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Twice unlucky in love, natural hair vlogger, Angela Strickland, has settled into a life centered around avoiding men and relationships like the plague. Unwilling to risk another broken heart, she resigns herself to being a perpetually single woman. Corporate man and self-professed womanizer, Ryan Boyé, doesn’t believe in relationships or love and thinks anyone who does is Twice unlucky in love, natural hair vlogger, Angela Strickland, has settled into a life centered around avoiding men and relationships like the plague. Unwilling to risk another broken heart, she resigns herself to being a perpetually single woman. Corporate man and self-professed womanizer, Ryan Boyé, doesn’t believe in relationships or love and thinks anyone who does is a fool. But there’s just something about Angela Strickland he can’t shake… When these two cross paths, their attraction to one another is undeniable. Will they find that the love they’ve both evaded is exactly what they both need?


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Twice unlucky in love, natural hair vlogger, Angela Strickland, has settled into a life centered around avoiding men and relationships like the plague. Unwilling to risk another broken heart, she resigns herself to being a perpetually single woman. Corporate man and self-professed womanizer, Ryan Boyé, doesn’t believe in relationships or love and thinks anyone who does is Twice unlucky in love, natural hair vlogger, Angela Strickland, has settled into a life centered around avoiding men and relationships like the plague. Unwilling to risk another broken heart, she resigns herself to being a perpetually single woman. Corporate man and self-professed womanizer, Ryan Boyé, doesn’t believe in relationships or love and thinks anyone who does is a fool. But there’s just something about Angela Strickland he can’t shake… When these two cross paths, their attraction to one another is undeniable. Will they find that the love they’ve both evaded is exactly what they both need?

30 review for Stay with Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    mina reads™️

    I keep running into this situation where i read something and I see that I could potentially love an author yet i don’t really love their book 😭😭😭 I just didn’t feel any love between these characters, despite how vocal they were about the fact that they were indeed deeply in love, I didn’t feel it. I felt like the characters were super one dimensional so I didn’t care about them as much as I would have liked to. But I did enjoy the writing style and the fact that the heroine was a beauty guru on I keep running into this situation where i read something and I see that I could potentially love an author yet i don’t really love their book 😭😭😭 I just didn’t feel any love between these characters, despite how vocal they were about the fact that they were indeed deeply in love, I didn’t feel it. I felt like the characters were super one dimensional so I didn’t care about them as much as I would have liked to. But I did enjoy the writing style and the fact that the heroine was a beauty guru on YouTube was really cool. There’s something about this though that tells me maybe I’ll read another work by this author and connect with it better so I will try again in the future because I enjoyed the writing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    When this book started, I was really into the attraction between Angela and Ryan. I loved how it was kind of forbidden because Ryan was Angela's new tenant but they just couldn't stop thinking about each other. About halfway through this, though, the story hit a lull and I was bored and not really connected to the romance anymore. I did think it was fun that Ryan would join Angela on her Youtube channel in some of her videos, but other than that, this fell flat for the second half and I wasn't i When this book started, I was really into the attraction between Angela and Ryan. I loved how it was kind of forbidden because Ryan was Angela's new tenant but they just couldn't stop thinking about each other. About halfway through this, though, the story hit a lull and I was bored and not really connected to the romance anymore. I did think it was fun that Ryan would join Angela on her Youtube channel in some of her videos, but other than that, this fell flat for the second half and I wasn't invested in their romance anymore. While it had a great start, the rest didn't follow through.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    I wasn't sure in the beginning... Alexandria House is a new author to me, and I'm glad that I started with the Strickland Sisters series. I'm one of three girls and the Strickland sisters are made up of Renee, Angela and Nicole. I got the dynamics, understood the loyalty, and identified with the lovable intrusiveness of sisters who care about each other. I was drawn to the story because of the "Sisters", but I'm going to keep with the series because I liked the people I met. Now saying all that... I wasn't sure in the beginning... Alexandria House is a new author to me, and I'm glad that I started with the Strickland Sisters series. I'm one of three girls and the Strickland sisters are made up of Renee, Angela and Nicole. I got the dynamics, understood the loyalty, and identified with the lovable intrusiveness of sisters who care about each other. I was drawn to the story because of the "Sisters", but I'm going to keep with the series because I liked the people I met. Now saying all that... I can admit that it took a wee while to warm up to Stay with Me. Seriously, Ryan was an arrogant, egotistical douchewaffle of the manwhore variety. Due to the story being given to us in dual POV, we get his high opinion of himself, his attractiveness to women, and his skill in avoiding commitment. I had some serious doubts that Ryan could change my low opinion of him. I love being proven wrong. 😉 The other reason I thought that I might not like this series is that Angela, the heroine has spent her whole life surrounded by cheating. I hate cheating storylines and I was worried that we may have to deal with it directly. For Angela, her experiences with cheating partners have left her hesitant to date, but she's also a little bit lonely. Her sisters are busy with their own lives and don't always have time to catch up. When her new neighbour moves in, Angela knows that the very HOT man is going to be trouble. I ended up really enjoying Stay with Me. It did take me a wee while to warm up to Ryan, and I'm nearly convinced that he's going to be the perfect partner for Angela. We definitely 'see' the connection between the couple and their intimate scenes were HOT! The narrators do a great job and they were both easy to listen to. There were a couple of times that I struggled with terminology, phrasing, and slang. I could have used a glossary of terms when there were descriptions of hairstyles and products for 'natural hair'. 'Ryan's' accent was strong, and the narrator's voice is so deep, that I had to turn up the volume to hear properly. Those Louisiana accents are smooth, though. I'm definitely going on in the series, and I have Believe in Me locked and loaded, ready to go.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Layeshia

