August 15, 2014

Crossing the Line Review

Crossing the Line

(World Apart Book #1)
Nicola Marsh
4 Stars!

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Laying it all on the line for love… 

Mia Cresswell is tired of being good. 
Achieving geek status at college doesn’t equate with fun. So when she heads home to her dad’s tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, she’s determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye Sheldon is just the guy to help her do it. 

However, Kye’s troubled past continues to dog him and attending the Cresswell Tennis Academy is his last chance at the big time. He can’t afford to screw up…by screwing the boss’s daughter. 
But Mia and Kye’s relationship is much more than a vacation fling. 
Will it be game, set, match, when the truth is revealed? 
Or will Mia and Kye have a real shot at love all?

Nicola Marsh is a genius. For such a short read this book was pretty amazing!

The storyline was really interesting. The story kept me hooked throughout the entire read. Between the dual POVs and all of the secrets they tried to keep it was really hard to put the book down. Each character was written beautifully and they each brought a new level to the story!

Mia was a great heroine. She has been left behind and overprotected by her father for all of her life. Her friend makes a deal with her to let loose and have fun with one guy that she sees at the party. Mia isn’t really a party girl. She’s a nerd at her college but she feels a need to let go and be crazy. She was such a great character. There really are not a lot of books out there were the girl fights for the guy. She is strong when Kye needs her to be. She was willing to put Kye before her even though she wanted more than friendship from him. Mia was such a mellow character, very low drama, but she also had a snarky and sarcastic side that came out that I loved.

Kye has always been the bad boy. Growing up in a bad situation does that until his long last dad comes back and gives him one last chance. He is at the Cresswell Academy to further his tennis career. Kye is such an amazing character. He has had a hard life and now he is just trying to prove to his dad that he is worth getting to know. Kye knows that his thing with Mia is all consuming but he can’t risk losing his dad if he gets thrown out of the academy. Kye was a relatable character because he moved through his problems. We were able to see him be vulnerable and work through that vulnerability.

The romance in this book really worked for me. It was different than a lot of books out there. Mia was the rock while Kye figured out what he wanted out of life. She didn’t push him to give more that was he was willing to. Until he was ready to give more. She put Kye’s life in front of her own. Kye was really sweet and good to and for Mia. He helped bring Mia out of the shell that her dad’s lifestyle put her in. The characters really clicked and it didn’t feel forced. They were hilarious together but they also could be serious and vulnerable together too.

Dani was the only other character we met in this book. She was supposed to be Mia’s best friend. But to me we got to see more of the frenemy side than anything. She did some crappy things to Mia and we didn’t really get a good reason. We got the bare minimum but it makes me want to read about her story in Towing the Line.

This was a great, short, contemporary read and I will definitely be reading more from this author.

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