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Follow the River is a full-length, mature, new adult bully/enemies-to-lovers MM (male/male) romance with dark themes. There will be triggering content for some readers. SPECIFIC TRIGGERS WILL NOT BE LISTED at the beginning of the book as they will be spoilers, so please be advised that if you have triggers, any at all, this book might not be for you. I've never been one to Follow the River is a full-length, mature, new adult bully/enemies-to-lovers MM (male/male) romance with dark themes. There will be triggering content for some readers. SPECIFIC TRIGGERS WILL NOT BE LISTED at the beginning of the book as they will be spoilers, so please be advised that if you have triggers, any at all, this book might not be for you. I've never been one to back down from a challenge. Rather than shy away, I grit my teeth and use it as an opportunity to prove myself. Not just in football, but also in life. Even when I was thrown through a loop in discovering I was bisexual, I embraced it. Owning it so no one can use it as ammunition against me. But when Ciarรกin Grady comes barreling into my life with his venomous tongue and amber eyes brimming with disdain, I realize every test of my character and strength could never have prepared me for the trial he holds. One that toes the line of love and hate. It's all-consuming and toxic. Yet under the layers of revulsion he masks his face with, I see it. A glimmer of lust from deep within his secretive, broken soul. And when we're thrown together under heinous circumstances, the distinction between enemy and lover begins to blur. So...what is Ciarรกin Grady to me? I'm only certain that he is the greatest challenge of my life.


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Follow the River is a full-length, mature, new adult bully/enemies-to-lovers MM (male/male) romance with dark themes. There will be triggering content for some readers. SPECIFIC TRIGGERS WILL NOT BE LISTED at the beginning of the book as they will be spoilers, so please be advised that if you have triggers, any at all, this book might not be for you. I've never been one to Follow the River is a full-length, mature, new adult bully/enemies-to-lovers MM (male/male) romance with dark themes. There will be triggering content for some readers. SPECIFIC TRIGGERS WILL NOT BE LISTED at the beginning of the book as they will be spoilers, so please be advised that if you have triggers, any at all, this book might not be for you. I've never been one to back down from a challenge. Rather than shy away, I grit my teeth and use it as an opportunity to prove myself. Not just in football, but also in life. Even when I was thrown through a loop in discovering I was bisexual, I embraced it. Owning it so no one can use it as ammunition against me. But when Ciarรกin Grady comes barreling into my life with his venomous tongue and amber eyes brimming with disdain, I realize every test of my character and strength could never have prepared me for the trial he holds. One that toes the line of love and hate. It's all-consuming and toxic. Yet under the layers of revulsion he masks his face with, I see it. A glimmer of lust from deep within his secretive, broken soul. And when we're thrown together under heinous circumstances, the distinction between enemy and lover begins to blur. So...what is Ciarรกin Grady to me? I'm only certain that he is the greatest challenge of my life.

30 review for Follow the River

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Oh my, ALL THE STARS for this amazing debut novel by C.E. Ricci! Seriously, do yourself a favour and download Follow the River on KU immediately๐Ÿ’—. Without wanting to give anything away, and noting the authorโ€™s trigger warnings, this is an m/m college bully/enemies to lovers story....and then some. The MCs, River and Ciarain, are to die for๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. Be prepared for ALL the emotions. And a killer cliff hanger ending. I CAN NOT WAIT for After Rain Falls, the second book of the duology, coming out in 2021. Oh my, ALL THE STARS for this amazing debut novel by C.E. Ricci! Seriously, do yourself a favour and download Follow the River on KU immediately๐Ÿ’—. Without wanting to give anything away, and noting the authorโ€™s trigger warnings, this is an m/m college bully/enemies to lovers story....and then some. The MCs, River and Ciarain, are to die for๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. Be prepared for ALL the emotions. And a killer cliff hanger ending. I CAN NOT WAIT for After Rain Falls, the second book of the duology, coming out in 2021. 5 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam - s.rae.reads

