The Insiders; #1
(#1 within a trilogy)
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Genre/Tropes: Trilogy/New Adult/Suspense Romance
Tijan starts off with a girl being kidnapped right from her room…OMG…this book starts off with a bang!
Through Bailey, we go through the ups and down of a girl who is uprooted from a normal life, while yes, she has a photographic memory, she was just a normal girl. In one night she learns she has a billionaire father and family, her life is on the line, and the rich life is nothing like TMZ makes it out to be.
There is a lot to unpack within this first book of a new trilogy by Tijan, but with that said, it’s also a slower paced book, most likely because of the three book overall span. There is mystery, romance, and drama all contained within this new adventure and I’m really excited to see where the storyline is headed.
After Bailey is kidnapped which then forces a myriad of events to unfold in her life, ones she’s dreamed about since she was a little girl; meeting her father (whom she thought was an entirely different man and deceased), her half siblings (ones she didn’t know she was related to, but due to their fame she actually knew existed), and then ultimately her stepmother (who is supremely cold to her for a multitude of reasons).
The only man she finds strange comfort in is Kash who is mysterious through most of the book in his protective, broody, and over the top ways. Bailey can’t place why she feels the need to turn to him, even when he’s being so secretive all the time. Bailey is surrounded by all of these new family members, guards, and staff, but Kash is the one who continually comes to her rescue time and again, so if nothing else he does seem to care, but there is also this underlying wonder if he’s really doing it for her own welfare, could there be another purpose?
Bailey’s siblings, especially the oldest, Matt, is a swinging pendulum of tugging emotions. It’s hard to say where on the spectrum to place his loyalty or his true feelings throughout the book. You definitely get the feeling that he’s had a tough time as not only the eldest child, but that he too has a tough time with the stepmother, Quinn. That’s right, Matt is also a half sibling of the younger siblings living under the roof, so why was he raised in alongside his father and Bailey wasn’t?
There are a lot of mysteries surrounding Bailey’s upbringing, her genius and memory, and the man she’s falling in love with. We only begin to uncover a portion of what’s happening at the Francis estate in this first book.
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…