the Insiders by Tijan

The Insiders Book Cover The Insiders
Tijan
Romantic Suspense
St. Martin's Griffin
May 4, 2021
eBook
376

The Insiders is the first in a brand new, page-turning romance trilogy from New York Times bestseller, Tijan!

Bailey is as normal as could be, with a genius IQ and a photographic memory. But still, normal for her. Then, things happen—a guy breaks into her house in the middle of the night to take her hostage. She finds out her father is actually billionaire tech genius Peter Francis, the same guy she’s idolized all her life. She learns all this when she meets dark, mysterious, and electrifying Kashton Colello. He’s an associate of her father’s, and he gives Bailey two choices—go with him and meet her father or survive on her own because those kidnappers are going to try again. It’s a no-brainer.

After this, three things become clear for Bailey:

1. She’s living at her father’s sprawling estate, complete with bodyguards and the best security that money can buy.

2. She’s no longer an only child. She has three siblings and has no idea what to do with them and vice versa.

3. She is being guarded by Kash himself. Personally guarded. And there is a lot of guarding going on there and some of it is going to drive her crazy.

A complete outsider in a world of wealth and decadence, Bailey has to find her way within a family that has more secrets than she could have imagined. One of these secrets could be deadly…

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.

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