Under the Influence by L.B. Simmons

December 4, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 8 Comments

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.
Under the Influence by L.B. SimmonsUnder the Influence
by L.B. Simmons
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: May 10, 2015 by Self-Published
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: InkSlinger PR


I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, naïve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn't see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me.

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again.

I loved you.

I raged for you.

I wept for you.

And now, I'm letting you go.

Author's Note: Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultimate betrayal, and their endurance of agonizing heartbreak on the way to finding lasting redemption.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Under the Influence is a very emotional story with a second chances aspect to it that I enjoyed. I fell in love with the cover of this book and the blurb gave nothing away so I immediately wanted to read this one to know what it was about. I think it fell a bit flat for me but it was still a good read.

I identified a lot with Dalton seeing as he’s someone who thinks so low of himself. I had read about male MC’s who thought lowly of themselves but Dalton was another story completely. From a very young age, he got into the very bad crowd but he saw this group as family. He grew up doing very bad things and he thinks he doesn’t deserve anything good in his life and he feels like he’s hopeless and worthless. When he meets Spencer, he thinks he will never be good for her so he treats her good but from a distance. Spencer wants more with Dalton but she has never expressed those feelings towards him until both finally do and it is so beautiful how they had went from friends to lovers. Then comes the heartbreak part of the book and that was completely devastating. I felt it to my very core. But through this heartbreak, Spencer and Dalton grew and learned so much. I think it helped them become more mature and just grow.

The secondary characters like the best friends of Dalton and Spencer, Cassie and Rat were a great add to the story. Cassie was like a whole character on her own and I would totally love to read a book of her life, which is coming out in early 2016! She has spunk, she knows what she wants and goes after it and she is hilarious. Rat was such an amazing friend and character. I really felt for him. There’s someone else in the story whom I totally loved and he is in the police force. Kirk was always looking out for Dalton no matter the cost. He sometimes even treated him like his own kid. He was brilliant in the story.

If you want a book about heartbreaks, friends to lovers, with beautiful prose and an impacting story and second-chances, Under the Influence will hook you right in.


I was captivated by her eagerness. Influenced by her willingness to love. And under that influence, I fell helplessly for the gift she so willingly offered. The gift of giving and receiving such an uncompromising love.

I just hope the immorality I’ve chosen to bury deep within my soul doesn’t one day pollute her very essence.

She’s the one thing, the one person whose mere presence provides some sort of sense of relief from the constant feeling of asphyxiation that encompasses me. She is my reprieve. My air. Spencer Locke is the one slice of happy I have in this shit pie I call life.

About L.B. Simmons

L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science.  She has been a practicing Chemist for the last eleven years.  When she is not in her lab coat while juggling tubes and beakers, she lives a cozy life with her husband and three daughters in Texas. Always a writer at heart, never did L.B. ever imagine one day her books would rocket and land her on a USA Today Bestseller list. No matter how crazy her life is, she always finds the moment to write every chance she gets.

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