Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Release Blitz & Book Review: When Stars Collide by Micalea Smeltzer

When Stars Collide
 by Micalea Smeltzer
Series: Light in the Dark #2
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: August 30, 2016

We were like two stars orbiting each other—dancing around the possibility that one day we might collide. When we finally did, we opened up a black hole, obliterating everything around us. No one would be the same.
Least of all, us.

Waking up in Vegas married to the guy of your dreams sounds like a good thing, right? Not when you’re Thea Montgomery and said guy is your brother’s best friend. 

Thea and Xander have always avoided the connection between them because her brother would never approve. Now, they’re married— the strongest bond you can have as a couple—and they’re not even a real couple…unless they want to be.

Thea wants an annulment immediately, but Xander’s waited too long to see her become his and he won’t let her go easily.

If she wants a divorce, fine, but he wants the summer to convince her that he’s the one. If at the end of the summer she still wants to end their marriage he’ll sign the papers, but until then…

All is not fair in love and war.


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Holy mother of all hangovers.
I’d succumbed to the lure of Vegas and gotten completely wasted. Granted, that’s what everyone did in Las Vegas but I like to think I usually have more sense than the social norm.
I rub my eyes and blink them open. The hotel room comes into formation around me. The walls are a warm golden color and the flat screen on the wall plays some home improvement show. I can see the bathroom from the bed, the tiled walls and large soaking tub.
I roll over onto my side, hoping I can sleep off the hangover, and reel back.
“Oh my God,” I cry, flailing in bed.
My legs kick the sleeping guy beside me.
Not just any sleeping guy.
Oh no.
Xander Kincaid, my brother’s best friend, lays in the bed beside me.
His dark hair tumbles over his forehead and his cheeks are covered with several days worth of scruff. His chest is bare and…holy shit. He’s naked.
I look down.
Oh God, I’m naked too.
“What’s wrong?” He asks, reaching his left hand out to pull me closer to him. That’s when I see it.
“Is that a wedding band?” I scream shrilly.
His eyes narrow. “You don’t fucking remember?”
I shake my head and look at my own hand. A thin silver band rests on my finger. “What did we do?”
He sits up in bed and I try to ignore how adorably rumpled he looks with his hair sticking up.
Everything begins flooding back to me in quick bursts.
Confessions of love and desire.
A wedding chapel.
A contract.
“We’re married,” I whisper. “Holy shit.” It’s all I’ve ever wanted—to be with Xander, but not like this. Never like this. “My brother is going to kill us.”

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Book One in the series. Cade and Rae’s story. Can be read as a standalone. 
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What I remember the most about that day was that it was completely ordinary. Then with one stupid decision everything fell apart and nothing was ever the same. 
Rae Wilder wants nothing but a do over—but life doesn’t work that way. She’s stuck living out the consequences of her actions. At times the burden feels unbearable.
College is supposed to be her second chance. New place. New people. New life. No one to know what she did.
Despite that, she has still vowed to avoid everyone and everything at all costs.
Unfortunately for her, an accidental run-in with the campus heartthrob, Cade Montgomery, derails that plan. He’s determined to thaw the ice around her heart and expose the girl she used to be. He wants to show her that life is worth living for and that she really is a Rae of Sunshine.

About the author:
Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling twenty-something author. She started scribbling stories before she even knew her alphabet. She currently resides in Virginia with her doggie side-kick Ollie.

My review: 
I was so excited to read this book but I got a bit disappointed. Everyone was talking about how great this book will be but I was not so captivated by it. Sadly. I wish I could have warmed up to the characters sooner but the story couldn't always hold my attention. It got better closer to the end though. The writing was good and I believe when I was younger I would have loved it, though it was just not enough for me. The story was turning in a circle for a while and it was dragging for a bit. It was still a really nice read though, just a bit too long.

The Story:
When Thea wakes up in a hotel bed next to Xander in Vegas she is shocked to see a wedding ring on both of their fingers. Even though she had a crush on Xander since they were kids, she never thought they would end up being together because her brother would so not approve of them. The first thing she wants to do now is get divorced though Xander has other plans.
Xander got told so often by Thea's brother to keep his hands off her. While last night might have gotten out of hands, he doesn't regret finally being able to call Thea his. He wanted her for so long and now that he has her, he is not giving up without a good fight even though Thea is determined to get a divorce, he settles a deal with her to give him this summer to prove her that this was not a mistake and that they belong together.

I couldn't warm up to the characters until almost to the end. The story was well written and had a good flow though sometimes it felt a bit dragging and some aspects of the story just didn't make sense to me. I still didn't understand why they were so scared of her brother? I would be scared as hell to tell my parents that I got married so young to a guy I didn't even date. Though it didn't seem that big of a problem to Thea or Xander and for their age and the sudden marriage it felt like no big deal to anyone. Since both wanted each other for a long time now it was no real challenge for them to be married either. I think if one of them hated the other it would have been a lot more fun but I guess that was not what the author had in mind.
I can't say that I hated this story but it couldn't always hold my attention and my mind often drifted up while reading which is sad because this book sounded so promising.
This was my first read by this author and I will definitely give another book of her a shot though I hope it will be more capturing than this one.

-- I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. -- 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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