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~ REVIEW: Since Drew by J. Nathan ~

91rT-d48sJL._SL1500_SynopsisAll Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when an accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.

Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his irresistible good looks and charming personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.

One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.

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michele review 5 star aI seriously LOVED this book! Talk about a different twist to second chances!

I love how J. Nathan was able to write a story that was seemingly flawless and had you so connected to the characters. You felt the devastation, anger and resentment that Andi felt when she thought her dreams were shattered. However, once she’s finally accepted what’s happened (with help from Drew) you are just as determined as she is to get back to were she ways.

But when you find out that the person you thought was helping you through a most traumatic time, really was never there…. What would you do?

This is when things started to get interesting. I won’t spoil this part for you because it’s one of the big “OMG” moments in the book.

Drew, I loved him when he was there helping Andi heal, but the one she encountered later on, I wasn’t the biggest fan. I loved the Drew that was kind, funny and charismatic and who helped Andi from day one to find herself. But after you get more of what he’s life was like before he met Andi, you can totally understand why he was the jerk that he was later on. (I would be too if I had to deal with what he had to)

Will Andi be able to repay Drew and help him heal the pain he’s been holding inside?

Or will the revelation of how she ended up in the hospital tear these two apart permanently?

Seriously, this book had a couple of “OMG” moments that have you just staring at your kindle like “WHAT?” I think that’s what makes the book even more interesting. I love that even with these little surprises, you never once are confused on what’s going on with the story or with Drew and Andi. J. Nathan has a flawless plot line that leaves you begging for more. This book is definitely a MUST READ!

**ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Christie's Reviews

~ REVIEW: Don’t Mention the Rock Star by Bree Darcy ~

81deIZt0EbL._SL1500_SynopsisThey fell in love in an instant … so why have they spent a lifetime apart?

As a teenager Kellie dated an American boy but circumstances meant they went their separate ways. Now he’s back and she’s so tempted to see him again. But two decades have passed and they are both married with children.
And the last thing a celebrity reporter like her needs is the world finding out about her past relationship with a rock star. Especially as Kellie’s husband doesn’t even know she once dated AJ Dangerfield, lead singer of legendary band Danger Game. And she has no intention of him finding out. EVER.
As Kellie deals with a demanding boss, a bullied son, an infuriating mother-in-law and a best friend who won’t act her age, she finds herself playing a dangerous game. What will happen if her two worlds collide? And is it possible that first love never fades?

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christie review 4 and a half starsI really enjoyed reading Don’t Mention the Rock Star. It had all the ingredients that make a book irresistible to me….love, romance, secrets, and second a chance at love! Kellie is just a teenager living in Australia with her single mother when she meets American boy, Andy. He is there visiting his relatives but knows he will have to return to America at some point. The two are complete opposites. She is the good girl who works hard in school hoping to make her life better. He is the bad boy who has a heart of gold with dreams of becoming a rock star. However, the two of them work together in the beginning. Unfortunately, those differences cause them to go separate ways. Fast forward decades, and Kellie is a celebrity journalist who is married to a successful man, and they have two children. Andy realized his dream of becoming a world famous rock star, and he’s married with children as well. Kellie thinks life is as it should be, with the exception of her rich, cold, meddling mother-in-law and her husband’s long hours at the office. Fate intervenes and ironically puts her and Andy back in contact with one another. As they spend more time together catching up, the cracks in each of their marriages appear. Did they ever get over each other, or did they just settle in a “comfortable” marriage? How will their feelings affect their loved ones?

The book is quite long, but it needed to be in order to tell Kellie’s and Andy’s story. As readers follow their reconnection, they also see how their relationship formed in flashbacks. This allows readers to get to know them, their friends, and family in a more intimate way which connects the readers to the characters. I loved the banter and friendship between Kellie and Andy. Yes, it’s a love triangle, but neither of them jump into an adulterous relationship. Their friendship remains the main focus through much of the book. I loved the flashbacks and reference to the pop culture of the 80’ s and 90’s; it reminded me of my own teen years. Secrets and lies are revealed which will ultimately determine their future.

As I wrote earlier, it’s a long book, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way. There isn’t fluff to fill the pages; it’s all information that is crucial to the story. If you like romance and funny and sarcastic characters, then give this book a try. I am looking forward to Bree Darcy’s future books.

**ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review**