Thursday, April 28, 2016

FALLING STAR by @BrandyLRivers: #BookReview

FALLING STAR by Brandy L Rivers
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Combustible #2 - Standalone
One day of hell changed her forever.

Ella Cross wanted to bury her on-screen persona even before her abduction. Being in the spotlight grew worse after the ordeal. She left Raven Star behind to find herself again.

A fresh start.

No ties to her past.

In a small town where only her oldest friend knows who she was, she believes her secrets are safe. But secrets never stay hidden forever. Sooner or later the past always resurfaces.

Then she meets him.

Trent Ward can’t resist his new neighbor. Ella is familiar, but he can’t place why. He knows she’s running from something. As much as he wants to protect her, he wants to unravel her mystery.

Between his demons and her past, Trent may not have the strength to explore the growing connection to Ella.

Will he save her from her worst nightmare?



To me, Brandy L Rivers is the queen of Paranormal Romance, but make no mistake – she is just as amazing in Contemporary Romance! The Combustible Series has been, hands-down, phenomenal! I've fallen in love with all the characters and their different story lines. Each book can be enjoyed as a standalone, but do know that you will see Mila and Kyle from book one in this second installment. 

Falling Star is Trent and Ella's addicting and page-turning story. Right off the bat I did not want to stop reading. Ms. Rivers has a knack for hooking readers! This book is packed with everything you might enjoy in a novel: romance, suspense, action, heart-felt scenes, humor, sarcasm, a great plot, and well-developed characters! While reading, there were scenes that made me fall head-over-heels for Trent, made my heart break for Ella and everything she had been through, and made me swoon for the deep-felt love that Trent and Ella shared. 

Trent, while his playboy reputation proceeded him, was uh-ma-zing. He was sweet, kind, patient, and oh so incredibly scrumptious. Sigh. Seeing him with Blaze made my heart's heart swoon!! Nothing sexier than seeing a man be wonderful with kids! Panties = boom.

Ella was a strong heroine!! She did not give up, no matter what life threw her way, and I really did enjoy that aspect about her. She was down-to-earth and incredibly kind to everyone she met, despite her constant (and completely understandable) fear. 

As always, Brandy L Rivers has delivers a must read novel I highly recommend you check out. If you're anything like me, you will have a very hard time putting down the book once you start reading. FIVE STARS!!

Ella noticed the condensed milk behind her and set her phone in the shopping cart before turning back. She ran right into a solid wall of man and stumbled back, pulling her hands up in a defensive stance.

He caught her upper arms before she fell and pulled her upright. She jerked away as her breath came in heavy pants.

“Hey, you all right?” His warm baritone eased the building panic, followed by pale blue eyes holding her gaze, calming the sudden fear.

Once her heartbeat slowed, she quickly took him in. Hair as black as night, icy blue eyes, pale skin, full pink lips. The emblem on his uniform struck a chord and the rest of her tension rolled away.

A nervous laugh escaped. “Sorry. I didn’t see you there.”

He ducked his gaze, a slight smile on his lips. “My fault.”

“Mine. I wasn’t looking.” I’m an idiot.

He chuckled. “I’ll admit, I was staring. You look familiar. Just trying to figure out why.”

No, no, no! He can’t know who I am. Shaking her head, she backed toward her cart and closed her eyes. Her heart tried to pound its way out of her chest.

“Sorry. Too forward?” He shuffled away one step and shoved his hands in his pockets. “I wasn’t trying to come on to you. You really do look familiar, and I can’t figure out why.”

She pushed the black frames up her nose and shrugged. “I’ve been in town all of an hour. Never been here before in my life.”

Recognition lit up his face and her heart sank. Maybe settling down was a really bad idea.

“Mila’s friend? Ella, right?”

Nodding, she took a relieved breath. “Yeah.”

“Must have seen pictures of you over at her house.”

“Oh.” A frown pulled at her lips.

He shook his head. “Damn. Hey, sorry. I’m Trent Ward.” He held out his hand, and she took it cautiously.

“Hi, Trent. Look, I’m doing a little shopping now that I’m finally here. I drove all day long and I’m tired, but I need food. I’m sure I’ll see you around.”

Her nervous rambling made him smile. “You will. I live across the street from you.”

“Huh. Have a nice night.” Dipping her head, she grabbed the condensed milk and dropped it into the cart before hurrying out of the aisle.

Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her two main series are Others of Edenton and Others of Seattle. She has also written a couple contemporary stories. An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. Her secret lair, guarded by a pint-sized pound puppy who imagines himself a hellhound, contains a file full of manuscripts she plans to edit and put out with new creations she is constantly dreaming up. Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects. 

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  1. ♡♡ thank you. I am over here squealing like a dork. So glad you loved it. ♡♡

  2. ♡♡ thank you. I am over here squealing like a dork. So glad you loved it. ♡♡