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Stella's Awakening

(Stella #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A painful past. A forbidden romance. Will she choose love and make the ultimate sacrifice?

For Stella Welsch, buying a home and starting her own business has already pushed the boundaries of her strict upbringing. When she meets the sexy and powerful executive, Conrad Adams, Stella knows he’s off limits, but can't help daydream about forbidden romance. As sparks begin to

Kindle Edition, 516 pages
Published August 27th 2015 by Rydco Publishing
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J. Kahele
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very refreshing read. Stella and Conrad were very well written characters. Conrad is dangerous to Stella, he goes all against her moral beliefs. But once Stella gets a taste of him, she can't give him up. Well she risk her family, to keep him?
Mandy Jackson-Beverly
RK Ryde gets 5 stars from me for having the grit to write a novel tackling the disastrous emotional consequences of the subject matter. I'm not talking about sex, either, but I don't want to give anything away in this review.
Tre Talbot
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book stays with you and you won't forget it. Holy Smokes what a story it was Stella is a Jehovah witness so we get to see a bit into their view and traditions which I found very interesting to say the least. Conrad, not who wouldn't swoon over Conrad seriously. I do not like spoilers so I don't want to say much but Stella starts to grow an attraction towards him as well. Ready for it?..Conrad is not a witness!!! Exactly now you can only imagine the complications that arise with this. I was ...more
Brenda Travers
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
By Brenda Travers - May 13, 2016.

I was hooked on this book, I fell for Stella and Conrad immediately. The book is told from Stella's perspective and will tug at your heartstrings. Without giving anything away, there was a moment when I was reading about Stella that I felt her raw emotion and her true sadness about a time in her past. Stella's Awakening will make you question life and what you know of it.

RK Ryde did a fantastic job bringing a very taboo subject to this book and it will he
Dana Fraedrich
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I had to describe this book in three words, I would say, "Very sexy fairytale." And I am an absolute sucker for fairytales, so I mean that as a huge compliment. It ticks all the right boxes for me, plus a few extras that I didn't expect. You've got the handsome romantic interest, check. Engaging and enjoyable female lead, check. Ridiculously unrealistic and wholly enjoyable fantasy element in the form of Conrad's wealth, double check. Honestly, this man could probably buy a small country and ...more
G.R. Thomas
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well.... Firstly it's definitely an 18+ read and not what I normally go for but wow.... RKRyde, you really showed me that more adult literature can actually have a fascinating story that has depth. I was drawn in from the very beginning into a story that was new and fascinating. I was overwhelmed by many emotions particularly anger and sadness for Stella's predicament in life. It challenges essential beliefs for a certain demographic and has given me insight into a world I certainly knew little ...more
Martha Sweeney
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
There were moments I liked Stella, and then there were moments where I wanted to kick her in her head. I liked the development of the relationship between her and Conrad - clearly he has something he's not sharing with her, but it's obvious that he loves her. I can understand the ending even though I'm not happy with Stella at the moment - she's had a lot of growth and then just balked and maintaining it.

Overall, a very well written story. This IS NOT a book for someone who is a very devout and
Sarah J. Halstead

GREAT! An elegant, smart and sexy protagonist whom will leave you wanting more with every word and action! A true afternoon delight that I couldn't put down!
A story about change and experiences.

Stella is a closet JW and although I’m not one to judge on religion, I didn’t expect it to be more focused on it, but the more I read, the more I understand or try to with Stella without me trying to judge.

I eye rolled a lot over Stella’s religion but I have my own religion and learning about how JW is, is certainly and eye opener for me and it’s why I knew that my 4 star rating is what it deserves. I just felt overwhelmed by it.

“Your life is about to chan
E. Mellyberry
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
This book has the right amount of things that makes it an erotica book : gorgeous couple, broken heroine, alpha male (make it a millionaire, brooding, alpha male), and hot scenes. Wowza! Fans of FSOG will love reading this, I'm sure.

I love the first time Stella and Conrad met, Tiffany's and coffee and all that. Sweet yet modern.

I thought I have everything figured out from the beginning of the book. What I didn't expect, and I found it highly intriguing, was the religious element in it. Not in a
Provoking & Intriguing
5 STARS All The Way !!!
I started this book knowing nothing but the blurb, but within a few chapters it really surprised me! I was not expecting the books Story to go that way.
It was so much more & it Hooked me & kept me Hooked couldn't put it down I have been left desperate for the next, as this book does leave on a very emotional cliffhanger ! So Be Warned!!!!

RK Ryde has obviously done her research on this topic & it shows not just in her style of writing b
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot get over how this ended, and truly there was no other way to leave this story.... for now. Stella and Conrad go through so much. The challenging of beliefs, the fight between Witness and Worldly, the self discovery of ones own desires when surrendering control to another; all underlined with different types of love playing throughout, cannot wait to read Stella's Emancipation. Thank you Ketchup.
Julia Blake
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't too sure about reading this, as I've had negative experiences with erotica before - 50 Shades of Grey being the perfect example, I don't care how you pretty it up, it was badly written rape - but this book had been highly recommended by a friend, so I thought I'd give it a fair chance.

