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Under the Influence (Chosen Paths #2)

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USA Today Bestselling Novel.

"I have always belonged to you. I will always belong to you. Regardless of what you've done, what you do, or what you will do, I will forever be yours. And that's my choice to make, whether you choose me or not."

By the age of thirteen, Dalton Greer had already experienced abuse unfathomable to most. So by the time he was finally rescued from the
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Paperback, 354 pages
Published May 11th 2015 (first published May 10th 2015)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3 stars!

I’m a big fan of LB Simmons and I think she has a penchant for writing deeply emotional NA love stories. While I liked the inspirational second chance theme behind this book and in general, liked this book overall, I do have to say I am somewhat disappointed by it too. All the ingredients for an epic read were there, but key aspects of the story I think were either underdeveloped or completely left out which explains why I didn’t feel any kind of emotion towards the hero or heroine. It’s
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Michelle
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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"Do you think I don't know how it feels to be abandoned, to be betrayed by those who are suppose to love you? To care for you? To continually wonder what you did to deserve the life you were born into as you remain locked in your past by ever present question- why me?"

There are not enough words to describe how much I loved Under the Influence by L.B.Simmons. From the opening pages to the very end, this book captured my undivided attention
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Jasmine
DNF @ 20%

I really wanted to like this book seeing how I loved this author's writing from her The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller, so naturally I was dying to read her new book. Unfortunately, this just didn't work for me because for the first 10% of the book, I already felt like I was drowning in a sea of details. It almost felt like I was missing an entire prequel of the story because I just couldn't get into the plot or connect to the characters at all. Perhaps it was meant to be vague to serve
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Luna Sol
Sep 20, 2014 Luna Sol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta
5 Sunset Stars

“Spencer Locke is my air. I just hope the immorality I’m forced to carry deep within my soul doesn’t one day pollute her very essence.” ~Dalton

What a journey Under the Influence is. We have Dalton Greer, a damaged, broken and resentful young man. He is mad at the world and the world has not been good to him at all. And one day he meets Spencer Locke and his life changes, his inside changes. He begins to feel, to see, to want.

“ I want to be for her. I want to exist just so I can exp
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God this book made my heart hurt. I mean the synopsis for "Under the Influence" should have been warning enough that my vital organ would not go unscathed but nothing could have prepared me for the pain I experienced when I read Dalton and Spencer's story. Their journey to finding a HEA was one that was raw, gritty and often brutal with som
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Nancy's Romance Reads
Feb 25, 2015 Nancy's Romance Reads rated it it was amazing
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5++ COMPLETE SOULMATES STARS!

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This book was absolutely breathtaking. I felt it through the words, through the sentences, and very much through the engrossing dual POVs. I felt it everywhere, that profound love between the characters was always there, vividly present, and making my heart swell constantly with emotions. I LOVED and FELT it so much throughout the whole story that there was not a single moment where I ever doubted that these two passionate characters were true and complete soulm
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 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
4 emotional stars!!!

This book really flew under my radar and I'm glad that I took notice and read it.This is by far one of the most emotional and poetic books that I've read.

Dalton and Spencer have been friends since they were young.Both having a traumatic childhood,they found solace in each other and formed an unbreakable bond.Spencer has always had feelings for Dalton but feared that thy wouldn't be reciprocated so she says nothing and comes up with a plan.

Having a really bad childhood change
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Emma Scott
Mar 21, 2016 Emma Scott rated it it was amazing
It took me much longer to read this book than I wanted. I was thwarted by RL and so it was slow-going, but maybe that was a good thing. I got to stretch it out and make it last, because I really loved Spencer and Dalton's story, AND I loved Cassie and Spencer's story--their friendship--almost as much.

I loved how real the dialogue sounded, how easily I could imagine the scene unfolding right before my eyes. LB Simmons has a way of capturing a moment, esp between friends, that was light and yet h
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Wendy LeGrand
Sep 08, 2014 Wendy LeGrand rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an amazing rollercoaster ride of emotions we get in this book! I felt the "feels" right from the prologue! Once again L.B. gives us a book that wrings everything out of us and slowly puts us back together.

Spencer Locke first meets Dalton Greer when he shows up on her doorstep as a Foster kid. They develop an instant friendship and Dalton becomes the protective big brother. He's had a very hard life and had to grow up way too fast. In order to survive he's traveled down a path that is
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GeekInPink
Love at first sunset 5 gold stars

*An ARC was given by the author for an honest review*

This book had me on an emotional yo-yo. One moment I was giggling and the next my eyes were tearing up or I went all Hulk on the situation. Yep. Emotional roller-coaster ride that BROKE MY FEELS!

