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
This book was good, although I can't say I will want to re-read it or even remember it in a few weeks. The way the author describes the main character's pain is very realistic, but the circumstances of the romance seem very contrived.
This amazing sequel to Falling into You was just as heartbreaking and incredible. At first I was expecting a continuation of Colton and Nell’s story. Although they did make appearances, they were the main characters in the story, and that was more than all right.
Becca and Jason were best friends with Nell and Kyle since they were little. As we know in book one, Kyle dies, and we get to see how the two best friends deal with it.
In a story that takes us from high school to adulthood, we have a great read.
Becca and Jason had their own problems to deal with on top of their best friend’s death. It was a difficult road and every time things started to go good for them another disaster would strike. They went through so much. My heart broke for them each and every time something happened. I could barely keep my chest from tightening and my throat from constricting. But through it all, they had each other and their love never faltered. It kept them going.
Wilder did another great job building these characters and their relationships, thoughts, struggles, and fears. It’s always a special reading experience when reading a book and you can feel what the characters feel.
Becca expresses part of her daily struggles here:
The silent girl
The smart girl
The valedictorian scribbling maledictions to no one”
And here is a part of Jason’s thoughts:
“You’re my woman. Of course
I’m responsible for you. It’s my highest duty in life to take care of you, protect you.”
Here is both of them:
“Promise me you’ll love me forever. No matter what.”
“I can’t promise you forever, Beck. I can’t promise you forever, because that’s not long enough.”
So many stories I read are with the bad guy gone good when he meets his love. Well, Jason was always good. Becca was always good. Regardless of their struggles and pains, they were good people, good to each other. That was how they got through it all.
However, I think the performance lacked a bit. The man's voice could have been a bit more in touch with the character's emotions. It almost felt monotone throughout.
I recommend this story to those that enjoy some sexy times, struggles, angst, love, romance, and great characters.
I purchased this book on sale and I still think I wasted my money. Not sure who would enjoy it.
The detailed love scenes but then the book would only be 30 minutes long!
This would be one of my top audiobooks that i have listened to so far.
I am not sure I can compare this book to any other book I have read. The story was unique, endearing and surprising.
There are too many moments in the book that moved me. While reading this book my emotions were all over the place and I think very similar to what the characters were going through. As a reader, you want to have the "hero" character which you get in both Kyle and Colton but as soon as you are comfortable loving the Kyle character the story changes and in steps Colton.
This was a surprisingly great book. It provides a mix of emotions that keep you interested without all the sappy over played sex scenes. I love characters with multiple layers and unexpected past.
Honestly, I can take quite a bit of adult language/content. I felt there was so much focus on describing bodily fluids and swollen private parts that it really took the focus away for a story that had so much potential. All the other parts of the story were under developed. If I felt a whisp of a tearful connection to the characters' experiences it was short lived as the description of it was short lived.
Usually I listen and if I love something so much I'll get the book too and read it so I can relive it in more detail. Sometimes listening makes going back a few pages a little difficult. I'm currently listing to a memoir. A funny one. (With F worlds too!)
I think a little more natural readings would've helped the listen but definitely wouldn't help the story.
I hate to cut anything from a book. The writer puts it there for a reason. I wouldn't want to miss any of it even if I end up not liking it.
I didn't hate this book. I just wish I had a little more warning about the nature of the context. If I wanted graphic sex scenes, I feel like I would've chosen an adult book and not a young adult or new adult book. I chose YA and NA for the coming of age experiences and this was borderline S&M reading material. It makes it awkward.
I wish I could give "Falling into You" more than 5 stars. I truly enjoyed this book and will read it many times. I loved the characters and felt their emotions that spanned the spectrum from desperation to desire. I fell in love with them! I shed many tears along with them. If you are thinking of buying this book don't think twice. "Just do it!" I loved the song at the end of the book. Nice touch! Great song!
The need that Nell and Colt had for each other even before they knew it themselves. Two broken souls finding each other.
I loved the whole book. But, one scene would be when Nell found Colt playing his guitar on the rooftop before sunrise and the discussion they had.
I cried. However, they felt like cleansing tears more than sadness. The author truly brought the characters into my heart and mind.
Gabriel Vaughan did a fantastic job. What a voice! I would love to see this novel on Broadway! Someone, please, write the screenplay.
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THE BOOK STARTS OFF BY GIVING YOU A SHORT SNIPIT OF TWO TEENAGERS GROWING UP TOGETHER BEING THE BEST OF FRIENDS AND GROWING INTO A STRONG TEENAGE ROMANCE. THEY KNEW EVERYTHING- AND ONE THING THEY DID KNOW THAT THEY WOULD GROW OLD TOGETHER, JUST AS SOON AS THEY GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL. THE MAIN CHARACTERS ARE KYLE AND NELL. THEY LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH THAT YOU ARE PAINED WHEN THEIR WEEKEND GETAWAY TURNED FATAL.. WE KNOW THAT KYLE DIES, AND THAT'S JUST THE SYNOPSIS AND THE BEGINNING. WHAT HAPPENS THE REST OF THE STORY MAKES YOU CRY,CRY,CRY!!!!! I'M NOT HERE TO SUGAR COAT THINGS, THIS BOOK SUCKS!! NOT BAD SUCKS, BUT DON'T READ IT WHILE YOUR PMS'ING BECAUSE THE UGLY CRY WILL BE UGLIER!
