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The Fragile Line Series #1

The Fragile Line: Part One

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Chloe McCarthy thought she had found the perfect guy. Someone just as detached as she was when it came to love and commitment. Someone who never pressured her for more than just sex. But when she gets a little too comfortable with their arrangement, and he rejects her for someone else, it triggers heartbreaking memories that leave her questioning her resolve for a commitment-free life. In a moment of self-pity, she calls on the one person who she knows will make her smile.

Matt Langston lives a drama-free life, and he wants to keep it that way. Chloe McCarthy? All drama. Which is why he needs to stay away from her. A mechanic by day and bouncer by night, he tries to focus on work, but the more he tries, the more she creeps into his thoughts and his dreams, until he realizes that he needs to get her out of his system once and for all.

The Fragile Line is a spin-off to The Fine Line, told in an addicting three-part romance novella series, with each part building on the last. The series may be read alone, however, reading The Fine Line first will provide a further introduction to the characters which may enhance the overall reading experience.

148 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 15, 2016

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Profile Image for Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen.
1,683 reviews599 followers
March 9, 2016
Book – The Fragile Line – Part One
Series – The Fine Line #2
Author – Alicia Kobishop
Publication Date – March 15, 2016
Genre – New Adult Romance
Cliffhanger - Yes
Type - Part of Series
Rating – 4.5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
Well, I have to be honest and let you know that the beginning of this book really turned my stomach. I was so ready to put it down with the hate I felt toward Chloe. But then I remembered what my mother always said about characters who makes you really hate them…that they are good actors because you really believe the character they are playing. I think this is also true of authors and how they present a character in a book.

Ms. Kobishop wrote Chloe so believable in my eyes that this bitch really made my blood boil.

And then….

For Ms. Kobishop to turn everything around where I could empathize with Chloe and started to really understand why she did the things she did.

Then, along comes Matt – wow…how much I love Matt and how he could see past Chloe’s bitchy exterior and fall in love with the real girl.

I’ll also mention something else…in The Fine Line – I absolutely LOVED Logan and my review for the book stated as much….but his character in this book – I found myself hating him something fierce!

Chloe does the hook-up and Logan is the best until he doesn’t want her anymore but Chloe doesn’t do rejection well and has it in her head that she can make Logan change his mind ----- until she goes too far.

Matt is there to pick up the pieces and be the friend that Chloe needs. As he slowly draws out the inner sweet and funny girl Chloe can be, they both realize that there is more than just friendship building between the two of them.

Things are going good between the two of them until Matt gets an offer of a lifetime.

Reason for Reading – Author Request
Story – 5 Stars
Steam – 4.5 Stars
Angst – 5 Stars
Writing – 4.5 Stars
Content Flow – 4.5 Stars
HEA (Spoiler) –
Would Read More from Author? Yes
Recommend To – Readers who enjoy a book with the bad turning to good.

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1,453 reviews418 followers
March 30, 2016
☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

Oohh, I cannot convey how much the mixed array of emotions this story evoked in me. It made me mad, it shocked me, it made me a blubbering mess, and then it made me want to root for main protagonist Chloe in more ways than one.

Normally, when I first meet the lead of the novel, I'm already attached to them. But not Chloe. She infuriated and baffled me. Luckily though, her involvement with male counterpart, Matt, balanced her out and brought out more of her better qualities and redeemed her in so many ways. Definitely, made me fall in love with Matt wholeheartedly and subsequently change my tune about Chloe, especially after peeling back her layers and learning more about her.

A powerful and emotional read.

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3,749 reviews455 followers
March 13, 2016
So, if you have not read The Fine Line, you may want to. Not 100% necessary but this book runs along the same timeline and it may clear some confusion.

Chloe, I hated right off the bat. She was such the bad guy in The Fine Line, in love with a man who is in love with another, and it made me want to claw her eyes out. BUT, this book explains her background and her current state of mind. It doesn’t excuse her actions, but it puts a nice wrapping on why.

Matt, oh swoonworthy Matt. You try so hard to be noble when it comes to Olivia, and I find that endearing.

While this book runs parallel with The Fine Line, there is a whole other world in this book, and this world is steamy and hot. Bring a fan, and maybe some relief, you will need it.

