Released: Sept 14, 2014; Sept 28, 2014; Oct 12, 2014
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Lacey Publications
On the Flap
When "nobody" Rue Calliwell sees famous Jack Stone drunk and angry on her doorstep, she has no idea why he's there. "You'll be hearing from my lawyer," he mysteriously says on his exit, and with those words, her life changes. What would you do if you inherited fifty million dollars from a father you didn't know you had? What if you didn't want the money? Thrown into a life she's never dreamed of, Rue finds the whole world watching her every move---and who's watching closest? Rockstar Alec Gabriel and his best friend, her new brother... Jack Stone.
A New Adult Romance Serial. Part 2 will be out 9/28 and Part 3 10/12 - both available for preorder. 17+ due to sexy content
Stand Close 2
Rebelling against the pitfalls of her inheritance, Rue leaves town without telling her new brothers, Jack and Sean. But she’s not ready for what happens, and rescuing her just might make their best friend Alec fall deeper under her spell. She’s in over her head, and the water keeps rising with Jack pouring more in, every chance he gets.
Stand Close 3
There's only one thing Jack wants from Rue - her absence. But she just might surprise him and everyone else with what she plans to do next. There's more than one way to spend fifty million. With Alec very nearby making matters worse, Rue and Jack battle it out. Sean knows that in war, no one's the victor until everyone puts down the blade. But will his siblings learn... before it's too late?
There are four main characters in the series with the heroine really being who the story is concentrated on.
At the age of 21, Rue Calliwell keeps getting dealt hardships many can’t imagine. As the daughter of a nanny, money was always tight. She never met her father because he died in the war and then her mom passed just a couple of years ago from cancer. Now all alone with only her best friend, she continues to pursue her dream of dancing but keeps a night job in a local grocer.
Sean and Jack Stone are millionaire socialites. The “it” boys have grown up with wealth but also in the media’s eye. They like to party and jet set to the hottest clubs and are seen with any number of beauties on their arms. Sean, the older of the two, is more subdued and a bit of gentleman mostly because he has his own secret to hide from the rest of the world. Jack, on the other hand, enjoys being ostentatious. He’s more of an acquired taste with an ego the size of Texas but the money and looks to back it up.
Alec Gabriel is best friends with Jack as he spent much of his childhood with the Stone boys while his unconventional parents fluttered about with disregard to raising their son. Alec has money in his own right as a successful rock star.
Rue is thrust into a world she’s only seen in the tabloids when she finds out she has inherited millions. Suddenly her surreal circumstances set her off on a new and very different reality. She has to deal with the fact that her mother lied to her about the identity and personality of her father for her whole life. Now with her mother deceased, she has to try to get as many answers as possible from attorneys and a family she didn’t know she had. She is completely naïve but not in an unlikeable or annoying way. She truly just finds herself in a whole new dynamic from top to bottom. She has to learn to navigate the public and the media as well as deal with the sudden ability to afford anything.
Sean seems to quickly take to the role of a big brother and is protective of her. He’s likes to guide her knowing how brutal life in the limelight is. Jack manages to fulfill that of a villain. He is jealous and doesn’t understand why their father would never mention this child much less give her $50 million. Fleetingly he devotes his energy into making life miserable for his new sister. To take things one step further, he talks Alec into wooing her with the end goal of breaking her heart. It’s like a twenty-something acting like a toddler throwing a fit.
Alec is something else. He seems like he’d act much in the same way as Jack but he doesn’t…maybe it’s the sensitive rocker in him. He had initially agreed with Jack’s plan but upon meeting Rue instantly felt an attraction to her. At some point it’s even admirable how he decides to remove himself from the situation, forgoing his wants for that of essentially what he views as family.
Overall this isn’t a romantic driven series and isn’t meant to be. It is young adults being put in abnormal, yet completely plausible situations and how they react. I think Rue is one of my favorite female protagonists, she has a genuine innocence and approaches nearly everything encounter with hope but still enjoys challenging matters along the way. It’s an endearing tale of loss, changing, and finding new.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Stand Close 1
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