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Mariana Tally was your typical high school nerd - short curly hair and poindexter glasses. The exception - she had a huge crush on the bad boy football star along with everyone else, but she knew she had a slim-to-none chance with Chaz...or so she thought until that one special night. When her dream of being with the football star came crashing down, she all but ran to the big city in pursuit of something more and the hope she would forget him. It isn’t long until she finds herself in a new relationship.

Over time, and with help from her new family and boyfriend, she turns her life around. But it isn’t long until her new relationship collapses. After another failed relationship, she decides to better her life and depend on herself for happiness. And she was...until her past catches up with her.

Will the football star remember her? Can she avoid falling back with the cheating ex? Will her one big secret finally be revealed? Or can she somehow manage to leave the past where it belongs?

©2019 Elaine Marie (P)2019 Elaine Marie

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Sweet second chance romance

"Falling for the Past" was a beautifully-crafted second chance romance that was sweet and passionate, with a few plot twists and connections to other characters from a previous book. I truly enjoy this author’s writing style, as she magically fits so much background and detail into a novella-sized story. The duet narration by Tor Thom and Charley Ongel was the perfect fit for this wonderful tale. This duo always amazes me with their talent and how they are so spot on with capturing the personalities and emotions of the characters.

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A Gem!

Elaine Marie doesn’t disappoint when it comes to a lovely romantic story. Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are so talented, I love listening to their narration. They make me think I am standing right there watching the story unfold. I even shout out “NO” when I don’t want something to happen and “YES” when it goes the way I want it to go. LOL!

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Wonderful story!

Mariana was 13 years old when she and Chaz shared what was her first kiss. What a kiss! He was her first everything but, after graduation, he went off to college and they didn't see each other again. Until now. Seven long years later, Riana runs into him at the gym she just joined and recognizes him right away. It takes him a little time to figure out where he's seen her before, but then it dawns on him. He remembers the dare in the closet from high school and he knows he's found the woman whose kiss he could never forget. They take their time to reconnect but the love that began all those years ago is still burning brightly. A twist of fate allows Chaz to see Riana's phone when a text comes across that reveals a secret she's keeping from him. He doesn't react well and it takes a dangerous situation for him to know what's true and sacred in his life. This is a lovely story with complicated and interesting characters. Some of the cast from Falling For the Dare are back with their continuing stories. Tor Thom and Charley Ongel do a superb job with a narration that shines through the story.

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second chance

An emotional second chance thst I quickly got caught up in. I was disappointed in Chaz's family throughout the story. Dysfunctional!! I didn't like Mariana plsying gamed with Chaz to gauge his interest level. They were both too pld for childish gamrs like that when honest communication would have been best. smh- Mariana??? Good ending. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving my honest review . Not a fan of the female narrator. because she's too "breathy " and more suited to erotica narration. I encourage the male narrator.

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Enjoyable

This was a quick, second chance at love story. The chemistry between Mariana and Chaz is off the charts and both Tor Thom and Charley Ongel portrayed this with a great deal of emotion and passion which really brought the story to life for me.

What happens when your past catches up with you? That’s the position that Mariana finds herself in when she comes face to face with her school crush Chaz? Having run once, she has no idea what to do, will he even remember her? Will she fall back into the past or will she manage to keep her secrets?

Riana is no longer the geeky bookworm she was in high school, she is confident and not afraid to say what needs to be said; whilst Chaz is totally swoon worthy. This is a sweet, romantic love story.

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A first chance at a second chance love story.

Falling For The Past is a great listen with plenty of angst, excellent narration, guaranteed tears, a bit of heat and a hard won happy ending. While some might say the story is far fetched or implausible, I disagree. Decisions made while young oftentimes aren’t too bright. Add in a less than ideal home situation and non-supportive parents for both hero and heroine and this story is not only plausible, but entirely believable. It is also an excellent listen and cautionary tale. Very well done Ms. Elaine Marie. I look forward to enjoying more of your work.

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Wonderful Second Chance Story!

Such a compelling second chance love story. Chaz and Riana are characters that I fell in love with immediately. Their love was doomed when they were teenagers mainly by his hateful parents. As adults, fate brings them back together. I love how Ms Marie develops this second chance at love. Riana has a secret that could tear them apart and it seems to do just that. Tor Thom and Charley Ongel give superb performances. They make the listener feel the myriad of emotions that the characters are experiencing. I highly recommend this quick listen to Audible book.

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Second chance

Sweet second chance love. Mariana has loved Chaz since high school. Now 7 years later they meet by chance. Secrets come to light as they find their way back together. I was completely caught up in their story as the narrators did an amazing job with the narration

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perfect title for this book

Riana once crushed on the popular football player. Her wish came true to kiss him, but then he left to fulfill his dreams. Riana was left to pick up the pieces. When her present relationship falls apart, Riana knows she has to depend on herself. In walks Chaz and those feelings come rushing back. I really enjoyed their relationship. A rocky past, and now a second chance to get it right. Fate threw them together and this time I found myself hoping they would get it right. This was a sweet second chance story, that captured my heart. I could not put it down.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel really make this book shine. Their natural chemistry makes the chemistry between Chaz and Riana so much sweeter. I could feel the pull between these two characters through their narration. Tor and Charley brought this romance to life.

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Great story! Even better with these narrators!!!! I so loved the story and loved the addition of the little girl in the story as well.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 05-31-21

Enjoyed

Loved the dual narration of Tor Thom and Charley Ongel perfect.

Great characters and twists in this book.
Secrets, fate brings the past into your life. A great love story.

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  • 02-20-21

Really enjoyed

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Really enjoyed the audio for this one, was easy to follow and listen too.

The book was good, I enjoyed the surprises and the way the story evolved. I liked we got to see people from the first book and what they now up too.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-07-19

First loves and second chances

I love first love stories, that feeling of nostalgia, memories of loving the unattainable boy. Elaine Marie captures this feeling in Falling for the Past, with a twist! Mariana has eyes for the popular, older football player,Chaz and it results in her first kiss and her first time with the boy of her dreams. Chaz gets a scholarship to college for football, taking his chance to get away from his family life. Now years later, these two once again meet up, but will he remember her? Is there still that spark? And will he fit into her life once he finds out her secret? It's a story that captures your inner high school girl, gives you that thrilling feel of firsts with that boy you didn't think would ever see you. It's a story of second chances, lives colliding, overcoming your past and finding that happiness everyone craves. I love Elaine Marie. She has a way of connecting you to the characters, and letting you enjoy their lives.

Narrated by the talents of Tor Thom and Charley Ongel, we can feel the bond between Riana and Chaz. Their own chemisty flows down into these two, and we can hear and feel their connection. Thom's voice is always smooth as silk, and he plays Chaz as that cocky athlete, then matured adult. Ongel adds so much with Riana, as she is that starstruck girl who is now the responsible woman. I love how these two interact and always enjoy their performances.