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BOOK REVIEW ~ LITTLE THINGS, SECOND CHANCES #1 ~ BY MADISON STREET (PENNY STEPHANIE)

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Title: Little Things (Second Chances #1)

Author: Madison Street

Release Date: June 2, 2014

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Synopsis 3

Everything in Duke Grayson’s life was all he could ever ask for: A loving family, loyal friends, a beautiful girlfriend, and a scholarship to his top choice college. It’s his senior year of high school, and all he needs is to focus on his grades, lacrosse, and keeping his girlfriend happy. That is until Raya walks into his life. From the moment they meet, Duke is drawn to her, not only for her natural beauty and her stunning crystal blue eyes, but because he’s aware there’s more to this girl than just his alluring pull to her. He senses secrecy and fear. 

Throughout the year, their bond grows stronger, and his feelings for her become undeniable. Just when he is about to express his love, tragedy strikes and Raya disappears.

For six years, Duke is tortured by his struggles, as he’s unable to find her and blames himself for failing to protect her. Until the day, she’s found, and he’s given a second chance. Will Duke become her beacon of hope and make her see that it’s the little things that make life worthwhile? Can Raya overcome her fears and fight against the terrors that haunt her? Or will her dark and torturous past be too much for her to battle against?

*Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and sexual content. Suited for 18 years and over.*

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Review

5 Pennies

This book blew my mind…I had no idea what to expect out of this book and let’s just say it made the world around me stop.  Once I got into the book I had to finish it.  There is so much that happens from beginning to end and every part is just as amazing as the next.

Raya is a determined, strong-willed, beautiful girl that has been dealt a bad deal in life, yet she still does her best to overcome it.  She has a dick as a step-dad.  She is just trying to bide her time until she turns 18 so that she can take her mother away from this man and get free.  For her final year of high school they move again and she starts at a new school.  She is lucky to meet some pretty special people at this school and she finally is starting to see what it is like to have good and happy days.  But the bad thing is Craig is always there to remind her of her place and the rules.

Duke, Melanie and Rob become great friends to Raya during their senior year.  Duke is the gorgeous jock, who has the heart of gold.  He first befriends Raya.  Their friendship is perfect but you could see from their first meeting that there was more between them just neither was ready for it yet.

The tragedies that occur in this book are mind blowing; they make you hold your breath hoping for the storybook.  But just in life, sometimes there has to be bad things that happen to people but they are able to come out the other side a stronger person for living through it.

The dedication, love and loyalty that we see from Duke just pulls at your heartstrings and makes you fall in love with him.  The strength determination and willingness to never give up that Raya shows us throughout this story is amazing.  Even when it all seemed to be falling apart around her she never truly gave up, she did what she needed to survive.  It was amazing to read…

I loved this book.  The story of Raya and Duke is a love story against all odds.  It is so full of action, suspense, drama, tragedy, and LOVE.  I can’t say enough good things about this book; I can’t wait to see what Madison Street has in store for us in book #2.

Excerpt

I hear a whisper come up from behind me, “So, how’syour first party?” I know that voice anywhere. I turn around to find Duke smiling at me.

“It’s great! I’m having so much fun!”

“I’m glad. You’ve danced with Taylor all night. Usually he doesn’t dance at parties, so that was surprising.”

I glance towards Taylor who’s across the room, talking to Adam. “Oh well. He’s a good dance partner.”

“Wanna bet?” Duke grabs my hand and leads me onto the dance floor just in time for a new song to start. The speakers start to play “Timber” by Pitbull and the crowd goes wild as people begin to flood the dance area. My heart literally stops beating and I swear I can’t even breathe, I’m so freaking nervous. I notice that my hand fits so perfectly in Duke’s hand.

The crowd is so packed together that Duke and I are forced to dance closely; maybe a little too close. As the song starts, he sings the lyrics and we begin to groove to the music.

I laugh out loud and raise my hands above my head and sing along with him. The crowd is compact and everyone’s bodies continuously bump into one another. Duke looks at me and places his hand on my lower back. A shocking jolt of electricity flows through his touch and my eyes widen. He immediately removes his hand from my back and instead keeps his hand by his side. I can still feel the heat flow, where his hand was placed, and I miss it being there. We continue dancing as I give him a reassuring smile. He winks and continues to sing and twirls me around.

I bob my head to the beat and shake my body with every fiber I have. As we dance together, I no longer pay attention to what’s around me. It’s as if Duke and I are the only ones dancing and as I stare at him, I get lost in the wonder of what could be. Someone from behind me pushes me forward and I fall against Duke’s strong and broad chest as he catches me. We stare into each other’s eyes for a brief moment before he breaks the contact and helps me stand on my own.

“You alright?”

I laugh nervously, “Yea sorry. Just crowded, that’s all.” 

The song ends and the crowd begins to clear leaving only a few stragglers. Duke looks at his watch. “It’s getting late. We should get going.”

“Ok. I have to use the restroom first.”

After I use the restroom, Duke finds Melanie among the crowd and we say our goodbyes. Taylor tells me he will call soon and he hugs me and kisses me on the cheek. As we pull up to my driveway, Melanie asks, “So, was it a night to remember?” I smile and catch Duke looking at me through the rearview mirror, “Yes, yes it was.”

Little Beginnings (Second Chances #1.5) – Find on Goodreads

After you took her from me, everything changed. I knew my life would never be the same, and it wasn’t. But just because I was isolated, trapped, and afraid, I never gave up. I kept on fighting. You thought you could control me, but you were wrong. 

There’s one thing that you could never take from me; HOPE. And with that, I overcame the struggles and the despair. I battled against my inner demons and confronted the tortures that surrounded me. And here I am today; free. 

And now, it’s you that’s confined. You cannot escape; you cannot win. There’s no one to help you now. Everyone sees you for what you truly are; a monster. 

I’m not afraid of you anymore. I will start a new life; one that you cannot control. And as I take steps toward a new beginning, I won’t ever look back.

Author Bio

Madison Street was born in New York City and was raised in the Bronx, where she resided until she was 17 years old. After 9/11, Madison joined the United States Navy to serve her country. 

During the deployments, Madison constantly wrote short stories and she discovered her passion for writing. You will find Madison always on the computer, whether she’s on Facebook, designing websites, messing with Photoshop, or writing for her blog.

Besides writing, her second passion is music and dance. Even though she’s a terrible singer, she’ll still belt it out in the shower, especially if the song is her jam! She currently resides in Virginia with her husband of 8 years, 2 children, a dog, and a cat. She is so excited to start this amazing journey and is honored to be part of such a compassionate and loving community.

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One response »

  1. Thank you for posting and participating in my blog tour!! ❤ Madison

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