This is only this author's second book, yet you can truly feel the passion she has for these characters. She is able to paint a picture for us that puts us right in the middle of the action. I am anxiously awaiting book two in this three part series! ~ Devlynn, 4.5 stars
Author 6 books191 followers
December 29, 2016

I can't wait for you all to meet Chloe and Matt! I hope you fall in love with them the way I have. ~Alicia

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129 reviews1 follower
June 22, 2016

Request for Honest Review by Author

…The thing is once you're over there, away from the life you used to know, it's almost like time stands still. Logically, you know your loved ones lives are going to change, but since you're not there to witness it, or hear about it, it almost doesn't seem real."

I had to admit when I initially read the blurb I thought this is going to be a simple story between two people but I was mistaken this is a well written story with some exceptional moments. This book starts from a point in the first book which was the story of Logan and Liv and in this book it's about two of their acquaintances Mark and Chloe, I liked the way the story was told not like it was supposed to be repetitive or systematic but in a way it was told with reference to a certain event and the author managed to kept the veiled mystery of the 'night' in the book one in book two, only my dear Chloe knows the truth and she is keeping it mum and since Logan was drunk and all, more the mystery as he can't seem to recall what happened. Awesome huh? I think so too.

"I dated one of the cooks that worked here." She shrugged and took a bite of bread. Should've known that. But really. Was that all she was going to give me? " And… did the recipe just osmose from his brains to yours on a date?"

I got to say this but reading from a novice author who has just written her second book, I mean this book, I can’t help but feel impressed. It had all the right amount of formula from courage, change, determination, numbness, pain, heartbreak and ultimately to some acceptance even when the past is just to haunting, I think the love threshold has not been crossed in this first part yet. It was amazing!!! I spent little time in reading the book as I finished it within hours but the setback is that it has a second part with a cliffhanger ending which I hope would be as amazing as the first if not better. Keeping my fingers crossed. Honestly, I was expecting the routine story plot but this one was written with such a flair that left me hoping for more.

"Only cool people say 'dweeb' "Well, that sucks. Now I know I'll never be cool." "To each their own," she teased. "It's not for everyone."

I loved Chloe and Mark, they both have been through a lot in life, I mean when I read their stories it was amazing, two souls who are in search of some form of belonging that's what I think, I liked how they communicated with each other, their banter and it was nice, I mean sometimes when I read I have the feeling the authors' have this general notion that they keep to their standard formula either it is insta-love or insta-lust or friends to lovers and so and forth but there isn't much depth and substance in their plot, in this book I liked the concept that is explored by this author it was different and I liked it. Of course there is no denying the fact that are a lot of stories in this genre but this one just promises to stand out.

I meant to say something but nothing came out. People don’t do things for me. They just don't. I've made a point to not be in a place where people do things for me. I didn’t want anyone to have any expectations of me and vice versa.

As a final say I really hope the next part of this book will be published soon, and I also hope that the blurb for the next book would be more entertaining. Let's see what is the thing that I didn't like about the book, I hope that the author would be more creative in terms of the emotional development as the blurb for the next part says that Mark gets a job offer and he hopes Chloe would do what actually? As the story goes in this first part the relationship between Mark and Chloe is just building to form a much more stable connection as they have yet to I mean even define it so then I would just hope that this next part comes through and the novel ends which doesn't really help me to be definite of their future. There is a lot to build here and all the best to Alicia Kobishop.

Was there really such things as true friends? Or just people who pretend to care so that they can get what they want? The latter seems more likely. Gifts are only for getting something in return. In my moment of weakness, I almost forgot that simple fact.

A penny for everyone's thoughts'. Enjoy!!!

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2,011 reviews87 followers
June 3, 2016
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 4 Stars ~

This is the second book I have read by Alicia Kobishop, and I continue to enjoy her writing.

The Fragile Line : Part 1 is the first novella in a three part novella series that is a spin off of Alicia’s debut novel The Fine Line. It is not necessary to read The Fine Line first, but I think it might help with some of the backstory of Chloe. This book runs in parallel to The Fine Line, so there is some overlap in the storyline. Nothing that will make this book confusing or hard to follow.

Being that this is only book 1 of 3, you can guess that this book ended on a cliffhanger. I wouldn’t consider this one too bad. I almost felt it was more of a To Be Continued ending. Chloe and Matt ended in a good place, but you can tell there is more to their story to come and it leaves you wondering what decisions will be made!!! I don’t feel you need to wait for book 2 to come out before reading this book.

