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Reaching Rachel (Living Again #2) (Living Again Series) by [Collins, L.L.]
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**AUTHOR NOTE**
This book contains difficult topics that may be hard for some readers and is suggested for a mature audience only. It contains strong language, sexual situations, abuse, and other content that may be problematic for some to read. Please keep this in mind when choosing to read this book.


Rachel has always been seen as a wild child, never committing or settling down. She wants it that way, so that no one ever finds out the truth. Deep down, she is crushed over something that happened years ago that resulted in losing the only man she ever loved. Then she meets someone who tries to convince her that she’s ready to commit again. But some things are not what they seem. Realizing too late that she’s in over her head, and with her life on the line, she comes face to face with her past in a way she never thought possible.

Devin was in love once, and it destroyed him, making him swear off love forever. After a promotion and subsequent move unexpectedly brings him into the middle of her dangerous situation, he must come face to face with his past and to the woman who broke him into pieces. But she needs help. Desperately. And maybe, just maybe, he didn't know the real truth of their past. Can he help her survive the terrible ordeal she's been through, and during it all, can he safeguard his heart from her? Or will the truth of the pain that has kept them apart show him that he can't live without her after all?

About the Author

LL Collins is a newly published writer who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. Living Again her first novel, is available now in both eBook and paperback. Her second novel, Reaching Rachel, will be released in January 2014. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out and start writing and try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 14, and a mom to two boys, 11 and 9. Visit LL on her website, www.authorllcollins.com, on Facebook, and Twitter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: L.L. Collins (Jan. 18 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Love this story. Love this series. These are romances we all dream about. LL Collins is one of my new fav. authors.
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Loved the storyline and the incredible way the author brought the characters to life! Can't wait to read book three!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1f301d4) out of 5 stars Emotional, Griping, LOVED it! Jan. 19 2014
By Shamika @ Sticky Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review

Reaching Rachel is a griping emotional story of Rachel who we initially met in Living Again. I loved that this story drew me in immediately. So much so that I couldn’t put it down until I was finished in the wee hours of the morning.

Living Again was a favorite for me, and I was so happy that I had an opportunity to read an advanced copy of Reaching Rachel. I didn’t really know what to expect from Rachel’s story, but I loved it so much. This story is so deeply emotional, with some difficult scenes. My heart ached for Rachel so many times and I was pulling for her to get the happiness that she deserved.

We find out what happened in the past to make Rachel the way she is today. She doesn’t let any man get close to her and she doesn't do relationships or commitment. She’s trying to live her life, but there’s that constant memory of her past relationship with Devin, the love of her life. There are also regrets to decisions that she made that caused the breakup.

Just when Rachel makes a decision of move on and try to commit, all hell breaks loose. As I said before, this story sucks you in from the beginning, but at this point there is no stopping. Rachel and Devin’s worlds collide again, but under a horrific situation. I can’t even imagine the hell that Rachel goes through and endures.

Even after not seeing Rachel for a few years, the feelings that Devin has for Rachel never diminishes. He steps right in and becomes her rock and protector. I loved how he continually fought for her, stayed patient and never allowed her give up.

“You are now and always been it for me. You are my beginning, middle, and end.”

The growth and strength that Rachel showed was amazing. She faced some truly difficult times, and although at times it got her down, she didn’t let it ruin her. I loved also seeing Kaylee and Ben from Living Again who are such a great support system for Rachel.

This is a beautifully written story that had me captured. All I can say is WOW! That was my initial feelings after I finished. It’s emotional, intense and heartbreaking at times. But such a great story of love and second chances. I feel such a connection to these characters. Incredible job LL Collins!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b84a44) out of 5 stars WIll have you Up all night Jan. 19 2014
By Steph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First off I didnt think LL Collins could come close to Living Again with Reaching Rachel. But she has went beyond that. I loved Living Again but Reaching Rachel was AWESOME. You will be up all night reading. It had me heated when bad things happen to Rachel and chill bumps with the good things happen. LL Collins is such a great writer you have to check out Reaching Rachel you wont be unhappy with the read. You could read Reaching Rachel as a stand alone book but why miss out on getting to know Kay .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2655aec) out of 5 stars Great book Dec 6 2014
By T London - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit, I didn’t think LL could impress me more after reading Living Again but she has. Reaching Rachel was an emotionally gripping story that had me in tears and on the edge of my seat through most of it. I am so impressed with this author and this group of books.

Rachel has a secret, one she won’t even share with Kayley her best friend. Moving to the area five years ago she was trying to run from a break up with her one true love Devin. He left her due to lies, but she can’t tell him the truth. She just has to accept that he is gone and she deserves to be alone. On the anniversary of their break up she is in the bar, trying to forget when Justin comes to introduce himself to Rachel.

Seeing how one night stands are common practice for her, to help her forget Devin, she took Justin home, the problem is, he didn’t want to leave. This is when Rachel’s life gets dangerous and her life hangs by a thread.
Devin felt he know the truth, Rachel hurt him, lied to him and betrayed him, but his heart would never let her go. Moving to different cities in the state working for the law, he finally lands a job with the SWAT team. His goal had been reached; he just wishes he had Rachel to celebrate with him. Once he is settled into his new job, he is alerted of a situation that his team needs to rush to. Little did he know when the team makes their way into the house, his dream is drowning in the most horrific of situations.

As we see Rachel get the pieces of her life back together, Devin finds a place back in her life. She knows the truth of the past is going to have to come out soon, but how will he handle it. He promised to never leave her again, but can she count on that? Will he try to find justice for the wrong that others have caused him and Rachel?

