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.
Mature Content Warning: 17+ for language, and adult situations
This audiobook contains an exclusive copy of Jasinda’s original song "Falling Into You."
©2013 Jasinda Wilder (P)2013 Jasinda Wilder
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
I'm conflicted with different thoughts and emotions as I try to describe this book. First of all I really liked it; as in I listened to it within 24 hours and actually lost sleep because I wanted to know what would happen next. But at the same time I felt like I listened to two different books. The first half of the book gives us the story of Nell and her first teenage love Kyle. He was her first everything and it is a sweet romantic story that ends very tragically with Kyle dying of a freak accident in front of Nell. She is traumatized by the experience and completely consumed by grief. Up to that point the story was a nice PG 13 romance.
Then the second half of the book does a 180 and turns all 50 shades of strange. First she meets Kyle's brother who she kisses within a day of her boyfriend dying (strange), then an incredible coincidence has Nell and Colton meeting two years later in NY and they start playing music. Colton is completely in love at second sight with Nell and follows her to her apartment. The romance goes from PG 13 to X pretty quickly and then it feels like a totally different story of two damaged people finding redemption and love in each other. There was a lot of drama, more loss and them accepting their perfectly imperfect lives and love.
If you don't overanalyze the holes in the story you will absolutely love it. The narration was very good because the story has dual points of view and the narrators nailed the emotion needed to bring the story to life. I recommend it.
This is the most heart touching story that I have ever listened to. I listened to it all at one setting. A lot of emotion and pain.
The story had such great promise and was intriguing but the romantic/erotic senses were cliche and boring. The dialogue in these scenes were unoriginal. I felt like I was listening to a horrible remake of 50 Shades.
I see some potential for this series.
I like the characters and the story so far. It kept me interested from beginning to end and I can't wait to see what the future holds for the two.
Audio Reviewer under Audio Flow. I enjoy delving into the imagination of writers and hearing it read aloud by seasoned and new audio actors.
This was my first ugly cry. I tend to stay a way from books that delve deep into my soul. But I couldn't make myself stop listening.
First. The storyline is unmatched. I haven't read/listened to anything so powerful. Touching on a lot of issues that people face that's never discussed. Just an overall amazing story.
Gabriel and Piper were magic. Gabriel really tapped into Colton's character. I felt him. He was believable and yes I'm still crying.
Piper was amazing. I felt as if she really understood the character's pain and suffering and I couldn't stop listening.
Truly a 5 headphone listen.
This is a book in 3 parts with two lovable male characters and a female lead who you cannot help but feel for.
The first part reminded me of my first love and the sweetness of your first everything. The slow realization that someone is more than a friend, that first kiss, all is described in such detail it took me back to my own feelings of that time. This part ends with the death of Kyle and the destruction of everything that Nell was. Her loss is palpable and the narrator does an incredible job of getting this pain across.
Part two is a different feel almost a completely new story. Nell is a broken shell of the girl she once was going through the actions of life but not actually living. We get to watch her and Colton teach each other to heal. To learn that it is okay to hurt and grieve, that the pain never truly leaves but one becomes alright. I loved the importance of music throughout this part of the book.
There are some exquisitely detailed sex scenes, an abundance of hurt and grief and the allowance of being happy once more.
Part three is the shortest its the what comes after. This cannot be talked about without spoilers so I will just leave it with a read this it's one hell of a roller coaster of emotions.
I found this audible recording through Bookbub. With no expectations, I listened. Jasinda Wilder paints a vivid portrait of two tormented souls. I found that Colton' character was fully fleshed out. The scenes were so vividly written I almost felt like I was actually watching a movie in my mind's eye. Nell's character was not as engaging as the author wanted to show how she had shut down, and was numbly going through the motions of living. Therefore switching to Colton's perspective really made this book thrum. Wilder is a master at painting word pictures.
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