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.
Melanie’s 3-star Review:
The opening pages of When Stars Collide totally hooked me. I love how the whole scene played out and the emotions that were bouncing off of Thea and Xander. I thought, “wow, what a great start” which then made me that much more excited about the rest of their story. When Stars Collided seemed to have it all. A friends to lovers romance mixed alongside a forbidden love story. A plot line jackpot in my opinion and at the first few glances, I really thought that this book would hit it out of the park for me. While I liked this book a lot, there were also quite a handful of elements that just didn’t quite click for me.
Take for instance, Thea… I get it, I understood why she was so apprehensive about her relationship with Xander. I got that she was afraid of what her older brother Cade would think about his little sister suddenly married to his best friend, Xander. The betrayal and the dishonesty that she thought would ruin her relationship with Cade. I felt bad for her but at the same time I kept wishing that she would have come to senses far earlier than she did. It may have been that the author wanted to build the angst factor to the maximum but it also made it drag on and on for me. So while it seemed like Thea had an on and off switch to her emotions, Xander knew exactly who and what he wanted. And this guy wanted to stay married to Thea. No matter what it took, he would win her over. OMGoodness, did I love him! He made me swoon countless of times. Totally book boyfriend material, I couldn’t help but root for him the entire way through. I loved how caring and selfless and so self-assured he was. Loved how he looked and thought of Thea and most especially, his persistence to win her over.
This is the second book in this standalone series and while I didn’t read the first book, I appreciated the fact that the two stories blended together seamlessly. So you definitely don’t have to read the first book in order to enjoy When Stars Collide. This is my first Micalea Smeltzer book and while Thea’s character didn’t draw me in, I thought that the author did a sensational job with Xander. I felt like they both balanced each other out for an overall, enjoyable read.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
life doesn’t work that way. She’s stuck living out the consequences of
her actions. At times the burden feels unbearable.
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.
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.