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Not at First (Not at First Series Book 1) by [Rios, Phalla S.]
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About the Author

Phalla S. Rios lives in California with her husband, a daughter and a goofy pit bull. She loves to read and write while 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. Her novels are Not at First and the sequel, Always at First. She is currently writing the last book to her series, Forever at First.

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  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Phalla S. Rios; 2 edition (July 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Why do girls who find themselves at the center of a love triangle act so stupid? Seriously, I've read so many novels lately where a girl somehow finds herself torn between two guys, stringing along either one or both of them as she attempts to make up her mind. It's particularly frustrating to read about these heroines, wishing I could slap some sense into them before the problem explodes in their face, which it always does. When I read the blurb for Not at First by Phalla S. Rios, which noted the heroine's position between two love interests, I knew there would be major romantic drama in store for protagonist Angel Mabbott. Despite wanting to scream obscenities at Angel on several occasions, I enjoyed the story, becoming thoroughly absorbed by its elements of mystery and romance.
If Not at First taught me anything, it's that first impressions can be very misleading. From the time Roman Conti and Kevin Hawken are first introduced to the final pages, my initial opinions of both men are drastically changed. The secrets shrouding Angel's past are soon joined by additional veiled truths concerning the two men that suddenly appear in her life. Angel's relationships with Roman and Kevin are simultaneously maddening and captivating - maddening because both men are incredibly vague about everything except their desire for Angel, and captivating because I needed to know which man Angel would ultimately choose.
Not at First is a book that grew on me; the more I read, the more I enjoyed the story. The plot is fast-paced, gaining traction towards the final chapters leading up to the cliffhanger ending. The book is far from lacking in drama and suspense, although I would've liked to see more character development.
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This could have been *just another story* with *just another romance*, and *just another cliffhanger*, but it wasn't. This book had that little something different that makes it a must read debut novel. Not at First is the kind of story that builds as you read, and once you reach the final chapters you are blown away. One twist in particular made my jaw drop. This author KNOWS how to write a good story and is one to watch-well done!

(FYI-yes, there are editing issues, but I understand that the author has gone back to revise this edition and a new version will be released very soon. This review is based on the first published version, and editing was not taken into consideration).
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I was so engrossed in this story that I had it finished in just a couple hours.

Angel has just moved to Minneapolis from California to start college. She wants to start a new life and forget all about her old life and the pain that she's trying to leave behind. She moves in with 3 girls one of which is Lola who becomes her best friend. I liked Lola she worries about Angle and wants her to enjoy herself and be happy.

Kevin is sexy, tattooed, mysterious, and extremely nice. When he comes to pick Angel up one morning he opens her fridge seeing no food in it he later comes by and goes out and buys all kinds of groceries to drop back off. He truly cares for Angel and he wants what's best for her and for to be happy and he knows that it's him that can give her that.

Roman is the other man in Angel's life and I hate him. He comes off to friendly and smooth when you first actually meet him. He makes my skin crawl and you know he is no good. It doesn't take long for him to turn into a controlling jerk.

Phalla wrote a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending of the book has me anxious to read the next book. I need to know what happens with Kevin and Angel. I will admit to being curious to see what will happen to the all mighty jerk Roman. A definite must read that you will find yourself reading time and again.
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I have been waiting to read this for a few months now. I helped Phalla with her cover reveal for this book back in August and have been patiently awaiting it's release. And boy was it ever a great book! For her first time out, Phella did a wonderful job of keeping my attention and hooking me into this emotionally charged story. Like an new author, there are things that could be improved upon. I would have like to have seen a little more character development with most of the main players. But there was still enough to keep me hooked and boy was I hooked by Kevin! <3

Angel is running away from a past that she is determine to overcome. The prologue starts us off with a little of her background and a mystery man who would do anything for her. As Angel starts her new life in Minnesota, where her deceased father has once had a life, enrolling at the University of Minnesota, she meets an emotionally charged Kevin who has this instant connection with Angel. As Angel is trying to figure out what exactly is happening between Kevin and herself, she finds herself at the bus stop being pulled in by a man staring at her. Roman Conti is instantaneously drawn to Angel and makes his move to make her his.

As her relationship with Roman starts to become serious, her relationship with Kevin starts to evolve in its own way. Angel is left confused not really knowing which way to turn. Now there is a cliff hanger in this one, but you are left with a little bit of a glimpse into book 2. I give this a solid 4 stars and can't wait to see more from Phalla and book 2!
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