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Decide (Declan Reede: The Untold Story 0.5)

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Strap in, get ready to start your engines and see where it all began.

From an early age, Declan Reede’s only goal was to race in the ProV8 Championship Series. One thing he couldn’t anticipate was that a blistering kiss shared with his best friend, Alyssa Dawson, might derail his plans.

While he knows things between them will never be the same, it’s impossible to predict ju
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 27th 2015 by Michelle Irwin (first published July 19th 2015)
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Olga therebelreader
Declan and Alyssa have been best friends since they were kids. When they were teens, they crossed the line from friendship to romance. This was for both of them very beautiful but also extremely tricky. They explored their passion for one another and their relationship blossomed. Declan proved to be a talented young race car driver with a bright future ahead. Alyssa didn’t share the same love for car racing with him. The difference of their career aspirations and dreams were the reason for the s ...more
This novella introduces us to Declan Reede and Alyssa Dawson, best friends since they were kids. As the intro to this new series that provides the backstory for these two, we get the young love story filled with a boy with dreams and a girl that doesn’t quite understand what it means to him in order to fulfill them.

As Declan and Alyssa grow up, fall in love and fall apart, the stage is set for this young ambitious race and surely what will be the fight to get the one that got a way back.

I foun
Heather andrews
Jul 28, 2015 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a girl has to come first and Alyssa holds her man by the balls and isn't afraid to use ultimatums, “well, it sure feels like it. Come back tomorrow, Dec, or don’t bother coming back at all.” She slid the window shut , yanked the curtains closed, and ignored my attempts to coerce her back to talk some more." Declan knew how to give his woman a compliment, "with a chuckle, I pulled on my shorts. “It’s a damn sight more impressive when you work your magic on me.” Um... I'm hoping there's ...more
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
This book is an introduction novella to the "Declan Reede: The Untold Story Series" which is told in Declan's POV (which I love by the way). An easy read book that made me reminisce my younger years and to my young love with a smile on my face and a "Where is he now btw?". Reminiscing the past aside,
The story introduces us with Declan and Alyssa. Two friends who practically grew up together . The friendship turned to dating after that "kiss" they shared one afternoon in thei
Feb 19, 2016 Thetwistedbookcurmudgeon rated it really liked it
**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

This is the first book I have read by this author. I love how she was able to write it from Declan’s point of view, let alone a teenage boy.

The story takes place in Australia, so prepare to familiarize yourself with the local dialect.

Declan and Alyssa have been best friends since they were young, then one day while playing a game of cards as they usually do, thing change when a kiss happens.

Their parents are not surprised that they are finally dating, but the last two
Jul 28, 2015 EndlessReading rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly I would like to thank the lovely Michelle for kindly providing me with a copy of "Decide" to read and review, this is my first time reading anything by her and I enjoyed it

In this short novella, we meet bad boy-boy racer Declan Reede, we follow him in trying to fulfil his dreams and wishes of becoming a ProV8 driver....what he doesn't think about it girls those? One in particular...

Things start to take a strange turn in the term "friendship" between Declan and Alyssa, friendship turns in
Book Nook  Nuts
Aug 02, 2015 Book Nook Nuts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book: Decide (Declan Reede: The Untold Story 0.5)
Author: Michelle Irwin
Publication Date: 8/27/2015
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


Let me begin by saying I have read a few books by this author and they just keep getting better. In this short but sweet story we have Declan a young boy who is best friends with a girl his neighbor Alyssa.
All through elementary school and primary school, these two are inseparable. Then when they hit about 15 or so years old things
wendy Shelton
Jul 30, 2015 wendy Shelton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* * ARC given on behalf of obsessed by books for an honest review * *

This was a great start to a love story starting as childhood friends. Declan and Alyssa experience first with each other , kiss, sex, and heart break. What do you do when the one thing you want is not what's best for you at first, well that's what happen with Alyssa and Declan they both wanted a future together and they still do but Declan wants to make a better future for Alyssa and if pushing her away is what it takes so bid
Jul 29, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC given by net galley in return for a honest review

