Review: Crossing the Line by Nicola Marsh

Posted 13 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Crossing the Line by Nicola MarshCrossing the Line by Nicola Marsh
Series: World Apart #1
Publisher: Self Published on May 8, 2014
Source: Author
Pages: 148
Reading Challenges: 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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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?

Here Are My Thoughts

Plot

Mia Cresswell is tired of being a good girl so she makes it her mission to act bad on her vacation from college. That’s where Kye comes in. Kye is just what Mia is looking for: a bad boy Aussie with an accent to die for and an affinity for being bad and not caring what anyone thinks. But Mia is keeping a secret from Kye on their one night, steamy fling: she’s the daughter of Dirk Cresswell, the guy who owns the tennis academy that is giving Kye is last chance at professional tennis. And Kye will do anything that have that last chance and to make his father proud. The feelings between Mia and Kye can’t be denied, but is Kye going to risk throwing it all away for love?

This novel is short. Hence, the pacing was a bit on the speedy side. It felt like the romance was moving at a slightly too-fast pace, as well as all the events that happened in the novel. This fact made it less believable than it should have been as a contemporary novel. However, other than the pacing problem, it kept my interest the entire read through. I read it in one sitting.

Leading Lady

Mia was looking to be bad for her vacation because she was tired of being good and tired of being smothered by her loving father. Mia was a pretty relatable character. The only problem that I had with her was how quickly her feelings evolved for Kye which was more of a pacing problem than a character problem. She respected his wishes, though, and tried to be just friends because that’s all he was willing to give. She was a very caring and mellow character but she also had her snarky side and I loved seeing that side emerge.

Leading Male

Kye was suffering from some things that happened in his past. It was the typical hurt guy turned bad boy trope. Regardless of that, I enjoyed seeing his vulnerable side and how much was saw it. Usually with these types of book characters we see it once or twice for the whole novel. He let his vulnerable side show more often and that gave him a more realistic feel as a character. He didn’t make the best decisions but he also didn’t let people hold him back. He moved through his problems at a good pace and I enjoyed watching him do so.

Romance

The premise of their relationship was that Mia wanted one night of being bad. So you can tell where it started. However, from their very first interaction with was obvious how well their characters clicked. When they were together I was constantly laughing from the snarky banter that was exchanged between the two of them. On the not-so-happy side, Mia definitely helped Kye move through some of his emotional problems. They had fun together but could also be serious with one another. It was also fun to see how long they could sneak around without being caught and putting Kye’s career in danger.

Other Characters

Dani was Mia’s best friend and there was definitely more than what meets the eye with her. She did some crappy-things in this novel and although we got a surface-reason of why she did those things, I am interested to read her story in Towing the Line.

Conclusion

Although Crossing the Line had a few pacing problems, it was still a good, quick contemporary read.

3.5 Stars
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About Nicola Marsh

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.

She has published 43 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie mainstream romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist and Barnes & Noble bestseller.

Her debut young adult novel, a supernatural thriller BANISH, released with Harlequin Teen August 2013, and her YA fantasy series kicks off with SCION OF THE SUN, November 2013, with Month9Books.

Her debut new adult novel, BEFORE, releases December 2nd, 2013.

She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!

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