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Decline (Declan Reede: The Untold Story #1)

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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.
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 24th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Olga therebelreader
Nice race car romance novel that will rev up your engine! Declan is not one to settle down with one woman. Alyssa has been his kryptonite and seeing her four years since the split turns his world up side down. She becomes his sweet obsession and rekindles the spark in their relationship. Her presence in his life affects his perfromance as a driver and brings out many strong emotions. This creates a heady atmosphere and Declan is making serious mistakes. His career is in danger and it’s time for ...more
Jenny
Jan 22, 2016 Jenny rated it did not like it
I thought the hero was anything but. Sure, he's on the decline as the title explains. However he's dangerous to himself and others.

He pushes a one night stand so much so she slams against the wall(not in a consensual way but in a violent one) He treats these women with no respect. We even find out he threatened to slit his mother's throat if she brought up Alyssa.

Then? When he finds out the big (read obvious) secret the heroine is hiding? He throws her out of the room. Excuse me?? She tried so
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aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
4 DECLINE STARS!!!

One.Hell.Of.A.Book!
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 charater a
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Feb 19, 2016 Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon rated it it was amazing
***** 4.5 Cranky stars *****


Decline is listed as book one in the Declan: The Untold Story, but I have to say it is really book two because you do need to read the novella, Decide, first to fully understand the history of Declan and Aylssa.



I also feel you should know is that this book does end in a cliffhanger. I prefer to know before starting a book when they end in one and nothing warned me of this ending.



Now for a spoiler alert if you have not read Decide, Decline picks up four years after De
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Jennifer Pierson
Sep 25, 2015 Jennifer Pierson rated it it was amazing
I freakin LOVE this book, and Declan. What I'm not so clear about, is why Michelle Irwin is trying to kill me?!

Declan Reede is finally living his dreams of racing for his favorite team, Sinclair Racing. He is very successful, has a foul mouth, and is a giant manwhore after leaving Alyssa, the girl he loves, behind. After 4 years, a chance glimpse of Alyssa in the stands at a race, has all his old feelings choking him. He can't sleep, can't focus, and is coming close to breaking the team record f
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A Beautiful Book Blog
WOW..this book was such a ride. This book is about 4 years after book one ended... Declan and Alyssa are definitely at different places. With a chance meeting will they be able to salvage if anything but a friendship if that.

There are so many things that come into play in this book. Declan, really needs to get his stuff together, he is a drunken fool. I love Declan but I was ready for him to get his SHIT together.. OMG.. Declan has the worst mouth EVER..hahaha... He drops more F bombs. But even
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Little Birdy Book Blog
Aug 08, 2015 Little Birdy Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who like contemporary romances and bad boys.
Shelves: aug-tbr-2015, arcs
WOW.

Words cannot express how giddy, sad, and excited this book makes me…strap in and get ready, because this series will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions!

Oh, man. THIS BOOK!! I can tell you right now that it’s awesome and you should read it, but I should probably tell you a little more about it, hey?

Four years after choosing his career over his girlfriend, after becoming a driver for Sinclair Racing, Declan Reede is slipping into his decline. A new girl every night? Binge drinking wh
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Heather andrews
Sep 02, 2015 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I had read the prequel to this book and I wasn't happy with the ending so I was eager to get into this book to see if the cliffhanger the prequel gave us worked itself out. Declan may be hot and gorgeous but I was team Alyssa, I felt for her I wanted to kick Declan in the nuts for her, but she had some lady balls of her own and I was chanting 'you go girl, you tell him where to shove it', “don’t act like you care, when you’ve made it clear you don’t.” She stood and moved away from me. We're left
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Diane
Aug 22, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
You can read this book as a standalone as I did not read the first one but understood the story.

This book takes you on an emotional roller-coaster from a high to a low in a few pages.

Declan is at the height of his career but is making mistakes that threaten that career. When Alyssa comes back into his life he needs to makes decisions that will alter his life and career.

He also finds out somd devastating news tgat he needs to come to terms with before he can move on.

