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.
Falling into You is going down as one of my favorite books of 2013. From page one I knew it was going to be an emotional powerhouse of a read…
“This book is for anyone who has ever lost a loved one, for anyone who has woken up crying and gone to bed the same way, for anyone who has had to learn that it’s okay to not be okay. Surviving isn’t strength, it’s continuing to breathe one day at a time; strength is learning to live despite the pain.”
Those four sentences alone had me in tears. I’ve been that person who’s lost a loved one. I’ve woken up crying and gone to bed crying. I’m still learning everyday that it’s okay to not be okay.
Nell and Kyle’s story starts out beautifully sweet as childhood best friends who were born two days apart, in the same hospital, grew up next door to each other and did everything together. I watched as they, as teenagers realize they’ve developed romantic feelings for each other and I found myself experiencing first love and all that comes with it thru their eyes with the vivid story Jasinda painted.
“And now we’re learning how to fall in love together. I don’t care what any one else says. I
love you. I’ll always love you, no matter what happens with us in the future. I love you now and
forever. – Kyle”
I mean Nell and Kyle’s love was just beyond beautiful and reading it I was scared and nervous knowing tragedy was somewhere around the corner…and let me tell you when tragedy hit I was a hot ass mess crying in my bed
But yes it was happening…we got to experience first love thru Nell and Kyle’s eyes and we also got to experience losing that love when it’s taken from you tragically and the after effects it has on a person. After losing Kyle Nell just shuts off completely. She feels guilty and to blame for Kyle’s death but she refuses to tell anyone why she carries all this guilt inside of her, and honestly it wasn’t her fault. It truly was a freak accident but she’s left haunted by it none the less. At the funeral she sees Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time in years and finds an instant connection and electricity but it’s her boyfriends brother so automatically off limits…fast forward two years Nell’s now 18 and moved to New York for school in hopes of a new start in a new place away from the ghost of the past that continue to haunt her. But never grieving Kyle’s death and letting go of her guilt she’s picked up a few self destructive coping mechanisms along the way. After a stop in the park she runs into Colton again and the electric connection is still glaringly obvious! Colt can see Nell still hasn’t let herself grieve the loss of his brother and in turn start the healing process so he becomes determined to be the one to help her learn to feel again. This is where the story turns to Colton’s POV and as I got to know him the more I hurt for him and everything he’d gone thru since he left home at 17. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Nell and her deceased boyfriend’s older brother BUT the more I read the more I realized there are no two people that were more perfect for each other!!!
“We understand each other, Nelly. We’ve both lost someone we love. We both have scars and regrets and anger. We can do this together.”
Seeing these two broken people glue each other back together was heartbreaking at times but also heartwarming at the same time. They were exactly what the other needed and I found myself thinking their love was even more powerful and beautiful than Nell & Kyle’s love…not to mention there’s this one scene between Nell and Colt; ladies get your fans out or crank your AC on artic! Falling into You is definitely one of those book hangover inducing books and it’s impossible to stop thinking about it when you’re done reading it. Whenever you think about it later on it’ll still invoke those just read feelings.
Falling into You hands down gets
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Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre. She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio. You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.
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