Monday, July 28

***Review*** Crossing the Line By Nicola Marsh

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Title: Crossing the Line (World Apart 1)
Author: Nicola Marsh
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: May 8, 2014
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Purchase Links:  Amazon






Synopsis 



Laying it all on the line for love… 


Mia Cresswell is tired of being good. 

Achieving geek status at college doesn’t equate with fun. So when she heads home to her dad’s tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, she’s determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye Sheldon is just the guy to help her do it. 

However, Kye’s troubled past continues to dog him and attending the Cresswell Tennis Academy is his last chance at the big time. He can’t afford to screw up…by screwing the boss’s daughter. 

But Mia and Kye’s relationship is much more than a vacation fling. 

Will it be game, set, match, when the truth is revealed? 

Or will Mia and Kye have a real shot at love all?



My Review


Kye is an uber hot bad boy tennis player from Australia, who has moved to Santa Monica after having been kicked out of the top academy back home for fighting. He’s here to attend one of the best tennis Academy’s the US has to offer, with the help of his famous father. Working with Dirk Cresswell is his last chance to succeed in achieving his goals. Goals that include turning pro, joining the tour and winning as many Grand Slams as possible. 

That is until he meets Mia…Mia Cresswell, Dirk’s daughter of course!

Mia and Kye meet on her first night back in Santa Monica from the University of Denver. She is back and not too happy to be out on the prowl with her bestie Dani so soon upon her return. She'd much rather be chilling in at home watching a movie, catching up with her bff. That is until she spots the hot Aussie that is Kye and decides she needs to meet him. Not only to get Dani off her back about her need to cut loose, but also because she’s tired of being the "good girl.” 

Once Kye steps outside of the party Mia decides to make her move. Upon meeting Mia, Kye is instantly attracted to the beautiful brunette standing before him offering a distraction he knows he can't afford. So of course after trying to brush her off Kye realizes there just might be more to Mia then meets the eye. Like every hormone infused male in existence he gives in and decides to spend some time with the witty and sexy Mia. I am honestly instantly in love with these two! Mia and Kye have instant chemistry and I cannot wait to see how this story plays out!

After some witty banter and lots of smiling by me as I'm reading, Mia admits that she's looking to cut loose and that Kye is the perfect person to do that with. Despite Mia being his type he tells her that in no way can they happen, that he is solely there for tennis and nothing more. It's here that I'm thinking goodluck buddy, have you seen the chemistry between the two of you??? Well, Mia being a girl on a mission offers a Kye the perfect challenge.

"How about this. We play one game of tennis. I win, we have sex. you win, we don't." 

And of course Kye being of the male species, this is an offer he cannot refuse. After one hot ass game of tennis where Mia is teasing the shit out Kye while wearing her short party dress, and I'm grinning ear to ear at his reactions. Needless to say Mia wins and we are of course treated to some pretty hot sex. I loved reading Kye's POV during these scenes, he's just so flippin' hot and the things he thinks had me swooning like crazy! Honestly, this book is so well written, it flows beautifully and I can feel how perfect these two are for each other. In the end I'd say the tennis match was a win win for both!

As the book progresses we see these two try and stay away from each other, but thank goodness Mia is relentless in her pursuit of Kye. She knows her father could make or break Kye's tennis career but she's too selfish to give him up. Thank god for persistent girls. Finally he agrees to be "friends" and let me tell you this "friendship" is so full of off the chart sexual tension and frustration that it was painful to read at times.  I just wanted to smack Kye and tell him to give in already!

Thank goodness for rainstorms!!! One beautiful perfect rainstorm helps to create the perfect opportunity for Mia to get herself back in to Kye's pants and maybe even his heart! From this point on Kye realizes that Mia is indeed too perfect for him and that he cannot simply be her friend any longer. So rather than accept his feelings, the ass that he is, turns around and starts ignoring her completely! Ahhhh! Piss me off!

After 14 days of putting up with his shit Mia confronts him the best way she knows how and boy does it pay off! Finally Kye gives in to his feelings and agrees they can be together in secrecy of course until she leaves for school again. Things are going so well between them and their feelings for each other only grow stronger and stronger making some some super sweet moments. 

Then Mia's so-called BFF tries to pull a fast one that almost rips these two apart, but thank goodness, despite Mia's decision to run away back to school  Kye realizes that he needs her. He realizes for the first time in this life that he may not need tennis. He realizes that Mia brings about a calm to him, one that he only ever knew existed through playing tennis. So he does what a man in love should do, he goes and gets his girl, leaving tennis behind for the first time in years.

Jumping for joy here!! Love these two, and so happy with the way the book ends!






★★☆ 4 Stars ☆★★


Reviewed by Gillian Grybas


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About the Author


USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and spooky, supernatural fiction for young adults.


She has published 45 books with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD (Entangled Publishing) released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA's RBY, Romantic Book of the Year 2012.

Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE released September 2012, is a Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for a 2012 ARRA award.

Her young adult debut, BANISH, a supernatural thriller featuring Wicca, spirits and murder, released August 2013 with Harlequin Teen.

Her young adult fantasy series with Month9Books launched November 2013 with SCION OF THE SUN.

Her debut new adult novel BEFORE releases December 2013.

She's also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY and National Readers' Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers' Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards.




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