    โ€œ๐™ท๐šŽ ๐š•๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š๐šœ ๐šŠ ๐š๐š’๐š›๐šŽ ๐š’๐š—๐šœ๐š’๐š๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŽ ๐™ธโ€™๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐š—๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐šŽ๐š•๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ, ๐š‹๐šž๐š›๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š‹๐š›๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šž๐š—, ๐šŒ๐š˜๐š—๐šœ๐šž๐š–๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š–๐šŽ ๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š•๐šŠ๐š–๐šŽ๐šœ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šŽ๐š–๐š‹๐šŽ๐š›๐šœโ€ Follow the River is part 1 in an MM duet. This is the story of River and Rain River Lennox is the QB of his collegeโ€™s football team, heโ€™s a jokester, heโ€™s got a dirty mind and heโ€™s openly bisexual. He refuses to let anything get in his way.. until Ciarรกin Grady joins the team. Heโ€™s tall, dark, tatted, broody and not to mentionโ€ฆstraight. I wonโ€™t say much else about the story except โ€œ๐™ท๐šŽ ๐š•๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š๐šœ ๐šŠ ๐š๐š’๐š›๐šŽ ๐š’๐š—๐šœ๐š’๐š๐šŽ ๐š–๐šŽ ๐™ธโ€™๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐š—๐šŽ๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐šŽ๐š•๐š ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐š˜๐š›๐šŽ, ๐š‹๐šž๐š›๐š—๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š‹๐š›๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š‘๐šŠ๐š— ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐šœ๐šž๐š—, ๐šŒ๐š˜๐š—๐šœ๐šž๐š–๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š–๐šŽ ๐š’๐š— ๐š๐š•๐šŠ๐š–๐šŽ๐šœ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šŽ๐š–๐š‹๐šŽ๐š›๐šœโ€ Follow the River is part 1 in an MM duet. This is the story of River and Rain River Lennox is the QB of his collegeโ€™s football team, heโ€™s a jokester, heโ€™s got a dirty mind and heโ€™s openly bisexual. He refuses to let anything get in his way.. until Ciarรกin Grady joins the team. Heโ€™s tall, dark, tatted, broody and not to mentionโ€ฆstraight. I wonโ€™t say much else about the story except that the two embark on journey of push and pull, hate and lust. Itโ€™s painful, itโ€™s steamy and itโ€™s beautiful. Enjoy the ride.. โ€œ๐™ธ๐š ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š” ๐šข๐š˜๐šžโ€™๐š›๐šŽ ๐š•๐š˜๐šœ๐š, ๐š“๐šž๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š˜๐š•๐š•๐š˜๐š  ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š›๐š’๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š›โ€ FTR was hands down one of my top reads of 2020. Iโ€™ve already read it twice and Iโ€™ll probably read it again once paperbacks are out. Iโ€™m literally obsessed with these boys and River Lennox owns my whole heart. Iโ€™ve cried, laughed and swooned over these boys. Iโ€™m the type of person that loves a book with really good atmosphere. This book is set in Colorado and a large portion of the story takes place in a remote cabin. The atmosphere is absolutely beautiful and you bet your ass Iโ€™ll be visiting Colorado one day. This book will make you feel so many emotions youโ€™ll probably get whiplash, but itโ€™s oh so worth the pain. This was CEโ€™s debut novel but it doesnโ€™t feel like a debut, she writes so well youโ€™d think she has been writing for 10 years. I for one, am very excited for what she comes out with next. Also, Iโ€™ll be sitting here crying until ARF comes out..

  3. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Bell

    Follow the River is CE Ricci's debut, and I am highly impressed. I couldnโ€™t tell this is her first book. I felt every single emotion; she killed it. Every word just flowed flawlessly from page to page. I suggest going In blind like I did. You may also want to have some tissues on hand. Follow The River is an M/M romance with some dark content. There is a trigger warning, and take it seriously. This book so not for the faint of heart. But if you're not sensitive, I highly recommend this book. I Follow the River is CE Ricci's debut, and I am highly impressed. I couldnโ€™t tell this is her first book. I felt every single emotion; she killed it. Every word just flowed flawlessly from page to page. I suggest going In blind like I did. You may also want to have some tissues on hand. Follow The River is an M/M romance with some dark content. There is a trigger warning, and take it seriously. This book so not for the faint of heart. But if you're not sensitive, I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed every single word of this book. River and Ciarain are both broken souls. They may fit beautifully together if they donโ€™t kill each other first. So much angst between the two. Makes for steamy sex scenes. The fact they are both football players is a bonus. I fell in love with both of them. But I connected with Ciarain. There will be times you are pissed at him. But as he sheds his layers, you fall in love with him. River is just a beautiful soul and cocky. I was laughing so many times with his comebacks. Some secrets are revealed, and I suspect there is more. That cliffhanger nearly killed me and is a perfect handoff to book two, and left me wanting more. Now I just need to be patient for the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudie โ˜พ

    Nothing extraordinary. Friends to enemies to lovers (to something I can't tell you, because SPOILER!), with a generous helping of the forced proximity trope. Hiding the trigger warnings is okay (I guessโ€ฆ?), but still, some things should be mentioned. Thereโ€™s homophobia and toxic masculinity galore here, as well as a brief het sex scene โ€” all of it during the first 50% โ€” and it made me consider DNFing the book many, many timesโ€ฆ If thatโ€™s a deal breaker for you, donโ€™t even start this one. Thereโ€™s a Nothing extraordinary. Friends to enemies to lovers (to something I can't tell you, because SPOILER!), with a generous helping of the forced proximity trope. Hiding the trigger warnings is okay (I guessโ€ฆ?), but still, some things should be mentioned. Thereโ€™s homophobia and toxic masculinity galore here, as well as a brief het sex scene โ€” all of it during the first 50% โ€” and it made me consider DNFing the book many, many timesโ€ฆ If thatโ€™s a deal breaker for you, donโ€™t even start this one. Thereโ€™s a truly disturbing amount of throat-grabbing as well (also during the first half of the book), but I digress. Around the halfway mark all of that changes, though, when the asshole MC gets in touch with his โ€œtrue selfโ€ or some shit after one of those triggering events the author doesnโ€™t warn us about. Not immediately after, mind you. Heโ€™s a mean SOB for some time after that, too. Iโ€™m tempted to say some things about the other MC, because I had real issues with his way-too-accepting attitude, but that would be spoilery, so I wonโ€™t. Anyway, I liked the second half more, except for that melodrama near the end. Soap opera-level, I'm telling you. So frustrating. Now, the writing. I did not enjoy it. There were some truly ridiculous turns of phrase, as if the author wanted to show off her skill. Itโ€™s written in dual first person POV, and college guys โ€” football players at that โ€” using lofty (and often mixed) metaphors, both in dialogue and in their own heads, is dubious at best, and has a strong WTF effect (at least on me) at worst. Thereโ€™s also a lot of really uninspired cursing. Some typos (thatโ€™s nothing too serious compared to the rest), misspelled homophones (I hate those with a passion!!), wrong use of phrasalsโ€ฆ My inner grammar Nazi was this close to having a conniption. Seriously, the book could use a good โ€” or even average โ€” editor. 2.5 stars rounded down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Renae