I totally read this book on my lunch hour.. Declan and Alyssa have been friends forever.. growing up together and deciding they want to take that next step.. but when it comes down to it.. when your idea of what you want with your life or your dreams differ from the one you thought you were to be with..? I wanted to just punch my kindle when I finished this book.. I am really looking forward to the next in this series..
Elena Cruz (Jazzy World of E's Bookshelf)
Decide Declan Reede: The Untold True Story is a book that will leave you desperate to get your hand on the next book in the series. Michelle Irwin's story of Declan Reede a young man who has high aspirations of becoming a racing driver perfectly sets up the series. We meet Declan as a teenager, hanging out with he best friend since childhood Alyssa Dawson. When the friendship changes after a kiss, the two decide to date. The kiss sets into motion a relationship not short of its up and downs, as ...more
Books Laid Bare
Aug 27, 2015 Books Laid Bare rated it really liked it
A short blast into the life and loves of a teenage boy , with all the angst ridden hormones and tedious grown up hampering the absolute mission that you have set you mind on and believe me when I say that Declan is most definitely on a mission.
When his feelings for his best friend Alyssa finally move from mates to something more, or as more as you are going to get for a pair of 15year olds, the path of young love was never going to run smooth!
Like typical teenagers they changed their relationshi
Aug 27, 2015 Kristy rated it it was amazing
What a tantalizing taste of the begining of Declan Reede's story. I was instantly drawn in, enthralled, captivated with the mind of Declan... it's not every day you get to read the thought's of a teenage boy, which I found I could strangly relate. We are all teenagers at one point in our lives. I loved Michelle's use of all things Australiana, it's wonderful to read about things in your own country. Who in Australia doesn't get a kick out of watching Bathurst in October??

Declan & Alyssa's o
United Indie Book Blog
Aug 25, 2015 United Indie Book Blog rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this story for an honest review. This is the prequel to Decide. It is the whole beginning of Declan and Alyssa’s relationship. They are in their last year of high school and are trying to come to terms with what they want in their future. Declan is bound and determined to be the youngest Pro-V8 champion in the history of the sport and Alyssa is wanting to go to uni and have a family. Their lives change in just one night. It goes from the best night ever to the worst night e ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Jacky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strap in, get ready to start your engines and see where it all began.

From an early age, Declan Reede’s only goal was to race in the ProV8 Championship Series. One thing he couldn’t anticipate was that a blistering kiss shared with his best friend, Alyssa Dawson, might derail his plans.

While he knows things between them will never be the same, it’s impossible to predict just where the road will take them, or how rocky it might get.

Will he decide to fight for love or follow his dreams?

Michelle Irw
Monsterella Reviews
Jul 30, 2015 Monsterella Reviews rated it it was amazing
From childhood, Declan and Alyssa were best of friends. They spent so much time at one another's homes that their parents may just as well have shared joint custody. They did everything together, so the day that they realized there was more to their feelings than just friendship was inevitable. That day they were playing cards at their table in the park and before they knew it they were kissing. Alyssa's brother Josh interrupted that intimate moment when he came to collect Alyssa for dinner, muc ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
“Decide” is the opening novella in a series about V8 Racer Declan Reede, and his twin passions: racing, and childhood friend turned first love Alyssa.

Spanning two tumultuous years between 15 and 17, when Declan graduates from high school, “Decide” charts the on again, off again relationship between Declan and Alyssa. Told in first person, the novella has Declan finally having to choose between chasing his racing dreams or risking suburban settlement with his girlfriend.

The writing is clear and
Linda at Luscious Literature
Jul 26, 2015 Linda at Luscious Literature rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, as its a novella I read it pretty quickly. I felt like it explains the relationship between Declan and Alyssa.

It's a story of two friends growing up together and taking their friendship to the next level. It's about their dreams and aspirations.

But what happens when you don't share the same dreams and aspirations. Can a relationship survive?

Declan is mad on becoming a ProV8 driver. It's all he wants, nothing can come between him and his training. He is determined to get on the
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
This was a great start to what I think will be a great series!

Declan and Alysa have been best friends since elementary school. When they are 15 things change and they are now a couple. Things don't stay as easy going as their friendship went. There are good times but they hit a lot of bumps and break up a lot. Keep in mind they are still in high school in this book so these things happen. All Declan wants to do is race ProV8 and Alysa doesn't believe that he can do it and doesn't support him wit
Sep 29, 2015 Faith89 rated it liked it
Copy courtesy of Netgalley
This a short story giving the reader a look into the past relationship of Declan and Alyssa. We see the beginning of their relationship from youngsters to young adults. It is filled with the high school drama of romance. They break up they make to do it all over again. thet both suffer the innocence of youth. Declan has dreams of becoming a successful race driver. He is obsessed. Alyssa doesn't understand and wants him to go to college and be with her. She kind of brus
Kelly with Sugar Shack Book Blog
This was a great short and quick read. Almost like an introduction into the series to come. I enjoyed the characters and my interests is totally peaked on what is all to come!

