By Dylan Allen
As a little girl, I saw my father destroy the family he claimed to love. I watched my mother waste her life dreaming of a man who left her without a second glance.
As a woman, I don’t dream, I work. I don’t fall in love, I focus. I would never let anything as frivolous as love distract me.
Until I meet Simon. A gorgeous, brilliant young architect with dark eyes, a sweet smile, and a dirty, dirty mouth. He sets me on fire, and suddenly all I can do is dream…of his hands, his lips, his body. Of a heart good enough and a love strong enough to make me believe in happily ever after.
But Simon has secrets that are even deeper than mine. Will our pasts destroy everything we’ve worked for? Or will we find the courage to rise to the challenge and fight for the love we share?
Dreams aren’t made of fairytales and romance, they’re made of hard work and grit.
As far as Adelaide Hassan is concerned, hard work and determination are the things that will get her where she wants to be in life. She will never depend on anyone to get what she needs, and she’ll be stronger and better off for it.
RISE, the debut novel by author Dylan Allen, is a book about breaking through the walls that we create around ourselves to let love in. After having watched her mom give up everything to support a man that had deserted their family, leaving them to face the fallout, Addie is certain that she will get everything that she wants and needs without the help of any man. But when she meets up-and-coming architect Simon, Addie lets her heart guide her for the first time. Simon, though, has a past and a present that keep him from allowing himself to fall. Addie makes him believe that he really can have more for the first time in his life.
I like both Addie and Simon. They’ve both been formed by pasts that make emotion a risky venture for them, but, the more that they try to stay away from each other, the more they realize that they can’t run. The real joy is seeing them break down their emotional walls to get to themselves, and, finally, each other.
It’s always a toss-up when you read a book by a new author, because, while I read a lot of different things, I know what I like. Dylan has written a book that not only makes it seem like she’s been doing this for a very long time, but that had me from the first, and compelled me to read on through to the very end.
RISE is a solid 4-star read for me, and one that I would happily recommend for fans of the romance genre. I like Dylan’s style and look forward to seeing more from her in the near future.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
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About the Author
Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust. A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings. When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.
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