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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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Push the Envelope (Blythe College #1)

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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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Push the Envelope by Rochelle Paige *Review*

 

Welcome to the Push the Envelope Blog Tour. Below you will find all relevant information regarding this new release along with my review. I hope you enjoy the excerpt and teaser pics provided.

 

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Title: Push the Envelope

Author: Rochelle Paige

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: December 20, 2013

 

 

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Synopsis

Alexa is just your average college junior, attending classes and piloting Mile High Club charter flights. Boys haven’t been on her radar for a couple years after a disastrous breakup with her high school sweetheart. Her plans to focus on school hit a bit of a snag when she meets bad-boy Drake Bennett and he sets his sights on making her his own.

Drake transferred to Blythe College for the rugby team, not for a new assortment of college girls. He’s sexy and cocky, and he attracts women like moths to a flame. When he meets Alexa, Drake knows he’s met his match. She tries to resist him, but Drake isn’t used to taking no for an answer.

Warning: 18+ due to sexual content

 

Review

4 stars

4.25 stars

Alexa is going along with her life going to school by day and working as a pilot on most nights. Ever since her last relationship ended guys never seem to caught her attention, but as soon as she lays eyes on Drake she knows she’s screwed.

After a couple of meetings where he blows her off, Alexa decides to not give in to her attraction for Drake. But Drake is not one to be deterred and slowly but surely he wears her down until she finds her more giving in to more than lust.

Sweet mother of Drake! That man was as alpha as I’ve ever seen them and I couldn’t get enough. Strong-minded, cocky and dripping sex appeal, Drake was the perfect match for Alexa, who after years being by herself needed someone to push her buttons and allow her to be herself. She was kind, feisty and gave as good as she got. She kept Drake on his toes just as well as he did her. And their chemistry? HOT, HOT, HOT!

I loved their banter and flirtatious dialogue. Through each of them I could clearly see how their connection was growing. Yes, they were in a lustful haze in the beginning and the sexual tension alone could cut glass, but their interactions at that time were meaningful, honest and made for a good foundation for something deeper. Which help me tremendously when it came for me to believe that they could overcome the obstacles thrown at them as the story progressed.

This was not an overtly angsty story, but it did have plenty of emotions. From lust and curiosity all the way through heartbreak and confusion, Rochelle Paige did a wonderful job of portraying the characters frame of mind on the page. I would have love to experience Drake’s POV but it wasn’t necessary to read it for me to clearly get him. I understood where each of them where coming from and was cheering them on all the way through.

The secondary characters introduced added to the story and I enjoyed what they each brought to it. Alexa’s dad was a great character and his personality showed where Alexa got her bug heart and understanding nature. Aubrey, Alexa’s best friends and Aubrey’s brother Jackson were great additions as well. I’m especially curious about Jackson and what’s in store for him. He was such a complex character with his caring and protective side. He’s another of those great alpha-males I love so much and I can’t wait for his story.

All in all, a fantastic story about trust, loyalty and finding the one you were meant to be with. Sweet and fun with interesting characters and chemistry abound, Push the Envelope was a surprising wonderful book.

Excerpt

I stared at him as he drove back to campus. His face was chiseled as his jaw clenched. There was no sign of the dimples that flashed when he laughed. No smiling twinkle in his eye. No softness in his gaze as he flashed a heated look my way. It felt like time hung suspended, but before I knew it we were parked in front of my dorm again.

Drake cut off the engine and turned his body towards me. He unclipped his seatbelt and pocketed his keys, but he didn’t move to exit the car. His eyes had darkened to the color of melted chocolate, and a flush spread across his cheekbones. I stayed silent, trying not to push him over the edge.

“Want you more than I’ve ever wanted anyone before, but I know you aren’t ready to hop in between the sheets with me yet. You’re different, special. Gotta make sure I treat you right.” Drake reached across and stroked his thumb over my cheek as he held my chin in his hand. “Now isn’t the time for this. I know that in my head, but fuck if my body will listen to reason.”

About the Author

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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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