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Not at First (Not at First Series Book 1) by [Rios, Phalla S.]
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Phalla S. Rios lives in California with her husband, a daughter and a goofy pit bull. She loves to read and write while drinking her favorite tea, Joy, from Starbucks. During her spare time, she is usually at the movies or looking for the next best place to eat. She often refers to herself as a foodie. Her novels are Not at First and the sequel, Always at First. She is currently writing the last book to her series, Forever at First.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Phalla S. Rios; 2 edition (15 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #544,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Arrggghhhhh. I wanted to like this a lot and show my solidarity for another self-published author. It takes a lot to put yourself out there and that's probably a big reason for my three stars instead of two.

Firstly, I'll try not to dwell on it but - if you like your books to have proper sentence structure, commas in the right places (or at least places that makes sense) and all the words to be the right ones - then this book is not for you. It was really sloppily edited and while errors can slip into any book, this one was full of them. If you can overlook that or don't notice such things then you should give this a shot. It actually gave me a headache.

The story is your basic love triangle with a bit of dominance thrown in. Both men are ridiculously over bearing and quite frankly any normal girl would have told them where to shove it really early on. Her past is only hinted at so you can't get a sense of why she feels like this pair of absolute c**kends is the best she can do. Also, I think that there's a distinct lack of her inner voice - she says things that seemingly come out of nowhere and sometimes it would be nice to understand what she was thinking. There's definitely a lot of back story missing and while I can appreciate this the first book in a series (which I did not know when reading it!), I feel like there needed to be a lot more back story included in this first part. It was incredibly frustrating trying to second guess what was going on.

So is it any good? Well it's not the worst thing I've ever read. I will probably read the others when they are released to see if anything becomes any clearer. Not sure I'd passionately recommend it to anyone though.
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I was literally hooked on this book from page one and couldn't put it down. I am so glad I got to read this book and cant wait to see what else is to come from it would definitely recommend this book to read it was awesome and well written :)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x951a49e4) out of 5 stars 54 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9599c4f8) out of 5 stars Great debut novel but I'm anxious for book 2 26 July 2013
By Yvette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Why do girls who find themselves at the center of a love triangle act so stupid? Seriously, I've read so many novels lately where a girl somehow finds herself torn between two guys, stringing along either one or both of them as she attempts to make up her mind. It's particularly frustrating to read about these heroines, wishing I could slap some sense into them before the problem explodes in their face, which it always does. When I read the blurb for Not at First by Phalla S. Rios, which noted the heroine's position between two love interests, I knew there would be major romantic drama in store for protagonist Angel Mabbott. Despite wanting to scream obscenities at Angel on several occasions, I enjoyed the story, becoming thoroughly absorbed by its elements of mystery and romance.
If Not at First taught me anything, it's that first impressions can be very misleading. From the time Roman Conti and Kevin Hawken are first introduced to the final pages, my initial opinions of both men are drastically changed. The secrets shrouding Angel's past are soon joined by additional veiled truths concerning the two men that suddenly appear in her life. Angel's relationships with Roman and Kevin are simultaneously maddening and captivating - maddening because both men are incredibly vague about everything except their desire for Angel, and captivating because I needed to know which man Angel would ultimately choose.
Not at First is a book that grew on me; the more I read, the more I enjoyed the story. The plot is fast-paced, gaining traction towards the final chapters leading up to the cliffhanger ending. The book is far from lacking in drama and suspense, although I would've liked to see more character development. Angel's past continues to remain somewhat of a mystery and I know next to nothing about the backstories of Kevin and Roman. I hope that the author delves further into the minds of these three characters in the second novel, forgoing the vague descriptions that make up a good portion of his book in favor of providing answers to the many questions that have been left unanswered.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95877b40) out of 5 stars a great read that you will find yourself rereading time and again 6 May 2014
By Rebecca Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I was so engrossed in this story that I had it finished in just a couple hours.

Angel has just moved to Minneapolis from California to start college. She wants to start a new life and forget all about her old life and the pain that she's trying to leave behind. She moves in with 3 girls one of which is Lola who becomes her best friend. I liked Lola she worries about Angle and wants her to enjoy herself and be happy.

Kevin is sexy, tattooed, mysterious, and extremely nice. When he comes to pick Angel up one morning he opens her fridge seeing no food in it he later comes by and goes out and buys all kinds of groceries to drop back off. He truly cares for Angel and he wants what's best for her and for to be happy and he knows that it's him that can give her that.

Roman is the other man in Angel's life and I hate him. He comes off to friendly and smooth when you first actually meet him. He makes my skin crawl and you know he is no good. It doesn't take long for him to turn into a controlling jerk.