I was given a copy of the boo
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Kat
Aug 21, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Contemporary Romance Lover 18+
*** Gifted in exchange for an honest review ***

I have read Ms Irwin's Paranormal series and enjoy both series, and I think she is onto a hit with this foray into Contemporary romance.

Well I read this book in a day, and it was nice to get engaged in a book where I didn't want to put it down.

There is a Prequel to this book, which I read in between this book, in my opinion I do not think it would make any difference if you read this book first then the prequel or visa versa or as I did half way tho
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Renee W. Tyler,  Battery Operated Book Blog
"It was only when I put the car in drive that I stopped. I froze because I didn't want to run. Not this time. I wanted her. More than that, I wanted to deserve her." ~ Declan

I am going to start off with saying that by no way will reading the first book, Decide, will it prepare you for all that will happen in this story. Michelle Irwin kept my emotions tied in knots as if I was strapped into that PRO V8 and speeding around the track myself.

We meet up with Delcan in this story as he has just seen
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Hopelessly Devoted
My Review
I'd just like to give the gorgeous Michelle a round of applause here! She's managed to create a character that you spend half of your time wanting to smack...and the other half? you just want to take him into your arms and tell him that it's all going to be okay.
Declan Reede is as screwed up and as emotionally stunted as...well as most men i suppose! He uses alcohol, drugs and sex as a way to escape and numb the hurt from losing the only woman who has ever held his heart! From the outs
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Jenni Crawford
Sep 14, 2015 Jenni Crawford rated it it was amazing
I am giving this review on behalf of Kats Book Promotions/ Katsindiebookblog. This book was speechless, and all in a good way. Mixing hotness, sexiness, and fast cars.. Can you ask for more? I think not. This is a start of what’s looks like to me will be a great series. There is a novella before this one, which is not a must in reading before this book, but would give you a better understanding in this book. So get that first! Anyways.. This book starts out 4 years after Declan signing a contrac ...more
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Jackie Wright
Sep 17, 2015 Jackie Wright rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review
I was given this book for a honest review
What can I say Decline is brilliant. This book picks up four years after Declan Reede moved to Sydney to follow his Pro V8 racing career. He left Alyssa Dawson and his family behind after all his career must come first. His dreams have come true he is the youngest Pro V8 champion so why can:t he concentrate and finish a race without crashing out........
Sinclair Racing owner Danny sends Declan to London to get his head together after he crash
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Amanda Wise
Aug 23, 2015 Amanda Wise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jacky
Aug 15, 2015 Jacky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Clare
Aug 07, 2015 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one explosive book, this is the second book in the Declan Reede series, it tells the ups and downs of Declan's move to Sydney to race V8 cars and show's his past very much staying with him and coming back to haunt him from the decisions he made in Decide.
Declan is living on the edge and a total ass but i cant help but love the bad boy he has become with his drinking ways his dirty mouth and his giving into his wild side.
I read this book in two sittings only because of the time otherwise
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wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
* * ARC given on behalf of obsessed by books for an honest review * *

This was an emotional roller-coaster. Declan is a mess, he stays drunken, has a foul mouth, he's just confused, but with what he feels for Alyssa can he change his ways. These two are trying to reconnect and it's not easy for them, they need, trust, friendship, Declan needs to grow up, but many pros to Alyssa for staying strong and not taking crap from him. Looking forward to see what happens next.
Christy
Aug 28, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this second installment in this series. I still need more!! I think this is Michelle Irwin's best work yet! You want to shake him and tell him to grow up. This series is an emotional roller coaster in a good way. You can empathize with his pain, love & loss. Great series!!!!!!
Bekah the Awesome
Jul 08, 2016 Bekah the Awesome rated it really liked it
HOLY WOW THE FEELS!!!!! Srsly y'all, invest in Kleenex and stock up. Like, lemme spell this out for you: spoilers had been spoiled, I knew what was going to happen, and these feels STILL got me. HARD.