ALL NELL KNEW WAS KYLE. WHEN COLTON CALLOWAY (KYLE'S BROTHER) RETURNS TO MOURN THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER, HE JUST KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT NELL THAT HE NEEDED AND WANTED. COLTON WASN'T THE SAME AS HIS BROTHER- HE WAS THE SMOKING BAD BOY. HE WAS OLDER.AND DEF OFF-LIMITS. BUT HE MAY BE THE ONLY THING THAT SAVES HER LIFE AND HER SANITY.
THIS BOOK WAS VERY EMOTIONAL, YOU WENT THRU THE STAGES OF GRIEF, ANGER AND HAPPINESS. THE AUDIO MADE IT SO MUCH REALER. IT WAS DONE BY A MALE AND FEMALE NARRATOR, AND YOU GOT THE FEELING THAT THEY FELT SO MUCH WHEN IT WAS BEING NARRATED.
I may be addicted to audiobooks. I love my husband and my kids but I get a chance to escape with the books and be someone else for a while
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
Falling Into You was at times awkward but altogether not a bad audio to listen to and pretty interesting. I believe I went looking for “romance” titles on audio, to broaden my horizons a bit, and Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder popped up. I marked it on my wishlist and ended up buying Bared To You by Sylvia Day instead. But the good Audible reviews of Falling Into You kept me coming back to it, so when I needed to burn some credits before putting my account on hold (so I can catch up on all the audios I have on my iPhone), I bought it.
It was a pretty good listen, actually.
Nell and Kyle are the best of friends. Their parents are friends, so they’ve known each other a long time, and then one day, the attraction is just there and they stumble into love with one another. It’s a sweet love, the kind of love we all hope to find in high school, and then wax poetry about staying together forever. Nell and Kyle seemed to really fit together well, and give themselves to each other.
Then Kyle tragically dies in front of Nell, a scene that Wilder wrote very well, and nearly broke my heart. She described the despair in Nell’s voice perfectly, right down to the mud on the tip of Kyle’s shoe laying in the rain. Because when you are in shock and a situation like that, you do see those kinds of things, and they do stick with you.
Nell is obviously destroyed by his death and nothing can console her. Kyle’s prodigal brother, Colton, comes back into town for the funeral, and they do share a moment, but only a moment. However, it is more than enough for Colton to begin pining for a girl he can’t have.
Sidenote: I think a lot of people might be squeamish that this is the story of a girl who is with two brothers at different stages of her life, but I wasn’t. I’ll touch on why in a bit.
Two years pass and the second half of the book begins with Colton’s voice, and it is sexy indeed. He’s damaged, but not dangerous (anymore). He’s not looking for anything more than to make his living when he sees her, and his world gets shaken up again.
The thing is, they are both still grieving. Nell is grieving inexorably for Kyle. She feels guilty for his death. Colton is grieving for the loss of his little brother that he didn’t even know very well – AND the continued loss of the family he still doesn’t have, because he’s an outcast. He doesn’t feel good enough for her, or for anyone, as a former thug on the streets of New York. Nell struggles with her attraction to Colton. It feels wrong, but Kyle’s dead and wouldn’t he want her to be happy, least of all with someone he loves already?
As two very damaged characters, I saw a lot of good in them together. I did feel like they made each other better people – and Nell was a completely different Nell than the Nell she was with when with Kyle. It was like a whole different character, and I guess she was, technically. Death does that to people, changes them. That’s why I had no problem that she was with both brothers at two different points in her life.
But the book was not without it’s faults:
He rips her panties off of her (literally ripping them to shreds), but she is looking for them later to put them back on. Some inconsistencies like that take place throughout the book
Other inconsistencies, like it’s mentioned he’s OCD, but that is never followed up on, or that he can’t read, but that’s never resolved either
This guy she was seeing in the first part of the second half of the book acts like he’s going to try to rape her. She does not turn him in, but let’s Colton and his old thug-life friends “handle” it – I hate that crap
The ending was kinda meh
And let’s talk about that ending. Nell misinterprets a lot, because he says he’d like to avoid something, and that something happens anyway. Instead of calling him, she leaves a note taped to her apartment door (which is stupid anyway, you’re inviting a break-in!) letting him know she’s “sorry.” But doesn’t tell him where she went. He of course deduces she went home so books a ticket out of NYC and without getting spoilery, all hell breaks loose, she ends up in the hospital and he’s declaring his love of her to their respective families.
They are still broken people at the end of it, and I know two years isn’t a long time to get over a loved one’s death, but it wasn’t a really happy novel, nor a very happy ending. But I still enjoyed the story. The thing is, I fell in love with Nell and Kyle. And then I fell in love with Nell and Colton. That is really hard for a writer to accomplish so I say well done.
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