    When a fine ass man WITH commitment issues meats a real woman...Sparks fly!! Excellent story of a man not wanting to be in a committed relationship he even called himself a dog.. however when Ryan met miss Strickland she straighten all that out. I truly love story.. sorry it had to end I don’t hesitate read / listen to this book. 😍👍🏾

  5. 5 out of 5

    Delaney Diamond

    This was such a good book! I really enjoyed watching this couple fall in love with each other. I think I had the most fun watching the hero fall, and because of that had some laugh-out-loud moments. Isn't it fun to watch a confirmed bachelor fall hard, especially when he least expects it? LOL. He wanted to keep their relationship casual but almost lost his mind when the heroine had plans with another man. Typical. One of my favorite things about reading romance is seeing the hero through the her This was such a good book! I really enjoyed watching this couple fall in love with each other. I think I had the most fun watching the hero fall, and because of that had some laugh-out-loud moments. Isn't it fun to watch a confirmed bachelor fall hard, especially when he least expects it? LOL. He wanted to keep their relationship casual but almost lost his mind when the heroine had plans with another man. Typical. One of my favorite things about reading romance is seeing the hero through the heroine's eyes. By the way Angela described Ryan-the-Freak (read the book to find out why I call him that), he was absolutely delicious! The sex scenes were great, but so was how they interacted with each other as a couple--their dating, the way he helped her with her business. Her sisters piqued my interest, too, particularly her older sister. She has a lot of baggage and will probably need multiple blows upside the head to learn she doesn't deserve to be treated that way by her husband. A really good story, and a good example of what romance is all about.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deena

    LOVED IT!!! Such a good read! When I tell you, I gasped, laughed out loud, got a little sad - I had all the feels. Angela and Ryan were perfection. LOVED that she had his nose wide open and acting all out of character. And I absolutely loved those crazy Strickland sisters! I'm ready to move on to Renee's story, so I'll keep this short and sweet: read this book! It's soooo good! LOVED IT!!! Such a good read! When I tell you, I gasped, laughed out loud, got a little sad - I had all the feels. Angela and Ryan were perfection. LOVED that she had his nose wide open and acting all out of character. And I absolutely loved those crazy Strickland sisters! I'm ready to move on to Renee's story, so I'll keep this short and sweet: read this book! It's soooo good!

  7. 4 out of 5

    OhhSlimmm

    4c Love I finally met 4c Angie! Angela is definitely my fav out the sisters. Her and Ryan love was written so beautifully they were making me blush. I loved when Louisiana is being mentioned and Ryan accent being one of his assets had me swooning. I loved everything about this book definitely recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Byron Washington

    Good Story Not as good as the Mitchell Brothers, but hey it's still Alexandria House, so get comfy a prepare to take a ride on the Lust Train, errr Love Train, bka The Yoni Express!!! Yeah, I said it!!! My bad y'all!!😁 Buy it, read it and enjoy!!👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥 Good Story Not as good as the Mitchell Brothers, but hey it's still Alexandria House, so get comfy a prepare to take a ride on the Lust Train, errr Love Train, bka The Yoni Express!!! Yeah, I said it!!! My bad y'all!!😁 Buy it, read it and enjoy!!👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lesa Divine

    Angie has had some unlucky relationships in her past. Ryan never commits to relationships. But there's something about his new landlord Angie that got him hooked. Angie is a YouTube star. Ryan rents out her next door place for 6 months while working. But then they go further. Cute... Angie has had some unlucky relationships in her past. Ryan never commits to relationships. But there's something about his new landlord Angie that got him hooked. Angie is a YouTube star. Ryan rents out her next door place for 6 months while working. But then they go further. Cute...

