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Publisher's Summary

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

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This book HAD potential

I'm not usually one to pick apart details. I don't go to a magic show and try to figure out how each trick is done, I just like to be entertained by the performance. However, when you are listening to it reading books, it's not a movie, and it's not a show, you can't ignore details because they are what make the book. This is the first book I have ever read or listened to that had SO many details wrong. For example: she is talking about Colton, the older brother but says "he is coltons older brother" clearly meaning kyles older brother. Now I haven't read the book so I dont know if that's a mistake by the author or narrator. I do know however there were a few more things, she went to bed in one of his t shirts but unexplainably is wearing her own shortly after and I could go on but I won't. There was also a part that REALLY annoyed me when Colton is telling nell about his past and all of a sudden becomes STRAIGHT UP GANGSTER. I realize he was a "thug" and probably does revert to speaking like this sometimes. But to not talk like it even once through the entire book then go all out while talking about it and just as quickly starts speaking normal again. I think that this could have been a good story, it just never really got there. The narrators weren't the best I ever heard but not the worst either. I might start to listen to the next book in the series because I bought it on sale with this one. But unless it REALLY REALLY intrigues me, I doubt I'll finish. I don't personally recommend.

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Female narrators voice like nails on a chalkboard

So many huge holes in the story line and really annoying child-like female voice made this a tough one to finish. Blechhh.

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Not sure what to say!

I'm not sure what to say! At the end of this book, I was not quite sure if I liked it. I know I didn’t love it but I didn’t exactly hate it. The story seems split. Instead of a mix of happy and sad, it really is mostly sad and you keep waiting for the happy. When the happy comes, it’s not a rush of relief or yeahhhh it finally happened because the book becomes pretty graphic sexually. This made me feel like it really wasn’t a romance between the two. It was more like a crash. I also had a hard time understanding the depth of the pain Nell goes through. The great great great extreme sorrow she puts herself in because she feels Kyle’s death was all her fault when it obviously was not, just felt way over the top.

I know the characters talk about how they are healing, but the things they do don’t seem to back that up. When the story finished, I liked them but still felt so so sorry for them and wanted just a little bit more from the author to make me more secure that everything would be okay. Maybe this is more of a ‘real life story’. I tend to like the fairy tale stories. I like that rush of giddiness and the smile that comes over me when the main characters jump those hurtles and they find each other through all the misfortunes. Or a really good mystery that keeps you guessing. This book had none of that.

I really liked the readers, there are two (a male and female). Both do a good job, have pleasant voices and perform well for the characters. In the end, I am not upset I spent the credit as I do think it was a good, yet sad, story. Just make sure you are not using this for a ‘fun day at the beach’. This is more of a listen on a ‘solitary night in front of the fire while knitting or sewing’ type of book. I would not want to be driving and listening to this. I will be listening to the next book as I already bought it. I have been putting it off for a while, I just can’t seem to get myself worked up enough to listen to it.

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Loved It!

I didn't want it to end! LOVED the song at the very end. Want More!

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Amazing ❤️amazing amazing😍

God there's no words to describe this book because I don't think this book need any words to describe it but On my god what a beautiful,amazing n loving story.. God for the first time I can said that I have fall in love with a story so much that I feel every word in my heart. It's so worth the credit and everything way trust me just like me you will be falling into this book..

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Love this!

Finally a great story with good narration. The song at the end is beautiful, I would love to have it in my music collection.

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On the run

It wasn't just the same old love story but an easy read I mean listen I also enjoyed the readers voices

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Too Bad You Can't Mark "No Stars."

Would you try another book from Jasinda Wilder and/or Gabriel Vaughan and Piper Goodeve ?

Never.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jasinda Wilder again?

Never

What didn’t you like about Gabriel Vaughan and Piper Goodeve ’s performance?

Their performances were OK, but the material they had to work with was impossible.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disbelief that something so poorly written somehow got published.

Any additional comments?

The plot was absurd--a series of unbelievable coincidences. There was absolutely no character development. We're told over and over that the main character is "amazing," but it's never clear from a description of anything she has said or done as to why she is amazing. This plot (and I use that word loosely) exists only to link a series of x-rated vignettes, most of which belong in a poorly written "bodice-ripper" that regularly uses words like "loins," "manhood," and "heaving breasts." I was by myself on a 15-hour car trip with nothing else to listen to, which is the only reason I went all the way to the end. I will say that somewhere around the middle it did become somewhat amusing, just because it was so bad and the characters "said" the most laughable things. I can only assume that the people who gave the great reviews that persuaded me to purchase this book have never read any real literature.By the way--I'm no literary snob. I read plenty of "less than Pulitzer prize" stuff, but there's got to be something: great plot, suspense, memorable characters, unique insights, humorous episodes, lyrical language--something. This book has none of these. Save your money.

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Unbelievably amazing

I am an avid audible listener (I listen to them all day at work.) I have countless books in my library and probably 95% are from this genre. I'm a hopeless romantic and love to escape into characters and their worlds. This book amazed me. I was hooked and couldn't step away other than to listen to the songs referenced throughout the story. Piper does such an incredible job portraying Nell. She had me sobbing tears in heartbreak (which at work is a little awkward, but I didn't care because I didn't want to stop listening). I wish the story continued in a series with just these characters though I feel like things were rushed just to get everything into the one book. I love the music woven into the story and of you listen to the songs it adds a lot.

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  • Liv
  • Los Angeles metro-area
  • 03-14-15

Perfect for my rereads!

Where does Falling into You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of my top audiobook reads. I loved Piper Goodeve's narration on the Conversion series so it was a very happy to surprise to discover that she also narrates Jasinda's Falling series. I'd listen to any audiobook narrated by Piper because she has a wonderful narrating style and never sounds lame when reading a male voice, a tricky thing for most opposite gender deliveries.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kyle was my favorite character. I just fell in love with him and his youthful love for Nell. I loved that he and Nell had been best friends before they fell in love. I am never ready for the outcome of part 1, never. I am and will always be Team Kyle I think. I don't feel like I'm Team Colton until I read Falling Under (Falling # 3). Sorry Team Colton but Kyle just won my heart over even though I knew he wasn't supposed to do so. And to me, that is a powerful testimony to Jasinda Wilder's writing.

What does Gabriel Vaughan and Piper Goodeve bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well Piper Goodeve brings emotional animation to the story like nobody's business. Gabriel Vaughan was a little inconsistent for my tastes. He began to sound a bit bored in tone during the latter part 2 of Colton's POV. In fact I begin to worry that he was another male narrator that has that same tendency only worse. Fortunately, I went right into reading Jasinda Wilder's Saving Forever (The Ever trilogy # 3) also narrated by Gabriel and he sounds fine narrating Carter's POV so far, a big relief.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but since this is a reread I am not allowing myself to do that. Rereads via audiobook help me to not feel guilty for slipping back into my favorite books. I'm a multi-tasker so I listen to my audiobooks in the car, while exercising, cleaning, showering and doing household chores.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone wanting a good emotional read that will seriously mess with you. It's just as good as my e-book read was, and I crazy love when that happens.