    OMG!!! This amazing story was quite a ride. I am anxiously anticipating the follow-up after reading this amazing debut novel. I loved the journey both main characters went through and their amazing relationship progression that was original, authentic, and realistic. Another amazing aspect of this story was the inclusion of several tough subject matters that were vital to both characters. This novel was expertly written and I loved how firey both characters were and their incredible and stunning OMG!!! This amazing story was quite a ride. I am anxiously anticipating the follow-up after reading this amazing debut novel. I loved the journey both main characters went through and their amazing relationship progression that was original, authentic, and realistic. Another amazing aspect of this story was the inclusion of several tough subject matters that were vital to both characters. This novel was expertly written and I loved how firey both characters were and their incredible and stunning chemistry that sizzles off the page. I cannot recommend this novel enough and it is definitely in my top 10 of the year. What a wonderful accomplishment and I cannot wait for the continuation of this fascinating story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bookish.Gusto

    โ€œPassion is passion. All-consuming, raw, and even toxic at times. Itโ€™s all in how you decide to harness it that establishes the line between love and hate.โ€ Wow.....would be an inadequate word for this book. And book hangover....would be inadequate to describe the absolute MESS that I am after finishing it. I want to hug CE Ricci and say fuck you to her at the same time. Cuz she pretty much ruined me. My brain is mush, my heart is cracked and my soul is battered. Why did you have to do this to me โ€œPassion is passion. All-consuming, raw, and even toxic at times. Itโ€™s all in how you decide to harness it that establishes the line between love and hate.โ€ Wow.....would be an inadequate word for this book. And book hangover....would be inadequate to describe the absolute MESS that I am after finishing it. I want to hug CE Ricci and say fuck you to her at the same time. Cuz she pretty much ruined me. My brain is mush, my heart is cracked and my soul is battered. Why did you have to do this to me?! *Sobbing uncontrollably* Okay guys, i will tell you why I am being so dramatic about this. I finished this book at 1 am last night. I was all calm and thought, "Alright, i will go to sleep now since this is finished". But...I didn't get even a minute of sleep. I tossed and turned whole night, punched my pillow, cursed Rain and River and every person who asked me to read this book and also the author for not publishing the next book immediately. But I STILL. COULDN'T. SLEEP. It's 5pm right now and I am still having crying urges. I have officially stalked the author on every platform, listened to the playlist for this book (again, fuck you CE for making such a beautiful and heartbreaking playlist) and I am emotional yet again. Can I just mention here that i hardly cry? Like..there will be 2-3 tears when something angsty happens in a book but that's it. Not like this where i am crying a river (ha, see what i did there...crying a river) Yeah yeah, I know I have gone mad with emotion. A river. The rain. When allโ€™s said and done, water is just thatโ€ฆwater. It will always mix. Yeah, mix my tears in there too please. The intensity in this book was just ..phew! I think that's what affected me the most. There was subtle sarcasm, wit, laughter, anger, heartbreak, anguish, frustration.....but through it all, the intensity never broke. I don't know if it will mean anything to the author... but I am proud of you. I really am. (Both as a reader and a writer). This is your debut novel and you created a bomb that can eviscerate the coldest and hardest hearts. Now, the important question- who do I like more....Rain or River. Here's where it gets tricky. First, this is the type of couple where you will want one or both of them for yourself but you will ship THEM harder. That's the magic of an epic love story. Second, I understood and related to Rain more due to several reasons. But.. I also FELT River and felt for him. It's like ...I overlap with Rain and feel what he felt for River....that lightness Riv brings with himself. So, i just want to punch Rain on Riv's behalf and then make them hug. Meaning.....both of them dominated the book...one didn't outshine the other. Make sense of all that psychobabble of mine if you can. ๐Ÿ™ˆ I will conclude by saying about this book what Rain said about River's cock.....it's more than perfect, whatever that may be;) โ€œIโ€™ve found you and Iโ€™m here, and I promise I will always be your safe place for as long as you need one.โ€

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chiara D'Agosto

    I counted three times I wanted to dnf this book. But since I usually don't star-rate my dnf, I pushed through just because my desire to plaster this one star onto this hot mess of a book was way stronger than my revulsion. Now. I won't spoiler anything, because I do respect the author's wishes even though her preface annoyed the fuck out of me. It's not your job to tell me how I should enjoy your book. Not in that patronizing, condescending tone. So do yourself a favour and next time avoid the p I counted three times I wanted to dnf this book. But since I usually don't star-rate my dnf, I pushed through just because my desire to plaster this one star onto this hot mess of a book was way stronger than my revulsion. Now. I won't spoiler anything, because I do respect the author's wishes even though her preface annoyed the fuck out of me. It's not your job to tell me how I should enjoy your book. Not in that patronizing, condescending tone. So do yourself a favour and next time avoid the premise altogether. It read like you were bestowing upon us readers your amazing grace by allowing us to "go blindly" into this book. Nah. The fact that I was annoyed to begin with didn't stop me from actually turn the page and read. I thought, well, the ratings are sky-high. There must be something good about this book even if the author's a bit obnoxious. Spoiler: there isn't. This book is terrible. The writing is not awful, it's decent I mean. Not great, not bad. It's ok. But the plot? It's fucking ridiculous. These two characters are ridiculous. If you want to write edgy enemies-to-lovers novels, if you want to dive into some dark "romance", if you want to write some dub-con or some serious badwrong stuff, (all things I do enjoy A LOT) you need to know how to write it. Because the thing that happens if you try but don't succeed is exactly this: something that might have come out fanfiction.net or livejournal in 2008 and was never edited. into a good book. It was this melodramatic. I hated both Rain and River. River more though, for reasons I won't tell because blah blah spoilerz. I know you thought you were writing a mysterious, deep, thought-provoking backstory for Rain, darling, but I'm sorry to disappoint. It was so cliched, so trivial. By that, I absolutely do not mean that the subject chosen is. Not at all, I would never. It's just the way C.E. Ricci wrote about it. I mean at least I laughed a couple of times. Not because it was intentionally funny though, so I don't know how this can be considered a success. Bye now