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Book Junkie Reads . . .

    My favorite of the Strickland sisters 4CAngie This one got her life together. She lives it at her own pace and she finds a little piece of it to claim as her own. Then comes in the delicious Ryan with his sexy cajuan drawl. Neither of the two of them were looking for love, but love have her own way of getting what she wants when she wants it. Angie had to show that she could be all that she could be without a man. Ryan didn't need any woman long term, until he did. Then he had to make a decision My favorite of the Strickland sisters 4CAngie This one got her life together. She lives it at her own pace and she finds a little piece of it to claim as her own. Then comes in the delicious Ryan with his sexy cajuan drawl. Neither of the two of them were looking for love, but love have her own way of getting what she wants when she wants it. Angie had to show that she could be all that she could be without a man. Ryan didn't need any woman long term, until he did. Then he had to make a decision on what he wanted more. I would have loved to have had more of Ryan's life. It seemed like there was a story there.

  11. 5 out of 5

    reneeNaDaBomb

    Stay With Me (Strickland Sisters Book 1) Real talk y'all. This novel was grown and sexy with some 🔥 scenes between Ryan Boye & Angela, the middle sister. Fourty+ years of marriage and the Mom and Dad are stepping out on each other?! It's definitely a keeper. Now I have to read her oldest sister, Renee & hubby, Robert's story next in Strickland Sisters Book #2. There has to be a third storyline for Nicky, the youngest sister, cause she's off the chain sleeping with whoever, whenever and wherever s Stay With Me (Strickland Sisters Book 1) Real talk y'all. This novel was grown and sexy with some 🔥 scenes between Ryan Boye & Angela, the middle sister. Fourty+ years of marriage and the Mom and Dad are stepping out on each other?! It's definitely a keeper. Now I have to read her oldest sister, Renee & hubby, Robert's story next in Strickland Sisters Book #2. There has to be a third storyline for Nicky, the youngest sister, cause she's off the chain sleeping with whoever, whenever and wherever she meets these characters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Korrie’s Korner

    Ryan Boyé has me shook! I absolutely loved this story!! Angela and Ryan totally captured my heart and soul. So many parts that I just reread several times. So good. What a breath of fresh air.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Awesomeness Ryan and Angie had a great love story. Both characters were strong and positive people. They meshed well and had many kings in common. Which made the story flow smoothly. Great story by this author

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    4.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    KBeautiful1

    I know I am late to the party with this series and I am so sorry about that LOL!!! Angela Strickland has had 2 long term relationships in her whole life and both fell flat with betrayal and a broken heart. The only thing she is focused on is growing her YouTube channel because she is a natural hair blogger superstar in the making, steering clear of men because she doesn't trust them and keeping the focus on herself until her younger sister calls her out for being a hermit. Ryan Boye is a fine, sma I know I am late to the party with this series and I am so sorry about that LOL!!! Angela Strickland has had 2 long term relationships in her whole life and both fell flat with betrayal and a broken heart. The only thing she is focused on is growing her YouTube channel because she is a natural hair blogger superstar in the making, steering clear of men because she doesn't trust them and keeping the focus on herself until her younger sister calls her out for being a hermit. Ryan Boye is a fine, smart, fantastic job, smells divine, and wants nothing to do with relationships. The women love him and he aims to please them, in between the sheets but please don't look for anything else from him because he's not in it for the long term. Ryan's job has landed him in a place where he rents a townhouse from Angela Strickland, he sees her but immediately senses she is not the type of woman to play around with, she is a woman who a man will marry, so that counts him out, or does it? This story was so great, it was hilarious, serious, made you teary-eyed, and all the fixings in between. I started this book yesterday and after a few interruptions came back to reading it and couldn't put it down. I absolutely love Ryan and Angela. Ryan is a straight-up savage and I love it and here for it LOLLL!!! Angela get dealt a dirty hand from her previous relationships but this saying is very true, "When you are not looking, that's when Love shows up." I am off to start the older sister Renee Strickland's story, "Believe in Me (Strickland Sisters Book 2)" and can't wait to dive into it. Well Until My Next Review...Ciao!