This was one of the most heart breaking, emotional reads I have read in a very long time. I was glued to every page begging that those two would have a chance to start over again. I wanted both of them to find their dreams that had been taken from them so long ago. LL Collins is one of my all-time favorite authors because she brings us stories that will stay with the reader for a long time. Her characters become part of our soul, their stories part of our own lives. I could read this book over and over again and I don’t feel I would lose one once of emotion that LL draws out of me. I can’t even tell you how much I recommend this book. It will certainly be on my list of favorites.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a7b5c4) out of 5 stars Great love story about overcoming your fears and defying the odds Jan. 19 2014
By Everything Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review****

Wow!! What a great follow up to Living Again!! L.L. Collins hit the mark again!! From the very beginning, I was sucked in and could not put it down! Heck, I even remember staying up until 3am just to finish reading and I had to go to work the next day! But, it was worth it.

The story begins with Rachel who is living life "under the radar". She is a runaway living with a deep secret and a hidden past. She doesn't open up to any of her friends and has a string of meaningless relationships with men to avoid attachment and emotions. Her heart is forever locked away because she can only love one man; Devin. But Devin is gone; nowhere near her. She hasn't seen or heard from him in 5 years. Her life is sad, lonely, full of heartbreak and regret. But on that day, that Devin finally returns, can Rachel let go of the past and overcome her fears of heartbreak? Can Devin reach Rachel and show her how to live again?

Let me just say that Rachel goes through a lot of traumatic and heart-wrenching experiences in this book and I absolutely love her strength. No matter what happened, she never gave up and always fought back. She didn't try to hide herself from others. She is independent, sexy, smart, funny as hell, and empowering. Her character developed so much in this story and you can really tell that L.L. Collins put a lot of heart and soul into this story. The plot was great, the writing was superb, and the dialogue between the characters was on point. There is also some suspenseful scenes and I was on the edge of my seat. Devin is amazing! He is such a good compliment to Rachel. He is her protector and I loved it! He is also smokin hot and very "commanding" in the bedroom! HELLO!!!

I also loved the fact that we got to see some of the previous characters from Living Again. Umm..Ben aka Dr. Yummy! Yes, I will never forget him! LOL. Overall, this was a great story and I loved it! What a great way to start 2014! I highly recommend this book to everyone!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a7b4f8) out of 5 stars A breathtaking, page turning, love story about second chances, being strong and having the strength to endure all. Jan. 19 2014
By J Bogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given this book as an ARC for an honest review.
I gave this book 5 Majestic Stars.
If I could have given more I would have.
This is book 2 in the Living Again series, but can be read as a stand alone.
There are just some Stories and Authors that are a notch above the rest.
This is one of those Authors.
Her stories are captivating and beautiful.

This is Devin and Rachel's story.

5 years ago Rachel and Devin were together. They had a perfect, happy life. They couldn't have asked for more, but something happens and Devin feels betrayed and he is angry. He is crushed and doesn't know how to get past the deception that he thinks Rachel has committed. Rachel does nothing to convince him that it isn't true. She watches him walk out of her life, and is devastated. She wants nothing more to crawl in a hole and bury herself and die.

5 years later. Rachel is still not over Devin, she knows she will never get him back, that he would never forgive her, she hasn't seen him in 5 years after he drove away on his motorcycle. She lives her life the best way she knows how. She exists, she goes to work, she has a few friends, and she sleeps around with men that she refuses to make commitments to. Her mind, her heart and her soul are still tied to Devin. She watches her friends fall in love and make families together and it breaks her heart.

Rachel meets someone and starts seeing him, after all he is very persistent and will not really take no for an answer, he starts becoming more and more controlling over her and she doesn't like it. This is why she doesn't do relationships she tells herself. There is a dark side to Justin and when Rachel finally finds this out will it be to late to save her?

Devin, again for 5 years has tried to get over the love of his life. He does still love her but can't help but still feel that sting of what happened. Devin is a cop and he gets orders that he is being transferred to a new city and has to move. He is put on a case at work that is heating up and he doesn't realize how close to home it really is. Can he save Rachel in time? When he finds out that it is Rachel that is in trouble how is he going to react? Can he get past the hurt that has been brewing for 5 years. Is there a chance for these two to start again? Can Devin love Rachel with everything that he has and put the past behind him? And can Rachel get over all she has been through to share herself with someone else?

I LOVED this story. Poor Rachel has been through so much in her young life and I was rooting for her the whole time. She is a damaged soul that needs just the right person to get her through it before she is completely lost. And Devin is just that man, he is sweet, loving and understanding. He honestly puts himself second no matter what and Rachel first. He loves her with his whole heart, he is a beautiful soul, that radiates light. These two together were spectacular and beautiful. The story not only deals with the things that are happening in the here and now, you get a glance into the past and what happened between the two of them and why they split up the first time. You get to see first hand how amazing these two are together. And how much they complete each other.

Rachel is a fighter and if she wasn't she never would have made it through the things that she went through. She is not naive and is not a push over. She is a strong, independent woman, who is feisty and very determined to fight right back when life throws her nothing but garbage.

This is a story about strength and endurance. It is a story about love and second chances. There are parts of the story that are very hard to read at times because of the things that Rachel goes through. It is strongly recommended that if you don't like to read about violence or abuse situations that you not read this. It is written very well and in a very classy way. At no time was I offended or upset.

LL has done it AGAIN!!! She has really quite out done herself, this story was so different from Living Again, but just as powerful. The Characters now have a special place inside of my heart forever. Thank you LL for your beautiful stories, I cannot wait to read book #3 in this series. I'm sure it will be just as amazing as the last two.

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