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    Sweet young love, great start to promising series

    Declan Reede has been best friends with Alyssa Dawson for as long as he can remember. Lately there are two things he dreams about kissing his best friend and getting to race in the ProV8 Championship Series. When both of those dreams come true Declan is overjoyed at his good fortune. Until those two dreams collide and he has to make a decision between the only girl he thought he would ever love or a future in the sport he has wanted to be a part of since he was little. As their relationship changes from friendship to romance Declan knows life will never be same. But he could not have imaged it would be so hard to juggle his dream of racing and the love of his life. Can he make the choice that will change his life forever? Why can’t he have both? I really like this novella. I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review by the author. When I read the synopsis it sounded nice enough. I figured I would give it a read see where the story was going to go. I am so glad I did. When I first started reading I thought I would be lost since the setting is Australia, where they use slang that even this New Yorker can’t understand. However, the author gives a list of definitions at the beginning of the book which I thought was a great idea. I also loved how the story was told from Declan’s point of view starting at age fifteen and ending at age eighteen. Declan has big dreams of racing in the ProV8 but he also has big dreams of a future with Alyssa. He is elated when they finally kiss for real and their young love blossoms quickly. As with any teenage relationship there is lots of drama and misunderstandings. Declan and Alyssa spend much of the book feeling their way around trying to get to a good place in their new found relationship. Jealousy rears its ugly head a few times breaking the couple up. I liked Declan a lot he was a great character and such a hopeless romantic sweetie. He loved Alyssa more than anything but being young and not sure how to handle an adult relationship, try as he might Declan makes some stupid moves as well. Alyssa acts like your typical teenage girl she wants one thing but then asks for another. As you would expect she makes poor Declan crazy. The teenage angst was very well written and the relationships the h/H share with other characters like their parents help to build a really strong story. I was invested from chapter one. Though Alyssa loves Declan, she doesn’t support his dreams of racing and wants him to go to university with her and then plan a life of marriage and kids. I found her to be a bit pushy and a little immature when it came to relationships. Again teenage love totally expected, but frustration for me and Declan. She wanted Declan to abandon his dreams for her own, which is a very childish request. Loving someone means supporting them even when it might cause you a little heartache. I thought the author did a great job conveying the troubled young love. When they lose their virginity to each other it was both sweet and sad, and so incredibly well written. This is the introduction to Decline book one in the series, which features Declan as an adult and living his dreams. Until Alyssa shows back up and then everything goes to hell for Declan when he can’t get the girl who got away out of his heart. I am looking forward to finding out the aftermath of his decisions. The story is about young love, young heartbreak and learning to make adult decisions, even if it means ruining one dream to capture another. Highly recommend. RECEIVED AN ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
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    New series off to a speeding start!

    Declan Reede and Alyssa Dawson had been best friends since they were little kids. In high school, they decide to risk it and become more than friends. Both are attracted to one another and the heat and chemistry is strong. Declan needs her like he needs to breathe. He sees and overhears other guys talking about how they want to ask her out. Good thing he beat them to it. He cannot stomach the idea of her with anyone else. Alyssa has future dreams about what she wants to be when she grows up. She also wants Declan to be a part of these dreams. Things like going to University together, marriage, kids, etc. Declan has only wanted 2 things in life. Alyssa, and to race in the ProV8 circuit. When he actually has the chance he has spent his formative years killing himself to earn - why is Alyssa the one thing that may hold him back? Alyssa thinks the racing was just a hobby. He tried to share this interest with her several times but it just bored her. Now she wants a chance to grab the future with someone who wants a completely different lifestyle. Such a compelling and interesting read! I was rooting for both characters right away. I think Alyssa should have been more supportive. This is a conflict we have to see resolved in the next book, I hope! Declan Reede: The Untold Story series is really HOT and sweet at the same time. I cannot wait to see where it goes!
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    Start your engines & get ready for DECLAN REEDE

    What a tantalizing taste of the begining of Declan Reede's story. I was instantly drawn in, enthralled, captivated with the mind of Declan... it's not every day you get to read the thought's of a teenage boy, which I found I could strangly relate. We are all teenagers at one point in our lives. I loved Michelle's use of all things Australiana, it's wonderful to read about things in your own country. Who in Australia doesn't get a kick out of watching Bathurst in October?? Declan & Alyssa's on again, off again relationship, is like a rollercoster ride, but I could imagine with all the teenage hormones rearing things would be more emotional than normal. I found Declan's complete enthrallment with Alyssa through those troubling teen years to be fun to read, bringing back my own teenage years. But also Declan's dream is forever in the forefront of his mind, always trying to convince Alyssa that his dream can come true & he doesn't need anything to fall back on. Whereas Allyssa was the type of female lead you could definitely learn to love, but really teenage yearsare never fun for anyone, so she wasn't able to do any justice there. Don't get me wrong at times I did love her, I also loved Declan's character at times too, but at other times... I just wanted to smack their heads together. Michelle has written an AMAZINGLY TANTALISING start to her new series "Declan Reede: The Untold Story" (HOW did Michelle get inside a teenage boys mind so well??)... I can't wait to read what happens next for Declan, I also HOPE Alyssa comes back, especially with the ending I just read (doesn't make me like Declan to much)... aaarrrggghh I have a love/hate relationship I think with Declan.
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