  16. 4 out of 5

    April R

    I thought that I loved the McClain brothers, but I absolutely loved this story between Angela Strickland & Ryan Boyé. I loved the writing & the authenticity of the characters. They were very relatable with family issues that they didn’t allow to completely disrupt their relationship. I felt that the author did a great job of explaining things that held them back but also showing how they had supportive people to help them to overcome those issues. I would definitely recommend this to a friend to I thought that I loved the McClain brothers, but I absolutely loved this story between Angela Strickland & Ryan Boyé. I loved the writing & the authenticity of the characters. They were very relatable with family issues that they didn’t allow to completely disrupt their relationship. I felt that the author did a great job of explaining things that held them back but also showing how they had supportive people to help them to overcome those issues. I would definitely recommend this to a friend to read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mia Morgan

    OMG!!! This book was amazing. I wanted to just jump in here and shake Renee and Nicky. Their mom I just wanted to hug here. Whew! These men will take you thru it if you let them. Ryan was everything. He is book bae. Book bae that doesn't beg, yeah right. I so enjoyed this read. So ready for book 2. OMG!!! This book was amazing. I wanted to just jump in here and shake Renee and Nicky. Their mom I just wanted to hug here. Whew! These men will take you thru it if you let them. Ryan was everything. He is book bae. Book bae that doesn't beg, yeah right. I so enjoyed this read. So ready for book 2.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jerrika Rhone

    50% Done: Aw shit! He got some effing nerve! This out of all the others spoke to me as a person the most. Angela and I are very similar in many ways. Not as much drama as in the McClain Brothers books which is why I only gave it 4.5 stars. And because I wasn't a huge fan of the audio narration. At the end of the day I stan for Alexandria House so keep em coming :) 50% Done: Aw shit! He got some effing nerve! This out of all the others spoke to me as a person the most. Angela and I are very similar in many ways. Not as much drama as in the McClain Brothers books which is why I only gave it 4.5 stars. And because I wasn't a huge fan of the audio narration. At the end of the day I stan for Alexandria House so keep em coming :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    A. Jones

    Not bad. I probably would have rated it higher, if I hadn't read her McClain brothers series first. :) Not bad. I probably would have rated it higher, if I hadn't read her McClain brothers series first. :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Alexus

    I wasn't feeling Angela's story. But don't get it wrong--it was a nicely developed story. Love Ms. House's work. I wasn't feeling Angela's story. But don't get it wrong--it was a nicely developed story. Love Ms. House's work.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alex Kinley

    4C Love Stay with Me is a first-person narrative from the perspectives of the independent middle Strickland sister and successful YouTuber Angie and playboy project manager Ryan. This book was STEAMY. Immediately, I understood Angie’s attraction to Ryan. Sexy, polite southern boy with some edge. The edge being tainted by a bit of f-boy in the beginning. It wasn’t a high-level of f-boy but it was somewhere between low to moderate—leaning closer toward moderate. Once he met Angie he couldn’t keep h 4C Love Stay with Me is a first-person narrative from the perspectives of the independent middle Strickland sister and successful YouTuber Angie and playboy project manager Ryan. This book was STEAMY. Immediately, I understood Angie’s attraction to Ryan. Sexy, polite southern boy with some edge. The edge being tainted by a bit of f-boy in the beginning. It wasn’t a high-level of f-boy but it was somewhere between low to moderate—leaning closer toward moderate. Once he met Angie he couldn’t keep his mind off of her but once he got his first taste it was game over. She cast some magical spell on him that made him quickly (really quickly) make a trip to his local Michaels and have his #1 Playa jersey framed as memorabilia. He was done with his ho-nanigans and humbled in the process. Not too humbled though. He still knew he was fine. From there a romance blossomed. Angie’s family dynamics were also super interesting and I’m really looking forward to reading more about the other Strickland sisters...especially Nicole. She’s a complete trip.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annette Williams

    I was hesitant to listen to this book because, I do NOT like the female narrator. I am definitely not a fan of Mari. She is horrible! She does such a disservice to the characters and, although she's a co-narrator, she monopolizes most of the the book. But, because the story line itself was good and Sean Crisden does an awesome job, I was able to soldier on and get through the book. I was so excited when I figured out Angela was 4C Angie from Let Me Free You. Her and Ryan's love story was so swee I was hesitant to listen to this book because, I do NOT like the female narrator. I am definitely not a fan of Mari. She is horrible! She does such a disservice to the characters and, although she's a co-narrator, she monopolizes most of the the book. But, because the story line itself was good and Sean Crisden does an awesome job, I was able to soldier on and get through the book. I was so excited when I figured out Angela was 4C Angie from Let Me Free You. Her and Ryan's love story was so sweet! I love that there wasn't a whole lot of drama. It really was just a build up to great relationship with a minor bump in the road along the way. My favorite scene in the book was definitely when Mama Strickland let Daddy Strickland have it at the anniversary dinner. Whew child! My biggest issue with the female narrator is how she voiced Ryan's accent. Ryan was from Louisiana but, she voiced him with a Jamaican accent. Sean's portrayal of Ryan's accent was spot on. He did a great job. I just don't understand how how the author can be okay with things like that. While this was a really good book, I don't know that I would recommend the audiobook to anyone.

