REVIEW: DECLINE by Michelle Irwin

November 26, 2015

Hold on tight, stick to the racing line, and watch for the corners.
Four years after making the decision to leave his home town behind, all of Declan Reede's dreams have come true. Unapologetically foul-mouthed and well known for his off-track antics, his success seems unstoppable. At least until Queensland Raceway and a chance sighting of the girl who once held his heart. Now, getting around the track seems an impossible battle as he struggles to return to his previous form. With his career racing downhill faster than his V8 on Mount Panorama, there's more than just his reputation on the line.
What will it take to put the brakes on his decline?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under age of 18** 


Nothing prepared me from what happened in this book. I thought I could put the pieces together since well,I read the introduction novella, but f*ck no! The story keeps going better and better that it took me several pauses just to savour each moment and feel all the roller coaster of emotions it gave me.
So anyway, this story picks up four years after Declan chose his race career over his first love and family. I could say the author gave Declan's character a realistic appeal. The hunger for fame and that feeling of being alive! The living of his DREAM!!! WOW!!! but despite all that, there's still that lacking part of himself, the one that haunts his every dream. That one particular reason of his "crashes and DNF's".
Entered 'Fate' when he's about to sort his self out. And that's where the every twists and turns of the story starts. It also started the moment when I really wanted to enter into the book and maybe slap some sense to Declan but at the same time hug him so tight because you know, I just felt him. His every emotion triggers something deep within me. And of course, I wanted to high five Alyssa...such a strong heroine.
And to top of it all...arghhhhhhh...that revelation!!! What the hell???? It broke my heart into pieces....
I really wanted to crawl into this author's mind so at least I can be prepared for what will happen next. The book is just fantastic that it really made me hate my work coz it messes with my reading schedule. Michelle Irwin, you really have done great! I cannot wait for the next book.
Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.
Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

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