I have to be honest and say I really didn’t remember Chloe from The Fine Line….just that she caused a lot of trouble in that book. Well this book really takes up where that book left off and not leaving Chloe in the best light. I know a lot of people won’t like her in this book either, but give her a chance…as the story goes on, you get to know her better and why she behaves the way she does. I have to say by the end of this book my heart went out to her and I wanted to give her a hug. As for Matt….he was amazing!!! I thought he was swoontastic. He is the friend/boyfriend every girl is looking for. I liked how he wanted to build a friendship first and foremost with Chloe. He wasn’t after her just for sex, like every other guy she has known. I thought the progression of their relationship went a great pace and I will be interested to see where the other two books take their relationship. Hopefully they get their HEA!!!

The only character that really takes a part in this story that is a repeat from The Fine Line is Logan. But it is such a small part. I have to be honest and say I really didn’t get the warm fuzzies from him in this book like I did in his book. I won’t be hurt if he doesn’t make any more appearances in the remaining two books. Matt has definitely stolen my heart :)

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the New Adult Genre. And likes a story that has likable characters and a storyline that has passion and will keep you intrigued all the way until the end.
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347 reviews
March 16, 2016

I have to admit I was a little nervous to read this book after I found out that it was Chloe from THE FINE LINE. I was definitely not a fan of hers for all the hell she put Logan and Liv through. If you haven’t read THE FINE LINE I would recommend doing that before reading this book. It isn’t really absolutely necessary, but I think you will enjoy this story a lot more and relate a lot better to the characters, especially being that their stories run the same timeline.

Chloe has been hurt in her past which is why she is just up for a good time. After her go to hookup finds the love of his life, Chloe has trouble moving on and accepting that Logan can no longer be the one she runs to anymore. I have to say that I HATED HER in The Fine Line. Legit, like wanted to jump through the pages and throat punch her for what she put Liv and Logan through. The BIG ‘what really happened’ question I had from The Fine Line is FINALLY answered in THE FRAGILE LINE and thank god for that! It drove me mad not knowing what had actually occurred during a certain scene. Throughout this story I started to understand Chloe and by the end of the book, I was completely in love with her and rooting for her one-hundred percent.

Matt…Oh Matty is just super sweet and a genuinely good guy. He is someone who doesn’t like complicated, so why he feels this connection to a wild card like Chloe is beyond him. But no matter how much he tries, he just can’t seem to keep away from her.

I loved the friendship Chloe and Matt had formed. I think it was necessary for both characters and helped ease the anxiety I had felt with Chloe previously. Their friendship grounded her. Made her more than what she seemed to be. Proved to us, and herself I think, that she has something to offer other than what has been expected of her in the past.

This is the first book in a series of books regarding these characters and all I know is after an ending like that I just can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

I’m super excited that the author decided to continue on with this series! The Fine Line was one of the very first books I reviewed and I absolutely loved it. Alicia did it again with The Fragile Line. Its fast and exciting. Sexy and fun. Full of tension and anxiety. Everything I look for in a book!

Reviewed by Alissa Evanson

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2,605 reviews418 followers
February 3, 2017
4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I was really looking forward to reading this book, having read The Fine Lin and meeting Chloe in that book. I will say that I wasn’t sure how I would feel about her because she was the nicest person in the first book. She had a friends with benefits relationship with Logan but when he met and fell in love with Liv, Chloe did not take it well. So I was curious to see what her story was and so far Alicia Kobishop did not disappoint.

In the beginning of this book I was not a fan of Chloe’s at all. Again it had to do with her actions when it came to Logan. But once you put that aside and Chloe realizes that things with Logan are truly over you start to see a different side of her. The author goes back to her past and we see how much she is still hurting from what happened in her past. And trust me it was a shocker. I was angry and upset for her. But slowly we begin to see more of the real her and that has everything to do with Matt.

Matt is amazing, simply put. He sees something in her that I think others do not see, mainly because she doesn’t let them. Matt slowly peels back her layers and he sees that she is not the girl everyone thinks she is and he wants her. Not just in a physical way but he wants more. Right now they are just friends but when they cross that line what will happen? Matt has gotten himself in a bit of a situation considering that Logan is one of his best friends. Neither one of them want a relationship but they both know that whatever is going on between them is certainly more then just friends.