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abby J Capps

    CEโ€™s debut is one that shouldnโ€™t be missed! Itโ€™s part one in a duet following River Lennox and Ciarรกin Grady. If you are a fan of MM romance, enemies to lovers, sports, forced proximity, angst, etc. then please pick this book up!! I canโ€™t express how much these two mean to me. The broken one and the golden boy. I laughed, I hurt, I got angry, I swooned, then cried some more (these boys broke me in the best way). Not only do they pull every emotion out of you, they will light your kindle, paperba CEโ€™s debut is one that shouldnโ€™t be missed! Itโ€™s part one in a duet following River Lennox and Ciarรกin Grady. If you are a fan of MM romance, enemies to lovers, sports, forced proximity, angst, etc. then please pick this book up!! I canโ€™t express how much these two mean to me. The broken one and the golden boy. I laughed, I hurt, I got angry, I swooned, then cried some more (these boys broke me in the best way). Not only do they pull every emotion out of you, they will light your kindle, paperbackโ€”whatever form you are reading onโ€” on fire because they are hot hot hot! The push and pull, steam, and passion between River and Rain is uncharted. Follow the River is emotional, tension filled, steamy, well written and I promise you wonโ€™t be disappointed. Forever a top MM read for me and a top read of 2020 ๐Ÿ–ค PS: River is mine!!!!! Donโ€™t believe me, check the acknowledgements ๐Ÿ˜‚

  9. 5 out of 5

    ~โ™ฅI_Luv_2_Readโ™ฅ~

    I almost DNFed this book several times especially when Rain rapes River in the shower (and yes, it was rape!) and River plays it off as maybe dub-con and that it was okay. No! I don't care that Rain was molested and raped by his step father for years as a kid, that doesn't justify how awful a human being he is. The ending was a giant soap opera and the manufactured angst was over the top. This ends in a cliffhanger, so be prepared. I won't be reading the next one. The thing that pissed me off the I almost DNFed this book several times especially when Rain rapes River in the shower (and yes, it was rape!) and River plays it off as maybe dub-con and that it was okay. No! I don't care that Rain was molested and raped by his step father for years as a kid, that doesn't justify how awful a human being he is. The ending was a giant soap opera and the manufactured angst was over the top. This ends in a cliffhanger, so be prepared. I won't be reading the next one. The thing that pissed me off the most was the author's note at the end telling us how to feel and being glad we had to suffer through it! Get over yourself, lady!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosabel

    My latin blood is so happy right now with all the drama this books delivers, even though I know the levels of toxicity were not healthy in this, I don't care. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ’œ Basically I can't say much about the book because the author wants people to go in blind and I want to respect that, so I don't know how to explain my experience with Follow the River, even though her description was pretty much accurate: A whiplash of emotions, some of those I didn't like feeling them because of what caused it and some My latin blood is so happy right now with all the drama this books delivers, even though I know the levels of toxicity were not healthy in this, I don't care. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ’œ Basically I can't say much about the book because the author wants people to go in blind and I want to respect that, so I don't know how to explain my experience with Follow the River, even though her description was pretty much accurate: A whiplash of emotions, some of those I didn't like feeling them because of what caused it and some of those I totally did. And even though is not an easy story, to me is a must read specially considering this is the first book of this author, it was amazing. I do feel like the triggers should have been put in the beginning even though she wants people to go in blind, triggers are triggers for something and could create a really bad experience. If ur scared of the triggers you can message me and I'll help you out or you can even write to the author, wich she told in the beginning of the book. Thank god it was nothing that I had a personal issues with but this almost made me not pick it up. It was a heart breaking, breathtaking, mind-blowing and sometimes cruel experience and I can't wait to read After Rain Falls. Hope Rain and River will find their flow together very soon. โค๐Ÿ’œ

  11. 5 out of 5

    Llakshmi

    Broke my fucking heart, put it back together and broke it again. Iโ€™m so excited for the next book

  12. 4 out of 5

    jessreadss

    Fuck. This. Book. Immediately one of my absolute favorite reads of 2020. One of my all time favorite romances. This book honestly just makes me speechless when I think about it. The amount of power these characters have over my emotions is probably unhealthy but I donโ€™t care because I love them so damn much. The characters grip you and keep you so invested because you canโ€™t help but fall in love with them despite how broken and flawed they are. Itโ€™s a journey that they not only go through, but on Fuck. This. Book. Immediately one of my absolute favorite reads of 2020. One of my all time favorite romances. This book honestly just makes me speechless when I think about it. The amount of power these characters have over my emotions is probably unhealthy but I donโ€™t care because I love them so damn much. The characters grip you and keep you so invested because you canโ€™t help but fall in love with them despite how broken and flawed they are. Itโ€™s a journey that they not only go through, but one you go through as well. A journey to finding their way in life while navigating the many obstacles they go through. Itโ€™s challenging, itโ€™s difficult, itโ€™s heartbreaking, but itโ€™s so worth it. The entire atmosphere of this book is honestly breathtaking. The location, the characters, the tug and war of emotions... just everything about this book demands and captures your full attention. C.E. Ricci is the kind of author where it feels and sounds like sheโ€™s been writing for years and years despite this being a debut. The writing is so lyrical, beautiful, and poetic and I will forever be a fan of C.E. Ricci. Do be aware there are a fair amount of triggers but to say them would be to ruin the book. And this book is absolutely best going in blind. Thank you so so so much C.E. for allowing me the honor of reading an arc of this!๐Ÿ–ค

