Escape the Doubt (Shifting #1) by Andrea Michelle (Review by #NerdGirlKelly)


Title: Escape the Doubt (Shifting #1) 

Author: Andrea Michelle

Published Date: October 2013

Genre:  Coming of Age Romance


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Is taking a chance with your heart worth the escape, or was it better to have never loved at all? Can forgiveness really set you free?

After the unexpected death of her Dad, and the haunting manner in which he died, Riley Shaw built invisible walls around her heart. Barriers she created to protect her from splintering into broken pieces that couldn’t be repaired. She was unable to move forward from her past, letting the guilt of her parent’s mistakes dictate her own choices.

Dean Warren was safe. Being with him was innocent and peaceful because she didn’t truly love him. His words held her captive in a false sense of security. His eyes were deceptive, and his promises of never pushing her beyond what she was willing to give were broken, leaving Riley in a state of regret and doubt.

Joshua Parker had the power to take what was left of Riley’s splintered pieces and ruin her completely, or make her whole again. He was her best friend, her next-door neighbor—everything she wanted and settled on never having. Loving him was as easy as breathing air. The fear of losing him forever was more real to her than the feelings she couldn’t escape.

When faced with the very thing she feared the most, and in the arms she thought were safe, Riley finds herself questioning every decision she has made over the past two years. When she finally escapes the doubt in her head, and accepts the truth in her heart, is it too late?

“I’m so close to the edge of the cliff that I know one more breath, one more inch, I could fall.” -Riley Shaw

Not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 due to underage drinking, sexual content and adult language.

***Warning*** This is book one in a series and is not a stand-alone novel.


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language Or Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***#NerdGirlKelly’s  Review***
What do you do when you when you realize your dreams are coming true? What do you do when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? How do you come to terms that even though you are intertwined into this epic event…that you aren’t to blame? Riley is 17 and is dealing with some major life struggles after her dad makes a mistake and kills her best friend’s mom. Josh is her best friend and cannot make Riley see that she isn’t to blame. These two best friends absolutely love each other but the right time and right place has never worked out for them. This is a wonderfully written coming of age story. It has real struggles and is very easy to relate to. The author writes from both, Riley’s and Josh’s, perspective but gives you just enough to make you keep turning the pages to figure out the story. It is both funny and heartbreaking but yet an amazing story to follow their journey of love’s discovery.

“Sometimes to escape the noise of haunting memories, you need your best friend’s hand in your own, to help erase the sound and fill you with a sense of peace, even if it’s temporary.”

“Love? What the hell was that anyway? Love wasn’t real. Love broke hearts, betrayed trust, and left you alone in pieces.”

“Life is full of many moments that make up time and memories. Some moments are small and easily forgotten. Other moments are monumental and life changing, making forgetting them impossible. Then they’re those moments that almost happen and become nonexistent, blowing away in the wind.”

This is the first book I have read by Andrea Michelle and it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to continue the story of Riley and Josh!


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