I am really enjoying this series and love Matt and Chloe together. He makes her a better person. He brings out the best in her and I honestly love her after this book. I love that we get to see her background story because it helps the reader to really understand her and where her mind is. Matt and Chloe are adorable and sexy together. Matt is completely swoon worthy and I love it. Cannot wait to start the next one and I am hoping that we find out more of Matt’s back story.
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2,496 reviews405 followers
September 26, 2017
3.5 stars

This is the first book in a series and it's a shortish read but quite satisfying. The first few chapters are challenging in that Chloe, the heroine is hard to like. Chloe smacks of desperation in her desire for Logan and it's quite uncomfortable to watch. It is hard to respect someone who doesn't respect themselves. On the flipside, unrequited love is tough.

Chloe's infatuation leads her into the path of Matt. Matt is likable and real but I found him to be lacking a bit of depth. Chloe on the other hand was best in they presence of Matt. He seemed to bring out the best in her. This story so far is very 'normal life' told in a past and present timeline but it does draw you in.

I have to say that of all the characters in the book, Logan is the one who interested me the most, even though he's a side character. I can see that there is a full novel related to this new series that is the story of Logan and Liv, so it's good to know that I can follow these two up.

A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for an honest review.

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766 reviews13 followers
March 28, 2016
Oh wow..another book that packed with emotions from Alicia Kobishop.
Angst, sad, heartbreaking and sweet love. Yup all is in this book.

At first i have a doubt, because i have mix feeling about Chloe (i kinda hate her in the first book),
but now...omg...i'm totally rooting for Chloe..
She's acting tough although she's fragile inside, i feel her pain.
This girl got me so sad and hearbroken...I want to slap those people who hurt her..
And Matt...oooh matt...Love when big tough guy become sweet and adorable for the one he loves.
He's so understanding and kind and sweet and yesss of course I love him.
Will this couple that have so many difference end up together? Will they find what they're looking for in each other? I need to find out...I need the second part...I cant't wait to read what will happen next...

If you love romance book packed with emotions this book is a must for you ;)
It's a standalone book but to really know Chloe and Matt you should read The Fine Line first.

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1,347 reviews2 followers
February 6, 2017
This is a love story with a twist, what a role reversal. I really liked how unapologetic Chloe is about her love life. I had a hard time liking Logan but that's because Matt's charm and character came out like a lion.

Favorite Quote:
When I reached her, I did what I should’ve done a long damn time ago. With one hand on the back of her neck and the other on the small of her back, I pulled her body to mine and kissed her the way she deserved to be kissed. Deeply. Tenderly. Passionately..

Second favorite quote.

"One week. I had one week to find out. One week to decide."

It didn't take me that long to decide that I was hooked. Can't wait to see what happens next.
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183 reviews4 followers
February 3, 2017
I'm so glad that I was able to get this book series from the author through Quirky Blind Date with A Book. After reading The Fine Line, I wanted to know more about Chloe and her character. She's gone through so much, no wonder she had the hard exterior that she does.

Matt has become one of my favorites, he just sounds like a big teddy bear. With a lot more to offer, if you catch my drift.

I also can't help but have a strong dislike to Brynn and Ryan, I just DON'T like them!
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444 reviews
February 26, 2017
See my full review under the box set!

I do highly recommend this book/series, but you should read The Fine Line first. That is a standalone or what this series is a spinoff from. If you read this series first, before the book, you will have spoilers. I'm hoping that there are more written.
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1,608 reviews76 followers
July 4, 2016
As it’s been more than two years since I read The Fine Line, my recollection of the details from the novel is a bit hazy. The fact that I strive to write spoiler-free reviews meant that my review of the book did little to jog my memory. However, what was clear from my review was that I enjoyed Kobishop’s writing style, so I happily signed up to review The Fragile Line – Part One. As the blurb states that this can be read as a standalone, I sallied forth into the novella, hoping that this would be the case – and it was. That said, I found myself remembering bits and pieces from The Fine Line, so that feeling of familiarity set in as I recalled a few of the scenes that overlap between the books, but experiencing them from Chloe’s point of view … and what a point of view that was.

