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.

October TBR

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These last months haven’t been the best for reading, but I’m finally home, which means I have some more time to do my reading, so I’m going to point for 15 books this month, mostly ARCs, because I need to get to them soon – and I mean SOON!

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  1. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy
  2. The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
  3. Just One Moment (Black Alcove #4) by Jami Wagner
  4. Watch me Rise by Tara R.
  5. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  6. All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard
  9. Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine
  10. Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
  11. Top Shelf (Aces Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson
  12. The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  13. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  14. Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry
  15. The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

September Book Haul

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My book haul this month was tiny, but here it is. 🙂


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Feel me Break (Tara R.)

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Chloe Reed and Nick Grayson couldn’t have more different lives. Where Chloe had a bleak future and was trying to deal with a loss that had left a hole in her heart, Nick was a happy-go-lucky guy, leading a carefree life with a path set.

Until one fateful night, they met and everything changed. The night that gave Chloe hope for the future, left Nick scarred for life. Was their meeting a one-off tryst or was their story just beginning?


This small novella kind of blew me away by the impact it caused. I think it was the perfect beginning to Nick and Chloe’s story.

I really liked the writing, and I think the author paints a very good image about depression and some self destructive behaviours.

I’m still not sure how I feel about the two main characters, because they both change a great deal over the course of this small novella – given that several years pass. But I do hurt for both of them, because I feel like they truly need someone in their lives, someone who they can be 100% honest with, and I hope they become that for each other.

I really liked the direction of this story, it goes full circle, showing what happened to each of the main characters and how their meeting affected them, as well as their actions and the actions of those around them. I can’t wait to learn more about everything. I thought that the things left open for the full-lengh novel were perfect, because it picked my interest, but it didn’t took away from the story of this story (does that make any sense?).

I highly recommend this heartbreaking novella, and the upcoming novel – even though I haven’t read it yet -, because it’s a strong story that deals with such important subjects.