  23. 4 out of 5

    SassyMama

    QUITE a pleasant surprise...a new author I decided to give a TRY...and I wasn't disappointed...I was CAUGHT UP in Angela or 4C Angie and Ryan's SPICY affair...and the COLORFUL and LIVELY secondary cast of characters is CRAZY...the DRAMA surrounding this couple kept me turning the pages...with the exception of a few formatting issues w/the book on my Kindle...I'd have to say I'm looking forward to the next book in this series! Until then thinking of giving something else she's written a try! KUDO QUITE a pleasant surprise...a new author I decided to give a TRY...and I wasn't disappointed...I was CAUGHT UP in Angela or 4C Angie and Ryan's SPICY affair...and the COLORFUL and LIVELY secondary cast of characters is CRAZY...the DRAMA surrounding this couple kept me turning the pages...with the exception of a few formatting issues w/the book on my Kindle...I'd have to say I'm looking forward to the next book in this series! Until then thinking of giving something else she's written a try! KUDOS Ms. House on keeping me ENGAGED in this romantic SIZZLER! Ryan is EVERY woman's secret fantasy...at least once he met Angie...lol...before that time he was like any other playa' out there.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shei Butta

    I am Angela! Angela's story really resonated with me from her relationship with Khalil to living life like a hermit and even having a scowl or resting B***h face as i like to call it when going out in public. I never thought my life could be captured in a book that I didn't have input on. Alexandria's writing had me screaming and laughing but most importantly excited that Angela finally got the love she deserved. Now hopefully my real life story will have the same ending! I am Angela! Angela's story really resonated with me from her relationship with Khalil to living life like a hermit and even having a scowl or resting B***h face as i like to call it when going out in public. I never thought my life could be captured in a book that I didn't have input on. Alexandria's writing had me screaming and laughing but most importantly excited that Angela finally got the love she deserved. Now hopefully my real life story will have the same ending!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dee Cherry

    Nicely written 1st read by this author that I came across while looking @ another book. Good explanation of the sisters relationships. I liked the development of Ryan & Ang's relationship & the romantic scenes. I thought the background info on the supporting characters helped the story, especially Ang's parents situation. Looking forward to reading Renee's story. This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading & highly recommend Nicely written 1st read by this author that I came across while looking @ another book. Good explanation of the sisters relationships. I liked the development of Ryan & Ang's relationship & the romantic scenes. I thought the background info on the supporting characters helped the story, especially Ang's parents situation. Looking forward to reading Renee's story. This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading & highly recommend

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kaala

    I love these two! her confidence. His confidence, well, cocky-ness is a better description. I love how they meet. How they fall in love. How he quits his job and they build her brand to be bigger and better and include him. This is like a fairy-tale love story. Everything is sooo perfect with them. There wasn't too much drama, but I am all for a man that wants to support his woman in anyway possible! And Ryan joining Angela's vlog is perfect! H didn't care if he looked whipped or like a punk or I love these two! her confidence. His confidence, well, cocky-ness is a better description. I love how they meet. How they fall in love. How he quits his job and they build her brand to be bigger and better and include him. This is like a fairy-tale love story. Everything is sooo perfect with them. There wasn't too much drama, but I am all for a man that wants to support his woman in anyway possible! And Ryan joining Angela's vlog is perfect! H didn't care if he looked whipped or like a punk or whatever this new generation calls it; he just wanted to support and help his lady! I laughed and fell in love! Great book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizarey

    Ughhh just soooo freaking good!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Seymone

    I was captivated by this storyline!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelé-----4 The Love of Books

    Damn I love the way Alexandria writes! Angela and Ryan had me at their first scene together! I love them so much.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Absolutely loved this story. The characters were relatable. No major trauma no abuse just love. ❤️ Can't wait to read the next two books. My new favorite author! Absolutely loved this story. The characters were relatable. No major trauma no abuse just love. ❤️ Can't wait to read the next two books. My new favorite author!

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