The Fear of Falling
Publication date: October 8th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When Ella Jones’ twenty-first birthday ends with a bang – literally – she never imagined it would be with her best friend since freshman year, Ryan Owen.
A year later, after their so called “mistake”, they’re still best friends and about to rock their Senior year at the University of San Francisco. But when Ryan returns from spending a summer in Australia and brings back a friend, Liam George, who takes an immediate liking to Ella, Ryan starts to question the Aussie’s intentions with his best friend. The trouble is, Ryan has a girlfriend of his own, and Ella and Ryan swore they would never cross that line again – until they do.
They try not to let their second slip up affect their friendship, but when Spring Break forces them to vacation under the same roof; and Ryan’s ex walks back into his life, Ella is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ella continues to see Liam, Ryan finds himself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship strained for the first time, Ella and Ryan face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t be just friends. Maybe they are falling faster than expected. And maybe, deep down, they want to.
Sandy’s 4 Blush Review
Ella Jones is living the college life. She has a great group of friends including her bestie – Ryan Owen. Friends Ella can do no problem but boyfriends….not so much. Things go well until it comes time to commit and then Ella inevitably finds faults.
Ryan Owen is a jock, handsome and popular. He can have his pick of the girls at school and often does. Going from flower to flower without ever taking things to the next level. He is Ella’s confidant and sounding board. They bonded over having loves ones dealing with mental illness.
Ella gets drunk celebrating her 21st birthday. Ryan takes her home and they have sex. The next morning Ella is instantly regretful! She wants to forget the whole thing happened. Ryan being his smug self wants to do the exact opposite.
Thing is – you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. How can they go back to being just friends? Yet this is what they try to do through the entire middle of the book. Ryan and Ella are both seeing other people but he recognizes that there is something more but Ella is still fighting her feelings for him.
Spring Break comes around and that’s when the you know what hits the fan. Suddenly faced with their friendship being threatened by others and by the torrent of their feelings things become way more complicated.
I admit wanting to smack Ella a few times. Kinda like Cher in Moonstruck. I mean girl PLEASE stop kidding yourself. You are crazy in love and totally in lust with your BFF! Then I remembered how young they both are and how volatile the heart can be. This was a cute read. The easy relationship between these two was sweet. It was funny, angsty and just a little sexy.
Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.
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