Title:  Fall into Forever

Author:  Beth Hyland

Published:  March 10, 2014

Publisher: self-published

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Some girls may find guys like Jon exciting and charming. Some are even naive enough to want to date them. But guys like him can harbor dark, dangerous secrets. Secrets you don’t want to know or be involved in. How do you think they got this way in the first place? It’s best to follow your head and stay as far away from them as possible.
Trust me when I say this: Guys like Jon Priestly are nothing but trouble.

Ivy McAllister had it all. Perfect boyfriend. Perfect life. Perfect future. Or so they tell her. Because one night, on a dark country road, a fiery crash changed everything…and Ivy can’t remember what happened.

Now, two years later, at a new college far from home, she tries to regain control of her life, but her plans don’t include a tattooed, motorcycle-riding, indie music-obsessed guy with his own sorority girl fan club.

Jon Priestly is the hottest guy at Pacific State University. Just ask his groupies. But with a dark past he must keep hidden, he shuts himself off emotionally and trusts no one. That is…until he meets a broken girl with haunting green eyes and secrets of her own.

Ivy shouldn’t be attracted to Jon. They’re wrong for each other in every possible way. Yet as they spend time together, something about him—everything about him—feels so right.

But when threats from her past make her question what little she does remember, Ivy must decide whether to run again or trust the one person she can’t live without.

**Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way influence this review!

Ana and Celeste will put Fall into Forever on their second shelf!

First Thoughts:

Ana:   4 stars!  I love stories about broken people…people who’ve been through something big in their lives…people who need each other to heal.  This was a great example of that!

Celeste4 stars I loved Ivy and Jon! These two had a chemistry that made me fall in love right along with them.

Plot/Pacing/Writing:

Celeste: This story was about 2 people each meeting that someone special, the one that gave them the courage and the freedom to bare their secrets. It warmed my heart as I watched Ivy and Jon fall for each other and also grow stronger as their own person too.

I’ll admit that the story started off a little slow for me…it took about 1/3 of the book for me to get into it…but then I couldn’t put it down. The ending on the other hand wrapped up pretty quickly, almost a little too fast, but I still loved every second of it. I would have liked just a little more after all the dust settled, so that I could bask in the love. What can I say, I’m greedy like that.

The writing here was a little different. It was alternating POVs, but at the same time, it was as if the person telling the story was talking to the reader directly. I’m actually on the fence whether or not I liked it, or if it is what made me stumble through the beginning a little bit.

Ana:  I agree with Celeste!  The beginning of this book felt a bit like a “been there, read that” kind of story and I was unsure about what to expect.  However, without a doubt, that changed a few chapters in.  The plot took different twists and the characters had unique personalities that I grew to love.  It didn’t take long for me to forget the slow start and to begin devouring each page.  I liked the dual POVs and I think it was done fairly well here.  I always love experiencing character emotions in their own words.

Characters:

Ana:  I loved Jon and Ivy.  They were both strong and, even in unsure times, I never doubted they’d do the right thing.  These two were perfectly matched and, as the reader, I believed that they could help each other heal and move forward.  My heart went out to both of them for all they’d endured and I cheered as each grew to tackle their issues.  As you may know, I’m a sucker for a bad boy hero with a soft heart!  Jon, with his motocycle and groupies and guitar fit the bad boy vibe and, be still my heart, his feelings for Ivy threw me over the edge!

Celeste:  I absolutely loved both Jon and Ivy. Both characters had baggage, but were still strong enough to keep going with their lives. They also both seemed to wear their hearts on their sleeves, which of course helped make the romance so much better. I think it was their honesty that made them survive in life, and then really flourish together.

I have to say, while I feel like I know what Jon looked like, I’m not as sure what Ivy looked like. I know men have different internal thoughts than women, but Ivy seemed to talk about Jon’s physical traits way more than he did. I feel like I know exactly all the reasons why Jon was so hot, but only that Jon saw Ivy as beautiful.

Romance:

Celeste:  Jon and Ivy were almost both shells of themselves when they first met. However, that outer shell started to melt away immediately the second they laid eyes on each other. It truly was more than an instant attraction that pulled at them, telling them it was more, and not to let it go and I loved it. They never played any games either and I couldn’t get enough. They just kept giving more and more of themselves, it wasn’t like it was a tug of war of on and off, but a constant building. I couldn’t help but loved them fall fully in love step by step…it happened so naturally, with sweetness AND swooniness. Not only were they friends, but the smexy times were hot and real. All kinds of win!

Ana:  Oh my…these two were great together.  The story progressed in a very believable way and the fireworks they set off made me swoon!  I really adored the fact that this wasn’t insta-love and that these characters both fought for and against this relationship.  It made me cheer for them every step of the way!  I love when the romance feels real…and this definitely did!

Rec it?:

Ana:  Definitely.  This was a great book with believable characters and a wonderful storyline.  It’s the kind of read that touches your heart and I’m looking for more from this author!!

Celeste:  Oh yes, yes, yes. I love my characters to be “damaged goods” and find their way to happiness through love. This was exactly that scenario and I loved it. A great debut novel and I can’t wait to see more of Ms. Hyland’s writing.

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