The Insiders is the first book in a new romantic trilogy by Tijan that was filled with mystery and red-hot chemistry.
Our leading lady Bailey Is hacker with a genius IQ who has spent her life trying to catch the attention of her idol and billionaire tech genius Peter Francis. After a failed kidnapping attempt, mysterious and handsome Kashton arrives to drop the bomb that not only does Peter Francis know who she is, but she is his daughter! She’s given the choice of going to meet her idol/father and leaving the life she knows or fending for herself and hoping that more of her father’s enemies don’t try again. Upon making the obvious choice to go live with her new billionaire dad she also meets her “new” siblings and step-mother. While the younger siblings see no problems with her sudden appearance, her oldest brother Matthew sees her as his new plaything, throwing her into parties and elite social gatherings guaranteed to overwhelm her. A reprieve among the crazy is her new personal protector Kashton, who while full of secrets, has given her a safe space, flirty banter and some sweet sweet release.
When I was given the opportunity to review Tijan’s newest book I was so excited! Her books have been revered in many of my favorite book circles. And while mysteries have never been a go-to genre for me in the past but I was pleased to find that “The Insiders” found just the right balance of suspense and romance. Kash is a delicious addition to any book boyfriend list with his unwavering devotion to Bailey’s safety and all around badassness that leaves those around him quivering in fear should they find themselves the subject of his ire. While his position with the family and his duties regarding her were a mystery he was a constant reassuring presence and their chemistry was off the charts. One aspect that left me frustrated was that Bailey kept continually trusting her brother Matthew after he repeatedly proved himself to be unreliable and his intentions to be questionable, but it became clear that it was her desperation to see the good in her new-found family and wanting to be accepted that led her to fall victim time and again. The complexity of her relationships with her father and siblings played on my heart and her feelings of inadequacy were as much a main character as the rest. The underlying mystery throughout the book however, didn’t have as much of a shocking reveal as I anticipated but the resolution was enough to make the following cliffhanger bearable.
Whether you are already a Tijan fan or this will be your first, The Insiders is a fun, suspenseful romance that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. Congrats on the beginning of a no-doubt successful trilogy.