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Book Review: ‘Blue Dream’ by Xavier Neal

Blue Dream

Title: Blue Dream

Published: 2nd December 2015

Publisher: Entertwine Publishing

Author: Xavier Neal

Facebook: www.facebook.com/XavierNealAuthorPage

Twitter: @XavierNeal87

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Synopsis:

First love. Last love. Only love. Well, at least that’s how Ryder Collins thinks of the girl he lost because of his addiction ten years ago. While Ryder is battling the demons of his past to save his future, he will start to question the nightmare that has become his reality and the illusive blue dream that he swears started it all.

Review:

OMG OMG OMG I absolutely loved this book! Right from the first chapter I was hooked and knew that if I didn’t have to get up early for work the next day I would have read all night – as it was I read till midnight anyway. Slightly panicking now though as have to wait till February for the next part. I’m not sure I can wait that long! So if you don’t like waiting between books then I would hold off until you can read both back to back.

A very cleverly laid out story of two halves told from both Presley and Ryder’s perspectives. They show what they are doing in present day and how both their lives have turned out. Then take us back to the past to where everything began and how because of one moment the path they were on changed forever. A trip down memory lane if you will, however not all memories remembered are good ones. Such a gritty, heart wrenching story that draws you in and refuses to let you go – not that I wanted it to.

The relationship that Ryder and Presley had as teens was electric and you can see why they would be addicted to each other. Both were very easily led in how they thought they should act in the ‘school environment’ though which ultimately caused problems. No matter what obstacles were in their way they were always going to be drawn together. Ryder doesn’t realise until now he’s getting help though that when you are constantly chasing the next high you start losing yourself within.

Ryder is back in rehab and Doc, his shrink, is trying to help him through the last part of his programme before he can (or if he can) be released. He is getting him to think back to what the catalyst for his downward spiral of substance abuse was. To find the point where everything started to go wrong for him and by extension his relationship with Presley. He is the first person that Ryder feels actually wants to know and so it helps him begin to tell his story for the first time. Admitting things to Doc, and at times to himself, for the first time. He breaks it down for Doc, telling him about his first high, something so sweet that nothing could compare. She’s that one high he will never truly give up – no matter what. His first high was Presley, his very own Blue Dream and he destroyed her.

Presley has never really dealt with her past relationship with Ryder. It’s not until her best friend asks for her help with her new book that she has a chance to look back and see it all in a different light. Her friend is using her past relationship as a base for what women find themselves doing for love. It’s only after reliving the past that she truly sees how much it affected her then and still affects her now. She questions her current relationship because of it and wonders whether she will always hold out for the love that said he would always be there for her. Someone who said they would find their way back to her, and them, no matter what. How far would you go to save the one you love before you realise they have to want to save themselves first or your both be lost.

Love the ending so much as it gives you a great starting off point for what’s to come next. Presley has some decisions to make and from the sneak peak preview at the end of the book it looks like her past might soon meet her present. Love the authors’ style of writing and how she draws you in effortlessly into the story. Can’t wait for the next one!

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5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Cinderfella’ by Xavier Neal

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Title: Cinderfella

Published: 6th May 2015

Publisher: Entertwine Publishing

Author: Xavier Neal

Twitter: @XavierNeal87

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Synopsis:

Perfect body. Perfect car. Perfect life. So, what could a girl like that ever want from a guy like me? The guy with holes in his sneakers. The guy who can barely afford to eat. The guy with an unexpected secret. What could a princess like that want from me? After all fairy tales don’t exist in real life…do they?

Review:

Cinderella eat your heart out, there is a new guy on the scene that has taken your place and his name is Connor. What a great spin on a fairytale classic and another great book by this author. Can’t wait to read more of her titles! This also goes down as another book off my 2015 Reading Challenge – A book set in a high school.

This book is solely told from Connors perspective, which makes it that much more interesting to see how everything unfolds around him. I mean Cinderella’s story mostly revolves around her journey to getting her HEA, so why can’t Connors?

Connor is a single dad, with a drug and alcohol dependant mother who is trying the best he can to get a better life for himself and in turn his daughter Makayla (who is just the sweetest little girl on the planet who you just want to pick up and hug). One way to help get a head start is to win the scholarship from his theatre studies class competition. He has a good chance and he is a very talented guy but he see’s his chance of getting this scholarship almost go up in flames when his teacher decides to partner him with spoiled rich princess Gianna.

Gianna isn’t too pleased with being partnered with him either but neither of them really has a say in it. Gianna has had a rough past and this is her last chance of redeeming herself in her parent’s eyes. She went off the rails completely and needs something good to focus on to get herself back on track, or just the right track for once really. She is somewhat spoiled and comes from money, which ultimately creates more of a divide between them than their general dislike for each other at the beginning. This all changes after a few heated rehearsals together though.

As this is told from Connor’s POV its his thoughts and feelings we are told about and you can see his struggle early on for how he feels about Gianna. He might think she is annoying and not worth all the drama but nothing can hide the fact he can’t stop thinking about her long legs. With spending so much time together you can see the dislike slowly change into comical banter and then build into something more. The more comfortable they are with each other the more they open up about their pasts and begin to trust one another. The moment Gianna says she wants to kiss Connor while rehearsing he almost laughs it off saying ‘that’s not in the script’ but Gianna doesn’t give him a second to think about it before she lands one on him. One kiss is all it takes to break down Connor’s walls about keeping a distance from the opposite sex and Gianna is the one girl he wants to see more of. With the secrets they keep coming to the surface they will have to decide if they are strong enough to stay together or whether they will ultimately be torn apart.

The way Xavier has managed to create some amazing characters within this book is just awesome. Connor is just amazing with what he has gone through in his life, to still be able to see that there could be a better future waiting is inspiring. Gianna is trying to find her way in the world, to feel ok within her own skin and its not until she meets Connor that she finally feels whole. This is a story about young love, and family, which will definitely pull at the heartstrings – so check it out.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the publishers for my honest review.

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