Not a box OF tissues, a case.

*I was given a copy of this book in exact for an honest review.
Emma Taylor
Aug 23, 2015 Emma Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this book down! I loved it. I love the characters. Although Declan has a LOT of growing up to do I'm hoping they can make it through everything
Diary of a Book Addict
Sep 10, 2015 Diary of a Book Addict rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-sib
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book as I wasn't majorly drawn to Declan or Alyssa during 'Decide'.

Decline picks up four years after Decide finishes. For Declan Reede life should be bliss... all of his dreams have come true and he's made it as a Pro V8 racer, even managing to win the title of youngest Pro V8 Champion but instead finds his hopes and dreams slipping out of his fingers. Suffering from anxiety and insomnia, Declan has 'crashed out' of all of his last 5 races
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Romance Between The Sheets
Please note this review may contain spoilers.

Sorry Michelle, I'm just going to put this out there: I cannot stand Declan Reede. Never before have I read about a young man acting so much like a spoilt child. Seriously, if he was real, I'd punch him in the face, kick him in the balls and then run over him with his own car. He is completely unable to accept responsibility for his own actions and seems insincere in almost all his apologies. He is unbelievably rude to the people that want to help him
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Renee W. Tyler,  Battery Operated Book Blog
"It was only when I put the car in drive that I stopped. I froze because I didn't want to run. Not this time. I wanted her. More than that, I wanted to deserve her." ~ Declan

I am going to start off with saying that by no way will reading the first book, Decide, will it prepare you for all that will happen in this story. Michelle Irwin kept my emotions tied in knots as if I was strapped into that PRO V8 and speeding around the track myself.

We meet up with Delcan in this story as he has just seen
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Alison
Sep 22, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

I was given this book in turn for an honest review!

Declan Reede had the perfect career and his choice of women; he was living the dream. Until one chance encounter put his racing career in jeopardy. Can Declan sort his head out or will revelations send him over the edge?

This is one hell of an emotional, plot twisting and captivated world wind adventure Michelle Irwin takes you on; Declan Reede may think he is free from his past; he may believe he has stopped loving the only girl who ma
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Kristy
Sep 16, 2015 Kristy rated it it was amazing
After reading (& loving Decide) I went into this book on edge, intrigued, & in anticipation... why you ask?? I was wondering what would happen between Decide & Decline, especially with the cliffhanger Michelle left us in. 'Decline' is book 1 in "Declan Reede: The Untold Story" but I highly advise you read 'Decide' first, it's based 4 years prior & gives you a more indepth background story into the lives of Declan & Alyssa.

Declan is on his second year on the V8 curcuit, his dr
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BFDU
Nov 23, 2015 BFDU rated it it was amazing
**Received for honest review**

Everything you have worked your whole life for is hanging in the balance.

Everything you dreamed of.

Everything you wanted.

Declan's world came crushing back harder then ever after seeing her with another man.

His head was out of the game.

The one split second when she filled his mind, that one second you lapse that concentration could kill you, could cost you your career that you worked hard for.

He needed to fix it.

He was lost.

He didnt know how.

After several crashes in
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Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
OMG this book was a roller coaster of emotions. Michelle has done an amazing job with writing the story line in this book. I felt as if I was experiencing everything in this book and boy did my emotions go on that crazy ride. I was feeling just about every one you could think of while reading this book. You do not want to miss out on this series, that's for sure.

Declan is drinking to excess and going from one night stand to another and his career of driving is about to be lost. He can't figure
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Crystal
Aug 25, 2015 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Declan has made it. He was the youngest champion of the ProV8 Tour, but now his life is falling apart. He can’t sleep, he can’t focus, he has DNF’d (Did Not Finish) multiple times in a row and he is pissed. There is a reason for it though. He caught sight of the girl he loved a long time ago in the stands at a race with another man.
But you see, Declan is no longer that same 17 year old boy and Alyssa is not that same 17 year old girl. Four y
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Declan Reede: The Untold Story (4 books)
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