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rheo

    Two words. Emotional rollercoaster. I almost regret reading this one. I finished it two hours ago and I'm still thinking of it and crying. And did I mention, I fucking hate cliffhangers. Hate them with a vengeance. And this book ended with a cliffhanger to rival all cliffhangers. I'm kinda starting to understand how River feels about Ciarain. I haven't decided whether I hate or love this book, but I'm definitely waiting for the next one. Anxiously, I might add. Thank you C. E. Ricci (adds sarcas Two words. Emotional rollercoaster. I almost regret reading this one. I finished it two hours ago and I'm still thinking of it and crying. And did I mention, I fucking hate cliffhangers. Hate them with a vengeance. And this book ended with a cliffhanger to rival all cliffhangers. I'm kinda starting to understand how River feels about Ciarain. I haven't decided whether I hate or love this book, but I'm definitely waiting for the next one. Anxiously, I might add. Thank you C. E. Ricci (adds sarcastically).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I finished this book days ago but I wasn't ready to review tbh I'm still not ready. This book consumed me, fully. Like it was a fucking mooood everyone! MM romance isn't for everyone and if you're one who hasn't ventured into this genre yet then now is the perfect time, with this perfect book! MM books are hot, steamy and the dynamic between 2 men in a romance book when written well is off the charts. This book smashed the fucking charts. River and Rain, ugh I don't even know where to begin! Rain is I finished this book days ago but I wasn't ready to review tbh I'm still not ready. This book consumed me, fully. Like it was a fucking mooood everyone! MM romance isn't for everyone and if you're one who hasn't ventured into this genre yet then now is the perfect time, with this perfect book! MM books are hot, steamy and the dynamic between 2 men in a romance book when written well is off the charts. This book smashed the fucking charts. River and Rain, ugh I don't even know where to begin! Rain is the broken one, his walls are built up so high. I was up and down with my feelings towards him this whole book. I wanted to inflict pain on him after that shower scene and then he started chipping away at me and I felt for him. Then he fucked up again so he's seriously dangling by a thread with me. River is baby. I can't remember the last time I read a book and felt for a character so hard. He was so fucking sweet, cheeky, kind and loyal. But also had a lil alpha side and wouldn't let anyone walk over him. I just want to protect him and ruin anyone that hurts him! River and Rain's journey is one that will rip your heart out and destroy your soul piece by piece. You will feel so many emotions reading this and by the end could end up like me, messaging the author, so many times, like a crazy fucking psycho. I'm sure her finger was hovering over the block button on numerous occasions thinking who is this crazy bish! The kicker with this story is its her Debut everyone! DEBUT!!!!!! 5 heartbroken, kick Rain's ass stars from me! #TeamRiver

  15. 5 out of 5

    M

    Did I enjoy this book? Not really, no. Did I eat it up like a starving person? Why yes, yes I did. This book is bonkers. Heed the blanket trigger warning. You should have seen my face the entire time I was reading, utter wtf-face the whole way. Without spoiling it, I will say that it has all the elements of a story I'd love, but like a bit to the left. It is so massively over the top in places, it reads like an absurd gay soap opera. I wanted to like it, but it was too much. Am I gonna guzzle up Did I enjoy this book? Not really, no. Did I eat it up like a starving person? Why yes, yes I did. This book is bonkers. Heed the blanket trigger warning. You should have seen my face the entire time I was reading, utter wtf-face the whole way. Without spoiling it, I will say that it has all the elements of a story I'd love, but like a bit to the left. It is so massively over the top in places, it reads like an absurd gay soap opera. I wanted to like it, but it was too much. Am I gonna guzzle up the sequel like a crazy person? Heck yeah, I am.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emma Fisk

    This is what I call a 5 STAR book.!!!!!!!! My heart hurts a lot right now, that ending wtf๐Ÿ’” BUT OMG I AM SO HAPPY THERE'S A SECOND BOOK. I hate cliffhangers so much, I hate waiting even more, C.E Ricci had left me empty and need so much more. C.E Ricci you have made me fall in love with a world that is difficult when it shouldn't be, I know first hand how hard it can be for anyone to be gay and to come out. Rivers and Rain story is so painfully raw, there are parts of this book that made me stop This is what I call a 5 STAR book.!!!!!!!! My heart hurts a lot right now, that ending wtf๐Ÿ’” BUT OMG I AM SO HAPPY THERE'S A SECOND BOOK. I hate cliffhangers so much, I hate waiting even more, C.E Ricci had left me empty and need so much more. C.E Ricci you have made me fall in love with a world that is difficult when it shouldn't be, I know first hand how hard it can be for anyone to be gay and to come out. Rivers and Rain story is so painfully raw, there are parts of this book that made me stop breathing I swear. At times reading this really hurt, but I really enjoyed it and it was kind of a good hurt, it's brilliant. I love that even though I've finished it we still don't know everything, a book hasn't made me feel like this in a really long time. I loved the mystery side to this book. As the boys relationship grows, the book becomes sweet, hot and heavy and I loved every part ๐Ÿ”ฅThis book has truly touched my heart and everywhere else lol. One thing for sure is that this author has a true talent for writing.. She has written something I never really wanted read. I'll be really honestly I always thought reading a M\M would make me feel very uncomfortable. My brother is Gay and both of my best friends are gay, so whenever I've gone to pick up a M/M book they pop into my head LOL.!!! And I've had put the book back down but this book from the first page pulled me in. I just switched off. The writing was perfect for me, I loved thats Rains thoughts went back to the past but it wasn't for a whole chapter, and it didn't stay there for too long. Everythingย JUST EVERYTHING was perfect. It has to be one of the best books I've ever read.! I'm not going to go into detail about the plot, go in blind like I did, stay away from reviews with spoilers, you wont regret it. Read it with a buddy, there's so much to talk about. I read this at the same time as my friend Amy, it was so much fun. ๐Ÿค PS IM TEAM RAIN. LOVE RIVER BUT RAIN OMG I CONNECT WITH HIM SO MUCH. I pray he finds his way.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marley Valentine

