Review: Distraction by Angela McPherson

Posted September 4, 2014 by Lillian in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book via the author, Angela McPherson. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Distraction by Angela McPhersonDistraction by Angela McPherson
Series: Distraction #1
Published by Untold Press on 2014-08-17
Length: 315 pages
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Aside from the normal changes in her life, college junior Elle Richards can always count on her friendship with Tristan. The longing for him to love her back is something she keeps well hidden, even from herself. No matter how many miles apart they are, regular phone calls and texts keep them close…until the day everything changes.

Wide Receiver Tristan Daniels has a good thing going. Much to his, and every single woman’s surprise, he’s in a committed relationship. The possibility of going pro looks more than promising…until his spur of the moment transfer to a rival college is approved. Now, Tristan will be forced to be in the presence of the woman he’s secretly loved for as long as he can remember. Elle.

Being away from one another was enough to keep Tristan and Elle distracted, but angst, confusion, and troubled secrets launch them into a breathless, heart pumping story you won’t want to miss!

Recommended for mature audiences 18+ New Adult/College Contemporary Romance.

Distraction by Angela McPherson follows the story of Tristan and Elle, two best friends who have been keeping secret their feelings for each other. The story starts with Tristan the football star. He has recently accepted a transfer to Texas Tech to be closer to his fiancé (and Elle). Elle, head over heels in love with Tristan, is just excited that he is coming for a visit. At least she was until he sprung on her his transfer and engagement. Forced to be near each other, Tristan and Elle must confess their feelings or risk losing each other forever.

I cannot express just how much I loved this story!!! Tristan and Elle are so well written I half expected to meet them on the street. Elle Richards is your typical college girl. She attends classes and works hard for every cent she’s earned. She joined a sorority to appease her friend Alyssa. She dates, but nothing serious. Why? Because she is in love with her best friend who is miles away at another college. Tristan Daniels is a college football star, the typical jock and womanizer. That is until he decides to settle down with Kellie. The relationship starts as a distraction because his father has threatened him about being with Elle, the girl who keeps showing up in his dreams. He thinks he can be happy with her until his transfer to Texas Tech comes through. Now Tristan will be forced to see Elle and be near her, all the while trying to convince himself and others that he loves Kellie. Really though, how could he not see how this was going to blow up in his face?! Boys 🙄


Tristan’s and Elle’s story is truly torture to read!!! The whole time I’m yelling at the book about how stupid he’s being or how immature she’s being. Really I was, so why did I love it? It’s so….believable. The author captures the emotions of these characters so well that I found myself crying with Elle or wanting to bang my head on a wall while Tristan tried (and failed) to love Kellie. But it wasn’t all romance either. Tristan’s and Elle’s relationship as friends was at risk. They grew up together, they know everything about each other, and now they find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Elle starts dating seriously, Tristan is engaged. By all rights neither of them should be as close anymore, and when Elle tells Tristan this, it’s heartbreaking. Thanks to alternating POVs, you know how they both feel about each other….that’s dramatic irony at it’s best y’all 😀

This book left my emotions reeling, but I had a huge smile and warm heart at the end. Also bonus….it’s a series so Tristan and Elle are coming back 🙂 FYI this book is written for the New Adult genre, so 18+ please!! If you enjoy contemporary romance, then I highly recommend you check out this book. You do not want to miss it!!

About Angela McPherson

Born and currently residing in Midland, Texas, Angela shuffles three busy children (not including her husband) all over the place. She works in a busy pediatric doctor's office as a nurse during the day, and writes at night. She is addicted to coffee-who isn't? And firmly believes that chocolate can fix all-especially chocolate ice cream. She laughs a lot, often at herself and is willing to try anything once (she thinks). When Angela isn't rushing kids around, working or writing, she's reading. Other than life experience, Angela turns to a wide variety of music to help spark her creative juices. She loves to dance and sing, though her kids often beg her not to.

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