Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Release Blitz: When Stars Collide - Micalea Smeltzer

Title: When Stars Collide
Series: Light in the Dark #2 
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: New Adult
 Release Date: August 30, 2016


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.

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I’ve probably overstated that I’m a sucker for brother’s best friend books.  It comes from being a little sister and lusting after my brother’s friends for years (dated some of them too!).  So whenever I see that in a blurb, I get twitchy and one-click away.  And being as though I’ve read and enjoyed Micalea Smeltzer’s books in the past, I couldn’t wait to see what she would do with one of my favorite tropes.  And it definitely started out with a bang but for me the fireworks died out fast.

Thea and Xander have always had a connection to each other since they were little, one that with time grew into an attraction.  But with her big brother Cade being Xander’s best friend, they’ve both been denying that attraction for years.  But when they travel to Vegas for work, booze gets added to the mix and they end up married.  Scared of her brother’s reaction, Thea wants to end the marriage immediately but Xander convinces her to give him three months to convince her to make it real.

This was a really sweet and sexy story.  I did enjoy reading the book but for me it fell flat when it came to the depth of the connection and history between Xander and Thea.  As readers, we’re told they have this strong connection to each other but it’s never really demonstrated thoroughly.   We also don’t really get a glimpse of their history either and that’s what I find so charming about this trope.  These are two people that have known each other from childhood but I didn’t feel that here.  Otherwise, it’s a wonderfully flirty romance that made me smile with no heavy angst and low drama.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. This is the mantra, I think, that we have all heard thousands of times. Normally, said when one of us or something we knows does something seedy and mostly shameful. This isn’t the case when it comes to Thea and Xander. At least not completely. While on a business trip for their company, these two childhood friends decide to get drunk and married. Best combo ever, right? Not so much, whenever the man you decided to take to a chapel in the strip happens to be your brother’s best friend and you can’t seem to remember saying “I do.” Even with this uh oh wedding, the connection between Xander and Thea is real and they decide to take the summer to see if they should keep their rings or throw a flag on the whole play.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. This is the first of Micalea Smeltzer’s books that I have ever read and I can not wait to see what other works I can get my hands on. I felt like When Stars Collide had a little bit of everything I loved. From the hot sex to the bits of drama here or other, I was highly entertained with this book. My only complaint would be that I would have loved to see these two before the marriage. I felt as if we picked up in the middle of their story, not at the beginning and for that I felt the book lacked a little. I wouldn’t let this deter you from reading it though. It is well worth the click, I promise. - Daddy L



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Holy mother of all hangovers.

I’d succumbed to the lure of Vegas and gotten completely wasted. Granted, that’s what everyone did in Las Vegas but I like to think I usually have more sense than the social norm.

I rub my eyes and blink them open. The hotel room comes into formation around me. The walls are a warm golden color and the flat screen on the wall plays some home improvement show. I can see the bathroom from the bed, the tiled walls and large soaking tub.

I roll over onto my side, hoping I can sleep off the hangover, and reel back.

“Oh my God,” I cry, flailing in bed.

My legs kick the sleeping guy beside me.

Not just any sleeping guy.

Oh no.

Xander Kincaid, my brother’s best friend, lays in the bed beside me.

His dark hair tumbles over his forehead and his cheeks are covered with several days worth of scruff. His chest is bare and…holy shit. He’s naked.

I look down.

Oh God, I’m naked too.

“What’s wrong?” He asks, reaching his left hand out to pull me closer to him. That’s when I see it.

“Is that a wedding band?” I scream shrilly.

His eyes narrow. “You don’t fucking remember?”

I shake my head and look at my own hand. A thin silver band rests on my finger. “What did we do?”

He sits up in bed and I try to ignore how adorably rumpled he looks with his hair sticking up.

Everything begins flooding back to me in quick bursts.




Confessions of love and desire.

A wedding chapel.



A contract.

“We’re married,” I whisper. “Holy shit.” It’s all I’ve ever wanted—to be with Xander, but not like this. Never like this. “My brother is going to kill us.”

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Book One in the series. Cade and Rae’s story.
Can be read as a standalone.

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What I remember the most about that day was that it was completely ordinary. Then with one stupid decision everything fell apart and nothing was ever the same.

Rae Wilder wants nothing but a do over—but life doesn’t work that way. She’s stuck living out the consequences of her actions. At times the burden feels unbearable.
College is supposed to be her second chance.
New place.
New people.
New life.
No one to know what she did.
Despite that, she has still vowed to avoid everyone and everything at all costs.
Unfortunately for her, an accidental run-in with the campus heartthrob, Cade Montgomery, derails that plan.
He’s determined to thaw the ice around her heart and expose the girl she used to be. He wants to show her that life is worth living for and that she really is a Rae of Sunshine.



Author Bio

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.

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