Kash and Bailey’s relationship is shrouded in secrecy or glossed over that I’m not overly invested in them. And I’m certainly not interested in the other self-entitled, womanizing tools featured in the book. The depiction of women is largely unflattering here. So, while this has the foundation of an intriguing suspense novel, the details left me disappointed. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this lackluster love story.
The Insiders is the first in a brand new, page-turning romance trilogy from New York Times bestseller, Tijan!
Bailey is as normal as could be, with a genius IQ and a photographic memory. But still, normal for her. Then, things happen—a guy breaks into her house in the middle of the night to take her hostage. She finds out her father is actually billionaire tech genius Peter Francis, the same guy she’s idolized all her life. She learns all this when she meets dark, mysterious, and electrifying Kashton Colello. He’s an associate of her father’s, and he gives Bailey two choices—go with him and meet her father or survive on her own because those kidnappers are going to try again. It’s a no-brainer.
After this, three things become clear for Bailey:
1. She’s living at her father’s sprawling estate, complete with bodyguards and the best security that money can buy.
2. She’s no longer an only child. She has three siblings and has no idea what to do with them and vice versa.
3. She is being guarded by Kash himself. Personally guarded. And there is a lot of guarding going on there and some of it is going to drive her crazy.
A complete outsider in a world of wealth and decadence, Bailey has to find her way within a family that has more secrets than she could have imagined. One of these secrets could be deadly…
About the Author:
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
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