Release & Review – Rise by Dylan Allen


Cover Design: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae

Release Date: February 15, 2017


As a little girl, I saw my father destroy the family he claimed to love. I watched my mother waste her life dreaming of a man who left her without a second glance.

As a woman, I don’t dream, I work. I don’t fall in love, I focus. I would never let anything as frivolous as love distract me.

Until I meet Simon. A gorgeous, brilliant young architect with dark eyes, a sweet smile, and a dirty, dirty mouth. He sets me on fire, and suddenly all I can do is dream…of his hands, his lips, his body. Of a heart good enough and a love strong enough to make me believe in happily ever after.

But Simon has secrets that are even deeper than mine. Will our pasts destroy everything we’ve worked for? Or will we find the courage to rise to the challenge and fight for the love we share?

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My Review

How can this be a debut novel?! Rise is an intriguing, unique, and well-written story of rising above your past, pain, and fear. I loved everything about it! I loved the way the author wove the threads of Addie’s and Simon’s histories with those of their present. We are all a slave to our past until we choose to let go and accept that we aren’t responsible for others actions or the fallout. I enjoyed watching Addie and Simon rise from the shattered pieces of their lives as whole individuals. I loved how their relationship progressed and love bloomed from the desolate foundation in which they started.

Addie and Simon were superbly developed characters. Dylan Allen did a masterful job of conveying their emotions, depth, strength, and their stories. I was pleased that we were given both points of view; without Simon’s, I don’t think I could have gotten through their story. He was so hot and cold with Addie in the beginning that I was feeling her whiplash. Don’t get me wrong, he had good reason for his actions and feelings. They just hurt deeply and made him seem unfeeling at times from Addie’s perspective. In reality, he was a caring, devoted, and loyal man. He was also an expert in dirty talk. 😉 And what can I say about Addie. I loved this unbelievably strong, determined, and slightly broken woman. She may have had a skewed view of what a relationship should look like, but that didn’t stop her from giving in to Simon’s advances or preventing her from seeing his true feelings when he looked at her. Addie also had no desire to be so deeply tethered to another person as her mother was her father; however, she couldn’t deny her draw to Simon.

Beyond the love story, there was so much more. I hated the villain, loved their friends and family, and struggled with acceptance of the actions of Addie’s mom. I cheered when Addie fought back for herself and the ones she cared about, and I longed for a resolution to their problems. Now I’m anxious to know what happened with Addie’s dad. Do you think there will be a sequel?



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About the Author

Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust. A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings. When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.

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