Sunday, February 2, 2014

{Review/Giveaway} Reaching Rachel by LL Collins

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Title: Reaching Rachel
Series: Living Again #2
Author: L.L. Collins
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis
Rachel has always been seen as a wild child, never committing or settling down. She wants it that way, so that no one ever finds out the truth. Deep down, she is crushed over something that happened years ago that resulted in losing the only man she ever loved. Then she meets someone who tries to convince her that she’s ready to commit again. But some things are not what they seem. Realizing too late that she’s in over her head, and with her life on the line, she comes face to face with her past in a way she never thought possible. Devin was in love once, and it destroyed him, making him swear off love forever. After a promotion and subsequent move unexpectedly brings him into the middle of her dangerous situation, he must come face to face with his past and to the woman who broke him into pieces. But she needs help. Desperately. And maybe, just maybe, he didn't know the real truth of their past. Can he help her survive the terrible ordeal she's been through, and during it all, can he safeguard his heart from her? Or will the truth of the pain that has kept them apart show him that he can't live without her after all?

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5 Star Review:

When we met Rachel in Living Again, she was a part of Kayley’s support system. She was the person that you would call when there was an issue and if you couldn’t handle it, she would. Rachel was the rock that everyone needed and was always there when she needed to be.

We find that there are a lot of things that she hid to cover up her true feelings. The love of her life was gone and she was using any and everything to make things better for herself. I was so sad for her in the very beginning because she was crying out for help but no one saw it. The happy face was one that no one could break and she showed it constantly, whether in her work life or personal.

When she finally thought she would be able to forget things in the past with her new beau, Justin, a.k.a., Mark, the s&*^ hit the fan. Rachel is a strong female who doesn’t need men to tell her what to do, she likes control and she enjoy being in control at all times. Justin had other plans for her and things didn’t go the way that she hoped they would.

When the love of her life Devin, OMG Devin, came back in her life it wasn’t the way either had hoped for. Things were different and there were some things that was previously left unsaid but in time, things began to get back to somewhat normal. Devin is a force to be reckoned with and things that he thought happened didn’t. He lived without Rachel for five years and always wondered…WHY!!!

Their struggles were hard to get through but with the strength of both, especially Devin and Rachel finally letting someone take the lead made the HEA so enjoyable.

Author LL Collins did an outstanding job on Rachel’s story and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I thought Ben was hot but Devin is an inferno!!! 

Excerpt:

Rachel lifted her face and pressed a kiss to her favorite arm her spot. “Devin, all of these years, I’ve been trying so hard to replace you, to make my mind forget by filling it with…men. But, every time, Dev. Every single time, I was disappointed. No one can ever be you because you are the only one for me. And to answer your question, yes. I’m more than okay. That wasn’t just sex, Devin. That was you, bringing me back to life. I want to do that over, and over and over again. And next time,” she rolled over to face him, a glint in her eye. “I want it like I know you wanted to do it this time. Hard, fast, and in whatever position you want it. We had some fabulous times together. Let’s do that again.” “I want nothing more than to do it all,” Devin said, his voice low. “But don’t mistake what just happened for me just being gentle on you. I wanted to make love to you, to show you what you mean to me. I can tell you all day long, but I wanted you to feel it; feel me. My heart is beating only for you. My body is yours. I love you, Rachel.” She climbed back on top of him, pressing her body against him. “Devin,” she said, her face even with his. Pressing kisses to his eyes, nose, then lips, her body started shaking. Why was this so hard for her? She knew it like she knew her own name, but saying it was so difficult for her. “I…” She dipped her head down and kissed his ear, running her tongue along it, then his neck. When goose bumps broke out on his body, she grinned against his neck. Going back to his lips, she put her hands against his face and looked at him in the eyes. “I love your eyes,” she whispered. “And your face. God help me, that body is to die for. But Devin?” “Yes.” “What I really love?” Rachel paused, willing her body to stop quivering. “Is you. I always have.” There, that wasn’t so bad. “I have since the night I met you, and I’ve never stopped. All this time, all these years, it’s only been you for me, Dev. I know we have shit to work through. But, I love you. I do. I don’t think there will ever be a moment where I’m not completely and totally in love with you.”



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About the Author

LL Collins

LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. Living Again and Reaching Rachel are available on Amazon Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks, in both eBook and paperback. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out and start writing and try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 14, and a mom to two boys, 11 and 9.


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