He’s bossy, moody, and overprotective.

He’s also a pro athlete who needs to focus on winning games and staying out of the headlines.

I’m fiercely independent and need a man like I need a second period each month.

So when our worlds collide, I never expected him to be the one to jump in and save me. Especially not when my roommate disappears, leaving me with her baby.

I’m clueless about babies—and it shows. Good thing Alexei isn’t. With six nieces and nephews and an apparent hero complex, the dude is both sexy and more than capable. It’s a combination that makes it easy to forget we’re just playing house.

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My Review

I can always rely on Kendall Ryan to bring the sweet and the swoon in her romances, and since I’ve been reading quite a few dark romances lately, it was a much needed break to delve into Finding Alexei and be swept up in this feel good/warm your heart story, where the hero and heroine find themselves in a unique situation, building a connection that feels so right despite their differing lives.

And even though their bond seems too good to be true due to extenuating circumstances, I don’t think either of them would mind if the little makeshift family they created becomes their indefinite reality.

Ryan’s heroine, Ryleigh, is an independent woman who doesn’t mind working hard and taking care of herself; in fact, she prefers it that way, and even though she’s in a bit of a complicated situation – one not of her own doing or choosing – she’s determined to make it on her own, even if it’s clear that, that might need the best option. Ryleigh’s not one to use someone else, so while she allows a handsome stranger to come to her aid when she truly has not other choice, she won’t abuse his kindness, even if Alexei Ivan wants her to because he’s drawn to Ryleigh in a way that deserves exploration.

Alexei never seemed like the stereotypical rich professional athlete. He’s made mistakes and he owns up to them. He’s definitely an alpha male whose presence commands his audience, but there is a softer side of him, a kind-hearted side that comes out with Ryleigh and Ella. He sees them as his and he becomes highly protective of them because he doesn’t want them hurt, but in a situation like theirs, it’s almost impossible to shelter them from everything, and it’s that idea that makes Alexei feel inferior at times.

Ryan does a good job of developing Ryleigh and Alexei’s connection and feelings for each other as the story progresses. Both of them have their reasons as to why they should hold the other at an arm’s length, but their attraction to one another was never based on looks alone, so despite the difficulties they may encounter along the way, they owe it to themselves to find out if what they feel is real and lasting.

Finding Alexei has a unique and intriguing plot line that illustrates the importance of kindness regardless of the situation. Alexei stepped up numerous times for someone who was a complete stranger to him, and he did it time and time again, not only because he felt an undeniable connection to Ryleigh but because he knew she needed help and he had the means to make her life a little bit easier. I don’t think either of them expected them to fit so well together despite their differing worlds and lifestyles but that didn’t stop Alexei from barging into Ryleigh’s life and staying there in order to not only help her but because he needed her as well.

4 Poison Apples

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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