    Review to come

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sanaa

    5 stars. โ€œYou have me. You will always have me. Until every star in the night sky burns out. And maybe even then.โ€ I admit, I cried while I read this. I didn't sleep majority of the night because I was like one more chapter, it couldn't hurt. I was wrong. It does. Especially if you have work the next day and need to be up in 2-3 hours. There was something about Follow the River that captivated me like no book has in a very long time. It was such a painful book but it was also just as am 5 stars. โ€œYou have me. You will always have me. Until every star in the night sky burns out. And maybe even then.โ€ I admit, I cried while I read this. I didn't sleep majority of the night because I was like one more chapter, it couldn't hurt. I was wrong. It does. Especially if you have work the next day and need to be up in 2-3 hours. There was something about Follow the River that captivated me like no book has in a very long time. It was such a painful book but it was also just as amazing of a read. You couldn't help but love River and Rain even though I wanted to strangle Rain a time or two. But my heart absolutely just shattered for him at the end and I just wanted to give him a hug and never let go ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’” That ending absolutely ruined me. This has easily become top 5 of 2020. I just, my heart and mind still can't get over this book. I absolutely can't wait for 2021 to come any faster so I can read the second book in this duet.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Dykes

    I loved it! I absolutely loved River and Rain and you can't make me choose! The angst and the raw fury in this book was absolutely phenomenal! That's what I need in a book! I loved how this brand new author did not hold back. And the story was so much better for it. The pain inflicted on each other was rough, but I loved every second and the heat.... yes!! It was everything I wanted to read and more! I cannot wait for the next one! I loved it! I absolutely loved River and Rain and you can't make me choose! The angst and the raw fury in this book was absolutely phenomenal! That's what I need in a book! I loved how this brand new author did not hold back. And the story was so much better for it. The pain inflicted on each other was rough, but I loved every second and the heat.... yes!! It was everything I wanted to read and more! I cannot wait for the next one!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Qwurty

    Screechingly awful

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    4 stars โ€œI lost my mind and found my soul.โ€ First I just have to give all the love to C.E Ricci for this to be your debut novel WOW!! I canโ€™t wait to see what your future books will be like and Iโ€™m really excited for you!!! ๐Ÿ–ค Follow The River is an M/M College Romance (which I love!!) This emotional story follows Rain & Ciarain. These two brought all the angsty feels and had my heart being pulled in so many directions for each of them. Two words: The Cabin ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ that is all!! What I loved most about t 4 stars โ€œI lost my mind and found my soul.โ€ First I just have to give all the love to C.E Ricci for this to be your debut novel WOW!! I canโ€™t wait to see what your future books will be like and Iโ€™m really excited for you!!! ๐Ÿ–ค Follow The River is an M/M College Romance (which I love!!) This emotional story follows Rain & Ciarain. These two brought all the angsty feels and had my heart being pulled in so many directions for each of them. Two words: The Cabin ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ that is all!! What I loved most about these two was how real they were and what they were going through/experiencing a lot of people could relate to. The passion between them was everything!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kandace Denys (bookish_kayy)

    Excuse me. I am a mess. Iโ€™ll be back with an actual review, but like. TBR this now. โ€˜๐™„๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™š๐™˜๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™™๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™š๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ. ๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ซ๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ, ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™จ๐™š๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ. ๐™…๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™„ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™ž๐™ข.โ€˜โฃโฃ โฃโฃ Excuse me. Yโ€™all. I am an absolute mess. I didnโ€™t realize Ricci was coming for my SOUL when she asked if I wanted to read her DEBUT. โฃโฃ But uh. Apparently it belo Excuse me. I am a mess. Iโ€™ll be back with an actual review, but like. TBR this now. โ€˜๐™„๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™š๐™˜๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™™๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™š๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ. ๐™„๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ซ๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ, ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™จ๐™š๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ. ๐™…๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™„ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™ž๐™ข.โ€˜โฃโฃ โฃโฃ Excuse me. Yโ€™all. I am an absolute mess. I didnโ€™t realize Ricci was coming for my SOUL when she asked if I wanted to read her DEBUT. โฃโฃ But uh. Apparently it belongs to her for now, so, Iโ€™ll just be over here, completely blown away by her storytelling skills, down one soul.โฃโฃ Itโ€™s going to be to absolutely no ones surprise that Iโ€™ve chosen a team in this battle for love, nor will it shock anyone that I am #teamrain. Iโ€™m starting to wonder if I should just grab me a thundercloud and ride with it. Hand deliver me a broken boy that needs all the love but is unable to ask for it. I will sweep him up and add him to my harem, every single time.โฃโฃ I refuse to tell you what happens in this love affair. What I will tell you is I cried (in public, yโ€™all). I laughed. I got angry. My heart healed. I literally cannot recommend this enough. โฃโฃ Iโ€™m already dying for whatever else Ricci is going to serve us, and my grabby hands are officially here for whatever scraps I can have until then.โฃ

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zoe (zoe.s.a)

