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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 t
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ebook, Alternate cover edition for ASIN B0121AKHZY, 130 pages
Published August 27th 2015 (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
Michelle
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
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Heather andrews
Jul 28, 2015 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
4 YOUNG LOVE STARS!!!
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 after
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Amandajane
I am really of two minds about this prequel. I am hooked into Declan's story and looking forward to where he is going next but I think the female lead, Alyssa, is just a flat-out, teenaged, self-absorbed bitch. I get that she has no interest in racing and that is ok, but her lack of respect for something that is obviously so important to the boy she is supposedly in love with makes me dislike her. I hate that. If a man tried to control me or pooh-poohed something I was passionate about the way s ...more
Danny
I was really looking forward to reading this series. Lately, I’ve reading more and more sports romances and loving it. They have so much excitement and always give me an adrenaline rush reading the scenes.

So, since I found the whole series free on Amazon, I was really excited to start.

This book is listed as a spin-off but after reading it, o can’t imagine starting the series without it. It has a background story that I find really necessary for understanding Declan, his d
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
**** 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 wh
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T.M. Payne
Jul 24, 2015 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


REVIEW

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
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EndlessReading
Jul 25, 2015 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 Aly
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wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
* * 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
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Gail
Jul 28, 2015 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..
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Books Laid Bare
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristy
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Monsterella Reviews
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
Bekah the Awesome
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO GOOD!!

Gah! Teenage love is CRAY CRAY! Like, srsly for realz. Y'all remember high school? Because y'all, Michelle does SUCH a good job at painting it so picture perfectly. Rollercoaster emotions, bad decisions, HORMONES. Then it's Michelle, so of course she tosses in a total WTF end that I'm learning to expect from her, so you NEED the next book immediately. Luckily, this series is finished, and already downloaded to my kindle. #ConvenientAF #GuessWhatImDoingWhenIWakeUp

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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
Jacky
Jul 31, 2015 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 lo
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Spunky N Sassy
Jul 12, 2015 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 be
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United Indie Book Blog
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
J. Corrine
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 yo
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Melanie
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Linda Field
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 d
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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 sup
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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
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Faith89
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
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Small Adventures, Full Hearts
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 Decli
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Lisa
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Renée Swann
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**
Clare
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great start to this series, it's the story of Declan and Alyssa growing up together and as teenagers taking their friendship a step further to become young lovers. Dreams are made and heartbreak follows as Declan has to decide what he wants the most. I was drawn into the story right from the start and im a Declan fan all the way. Can't wait to see what happens when the second book gets released.
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Purveyor of words. Creator of worlds. Destroyer of feels.

Once upon a time, Michelle worked in a dreary office with only the voices in her head for company. Now, the voices in her head are characters on the page who will break your heart, lift your spirit, and make you feel like you have found new friends.

Other books in the series

Declan Reede: The Untold Story (5 books)
  • Decline (Declan Reede: The Untold Story, #1)
  • Deceive (Declan Reede: The Untold Story, #2)
  • Decipher (Declan Reede: The Untold Story, #3)
  • Declare (Declan Reede: The Untold Story #4)
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