With the first few chapters of the book being presented from Chloe’s point of view, Kobishop reminded me just how well she wrote angst. Boy, did she! The beginning of the book takes place during Liv and Logan’s friendship-romantic relationship merry-go-round and Chloe’s kinda-friends-with-LOTS-of-benefits arrangement with Logan has been terminated. At a time when Chloe was trying so hard to hold on to the only stable thing in her life, she convinces herself that she’s in love with Logan and sets out to win back her man, even though he’s not her man. As I read through Chloe’s thoughts, watched her make plans, and execute those plans, I was amazed at how well she could lie to herself about what she wanted and how she could justify her actions so easily – I was literally shaking my head, thinking “This girl is NUTS!” I felt sad for Chloe because some of the things she convinced herself of regarding Logan where just delusional. While I remembered Chloe (or at least the part she played in the first book), I had zero recollection of Matt, so for me, getting to know him was like meeting a new character. Matt has a similar outlook on relationships as Chloe – have fun, but don’t let them get attached. Being as he’s close friends with Logan, Chloe is off-limits in his mind, but having seen her vulnerable side for a few hours leaves Matt wanting to be friends, maybe. So, when their paths cross again, and he finds himself in a position to strike up a friendship with her, he does. Watching two people who have no desire for a romantic relationship with anyone, try to figure out how to be friends and keep the “benefits” out it was quite entertaining. Surprisingly, they manage to do it for a while, until they don’t.

The Fragile Line – Part One relies heavily upon Chloe and Matt’s inner monologues to tell the story. Generally speaking, this kind of presentation doesn’t work for me. Yet, in the case of this novella, and with these characters, it works wonderfully. There is plenty of dialogue and there are plenty of interactions between characters, but when we’re in Chloe and Matt’s heads, we are literally, in their heads as they remember things from their pasts and contemplate their budding friendship with one another and where it’s going. Kobishop also does a nice job of using Chloe’s memories to show us why she made the choices she did, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel really sorry for what she endured during her teens – such tragedy and heartbreak. As this is part one of three, the novella ends on a mild cliffhanger, nothing that’s going to make you want to throw your Kindle, but enough to leave you wanting part two as soon as possible, at least it did me.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
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11.4k reviews151 followers
February 2, 2017
I have to start out by saying that reading The Fine Line first, will give you more of a full picture of Chloe. Of course, I'm sure you will feel like I did, that Chloe is beyond redemption. After that book, and the first part of this book, all I wanted to do was choke her out, as she is very immature, and selfish. In fact, I almost put the whole thing down, that's how irate I was, but I hung in there with Matt. And I'm very glad I did, as Alicia Kobishop's super talented writing style had me changing my tune by the end, to where I really felt for public enemy #1, Chloe. Of course, I was instantly in love with Matt, who never gave up on her, and brought out her good qualities. Now I CANNOT WAIT to read more of this series IMMEDIATELY, so I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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1,036 reviews78 followers
February 22, 2017
4.5 everybody needs love stars!! What a great follow up to "The Fine Line"!

Ok this can be read as the first of a three book novella series but I HIGHLY recommend reading "The Fine Line" prior to reading this book. With that said....so much makes sense. This book was great!!

Well if you read the first book you would agree on my distaste for Chloe. Actually going into this book I did not read any blurbs so I did not know who the book was about and when the first page said "Chloe" I was so damn confused. BUT she is growing on me. There is a song by Mariahlynn called "Once Upon a Time (I was a hoe)" and it makes me think of Chloe. Hahaha. In all seriousness that was the first half of the book by the end of the novella I feel her. Now all that had to happen was a good man to help her out. That's where Matt comes in...

Matt is so damn wonderful. He is all man but had such a big heart. Matt also had been ruined by a woman. I have come to realize the stories are all about people who do not believe in love due to some jaded pasts. It is a little predictable at this point but each story is very unique.

This book was very well written and just a great carry on to all the characters from the previous book. I enjoy feeling like I am a part of these characters world.

** I received this book as a review copy via Quirky Blind Date with a Book and in return I gave my honest review**
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February 1, 2017
I was glad that we got to see the true side of Chloe, yes I was a hater but once I understood her better I started liking her more, she just needed a friend she could count on, that understood her where she was coming from and she found that in Matt. He's got a past and understands Chloe, enjoys their friendship and he sees the beauty in her but will they take a chance on each other and cross that line?
668 reviews3 followers
February 27, 2017
This is one remarkable, emotional roller coaster of a story,and it's wonderful! It was hard to read about Chloe's heartaches and her choices, but she keeps on surprising me. This is one story that just sucks you in, and before you know it, you're now a character in the story.
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February 25, 2017
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. A heartache love story about how to change to be the person you meant to be and let the old you go and remember how to love be alive also free.
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624 reviews1 follower
February 23, 2017
Chloe and Max are going to give you a ride in a roller coaster of emotions. Cry, laugh and love are all included. Absolutely in love with this story!
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727 reviews35 followers
February 23, 2017
Great read. I disliked Chloe in the first book, but started to feel for her in this one. Can't wait to see what happens next to Chloe and Matt! can't wait for more!!
141 reviews
February 18, 2017
Deeply moving writing. The story of how Chloe hides her true self within the image of being a "party girl". She constantly lives with feelings of emptiness and is unable to let the past go. As a reader I couldn't help feel saddened that she was travelling life's journey alone. That was until Matt came along. Will he be the one to reveal the true Chloe? Can't wait to read the next book
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1,275 reviews64 followers
March 15, 2016
I was so excited for this one! This novella was absolutely perfect. And since I read The Fine Line first, it made it even better than perfect. It isn’t necessary to read The Fine Line first, but it will definitely add to your reading experience, make you enjoy it that much more.