I was pleased I did, well written and nicely paced, the story is of naive, innocent Stella who is trying to make a go of life and her interior design business when she meets Conrad. Gorgeous (of course), s
Vivi Vron
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as soon as it came out a while ago and love it! It was hot and forbidden...what more could we want.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-erotica
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Ellen Read
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stella’s Awakening is a well-written erotic love story. I enjoyed it. I’m not a fan of erotic romances but I am a fan of RK Ryde’s writing and story. Stella and Conrad are both compelling characters. Both beautiful people. Stella has led a sheltered existence and RK Ryde has explored a topic here that I’ve never encountered in a novel before. It was interesting and I felt for Stella and the turmoil she felt as she discovered more and more how much she loved Conrad and how this love was forbidden ...more
Courtney Brown
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When you read a new author it's always a risk I feel like you have to be open minded and see the potential they may have and usually first books can be a little rusty... However once in a while we as readers choose to read a new author who completely blows us out the water and RK Ryde does that!! I've had Stella's Awakening sitting on my tbr list for WAY to long and I'm so mad with myself!! This beautiful gem has all the right ingredients. RK has away with words that sucks you in and leaves you ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was by happenstance that I found this book and I am so glad that I read it! It's a FANTASTIC debut novel! There''s something about Stella that was just so relatable. Being brought up to be a certain person and expected to behave a certain way and then trying to become the person you actually want to be, is a struggle that I think a lot of people can relate to. I really enjoyed Stella's story. Great storytelling and an abundance of steamy moments to make your heart race.

I finished reading thi
Eryn Haes
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stella's upbringing shielded her from the world's "evils", but when she meets deliciously hot Conrad, she embarks on a passionate awakening and starts to question all her beliefs. Being with Conrad comes with dire consequences and she must choose who ends up hurt (because someone will).
The story is elegantly written and the sex scenes are the pure definition of HOT, so this was not a "rush-through-the-pages-to-get-my-smut-fix" kind of book for me. I savored each page, each scene. Except in the e
Julie's Book Land Reviews
This review is based off the author who gave it to me for an honest review: Beautifully written from beginning to end. Stella and Conrad are absolutely amazing together. I highly recommend reading this. RK Ryde is the author you should read which I will read everytime she releases a new book just like I will re read Stella's Awakening over and over again . I give this book 10 out of 10 stars so pick it up or order the Ebook or paperback from Amazon. Disclaimer: You may make Conrad Adams one of y ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything Fifty Shades of Grey wasn't for me. Yes, there are some similarities between the two but RK Ryde made Stella's and Conrad's story more believable. I was engulfed in the emotions of the story which were raw and painful. Stella's Awakening is sexy, smart and down right exotic! I will anxiously be waiting to see what happens to Stella and Conrad in the next installment.
Angie H.
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read! I'm looking forward to the next book.
Elsa Joseph
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stella’s Awakening has been sitting on my TBR book shelf for over a year. I dragged my feet to read this novel because I made the assumption that it was just another book jumping on the “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Boy was I wrong! To my surprise the author (RK Ryde) has put her own unique stamp on erotic fiction story telling.
Stella’s Awakening is about a young Interior Designer named Stella Welch who is a part of a strict religious organisation (Jehovah Witness) that preaches against sex before
Melka Stansah
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Stella's Awakening. I don't read many erotica books but this book made me want to read more of the genre. I like both characters, Conrad and Stella and in particular how Conrad valued Stella as an independent woman. This created a strong emotional bond between them, more than just a physical encounter. This translated into an emotional roller coaster and thrilling journey which made this book was so pleasant to read! Not to mention it made me blush a lot of times. Look forward to ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

When Stella Welsch meets sexy, and alluring Conrad Adams the attraction is instant there is something about him. Stella knows that she should stay away from him, but the temptation to get to know Conrad to experience new things with him is too high. The more Stella gets to know Conrad and has a taste of thing that he has to offer her, some of which to her have always been forbidden. Stella soon realises that she has a choice
The Blabbing Bibliophile
I am left absolutely shattered by this story. Conrad and Stella have thoroughly ruined my heart! I can't tell you how close I am to hopping a plane to Australia to beg and plead for book two right now because I'm so distraught!! I need answers, and I absolutely need more of this couple!

I tried as best as I could to savor the pages of this stunning tale, but I wound up having zero control and wound up devouring all 495 pages in less than a 48 hour period.

Stella Welsch is a thriving name in the
Colleen M. Chesebro
*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*

I had no clear idea of what to expect with this novel and began reading with my eyes wide open. Initially, I felt compelled to compare the storyline to Fifty Shades of Grey but that comparison soon dwindled. I was hooked after the first chapter. The writing is well done and handled with flair. However, due to the sexual content, this book is not suitable for younger readers.

The novel is written and set
A. Hunt
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotic Romance Lovers
Recommended to A. by: R. K. Ryde
First, there's a bit of taboo when reading this book. I felt excited for Stella and her new experiences but more than the sexiness of this book, I took on a new understanding for the fear she felt. I learned a great deal from her background and found a sadness for her that related a bit of my own life, to a degree. I found myself in tears on one part (I'll share this: It has to do with Alexander). I found a common ground with Stella that made her my friend during the read but she had a mega dec ...more
Natali Grayling
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never would I have thought that I'd learn about Jehovah's Witnesses from a romance novel.
Even less so that I'd finish this thick book in just a couple of days. I couldn't put it down, and the main character who was constantly battling with her "Witness side" kept me on the edge, speculating what would happen next.
This was my very first romance book EVER. Not the last one for sure, because now I'll need to read the sequel, Stella's emancipation, to find out whether this girl finds the strength sh
Karen Sedgman
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story line is a little different!!
Conrad a player till he meets Stella. Stella has had a shelted life with her religion, l think she felt trapped. Loved that Conrad was breaking her down and always thinking about her feelings!! Chemistry in the bedroom was amazing and HOT!! Look forward to reading more about Conrad l think there is more there? Stella's Emancipation Book2 Give this book a try l think you will be amazed!!
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I live with my gorgeous husband, our beautiful daughter and a very cute poodle in a little country town on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.

My weekdays are spent working my day job as an Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreter and running my daughter around to drama classes, tennis lessons and play dates with friends.

Once she’s in bed, I put my author hat on and hit the keyboard, working o