    Follow The River is part one of the duet. River and Rain are the definition of opposites attract; River is joyful and confident, supportive and kind. Rain is broody and cruel, selfish and isolating. And this makes them recipe for a perfect disaster. . The sexual tension between these two is off the charts. River is confident in who he is as a person and what he wants, and when he decides that he wants Rain, offfttt thatโ€™s when it gets exciting!๐Ÿคฉ. . The storyline had such good pace and there wasnโ€™t Follow The River is part one of the duet. River and Rain are the definition of opposites attract; River is joyful and confident, supportive and kind. Rain is broody and cruel, selfish and isolating. And this makes them recipe for a perfect disaster. . The sexual tension between these two is off the charts. River is confident in who he is as a person and what he wants, and when he decides that he wants Rain, offfttt thatโ€™s when it gets exciting!๐Ÿคฉ. . The storyline had such good pace and there wasnโ€™t a single moment that I felt was dragging, the writing flow was perfect and the banter between these two was beautiful. However, that ending broke my damn heart in two and now Iโ€™m desperate for the second part of this duet! . Both River and Rain will have a special place in my heart forever. I canโ€™t contain my excitement for the second book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jess *lovetolovebooks*

    Attraction is a strange thing, and the kind I have for him is dangerous. Makes-me-stupid-and-reckless kind of dangerous. Ruin-my-life kind of dangerous. Follow the River is a darker M/M romance about River and Ciarรกin. Both are football players in college. River is the quarterback and Ciarรกin is the new transfer and new guy on the team. They hit it off pretty quickly and find that they have incredible chemistry on the field. But after it comes out that River is bisexual, Ciarรกin becomes less than Attraction is a strange thing, and the kind I have for him is dangerous. Makes-me-stupid-and-reckless kind of dangerous. Ruin-my-life kind of dangerous. Follow the River is a darker M/M romance about River and Ciarรกin. Both are football players in college. River is the quarterback and Ciarรกin is the new transfer and new guy on the team. They hit it off pretty quickly and find that they have incredible chemistry on the field. But after it comes out that River is bisexual, Ciarรกin becomes less than friendly. Ciarรกin is constantly fighting against his attraction to River. He doesnโ€™t want to be attracted to men. This causes a huge enemies to lovers/bully situation. Thereโ€™s a ton of โ€œfighting as foreplayโ€ and sexual tension. For a debut, the writing and pacing was great! It did at times feel repetitive but at the end of the day I could not put this book down. It hooked me super fast and I grew quite attached to both River and Ciarรกin (even though heโ€™s an asshole most of the time). Since this is a darker romance there are some scenes that contain possible triggers. So if you are sensitive to these types of reads please do not read. That is the only warning Iโ€™m going to give because if I go into what those triggers are, it could be considered as spoilers. โ€I didnโ€™t want to fix you, only save you from your nightmares.โ€ Overall rating 4-4.5 stars Steaminess 4 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    This was a 1.5-2.0 book for me. Although I was ticked about the cliffhanger, thatโ€™s not the cause of my rating. Itโ€™s unusual for me to give such a low star rating to a book that looks like it checks all of my boxes...which means I feel the need to explain myself. So Iโ€™m going to respect the authorโ€™s wishes...I wonโ€™t reveal any spoilers....i My issues: ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸปTherapist ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸปSupposed motivations of off-page characters ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸปCliche / Box-checking triggers for 1 MC ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸปCoincidences - right... Will I read book 2? Probabl This was a 1.5-2.0 book for me. Although I was ticked about the cliffhanger, thatโ€™s not the cause of my rating. Itโ€™s unusual for me to give such a low star rating to a book that looks like it checks all of my boxes...which means I feel the need to explain myself. So Iโ€™m going to respect the authorโ€™s wishes...I wonโ€™t reveal any spoilers....i My issues: ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸปTherapist ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸปSupposed motivations of off-page characters ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸปCliche / Box-checking triggers for 1 MC ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸปCoincidences - right... Will I read book 2? Probably not. I could see that this new direction she was taking with the 2 MCโ€™s....well....itโ€™s like a completely different set of characters. In other words - no resemblance to who they were.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heavenly Rose

    5+++ stars for the beautiful and infuriating hotheads named River and Rain. Wow! I'm so glad I stumbled upon this fantastic book because it ended up being one of my 2020 top reads and one of the best dark/bully romances I've ever read. I need the second book ASAP ๐Ÿ˜ญ damn cliffhangers. 5+++ stars for the beautiful and infuriating hotheads named River and Rain. Wow! I'm so glad I stumbled upon this fantastic book because it ended up being one of my 2020 top reads and one of the best dark/bully romances I've ever read. I need the second book ASAP ๐Ÿ˜ญ damn cliffhangers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Pullen

    Meh. Itโ€™s fine. Iโ€™ll probably read the sequel. But sometimes I just get so tired of the ways authors try to be all angsty and mysterious and drum up interest in a pretty standard erotic bully romance. If youโ€™ve read Flock or any L.J. Shen, youโ€™ve basically read the het version of this book (I know, I know, Flock has some mm and thruples and 3ways, but itโ€™s basically het). The author is begging readers to not spoil and insisting we should go in blind. Believe me, there wasnโ€™t anything surprising Meh. Itโ€™s fine. Iโ€™ll probably read the sequel. But sometimes I just get so tired of the ways authors try to be all angsty and mysterious and drum up interest in a pretty standard erotic bully romance. If youโ€™ve read Flock or any L.J. Shen, youโ€™ve basically read the het version of this book (I know, I know, Flock has some mm and thruples and 3ways, but itโ€™s basically het). The author is begging readers to not spoil and insisting we should go in blind. Believe me, there wasnโ€™t anything surprising or new or mind blowing here to justify the fervent pleading by the author. Obvs, YMMV, so donโ€™t read further if you hate trigger warnings like Ricci and want to indulge the histrionics: โ€œThis book is meant to go in blind. Iโ€™ve purposely written the blurb to reveal absolutely nothing about the overall plot of this book. Do not read spoilers, if only for you to receive the full impact of the book in both a plot and emotional aspect. Just trust me, okay?โ€ Excerpt From Follow the River (River of Rain Book 1) CE Ricci This material may be protected by copyright. (view spoiler)[Dub con Sexual abuse of a minor Minor enjoying that sexual abuse Internalized homophobia Drugs and alcohol Suicidal ideation Suicide of an off page character Parental death Fisticuffs Psychological torture and emotional abuse PTSD Did I miss anything? Maybe. Did Ricci miss anything? See above; if itโ€™s not in this book, Iโ€™m guessing we can looking forward to it in the next one. (hide spoiler)]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kerish | Wesmie's purple skittle.

