Hit the Wall (Blythe College #2) by Rochelle Paige *Review and Excerpt*

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Title: Hit the Wall (Blythe College #2)

Author: Rochelle Paige

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: March 10, 2014

Source: eARC

Synopsis

Jackson thought he knew what love was and feels like he missed his chance at happiness. He realizes he wasted his chances by chasing after one-night stands instead of going after what he really wanted.

Kaylie knows what loss feels like and doesn’t want to take a chance on love. She puts up walls to keep her heart protected from experiencing that kind of pain again.

What happens when a guy who refuses to lose out again meets a girl who resists him as much as she can? Will Jackson be able to hit the wall Kaylie has put up and knock it down?

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Review

4 stars

Of course I was curious about Jackson after I finished reading Push the Envelope, the first book in the series. He came across as such a man slut but by the way he protected and cherished Alexa and his sister Aubrey I knew he had a great heart too. And it is his heart that’s all over this story. From his conflicting emotions over Alexa to the way he treated Kaylie, Jackson’s heart was laid open every step of the way. I loved it!

Kaylie was a great character too. She was attracted to Jackson but hesitated, questioned and analyzed the feelings he brought out in her. She was independent and strong and I admired her determination to make her dreams come true. Her vulnerability made an appearance too and as I got to know her more I came to believe that she was the right partner for Jackson.

They not only had chemistry, they also had great camaraderie. I loved watching them together. They had great moments together–some were light and fun and some were honest and emotional. But through it all their connection shined through which helped me cheer them on as the story progressed.

Once again, Rochelle Paige delivered an amazing story. I liked that the emotions were still there–intense and jumping off the page–but the story was not overly angsty nor overwhelming. Like I said before, Jackson and Kaylie’s chemistry was off-the-charts hot and the author didn’t miss a beat in bringing that aspect of their relationship to the page.

Although this is the second book in the Blythe College series it can be read as a stand alone. I did enjoy visiting with Drake and Alexa, but Hit the Wall focuses on Jackson and Kaylie’s story and the connection they share.

All in all, a hot little read with amazing characters I could relate to, great dialogue and a bit of emotions to round it all up.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion as a participant of this event.

 

Excerpt

I loved bartending at the campus bar, The Rooster’s Nest. Of course, nobody called it by the real name. Instead, everyone usually just called it The Roost. Or if they were feeling particularly pervy, they called it The Cock. The bar was known for its cold beers, its hot cheese fries, and college bands. It’s a bit of a dive, but not in a sleazy

way. Although the tight t-shirts we wore with crazy phrases like “I Serve Tail at The Cock” and a picture of a martini glass on it sure did seem push things toward the sleazy slide.

I got the job as soon as I’d turned twenty-one. I needed the money, and it paid well for a part-time job with hours that didn’t interfere with school or dance. It also didn’t hurt that I usually got to work shifts with my roomie Charlotte since she was the one who’d gotten me the interview. She was the boss’s favorite at The Roost, so I’d been a shoe-in for the job. And I got paid well to flirt all night, so that was a plus too.

Speaking of hot guys, Jackson Silver walked into the bar about an hour before last call. I’d thought about him several times over the last month and a half. Word on campus was that he’d been keeping to himself a lot more. When he came back from Christmas break, there hadn’t been any more rumors about random hook-ups. This was the first time I’d seen him since witnessing his argument with Sasha, which was strange considering how small the campus was.

He sat down at the other side of the bar, so Charlotte took his order and served him a beer and a shot. Then she headed straight over to me as soon as she had taken care of Jackson.

“Did ya see who’s at the bar? Hottie McHot-Pants himself,” she said, nodding her head in his direction.

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About the Author

I absolutely adore reading – always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.

I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

When I told my mom that my new year’s resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me “About time!”

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