Very powerful series. Romantic, hot yet very touching. Makes you remember your first love...even if things didn't turn out like you thought they would.
Falling into us....book number 2
did make me cry...a little
I read the reviews on this and was just so excited to read it. The books starts out lovely and you fall in love with the characters especially Kyle. After Kyle dies it all goes to hell. The story makes very little sense and Colton who I fully expected to adore was the most ridiculous hero I've ever read. His thug life back story was just plain dumb! Nell's issues were reasonable if I stretched, but his issues were just overdone. Just too many dynamics going on so he just was not a plausible character. The dialogue was just...ugh. So much "oh god" and "Nelly baby" that it drove me crazy. The plot after Colt and Nell got together was non-existent. Just strings of sex scenes put together without much romance. There was no love, just lust being interpreted as such. I hated the book all the more because it failed to live up to the potential it started with.
Not so sure
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
This was a powerfully written and performed book. The story is quite strong and well developed. Anyone can read the description of the book so I won't bother with details. Suffice it to say that it is an incredible journey from teenagers in love to tragedy to survivor guilt. And then there is the reawakening of love, inviting more guilt. The characters of Nell (great name), Kyle and Colton are beautifully written and thought out...the writers voice is clear in her effort to add a dimension of substance to them and she totally succeeds. There were more than a few moments that I found myself tearing up as the struggle of a lifetime ensues for our characters. The lyrics to songs written by Colton are another testament to the writer's total immersion into the depth of the characters and their journey.
Enter the narrators...Gabriel Vaughn and Piper Goodeve. They were remarkable in their perception of the characters and capability to translate the written word into an extremely well performed narration. I don't think it could have been better. It is very rewarding when Audible uses a male/female team to make more reality than often one (even a good narrator) person can manage. Ms. Wilder should be very pleased at the final result of this pairing...it was wonderfully performed.
The song at the end of the book is stunning and the lyrics spoken in the book. But this is an actual performance....my ONLY issue was that it was not performed with the Colton Calloway or Nell Hawthorne guitar as was done in the book. But, Hell's Bells, it was stunning. Five glorious stars to this book of pain, growth and redemption by two people scarred by the circumstances of growing up.
DO. NOT. MISS. THIS. BOOK.
I rarely give a 5 star rating, but this one earned it. First thing you should know is, this is not a young adult book even though the characters are young in the beginning. Nell is in love with her very best friend. They've been friends since they were toddlers and now they've gone through high school together and getting ready to go to college when Kyle is killed in an accident. Nell kind of spins out of control after that. It's Kyle's brother Colton that finally helps her find her feet again and find love again.
The narration is excellent. Definitely worth the credit or cash!
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
always is...but I only listened...so happy Jasinda is now on audible!!
Oh my heart broke when Nell finally let it all out...I could relate to her so much...a sad girl faking it through life...never allowing herself to grieve...pretending to be strong when she was so broken...I cried and cried!!!
They were good together...I especially liked Piper Goodeve...I am partial to female narrators...I would love to hear more from her...but Gabriel Vaughan was excellent also!!!
This whole book moved me...it was eloquent..well narrated...and just enough sexy to make you squirm and blush a bit...the sexy in this book is very toned down for Jasinda...I have read MUCH more erotic things that she has written...this book has just enough...it was great!!
Anyone who says this book is just smut smut smut is so wrong...this has a GREAT story line...great developed characters and was Heart breakingly BEAUTIFUL....no it is not for teens....if you like Jasinda Wilders writing...you will love this story...I like everything this woman writes...and this is going in my top faves...it really touched my heart, and left me wanting to know more about Nell and Colton...This is one I will listen to again! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a high school romance with a lot of explicit sex. It is not appropriate for teenagers, and I don't want to listen to it.
The narration was great and the characters were so beautifully written you could feel their pain. I can't believe how much this story made me cry. My heart broke for Nell. You know the tragedy is coming so you just keep waiting for it, when it does happen you can't believe it. This book will put you through the wringer emotionally. Nell's pain and journey during/after Kyle dies is gut wrenching. I loved this book but I don't think I could listen to it again, it's so emotionally draining. I literally had tears streaming down my face. One tissue isn't enough. Make sure you have enough time to listen for a while, you won't want to stop. I think there needs to be a second book to finish up the loose ends.
By reading the synopsis you're aware the Nell is in for a literal ride to hell & prays she can get back. Some time passes when we get to know the new non- improved Nell trying to find her way back to the living. When she reaches out to her dead boyfriends older brother Colton they both feel like that together they might be able to make a change for the better.
More real story, less stupid play by play sex? It was like two different books from start to finish...I don't get it. It was truly hard for me to finish this book.
Not the sequel to this one, that's for sure!
The performance was fine, liked the narrators. Both male and female were good.
Disappointment....eye rolling disappointment!!!
This could have been a good book...ruined with so much unnecessary sex. The characters did not have a chance to develop because they were to busy having sex and talking about sex or thinking about sex...ugh.
I read extensively and this book is amazing. The characters are so perfectly conveyed. And the changes that Nell goes through is perfectly described. I could not stop listening. It is so intense. The story just sucks you in from the first and does not stop until the last page. In fact, I would like a sequel. I am dying to know if Colton and Nell get past their issues and live happily ever after. Maybe get married - have kids...? Wonderful book.
When Colton sang the goodbye song (for the baby) to Nell in the hospital.
How perfectly they fit the characters.
Yes - I stayed up all night. I could not stop.
Would love a sequel.