    4.5 stars Review to follow as I have to think how to review this properly without spoiling anything. For the meantime, CAN I RANT? The very first review I saw when I checked this story on Goodreads was a damn spoiler. I don't mean those kinds wherein the specifics were mentioned but a 'generic' one and a spoiler nonetheless... Because of that, my enjoyment of the booked lessened :(((( WHY can't people tag their reviews properly if they got spoilers :((( Now to ask - is it okay to unfriend them sp 4.5 stars Review to follow as I have to think how to review this properly without spoiling anything. For the meantime, CAN I RANT? The very first review I saw when I checked this story on Goodreads was a damn spoiler. I don't mean those kinds wherein the specifics were mentioned but a 'generic' one and a spoiler nonetheless... Because of that, my enjoyment of the booked lessened :(((( WHY can't people tag their reviews properly if they got spoilers :((( Now to ask - is it okay to unfriend them spoilers and tell them why you did that? I'm so angry, really. "But we live in a reality where lies spill from our lips disguised as the truth with our knowledge or not." Anyway, this book is not for everyone but is clearly for me. Loved the angst even though it could be hard to read at times. Read the author's note at the start of the book!! Anyway again, it was all worth it. Made me so emotional and that's what matters most to me when reading a book. What a wonderful debut story. Congrats to the author!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews

    MM/Enemies to Lovers River and Rain with make you live and breathe their story! This is C.E. Ricci's first book? I can't believe that. Say what?! I picked this book up on a whim. The warnings. Enemies-to-lovers. M/M. I had to read this. I was a bit nervous yet didn't have any expectations, new to me author. Then I find out it's a debut. I loved the author's writing style, this will definitely not be my last book written by her. I need the conclusion ASAP! This is definitely not an easy story, it's MM/Enemies to Lovers River and Rain with make you live and breathe their story! This is C.E. Ricci's first book? I can't believe that. Say what?! I picked this book up on a whim. The warnings. Enemies-to-lovers. M/M. I had to read this. I was a bit nervous yet didn't have any expectations, new to me author. Then I find out it's a debut. I loved the author's writing style, this will definitely not be my last book written by her. I need the conclusion ASAP! This is definitely not an easy story, it's grab you by your throat type of way. I wrote this long review, just to accidentally erase it. So mad. ๐Ÿ˜ I'll try to keep this one short. Heed the warnings with this one. I flinched more than once, and I'm a avid reader of dark romance. The characters were hot AF, cold, hot, cold. Unpredictable and unchained. Unapologetic when it came to each other. I equally loved and hated this roller-coaster. There was a lump in my throat throughout. If you're looking for a sweet gay romance, this is not it. If you like scream into pillow, heart-pounding, gritty romance. I highly recommend. This story swallowed me whole. It's about breaking apart and mending together. It's about healing and finding yourself while falling full force into the unknown. Ultimately, you'll find love between the jagged edges, but it still makes you bleed. This story carved it's little spot in my dark heart. Heartbreakingly beautiful!

  30. 5 out of 5

    pagesofjewelss

    โ€œ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ. ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ. ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ. ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉโ€ ๐“๐“ป๐“ฌ ๐“ก๐“ฎ๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐”€ Going into Follow the River I honestly had high expectations cause of the reviews I saw already. This book went way over any expectation I could have ever had. Every single chapter was so engaging & interesting. Never a dull moment. I sat down & devoured this book in under 24 hours & it took top place from Credence (which is saying a lot) ๐“ก๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ท The angst & volatile hate that comes from Rain โ€œ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ. ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ. ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ. ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉโ€ ๐“๐“ป๐“ฌ ๐“ก๐“ฎ๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐”€ Going into Follow the River I honestly had high expectations cause of the reviews I saw already. This book went way over any expectation I could have ever had. Every single chapter was so engaging & interesting. Never a dull moment. I sat down & devoured this book in under 24 hours & it took top place from Credence (which is saying a lot) ๐“ก๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ท The angst & volatile hate that comes from Rain is honestly so sexy, I donโ€™t even care. His free spirited personality is so dark it has you hooked from page 1. Although the many personal issues & demons he deals with, he portrays them in a way that is so addicting. I canโ€™t get enough of him! He is definitely a total jackass but the heart wants what the heart wants. ๐“ก๐“ฒ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ป River on the other hand is charming & perfect. He had a way with words and knows how to string them together without flaw. His sexiness is something that just comes to him, he doesnโ€™t have to try. He doesnโ€™t care to be the person everyone has their eyes on, but he is. The burning connection between them had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. Although they had their faults & their fights, they made my heart skip every page. They are perfect in every way. The rawness of their relationship is one I will never forget. I cannot wait for book two! Follow the River releases on December 1st! Make sure itโ€™s first on your tbh, you wonโ€™t be disappointed ๐Ÿ˜

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