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Rising, Freestyle (Xtreme Adventures #2)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  226 ratings  ·  17 reviews

Stuck between a rock-solid man and a hard place…

Xtreme Adventures, Book 2

Melanie Dixon’s body may have recovered from a horrific climbing accident, but her nerve is long gone. So is the natural enthusiasm for life she took for granted. Tired of being scared, beyond ready to conquer her fears, she pulls up stakes and moves to her brother’s new hometown to start over. Her fi

Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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I really loved the spirit of this book and how Derrick was open to anything that helped Melanie heal. Her climbing accident sounded horrific and I can understand why she had body issues afterward and of course it didn't help that her first time to be intimate with a man he bailed on her. So I was glad that Derrick's reaction was 100% different.

I wasn't sure what Nathan showing up would do to Derrick and Melanie's relationship. In some ways I was glad of Nathan's plans when he first came back to
I did not like this one as much as the previous book. Quite far from it.
The characters did not seem real either. I never really could empathize for the heroine, though that should be one key emotion for readers, as she's described several times as a strong survivor. Her will to climb again seemed born more of stubborness than deep inner need, so I could not really relate to that either.
And the sub-plot to justify the menage scene seemed just dumb and off to me.
The hot scenes did not work as well
2.5 stars

Three years after suffering from a horrific climbing accident and rejection at the hands of her lover because of the scar tissue riddling her body, Melanie starts to develop a relationship with climbing instructor Derrick when her old crush Nathan shows up to take photographs of her successful recovery.

First up, Nathan... um, maybe I'm just not the right demographic for human interest stories, but his whole job assignment -- to find victims of horrific crashes years later and take pictu
Previously reviewed for rating B+

Rising, Freestyle is the story of Melanie Dixon and her struggle to take back her life and regain confidence in herself after a horrible rock climbing accident. When we meet Melanie it’s been about three years since her accident. She’s physically recovered from the injuries she sustained in her fall, but emotionally she still has a long way to go. She wants to get back to the active life before her fall, but her fear overwhelms her at times. But re
Christi Snow
Review reposted from my Smitten with Reading blog...

My Review:
This is just really a fabulous book. Melanie had a horrific fall from a mountain a couple of years ago (she was a world class climber at the time) and is still dealing with the scars both mentally and physically from that. She has scars that run down the entire side of her body and is VERY self-conscious about them (to the point that she wears only long sleeves and pants all the time.) She is trying to gain back some of her love for c
Natasha  A.
For anyone who loves:
Characters that need a reminder that they are strong and beautiful
Men who stand by their woman
Why did I read it?
Because I love Viv.

My Rambles:

Ok, right up front I will let you know that I adore Viv. She was one of the very first ebooks I ever read (her first ebook published actually!) and she was one of the first authors who befriended me over on the Samhain yahoo group. It truly has been amazing watching her grow and become the author she is today. I really do wish
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: eARC from author

Arend is one of my favorite authors, but with the trend of menage books popping up all over, there are a few of her works that don’t always sit well with me. I was excited to read this one, then halfway through I got a little leery, but I should have known that Arend wouldn’t disappoint

Melanie was once a fearless rock climber, but an accident left he
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Mel used to love climbing until a horrific accident left her with massive scarring and a fear of heights. She turns to Derrick, and his climbing tuition, after deciding that she has lived in fear for long enough. Watching each other’s body closely day after day leads to an attraction that neither can deny. Pretty soon, they are starting to enjoy their after-hours sessions as much as the climbing. A spanner is thrown into the works by the ap
This was an enjoyable story of a woman finding her way to love, and rebuilding her confidence after a devastating accident.

Melanie was a climber, until a rope broke, and she fell. She rebuilt some of her physical strength, but she's had no nerve for several years. She decides to try to get it back by taking climbing lessons from the sexy Derrick.

Derrick doesn't care at all about the scars on her body - he just thinks she's hot and a great person. It takes him a while to get that across to Melani
Carol Ward
I think the thing I liked best about this book (aside from the smokin' hot sex) was the way the hero, Derrick, stood by Melanie and encouraged her to do whatever it takes to help her recover. I also really admired Melanie's determination to overcome her trauma. The descriptions of climbing were so well done it really tempts a person to give it a try (too bad I have a fear of heights).
Mary Lauer
I didn't like this one as much as Falling. I didn't realt feel like I had insight into Derrick, why he loved her. You understand why he makes the choice he does about Nathan (and boy do I want to readhis story!), but his feelings aren't as clear as Jack's in Falling.
Melissa Porter
HOT!!! I loved the tension and story line. Sorry I dont want to give away the story. I did not want to put this book down. I was sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. I am hoping there will be more to come. B-)
Michelle the Romance Witch
very sweet, sensual and a remarkable story of the power of human (female?:) ) determination. was looking forward to this story for a while, i just hope that we get to have Nathan's book sometime in the future too.
Derrick and Melanie

3.5 stars

Read 14th December 2012
Laura YA indie princess
Way better than the first book.
review coming soon! 4.50/4.00
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Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictiv
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