- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 154254355X
- ISBN-13: 978-1542543552
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 441 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lily is a high school senior who has just transferred to a new school in the middle of the year. After the tragic death of Lily's mother, Lily's father has become a raging alcoholic. Lily is the image of her mother and it's slowly driving her father mad, causing him to lash out at Lily, physically and verbally abusing her. Lily just wants to finish school and find a job so that she can escape the hell of living with her father.
Ren is the star quarterback at Lily's new school. He already has a full ride football scholarship, so his future is set. He has loving parents, but despite being the golden boy athlete, Ren doesn't really have friends and tends to keep to himself. Something is definitely missing from his life.
When Ren meets Lily, it's safe to say that it's love at first sight. Ren is drawn to Lily's vulnerability in a way that makes him need to protect her. There's no sense or logic to it; it's pure instinct. Lily isn't sure what to make of Ren at first, but soon realizes that he has sincere intentions. She knows that she can trust him.
As is the standard with Riley, the couple falls for each other fast. At first, Lily's more hesitant because she doesn't want love to destroy her the way that it has with her father. But Ren quickly convinces Lily that he only wants to protect and care for her.
There were some things I didn't like: for example, just how quickly Lily and Ren go from both being virgins to having amazing, mind-blowing sex. Also, the numerous epilogues were a bit tedious for me.
Having said all that, as insta-lovey and unrealistic as this book is, I still liked it. There are moments when Ren is so darn sweet that I was actually smiling at some of the things he says to Lily. Here I was, reading this book, smiling like an idiot. This book is sweet enough to warm even my cynical heart.
It's kind of hard to believe that this is the same writing team that brought us Trailer Park Virgin (because that book was filthy to the max), but there you have it. I'd especially recommend Shielding Lily to readers who might be new to Alexa Riley and aren't ready to dive into their taboo books just yet. Loyal readers might still enjoy this, but just be aware that this isn't a full-on smutfest like most of their other books.
Shielding Lily is a puppy love romance. Ren and Lily are wise beyond their years. Ren is studious and athletic. He could care less about his popularity. He just wants to be successful and have a love like his parents. Lily hasn't had a home since her mother's death. She lost both parents that day and now she's trying to save money so that she can leave home and go to college. When Ren really sees Lily for the first time, his world lights up. He's found something that brings him passion and happiness. Lily hasn't felt loved and protected for so long. She takes a leap of faith letting Ren into her world. Together the couple grow and encourage each other to follow their dreams. Their sole purpose in life is make the other happy, as their love's happiness makes them happy.
It's a sweet and romantic read following Ren and Lily from high school seniors to adulthood. Shielding Lily is all about finding love, family and happiness. If you've never read an AR book, this would be a perfect start.
Love Love Love Alexa Riley! She never lets me down. I always order her short sexy stories no questions asked. I one clicked this and then went back to read a synopsis. I thought...hm not sure I'll like this one...two high school kids??? I should have known I would love every minute.
This was the sweetest story I've read in quite some time. Lily, the quiet and shy new girl with a troubled home life and Ren, the hot star football player that keeps to himself rather than party up. Ren is immediately taken with Lily and there are no brakes or slowing down on his pursuit to make her his.
LOVE multiple Epilogues so we can see their relationship progress into college and adulthood/parenthood.
My only complaint - and it's not really a complaint, more of a confusion - why are there like 16 epilogues? I mean, they're essentially just more chapters to the story, not really an epilogue. So, that was weird. But the story portion was awesome! : )
If anyone is looking for a great, light, insta-love, alpha male, young adult (characters are high school seniors, age 18) with LOTS OF HEAT (rec age 18+) kind of read, check out this book!
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Instant love? Like bf gf in like the first 10 minutes of meeting, just not realistic and no heat at all...Read more