Spencer Locke and Dalton Greer have an incredible connection, they have been best-friends since they met. Their depth of feeling for each other transcends everything else. They, each, would do absolutely anything for th
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Shannon Moore
Jun 20, 2017 Shannon Moore rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This story had so many great pieces and was so promising, but I felt like I was waiting and waiting and waiting for it to actually begin. I wanted to love it but I didn't even feel intrigued with it until around 80%. I really like emotional writing, but I have to be able to find it believeable at the same time, and a good chunk of the dialogue in here is definitely not believable. Especially for 17-23 year olds. There were also several discrepancies within time frames/ages, which I found quite o ...more
Siobhan Davis
Nov 02, 2015 Siobhan Davis rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing read! Under the Influence is a beautifully written love story that tugged at my heart strings. I loved everything about it - the writing, the plot, characterization, and worldbuilding. While this is my first L.B. Simmons book, I know it won't be the last.

This is Spencer (Spence) and Dalton's story, and it's narrated from point characters perspectives. I love reading books in dual POV, and I especially love reading the male perspective so extra brownie points for that.

Spence
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Liza
May 03, 2015 Liza rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC for an honest review

Actual Rating: 5+ stars

Gripping, thrilling and heartwarming. Under The Influence kept my emotions on the edge page by page.

I had an unbelievable connection with this book. L.B. Simmons had caught my attention from the very first page of this book and she held it until the end.

Spencer and Dalton's love warms my heart. Their chemistry, from being friends to lovers, were undeniable. The passion was very evident with their promises of love and protection towards
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Anne OK
May 04, 2015 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
An exceptionally well-written friends to lovers story. Both Dalton and Spencer share dark shadows in their lives. One found help earlier than the other. The other still fights the demons and challenges of a seemingly non-escapable life filled with pain and agony.

It's dark, gritty and wired with plenty of angst. At times the story will break your heart and leave you gasping for breath. In the blink of an eye, you'll also find a beautiful and steadfast love where two individuals refuse to give up
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Three Chicks
May 10, 2015 Three Chicks rated it it was amazing
5 Amazing Stars!

Review by Allison East

Whenever I read a LB Simmons book, I immediately know a
variety of things. One, that it will be an emotional
journey- one that reduces me to tears, probably several
times- and brings me to the brink of insanity- and then back
again. Two, that I will fall in love with the characters-
main and secondary, and in different ways each time. And
three, that it will teach me something. Something I that I
may have known, but was lying dormant. Or something totally
ne
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Up All Night Book Addict
May 07, 2015 Up All Night Book Addict rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, reviews
I have been waiting for this book. You know when you wait and wait (but not too long) for a story and the anticipation gets to be so much that you hope it lives up to you expectations? Yeah, that was me with this one. And it totally lived up to what I was hoping for and then some.

This story is so beautifully written. We get to see Cassie's story after Rat and college... trying to move on with her life but not quite doing it. Her struggles with self doubt and self loathing are moving and heart br
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D
Apr 14, 2015 D rated it it was amazing
How do I tell you the awesomeness of this book? I have loved every single one of LB Simmons books and with each one I keep thinking this is her best yet. Under The Influence demonstrates a shift in her writing though—all for the better of course. I felt like I could see into Simmons’ soul with this story and I want to stay there for a while.
Under The Influence was a raw read. I enjoyed how it wasn’t all S’mores and a campfire. There was gritty emotion that with every page turn I could actually
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Beth
Aug 08, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
4 Sunset Stars

Oh how I love to be under the influence of LB Simmons. She knows how to suck you in to the story. How to get your buy in and then....BAM. Take you under.

Spencer met Dalton when he came to her home as a foster child. They would watch sunsets together. They grew up together. And then it turned into something else. Something Spencer wanted.

You're the one. I can tell.

Dalton knows he is not good enough for Spencer. He has made some bad choices. All he cares about is protecting Spencer
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Jennifer
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 5 Stars ~

Whenever I pick up a book by L.B. Simmons, I know I am in for a treat. Under the Influence was no different. This story was unique and captivating. Her books always grab you right from the start and don't let go until the very end.