We are introduced to Deacon and Alyssa, life long friends growing up and their relationship developing into more. But sometimes life and dreams differ and come in between!!

I am very much looking forward to more in this series! It absolutely grabbed my attention and left me wanting more. I thought it was a great glimpse of
A Beautiful Book Blog
Aug 11, 2015 A Beautiful Book Blog rated it it was amazing
This was a great introduction into the beginning of Declan and Alyssa story. They were best friends forever, turn lover. Their story was a typical girl and boy falling in love. But sometimes that love is complicated when you are young and you have goals you want to accomplish.

Their story was sweet, innocent, and at times painful. My heart was nearly ripped out when everything crumbled.

This book was fast-pass. I could not finish this fast enough and start into book 1 Decline. This book is so good
Jenny Corrine
Jan 22, 2016 Jenny Corrine rated it it was amazing
Michelle took me back to high school! Ugh!

Declan Reede is an arrogant kid. He has a dream and he wants to live it. Then he falls for his childhood friend and wants her too.

Alyssa Dawson is a feisty teenage girl who, let’s admit, we can see pieces of ourselves in. She has her own ideas of how things should be. They include having Declan in her life.

They seem to race ahead only to spin out of control before braking hard to stop the wheels from turning. Before you know it, things are back on track
Nov 09, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Declan and Alyssa have been friends since they were 6 years old and become high school sweethearts. The progression from first kiss into complicated teenage love was sweet and well written. Can their love survive when Declan's lifelong dream of becoming a professional race car driver comes true? This book is 0.5 in the Declan Reede: The Untold Story Series. Their story will be continued in "Decline," book one of the series.
Spunky N Sassy
Aug 31, 2015 Spunky N Sassy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SNS Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Sharlene's Review~~~~~~~~~~

Declan and Alyssa are high school sweethearts that have a tumultuous relationship. Back and forth, on again/off again, up and down - that's the best way to explain them. Told strictly from Declan's POV, the story is an easy read. It has all the hormonal, angsty feelings that you expect from teenagers. Scenery description was a little lacking but the sexual descriptions make up for it some what. Yes, there is sex between teenagers involved here
Jul 30, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing
What more can I say about this story than I need more!!!!!! This was an amazing story. Very well written by Michelle Irwin!!! Two best friends realize that their friendship is so much more and with young love their ups, downs and hormones are all over the place!!! And making big decisions about the future is tough! Enjoy the ride with Declan Reede as he tries to figure it out!
Renée Swann
Aug 03, 2015 Renée Swann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-tbr-2015
Originally reviewed for Little Birdy Book Blog.
See my full review here.

Michelle’s writing style and Declan’s voice is what sucked me in at first, but it was the characters and decisions they had to make that kept me turning the pages until the end.

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Caryn Watson Watz Books and Teasers
I enjoyed learning Declan's back story and can't wait to read the rest of the books on this series :)
H M Reynolds
Mar 04, 2016 H M Reynolds rated it it was amazing
From the cover this was either going to be a novel about romance with a bit of racing or a novel about racing with a side order of passion.
Just to clarify which, this book mostly concerns the ups and downs of the relationship between the main character and his first girlfriend.
His aspiration to be a racing driver is well written and an important part of his life, but forms a secondary part of the story.

The couple concerned have a bit of a fiery on-off relationship, which makes for a more interes
Jan 13, 2016 Shy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
I have been curious about this book since I saw this as a cover photo on Facebook but I kind of got hesitant when I learned that this is a New Adult book. Aside from a couple of authors which I guess I can now make three, the New Adult genre and I does not get along very well. However, I can say that I am happy to have read the beginning of Declan's story.

This introduction story to Declan Reede started when both of the main characters were very young. I think a lot of people can relate to this s
Jan 07, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
This is my first read by Michelle Irwin and I have to say that I am going to be hooked now. This story flowed really well and kept you on the edge wondering how things were going to turn out for Declan and Alyssa. I found myself rooting for them from the beginning and getting mad at the other characters that interfered with their relationship!!

Declan and Alyssa have known each other since they were 6 years old. They grew up together and go to the same school as well. When Declan decides that he
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