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.If We Fall by Nina Lane
Published by Snow Queen Publishing on 30th August 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the Author
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I don’t want to give away so I’ll try keep it vague and short. This is first read by Nina Lane, well technically the prequel was but its part of this so. I think it would be better if you go in blind and fully immerse yourself in the tale.
Firstly, I suggest everyone to read the prequel to this duet, If We Leap to learn more about the couple Josie Mays and Cole Danforth. It tell us how they were when they were children to how they ended becoming a couple as young/new adults. Of course that ends in a cliff hanger and this book starts off with 10 years down the line.
This is duet falls under the trope of friends to lovers/seconds chance and kind of enemies to lovers. These books are very engrossing though, fair warning you won’t notice the time.
If We Fall has a different vibe to the prequel, they are no longer that couple they were in the prequel. Josie has returned to her hometown after a decade, but long gone is boy she used to love. Cole is a now entirely different and he wants nothing more than Josie to leave. He’s uncaring, cold and ruthless.
Josie was lovely, a little bit broken and I really liked her. She’s also very easy to connect with.
She has nightmares and phobias. She went through a lot so it was no wonder she wasn’t able to get past it.
You see in the prequel of how great Cole and Josie are which is vastly different from their relationship in this book but its obvious to anyone that Cole really loves Josie. As a reader you just want them to be together especially because you see how much they loved each other and can’t seem to resist each other. Their chemistry was great!
It’s beautifully written and I adored them together. Now I just want some answers!! I can’t wait for the second book in the duet releasing SEP 13!!!
I’ll update this review with the one I originally wrote with spoilers a bit later on, maybe closer or on release date for the other book.
“Sir?” The security guard phones in from downstairs. “There’s a woman here insisting she needs to speak with you.”
“Let her in.”
I turn off the intercom and unlock my office door. A few minutes pass before the door flies open. Josie barges in, her hands fisted and an angry light in her eyes.
“You are an asshole,” she snaps.
“I’ve been told.”
“How dare you pull that kind of stunt?”
“It’s the truth.”
“And we both know damned well you brought it up only because I’m involved.” She tosses her backpack and art portfolio onto a chair. She’s trembling with anger. “I don’t care what you think about me, but bringing the people of this town into our personal shit is low, even for you.”
My shoulders tense. “Even for me? What do you know about me?”
“Nothing anymore.” She slams her hands to her hips, her features twisting. “But I used to know everything about you. Do you remember that? Then you walked out on me right when I needed you the most, proving you were never the man I thought you were. Now I find out that you run this company like a dictator, you’re crushing independent businesses and putting people out of work, and you’re publicly trying to stop me from creating a mural that’s intended for both this town and my parents. What the hell happened to you?”
“You happened to me.”
The words fly out of my mouth before I can stop them. The pencil I’m holding breaks in two with the force of my grip.
Josie steps back, her eyes widening. Her dark hair is windblown, her cheeks flushed, her chest heaving under her old army jacket. I’d once had the right to comb her hair back from her forehead, slide my palm over her neck before edging my fingers into her V-necked T-shirt…
Anger crushes my chest. I shove away from my desk and stride toward her. Fear flashes in her green eyes, which pisses me off even more. When the fuck was she ever afraid of me?
I grab the lapels of her jacket, yanking her closer. Our lower bodies collide. She gasps, a little catching noise in the back of her throat that used to get me hot in a second.
It still does. My blood starts to boil. She tilts her head back, her eyes flashing. I lower my head to look at her, fighting to ignore her scent—goddamned summer leaves and cherry candy.
“I once would have done anything for you.” The words grate roughly from my throat. “And then I failed you in the worst possible way. I failed you, I failed Teddy, and I failed your parents.”
She stares at me, her eyes widening. “Cole, I—”
“When you left, I hoped with everything I was that you’d have a chance at a normal life.” I pull her closer, anger warring with the undeniable flare of lust. “That you could be happy again if you weren’t constantly surrounded by reminders of everything you lost. Everything I took from you.”
“Goddamn you, Cole Danforth.” Fire flames over her expression. She plants her hands on my chest and shoves herself away. “The only thing you took from me was you.”
If We Fly is out Sep 13!!
We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.
I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first crush, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.
But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.
Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.
Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.
But this time, there is no escape.