" A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow."….. William Shakespeare

Under the Influence is
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Sybil aka Lala
YOU ARE COMMANDED to serve the herein Warrant of Arrest to seize and take into custody the accused person named below:

Name of Subject of Arrest: L.B. Simmons

And bring forth said person before this court the next business day following her arrest on the following charges:

ASSAULT on my emotions. Lord, this book had me going through all the feels. From making my heart hurt to giving me fire pants, the story of Dalton and Spencer was a roller-coaster from start to finish. The story follows Spence an
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Jennifer Sons
Oh gosh, I don't know where to start! This book was amazing! I was purposely reading really slow just so that it didn't end! I was on edge from beginning to end! I really don't think I have any nails left!!

The unconditional love of Dalton & Spencer is something so special that it's hard to even imagine! Dalton is stuck in a life that he was thrown into. A life that feed him for years & because of this there's only one way out. Dalton & Spencer's love is electric! Until her birthday,
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Debi Barnes- Mean Girls Luv Books
LB has done it again! Man she is truly a weaver of deep emotional amazing stories. I fell in love with LBs writing years ago and she has only gotten better and better if that was possible.
This book had me so sucked in I thought my family was going to disown me. Once I enter Spencer and Dalton’s world, I was there to the end. Their story is so heartfelt that I didn’t want it to end. Every character in this book was real and added some much to the story. Penny was by far my favorite side characte
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Shawna (Blue's Books)
Jan 03, 2015 Shawna (Blue's Books) rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the amazing author herself & I could not feel more blessed to be able to read this before it hits the public. Spencer & Dalton's journey sent me spinning in many directions & pulled emotions so intense I often had to stop and reflect. this is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and amazing stories of two souls destined to be together, this book is sure to stay with me forever. beautifully & artfully written, L.B. Simmons takes my br ...more
Give Me Books
May 16, 2015 Give Me Books rated it it was amazing
Every single book I have read by this amazing author has completely blown me away and I expected this book to do the same. Under The Influence not only did that, but also completely destroyed me.

Packed full of passionate love, suspense, friendship, loss and just the right amount of drama, it created the perfect recipe for head over heals FLOVE. L.B. Simmons not only imagined an amazing story but managed to draw the reader in so fiercely that there was no escaping until the last page.

I will be
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NotYourMama'sRomance
Jan 09, 2015 NotYourMama'sRomance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
***5 EMOTIONAL STARS***

It's no secret that I absolutely LOVE LB Simmons. There's something about her stories that really speak to me. They're meaningful. They're important. And they're full of all the feels I love. This book was no exception. I laughed out loud (OMG Rat!), sobbed through the entire second part, and celebrated throughout part 3. I actually put my iPad down to CLAP (Oh, Liam...)! This is an amazing story, and I highly recommend you read it!
Shera Layn ~ Book Lovers Obsession
This book tore my heart out, yanked me every which way and ripped me to shreds. Until a boy named Dalton and a girl named Spencer put me back together again. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, where it would go, where I would end up. I can tell you about my experience. I took an amazing journey with two people who were meant to be from the start. The connection, chemistry and love between these two was undeniable. The journey for true love is really never easy. Bumps, roadblocks and tr ...more
Nance
Some really sad things happened amongst the pages of this book, but some really beautiful things happened too. This one will tug at your heartstrings, but when all is said and done, it will make you smile also. These two young adults have had their fair share of heartache, but what they find with each other is the other half of their soul. Spencer and Dalton first start out as friends at a young age. Their relationship grows as the years go by. Neither one actually will admit how they feel. So, ...more
Jenna
Oct 21, 2015 Jenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
"I have always belonged to you. I will always belong to you. Regardless of what you've done, what you do, or what you will do, I will forever be yours. And that's my choice to make, whether you choose me or not.

ALL.THE.FEELS. I went into this book knowing that there was a possibility that it would make me cry. However, I didn't think it would tug on my heart strings right off the bat, but it did. I was pulled in to Spencer and Dalton's story and I could not put it down.

This book tackles some he
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Jos
Nov 13, 2014 Jos rated it it was amazing
10 Stars utterly Fantastic!!!!!

Wow, wow, wow, I am blown away by this book. First, let me start by saying that this is the first book I have ever read by L.B. Simmons and it will most definitely not be the last.... This book was beyond amazing....beyond 5 Stars for me that's for sure:)

Let me say that my love for both Dalton and Spencer is let's just say off the charts.... I absolutely LOVED BOTH of these characters with every fiber of my being. The love these 2 had for each other was just genuin
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After graduating from Texas A&M University, L.B. Simmons did what any biomedical science major could do. She entered the workforce as a full-time chemist. Years later, never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined herself a USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance author as well.

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