We meet Chloe & Matt in The Fine Line. I was VERY interested in Matt then…and Chloe…hmmm… well, let’s just say I needed a lot of convincing that she was not all bad.

Chloe is one of “those” characters. You know, the ones you love to hate. Well, after reading The Fragile Line, you can’t help but understand her a little bit better. You get inside her head and know how and why she feels the way she does – ever since the betrayal from her past. I thought for sure there was no way I’d be able to open my heart to Chloe, but with Ms. Kobishop’s fabulous storytelling, you can’t help but fall in love with her.

We caught glimpses of Matt in The Fine Line. I was intrigued. And I’m very happy that we get more of him. In this book, we get to see his full personality – and it’s freakin’ fantastic! He’s funny, smart, and a whole lotta sexy! The banter between him & Chloe was great – loved it!

Usually with novellas, they fall short with details, character development, and the feels – NOT the case with this one! You get everything you love about a great book. I teared up, laughed, smiled, and fanned myself during the sexy times.

I love this author’s writing style – easy to follow & understand, with a story-line that will capture your attention from the beginning. I devoured this! Sassy in all the right places, sweet where it needs to be, and steamy right when you need it most.

I cannot wait to read the next one in the series!
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818 reviews
March 10, 2016
Chloe McCarthy had a comfortable arrangement where she was able to have sex without the pressure for more. Apparently she was too comfortable because the guy was with rejects her for someone else. Having him go to someone else brought back painful memories that had never healed. During a moment of wallowing she calls up the one person who could make her smile no matter what the circumstance.

Matt Langston has made sure to keep his distance from Chloe as far as he can, but that never stops him from thinking about her. She’s constantly on his mind when he’s working as a mechanic by day and a bouncer by night.

He thought he could have one taste and finally put her in the past. Nothing goes to plan and now he’s finding himself going future into the rabbit hole.

“The Fragile Line” was a quick read and I enjoyed the story overall. Chloe is a difficult character to connect to, but further on in the story Ms. Kobishop starts to shine some light on why Chloe does certain things.

I love Matt. He’s calm and put together so when Chloe brings havoc into his life it’s nice to see that she can ruffle his feathers from time to time. Matt’s a man who takes things a bit too seriously and needs to learn to have fun which is defiantly displayed a bit though the story.

Overall, the story was written well with the pace matching up with the plot of the story.

(Author Note:
The Fragile Line is a spin-off to The Fine Line, told in an addicting three-part romance novella series, with each part building on the last. The series may be read alone, however, reading The Fine Line first will provide a further introduction to the characters which may enhance the overall reading experience.)

~Review on Behalf of Once Upon An Alpha
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741 reviews43 followers
March 14, 2016
Although this book is a stand-alone in its own rights, I felt glad that I had read The Fine Line beforehand as I had knowledge of the background of the people.

OMG right from the beginning I wanted to slap Chloe silly, she just really got on my nerves and as much as I loved The Fine Line, I was starting to wonder if I would like this book with the way Chloe was putting me off her, but deep down I knew there had to be a reason why she was why she was that way.

What I admire about this writer is the way she drew me into Chloe wanting more to know the why, where, when, questions, and makes you hate this character, then she makes you take stock and listen to Chloe’s story and you find yourself actually sympathising with this character and seeing her in a different light. Bravo Ms Kobishop for being able to do that.

We then have Matt, ahhh lovely Matt, he is the kind of guy every wants around them, he is kind, loving and genuine and the good news was he could see past all the bull that Chloe was trying to pull off and see the girl behind the brashness. Matt is the friend no one should be without but will his and Chloe’s relationship become more than just friendship?

