Watch Me Rise (Tara R.)

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*SEQUEL TO NOVELLA “FEEL ME BREAK” *

After the loss of her brother, Chloe Reed left Fairville for a fresh start. Now she is back to get answers to the questions surrounding her brother’s death. But coming back home isn’t easy, especially when it’s a home filled with painful memories, a home where her life was ripped apart. However, there is someone who has been stuck in her head for a long time who makes it all easy. Her knight in shining armor who saved her life two years ago. Nick Grayson. Except this time maybe he needs saving.

Nick Grayson is back in the town of Fairville where it all started. The town that left him with nothing but guilt and regret, the town where he destroyed a family. He met Chloe on the worst night of his life. He knows he doesn’t deserve her but he can’t stay away – and neither can she.


Awhile back I was asked to review a novella, Feel Me Break, which I did, and quite enjoyed, so when the author asked me to review the sequel to that novella, I didn’t even hesitate and said yes right away (even though I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the release date).

This book starts right where the novella left off, and I won’t be able to talk about any of it, unless I spoil the novella a bit. So, people, this review will have SPOILERS for the Feel Me Break novella, so now it’s the time to get out, if you don’t want to know anything about it.

Both characters grow a great deal during this book, and I thought they did it in an organic and believable way. Chloe is still struggling to deal with the death of her brother, her mother’s addiction and her father’s abandonment. Even though she made a lot of progress since the night she and Nick met 2 years prior, she’s still self harming on some occasions, and dealing with a lot of pain. Same goes for Nick, who can’t forgive himself for having caused someone’s death on the night that he met Chloe. It doesn’t help that his family is still very distant from him, and he desperately wants their support.

I still very much liked these characters. They’re both super flawed, but their hearts are in the right place, and they both have so many layers to them. I love their connections and their romance. Even though it started out a bit of insta-love, they do end up having a deep and beautiful connection, and the chemistry is very much palpable. The romance evolved at a right pace, and I was glad for that, because after the novella, I thought that they would jump right into the relationship, so I was super glad that that was not the case.

I was a bit surprised by the direction the plot took, because I wasn’t quite expecting a mystery, but even though it’s not my favorite thing, the book managed to surprise me, and I thought it was a good twist to the story. It also gave it some much needed closure.

I’m somehow hoping that there’ll be another book, about their friends Danni and Nathan? Because there’s something mysterious there too, and I’m curious.

There was just a couple of things that I didn’t quite like. One of them was how perfect the wrap up was… I know that’s how it’s supposed to be, but it felt kind of forced, especially on Nick’s side of the story.

Another thing that bothered me was some parts of the writing. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the writing in general. But there were some expressions and sentences that made me think that maybe English is not Tara R.’s first language?! I’ll give one example, throughout the book the expressions “rookie cop” was used a lot. If I read this, I will understand that it’s a newbie cop, right? Because that’s the meaning of rookie, but Tara R. uses the expression as indicating a corrupt cop, and not a newbie one, so… ?! o_O

Other than these couple of small problems, this was a good read, and I would read more from this author, for sure.

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