Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder Review

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Falling Into You
By Jasinda Wilder
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Rating: Whole Bottle of Wine

Blurb:

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.
Our Review:
About three or four weeks ago I was laying in bed, doing what I normally do when I've had a smidge too much wine. I was randomly buying books on my nook. My husband just "loves" this little habit of mine. Hahaha! One of the books I purchased was Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder. It sat unread on my nook for a bit while I made my way through my to-be-read list.

This past weekend I decided to start it. I couldn't really remember what it was about and didn't want to read the summary. Call me crazy, but sometimes I really like to be surprised by a book. I grabbed my nook and headed out for a little work out. WRONG DECISION! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT read this book in public. Please learn from my mistakes. I was running on the treadmill sobbing. I'm talking the ugly cry people! Luckily, I was alone in the hotel gym and praying no one walked in. Which of course means a group of people walked in exactly two seconds later. Whatever! It totally could have been sweat....from my eyes. Okay, so enough about me embarrassing myself. Let's talk about Falling Into You.

Wow, oh wow, oh wow! I was not expecting this book to touch me like it did. I fell in love with Nell and Kyle. They were sweet, and funny, and awkward, just like every teenage couple should be. They loved each other and through the pages you felt it. I felt as emotionally invested in their relationship as they were. 

Then Kyle died. And it rocked my world.

"I squeezed my eyes shut, felt something hot and wet trickle down my cheek. It wasn't a tear. I wouldn't cry. Couldn't. To let it go would be to open my soul. It would never stop. I would break… just shatter. The liquid on my cheek was blood, surging out of my ripped and tattered heart."
*cue crying on the treadmill*

I was worried I wasn't going to be able to like Colton after how much I loved Kyle. I.Was.WRONG! I loved him more. (Seriously, Nell is smart)  That tall sexy blue eyed beast of a man stole my heart. My only complaint about this book is I felt Colt and Nell's relationship was rushed in the beginning. I wanted just one paragraph of Nell guiltily longing for him before they reconnect. Something that would let me know that even through her despair, she never stopped thinking about him. I also didn't want the "One Month Later* time lapse. I wanted to see their relationship grow over that month. I wanted MORE!

Colton was a good man who turned out to be just as broken, if not more, than Nell. He had his own issues and problems to be dealt with. In my opinion, it's the only thing that made them work. I wanted peace for Colton too. Through fixing Nell, could he also conquer his own demons?

"I can't fix her. I know this, too. I'm not going to try. I've had too many goody-goody girls hook up with me, thinking they can fix me. 
 I also know I'm not going to stay away. I'm going to grab onto her and let myself get cut. I'm good at pain. I'm good at bleeding, emotionally and physically."

In the end, I LURVED Falling Into You. It was an amazing read that left me emotionally raw for days.This book literally made my chest hurt, and only a few pages later had my pulse racing during some of the steamiest sex I have ever read. The dialog was believable and witty. The characters were troubled but never went off the deep end. I adore this book! Never in one book have I highlighted so many fantastic quotes. Jasinda does a brilliant job writing this book. Her use of music and lyrics only enhances our emotional attachment to these lovers. It also enhanced my iPod playlist. ;)

GO READ THIS BOOK...NOW! That's an order!  Bossy Colton would be so proud of me.

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