Title: Falling Into You
Series: Falling #1
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Publisher: self-published
Published: March 14, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

This book goes on our second shelf!

Celeste’s review: 4 stars What an emotional read, one that gave me so many highs and lows…from getting my heart ripped out to having it start to heal. I absolutely loved the journey that Nell and Colton found themselves on.

Yes, this is a New Adult novel with heartache, and while we’ve seen variations of this, it was still so very touching and I couldn’t get enough.

I will admit that the relationship between Kyle and Nell was never that deep for me, but I still loved the sweetness of it all, which is why I got so emotional and choked up so much when he died. He was still her first love, and there’s no getting over that.

So now that you know you will probably be crying when you read this, let’s move on to the romance and get your heart fluttering. The chemistry between Colton and Nell was simply amazing, and I could actually feel that it was so special, so strong, so big. Their attraction is why I understood the guilt both Colton and Nell had, and I think that’s what made it so real for me. I should also note that that there should be a warning for this book that tells you it comes with a “very high” for a naughty rating *cough I loved it cough*.

What’s holding me back from the 5th star? A few little things. One is that I didn’t understand how Nell didn’t know anything about Colton. It just didn’t work for me. How could she have been best friends with Kyle her ENTIRE life and not know? That was a serious inconsistency for me.

Another thing that might go in the “gripes column” was one of the end events that happened because it is so overdone in NA books. But *shoulder shrug* well, it happened and I decided to get over it because the rest of the story was so good. It did help solidify the HEA, but I think I would have been much happier if it could have been done another way.

Would I rec this story? Absolutely. It was a romance that felt so real to me, and even though a few things along the way got a little under my skin, the story itself was sad, yet so very beautiful and I loved it.

Ana’s review: 4 stars A very emotional ride!!  First thing I have to admit is that, even thought I read the blurb and I knew that Kyle dies, I still let myself fall for him just a little and…of course…I was so sad when it finally happened! Thankfully, Colton was able to pick my heart back up and help me love again! lol

I liked both Nell and Colt and my heart broke for them as they tried to navigate their way through the sadness in hopes of finding a way forward.  I loved that Colt had taken control of his life even when he was dealt a really rough hand and that his strength helped him turn his life around.  The chemistry between these two was through the roof!  And the guilt they felt broke my heart!  I fully understood why they had such a difficult time coming to terms with their feelings…guilt is a very strong and all-consuming emotion.

I agree with Celeste about a certain incident that happens late in the book.  Not sure it really needed to be there and, for me, if felt do “been there done that”.  However, it really didn’t diminish my enjoyment of this story or the fact that I was solidly behind these two characters and their seemingly impossible situation.  I would definitely recommend this book…there is a great romance (well…actually, there are two great romances), some strong characters and just enough heartbreak to make it a really great read!

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