Things are going well, everyone is happy, and then all of a sudden something comes along that could shatter everything, how will Matt and Chloe deal with this new issue?

I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see how things transpire.
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118 reviews22 followers
February 4, 2017
I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars

This is the first part of The Fragile Line novella series and a spin-off from The Fine Line. I haven't read The Fine Line, but I didn't have any troubles understanding the story as it progressed. Chloe is the bad girl with a horrible reputation. She went through some tough times when she was growing up and part of that was perpetuated by someone she was especially close to. Now, she keeps to her no-strings policy, but there's one guy she can't let get away. Logan is in it for a good time and has eyes for someone else, and when Chloe tries to take advantage of a situation, she not only crosses the line, she damn near catapults over it. Luckily, Matt is there for the assist. Matt is the gentleman with the tats and body of a badass whom is there when Chloe hits rock bottom, and pushes her to be better than she is, to be who she truly is inside.

I started this book truest despising Chloe for the stunt she pulls, but as I read my eyes were opened and I began to really feel for her. (My eyes may have teared at one time.) She doesn't come across as the most lovable person, but her story tugs your heartstrings. Alicia does a great job of creating her characters and really evoking emotion from her readers. Matt is the guy I wish I could meet. Kind and decent, he doesn't take advantage even though he could.
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519 reviews35 followers
March 14, 2016
Firstly I would like to to give a HUGE thanks to Kobishop for kindly providing me with a copy of "The Fragile Line" to read and review.

Soooo some of you may know of Chloe from reading "The Fine Line" if not, it's too much of a problem but I would totally read that to get a better understanding, but it's not a necessity.

We find that "The Fragile Line" explains her background and her current state of mind. It doesn't excuse her actions at all, but it totally explains a few things.

Kobishop seemed to turn everything around where the reader could empathize with Chloe and started to really understand why she did the things she did.

Having a comfortable relationship with someone who doesn't seem to be reciprocating the "feelings department" can totally ruin a good thing, and it would seem Chloe was too comfortable because the guy she had this with rejects her for someone else, this is where the first book "The Fine Line" comes into play, the story of Logan & Liv.

Matt is such a cute and caring guy, he seems to always be there to pick up the pieces and be the friend that Chloe needs. As he slowly draws out the sweet and funny side of Chloe, they both start to realize that there is more than just friendship budding between the two of them.

I can't wait to see where this story is leading to in the next two instalments....
February 6, 2017
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UGH! I started this book and thought “OMG I hate Chloe” and “Ain’t no way I am going to want to see her happy” but then I read it and my heart breaks for her. Chloe is a hot mess. Her life is crazy. She has had nothing but heartache and hurt which makes her kinnnnnda a crazy girl…Like boil a rabbit crazy girl…you get me??? Her on and off relationship with Logan has driven her right over the line of “Sane girls don’t act that way” line.
Matt, he met Chloe and enjoyed this spunky chick. He knows about her reputation but he gets a glimpse of her when her mask slips. He helped her build herself back up and make her feel appreciated and even cared for.
The two have a fun dynamic of snarky attitude but some underlying chemistry. I gotta say, Matt breaking down her walls made me really like Chloe and WANT a HEA for her. The book ends abruptly so be ready to download book 2 to find out what happens next for the two. Thankfully for me all the books are out already so I don’t have to worry and wait longer than just a one-click!!

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426 reviews60 followers
March 19, 2016
The Fragile Line by Alicia Kobishop will instantly draw you in and leave you with so many feelings. I was left shocked, anxious, and overall excited. I can’t even find the right words to describe how unbelievable this book was. Alicia always blows me away. Her writing is just superb. I cannot wait to continue Chloe and Matt’s story.

Chloe is such a complex character. She’s had so much grief, heartbreak, and loss that you can’t help but feel connected to her. I found myself hoping she would find some sense of hope and trust with those around her. This story has everything. There’s love, loss, desire, passion and so much warmth between Chloe and Matt. They understand each other. Their connection is fierce. Their passion is combustible.

What can I say; you are going to LOVE Matt. He takes on Chloe and pushes her to be better and believes in her. The man is amazing. He is caring, loving, and shows no remorse for his feelings. He is flawless.

The Fragile Line will leave you a sympathetic and emotional mess. By the end of the story, you are on one heck of a whirlwind of emotions and don’t see any of it coming. I was blown away.
I give The Fragile Line by Alicia Kobishop 5 out of 5 Matt Langston’s SEXY STARS!
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