Phalla wrote a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending of the book has me anxious to read the next book. I need to know what happens with Kevin and Angel. I will admit to being curious to see what will happen to the all mighty jerk Roman. A definite must read that you will find yourself reading time and again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95d55498) out of 5 stars A twist leaving you again doubting who he better for Angel 18 Sept. 2013
By Just_Booked - Monique - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
NOT AT FIRST begins with Angel Mabbott at the hospital after attempting to burrow her sorrows by trying to take her life for feeling guilty about her father's passing. Not only does she feel guilty about her father's death, but her mother and siblings also blame her for his death too. Angel slips in a coma only visited by her uncle and a mystery man, the men discuss her future in which her uncle decides to send her to Minneapolis when she recovers. The mystery man promises to take care of her and will even relocate to place he despises, Minneapolis.

Two years later, Angel leaves to start a new beginning to attend the University of Minneapolis, leaving her past behind her. She decides to move in a townhouse with her best friend, Lola Sanchez, along with two other roommates, Zoe and Aubrey. Angel decides her room needs painting and cleaning, so she and Lola go to a hardware store to buy some much-needed supplies when she meets Kevin Hawken. Kevin has blazing hazel eyes, muscular physique, short light brown hair, a jawline stubble, crooked grin and sleeve tattoos on both arms.

Angel leaves the hardware store and thinking she will never see him again, but when she finds him in her science lab class few days later she is shocked. Kevin becomes her true friend because she cannot hide her true feelings when she is with him even though he sometime he acts likes an ass. She feels safe with him and comfortable so much she is unable to explain, but make him promise they will always be friends.

One day when Angel was waiting at a bus stop on her way home, she meets Roman Conti, CEO of Conti Investments. Roman is handsome businessman, with dark eyes, a sexy smile, and simply irresistible to stay away from. Roman is determined to have her, so her charms himself into her life by romancing her with affection and surprises.

Angel finds herself trap in a love triangle and does not want to hurt anyone, but needs to decide which man is best for her. Kevin and Roman have many mysteries that you will uncover along with Angel and just when you think you know everything, the story takes a twist leaving you again doubting who he better for Angel and does Angel ever find who her mystery man is?
Author Phalla S. Rios debuts her first romance, NOT AT FIRST, and has done a BEAUTIFUL job writing a romance that captivates you immediately capturing your interest to turn each page to discover more answers alongside Angel. Even though you may uncover more questions than answers and leaving you doubting if Angel's choice was the right choice, so do not be disappointed when you discover the book ends with huge cliffhanger. Phalla will not have us to waiting too long to find out what happens with Angel, Kevin, and Roman, because she is currently writing the second book in the series, ALWAYS AT FIRST.

This is her first novel in the series, Phalla I give NOT AT FIRST, 5 AMAZING STARS!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x955cac84) out of 5 stars COULD NOT PUT DOWN (Neglected MAJIOR house work) lol 12 Feb. 2014
By R. Perales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
***ARC Provided by Author for Honest Review***


Not At First drawled me in right away!! I am a sucker for love triangles. This book had all the angst, mystery, steaminess, and love I look for in a book.

Angel is starting college and has a mysterious past.
She meets Kevin right away. He hes a hunky tattoo man. (Who can resist those types ;))

"You're way too bitchy to be an Angel"

He also has some mystery to him.

I was so lost in this story i COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. (neglected major house duties btw lol)
This author knew how to draw me in with questions. I had so many questions i wanted answered i knew i had to just keep on reading. Although not all were answered it was still fun to figure out the story and kept me on the edge of my seat (THERE WILL BE A BOOK 2).

Now when i met Roman i thought.... *SWOON*. All of there moments together were amazing.... until .... THE CONTROLLING ROMAN. Ugh! he started seeming abusive after a while. Not sure if that's what the author was going for but.... i ended up hating Roman. Which sucks cause i really wanted to like him.

So through all of these guys and steamy scenes little things here and there are having you question EVERYTHING!

From time to time i wanted to THROAT PUNCH Angle... lol but then again i understood why she did the things she did.

all in all 5 STARS!!
When a book can hold my attention like this one... That is always a great thing.
Great Job Phalla!! :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x955a6d14) out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequel - good read 12 Feb. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*****received ARC to provide honest opinion****

Firstly I received the new edited version and although still a couple of small errors within the book I happily overlooked these as I couldn't put the book down!

The book starts with Angel starting a new life and attempting to leave her past in California behind her, following the death of her father. You don't really get to find out much more of what's happened in the past from Angels POV but later in the book Kevin does give you an insight.

I could happily fall in love with Kevin! he is clearly in love with Angel and has been for some time, although I did wonder if there is more to their relationship. She randomly meets Roman and although I initially liked him from the start by the end of book 1 I hated him and his dominating ways. He clearly has money and power but his ways would scare me off.

I enjoy Angels character but I wish she'd stand up to Roman. She's obviously still dealing with issues from her past but I feel it would be better if we heard more from her point of view regarding what's happened. She clearly feels guilty for her fathers death but we have no idea why.

Overall a good read and like I said I couldn't put it down. I really hope the sequel gives us an insight into the characters histories and Angel chooses the right one. I'm hoping that by the second book she'll stand up for herself more and make the right decision. I'm def team Kevin :-)
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