REVIEW ROUNDUP – DECLAN REEDE by MICHELLE IRWIN
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Wow! This was a big book! It was 4 full length books and a novella add in a few bonus chapters at the end and it is one wild ride! That will make it harder to review but I’ll break down each one into a short section.
*Decided is the before or the start of these characters (that’s what I call it). We meet the characters and see how their past was intertwined and the friendship that turned to more. I will say it wasn’t my favorite because of their ages. They were really immature some of the time. Petty attitudes, fighting over nothing…. typical teenage stuff. As I kept reading and it got better.
*Decline was filled with so much heartache! I was shocked. I cried, I laughed and I was hooked! Declan and Alyssa had a lot to deal with in this book, and the push and pull continued from the first novella. Secrets are revealed and hearts are broken. The writing was good and I liked all the racing enlightenment. I did hope for more characters dialogue but being the first in the series, we learn a lot about Declan in this book. Both his past and present. I would have liked Alyssa POV in this story. 4 stars
*Deceive is the second book and started off where Decide left off. With out spoiler I liked seeing Declan try. Yes, he was still pretty immature but you could feel his feelings for Alyssa throughout the whole book. He really tried. It’s a lot of work for him and I wish she had been a little more open to the things he was doing and not focusing on the bad. I do like that she likes be for him has never faded and she really wanted him to be the man she knew he could be.4 stars
*Decipher has to be the best out of the three that I’ve read. It’s full of feeling and keeps you in the edge of your seat wondering that’s going to happen. I can’t really talk to much about it because it could spoil but totally hooked me! I was able to connect with Alyssa a lot more in this book too. 4 stars #2OCCJD
*Declare was the amazing final full length book of these characters! It wasn’t an easy ride to get to the happy ending. I won’t go into detail but by the end of this book I had a smile on my face. From the start of this book, I was glad that we see the high start to their happy ending! After everything they have been through they deserved it. The author did an amazing job at wrapping up this live story.
*Decode is a bonus chapters/novella at the end of this series and I loved it! Getting to see an extra tidbit from between the last chapter of book 4 and the epilogue was special! I giggled and felt everything Declan was going through!
Overall, this was a really wild ride! The author did an awesome job at keeping the pace throughout all that went on, and there was a lot. Simply put l, this is a story about these two characters that are meant to be together despite everything that they have to go through, and trust me, it’s a lot! I can’t wait to see what’s to come for Phoebe Reede (she has her own series!) ~ Jessica
Rating 4 Stars
You certainly get a lot of bang for your buck in this book set. It has four full size books, a prequel and a novella. All of the books are well written with a gripping story of two people who are meant to be together but circumstances and their own stubbornness gets in the way. All the full size books end in cliffhangers but since this is the boxed set you don’t have to wait, they’re all together. All books are out in the series so if you’re reading them individually you don’t have to wait for the next book either.
DECIDE is the first book and it’s a prequel novella. This is where Declan Reede meets Alyssa Dawson. They are neighbors and friends as children. As they become teens they realize they might have stronger feelings than just friends.
DECLINE is the first full size book in the series. Declan and Alyssa have many obstacles in their relationship and Declan’s demons aren’t helping anything. Can they find a way to make a relationship work?
DECEIVE is the next book and this is where Declan is battling his demons big time. There’s so much strife happening that Alyssa has decided she can’t be with him. Declan is so desperate to win her back, he heads off to therapy because he is debilitated by panic attacks.
DECIPHER has Declan and Alyssa finally in a happy relationship until mishaps start to happen and we find out there’s more at stake then just their relationship. Will they be able to fight outside obstacles and finally get the happily ever after they both deserve?
DECLARE is the happy little bonus novella only available in this boxed set. It’s a perfect ending to a wonderful happy story!
This was my first time reading this author’s work and I plan to read more of her books. ~ Letty
Rating 4 Stars
At first I had a little trouble getting into the story but there was no going back once I did. The story is beautiful it shows growth of a young man, the ups and downs, the highs and lows, maturity and ignorance, the idea of love and what love really is.
This was my first read by Michelle Irwin and I was very much impressed. Can’t wait to read more of her work. ~ Yericka
Rating 3.5 Stars
Experience Declan’s complete story. Includes RONE-nominated novella “Decide” and an exclusive bonus novella “Decode”.
As high school sweethearts, Declan Reede and Alyssa Dawson didn’t always see eye-to-eye. Especially when it came to his dream of being a driver in the ProV8 series. When he’s offered the chance at the career of his dreams, Declan straps himself in for the ride regardless of the cost.
Older, but not wiser, Declan is on the path to becoming a racing legend. Only, regret haunts him around the track and threatens to send him off-course. When a chance encounter offers the opportunity to correct his mistakes, Declan must learn to manage the curves if he wants to claim the ultimate prize.
**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18**