Title: Watch Me Follow
Author: Harloe Rae
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2018
3 Sunshine & Sky CROWNS
Watch Me Follow is an incredibly sweet romance, which is not what I expected from a stalker romance, but the characters and their romance are so innocent and pure that the tone didn’t seem to match the expectation of the novel.
Ryker is so incredibly sweet, and, yes, I know that doesn’t make sense for a stalker but he is. His motivation for watching her stems from an incident and his desire to protect her. He hides not only to protect her but also himself from years of ridicule from severe anxiety. He is definitely a sympathetic character, but also one to admire for the way he makes a life for himself.
Lennon is a bit different for me. She is incredibly innocent, maybe a tad naive. She has a huge heart and is very accepting, but I didn’t connect to her character. What I did love is the way she loved Ryker. She is exactly what he needs to get better with his anxiety and inability to handle rejection. Her love heals him.
Watch Me Follow is a pretty quick read, and the writing is good. So why the 3 star? Part of it is my expectation of what the story was going to be about. I expected more angst, more danger, and a bit more struggle with the stalker angle. I also needed a bigger conflict. It is very small and resolved quickly. I need more trials and tribulations.
Harlow Rae continues to be an author to watch. I love the unique ideas and enjoy her writing. She is definitely an author I will continue to read.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Creep. Freak. Crazy Eyes.
I’ve heard it all.
Over the years, they’ve slammed me with every demeaning name in the book.
Their taunts warped me like a steady stream of poison.
Anger replaced anxiety as I started believing the cruelty spat my way.
Until she showed up and changed everything.
Lennon Bennett is pure innocence—warm sunshine breaking apart my stormy existence.
She’s everything good and maybe I can be too.
For her. With her. Because of her.
Lennon doesn’t know I’m beckoned closer with each breath. She isn’t aware that I’m completely consumed with her.
It’s become my sole purpose to protect her, by any means necessary.
But if she discovers the depth of my obsession, it will be the end of me.
So, I remain in the shadows.
Waiting. Watching. Wanting.
She’ll be my first. My last. My only.
Watch Me Follow is a TOTAL standalone.
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Sweet coconut fills the air and I breathe deeply, desperate to inhale her scent. A rumble rises from my throat.
She smells so damn good.
Lennon’s breath hitches and the knuckles clutching her bag turn white. Everyone is terrified of me, but is she? Most would say yes based off her reaction but they don’t watch her like I do. If Lennon were truly terrified, she’d already be locked inside the apartment, safe behind a closed door. Instead, she continues standing before me. Just staring silently.
These questions hound me more than anything else. The curiosity eats away at me, even more so lately, so I’ve found myself becoming bolder. This isn’t the first time we’ve been in this situation, almost close enough to touch yet the distance seems like a gaping hole. Desperation gnaws at me to close the gap.
I’ve been getting more reckless on purpose because of this frenzied desire, like I want her to catch me. In high school, we had a chance but it slipped away because I was too chicken shit to pursue her.
I won’t make those mistakes again.
If Lennon gives me reason to believe she wants to know who I am, there’s no backing down. She never sees my face so she isn’t aware who’s beneath the hood. Sometimes I wonder if she senses I’m always around. When she glances out her window or peers around the corner, does she know it’s always this dark stranger watching over her? I’m usually out of direct sight, except instances like this but… maybe she finds me familiar for some reason.
What would happen if I lowered my shield and showed her who I am? Would she be scared then? Or would she be happy to see me?
What would happen then?
The unknown grates on my already fraying nerves.
Four years is a long time to wonder. My fingers twitch as I think about pulling the hood down. I could start with my face…
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Harloe was born and raised in Minnesota. She is married to an amazing man and they have an adorable baby boy. They are what make life worth living for her. Harloe has a day job that she loves and is also passionate about horses, blogging, country living, and having fun.
Harloe has been in love with romance since she was a little girl reading fairy tales. The dream is to find the perfect person that completes your life, right? Novels have a way of bringing fantasy to reality and she’s always up for an unforgettable adventure.
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