Book Review: Falling Into You

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.


Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself. Trust doesn't come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.

File Size: 422 KB
Print Length: 369 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989104400
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Jasinda Wilder (March 14, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Enabled

Whairigail's thoughts: ***5 Heart-Breaking Stars*** This book starts when Nell and Kyle are 16, innocent and honest. Typical teenagers. This is very refreshing for a book which covers such grief-ridden topics.

The blurb tells you all you need to know about how the books goes and this usually would put me off - instead this book is so much more.

Rather than tell you about the story, I'm going to tell you how it made me feel...

First 10% - Giddy. Young.
“I know most people would say we're just kids, or to young too know what love is. But screw that. I've known you my whole entire life. We have shared everything together.”

20%-30% - Distraught, broken, tearful

30%-50% - Nothing. Numb. Like Nell. Like Colton
“She'll hurt me. I know this. I can see it, feel it coming. She's got so much pain, so many cracks and shards and jags in her soul, and I'm going to get cut by her if I'm not careful.”

50%-70% - So incredibly turned on! (Hey, at least I'm honest!)
“You bite your lip, and I want to take that lip into my mouth and suck on it like popsicle. I want to lick your lips and bite them and kiss you until you're fucking lost and gasping and puddled on the floor.” Well...shit. I want that.”

70%-80% - Distraught...again. I couldn't break anymore or I would never recover. Hurt, cold, weepy. But not lonely, Colton was there for me :)

80%-95% - MORE Broken than before. Not possible, or so I thought.
“Fermented grief is far more potent”

95%-100% - Hopeful. Relieved. Happy. Loved
“I’m not just falling in love with you, Nell. I’m falling into you. You’re an ocean, and I’m falling in, drowning in the depths of who you are. Like you said, it’s scary in a way, but it’s also the most amazing thing I've ever experienced. You are the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced.”

I don't honestly know how to recover from this book, I thought it would be an easier read after , but I was SO wrong. This book touched me in ways I didn't think possible and will stay with me for a long time to come.

Be prepared when you read this book, it is a roller-coaster of emotions but So So So Beautiful.

Lori's thoughts: I'm a little slow getting with the program and finally reading this book. It did not disappoint, and was every bit as good as everyone tells you it is. If you haven't read it, what are you waiting for? Now you can read this one, and the sequel, back-to-back, without interruption. I loved Colton and his "secret" is heartbreaking. The passion between Nell and Colton was sizzling and yet tender. The sex in this book is written tastefully, descriptively, and in depth. No wham, bham, thank-you-ma'am here. If, after reading one of Ms. Wilder's love scenes, you don't find yourself squirming in your chair, you better check your pulse. Highly recommended!

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark

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