Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Title: "When stars collide"
Book 2 in series Light in the dark
Main characters: Xander Kincaid and Thea Montgomery
We were like two stars orbiting each other—dancing around the possibility that one day we might collide. When we finally did, we opened up a black hole, obliterating everything around us. No one would be the same.
Least of all, us.
Waking up in Vegas married to the guy of your dreams sounds like a good thing, right? Not when you’re Thea Montgomery and said guy is your brother’s best friend.
Thea and Xander have always avoided the connection between them because her brother would never approve. Now, they’re married— the strongest bond you can have as a couple—and they’re not even a real couple…unless they want to be.
Thea wants an annulment immediately, but Xander’s waited too long to see her become his and he won’t let her go easily.
If she wants a divorce, fine, but he wants the summer to convince her that he’s the one. If at the end of the summer she still wants to end their marriage he’ll sign the papers, but until then…
All is not fair in love and war.
I got my hands on the ARC of this absolutely amazing book and immediately fell in love with it... ;) it's a second book in a series, and I think it’s pretty connected to the events and characters from that first story, but from the perspective of a person who read it as a complete standalone, it works just fine :) even better than just fine based on how much I loved it ;) although we are thrown right in the middle of action, when our main couple wakes up in Vegas after a pretty wild night and they discover that they got married... ;) but I am getting a bit ahead of myself, so let me back up for a second and start by telling you a bit more about our couple first ;)
Sooooo... Thea and Xander ;) *sighs happily* I loved them both equally, which is not as common occurence as you might think... ;) usually one part of the main couple is more annoying, or quite the opposite, so swoonworthy that I forget my name ;) but this time both of them were truly fantastic and I cannot pick my favourite ;) we have Thea, a sassy and hilarious student who made me smile all the time… I could not believe some of the things that left her mouth ;) I loved that she wasn’t just a one dimensional person... yeah, she could be sassy and fun, be she also had moments when she acted shy and vulnerable... and don’t even get me started on Xander... because *sighs dreamily* ;) my oh my… he’s definitely up there very near the top of my favourite book boyfriends list ;) he’s totally swoonworthy... I just... I can’t... I have serious problems describing him to you, because to do that I need to think about him... and once I start to do that... I just... *sighs dreamily* see?!? ;) don’t get me wrong, he’s not perfect by any means, but he’s the kind of "real" like Thea... an ultimately good character with some flaws... yes, he makes mistakes, but you can’t help to understand his reasons... ;)
Now let’s take a minute to talk about them together... because as much as I love them individually, I absolutely adore them as a couple... ;) they were friends first... for years to be exact, but there was always something a little bit more beneath that friendship... but because of a few other factors... more about them in a second... ;) they never pursued those feelings... until one time when they finally erupted ;) and they ended up married ;) although to be honest, I understand their hesitation… not only there were other people involved... I mean family members, no love triangles ;) but it’s scary to risk losing one of the closest people to you… but sometimes it’s soooo worth it ;) like in this case, because… *sighs dreamily* they were absolutely stinking cute together ;) not to mention that my favourite part was the fact that all the drama near the end of the book was outside of them… there wasn’t any stupid fights, any unnecessary angst or misscommunications... ;) and I couldn’t be more happy about it ;) I’m not gonna say anything else, because I don’t want to spoil you some very fun stuff, but trust me... it was absolutely delightful ;)
Besides our totally fantastic main couple, we of course have quite a few secondary characters ;) there’s of course Cade and Rae ;) the main couple from that previous book I mentioned ;) Cade is Thea’s older brother and Xander’s best friend and he was that reason who kept them apart for so long... so you can imagine his reaction on all that... don’t worry, it all ends well ;) he and Rae are definitely a cute couple and I am more than curious to go back and read all about them ;) especially since Rae was Thea’s roommate at freshman year at college... so I know that I will see again all my awesome people ;) there were of course a few more, but I wat to mention two different families... first, we have Xander’s parents and siblings... ;) they are so fun, and even if they joke around and tease, you know it’s not mean and that they will support one another when it truly counts... on the other hand we have Thea’s parents... now here’s the tricky part... I don’t want to tell you exactly what is going on with them, because that might be considered a spoiler, but what I can say is that the majority of that situation is resolved in this book ;)
And the first book in this series is currently FREE :)
Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling twenty-something author. She started scribbling stories before she even knew her alphabet. She currently resides in Virginia with her doggie side-kick Ollie.