Saturday, 23 April 2016

New Review! Decline by Michelle Irwin, 4.5 Cranky Stars





Decline is listed as book one in the Declan:  The Untold Story, but I have to say it is really book two because you do need to read the novella, Decide, first to fully understand the history of Declan and Aylssa.  

I also feel you should know is that this book does end in a cliffhanger.  I prefer to know before starting a book when they end in one and nothing warned me of this ending.

Now for a spoiler alert if you have not read Decide, Decline picks up four years after Declan decided to leave the girl of his dreams, Alyssa, and take the racing contract and move from his hometown.

He is living his dream, quickly moving up to be the one to watch out for at such a young age.  He is also known as a manwhore and even the photos the paparazzi caught of him with 2 girls at a club did nothing but boost his ego.

Then something happens after a glimpse of Alyssa at one of his races.  She is there with some other guy, yet would never come to any of his races when they were dating.  His thoughts become consumed of her and his career is on a major decline.

He is now on his way of setting a new record, DNF - Does not finish - as each race ends with him crashing the car.  He needs to sort himself out and figure out what is happening so after his latest crash he is sent on a sabbatical to do just that.

Once again this story is told in Declan’s point of view and the author has done a great job of keeping his thoughts and actions realistic.

There were a couple things that were predictable but so much of the story I so didn’t see it coming.  It is one that will have your emotions all over the place. 

The supporting characters play a major part in the story and you can relate to these characters.  Just when you think it's going down one road, something happens and takes that unexpected turn.  
The years of hurt and pain aren’t washed away in a blink of an eye, which again, the author kept things real.  I didn’t want to put the book down and can’t wait to read the next book.

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