My name is Benjamin Dorsey. You know my mom and dad's story. You know Kylie's parents' story. You even know Kylie's story.
You don't know mine, yet.
You don't know what a broken heart is until you've loved someone your whole life, only to have her slip through your fingers because you waited too long. That's heartbreak. That's regret. And how do you live with that? How do you go through the motions when she's there as a reminder of what you lost, of what you could have had but were too damn chicken to go after? I couldn't. So I left.
That's right, I ran away. I found myself across the continent, playing minor league football. I mean, at least I still had football, right?
Nope. That got taken away from me too. A career-ending injury left me down-and-out, scraping the bottom of the barrel, hating myself and hating life. And then I met Cheyenne Leveaux, my physical therapist, who became my one and only friend, the one bright light in the darkness of my messed up life.
But of course nothing is ever simple, or easy.
Tragedy struck, and the rug was swept out from under me yet again, and this time the guilt, the doubt, the secrets, and the old heartbreak may threaten my one chance at true happiness, my one shot at my own happily ever after.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.
Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre.
She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio.
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.
Jasinda is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.
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Review by Michelle:
Ben really had it rough at the end of Falling Under and although readers couldn't help but be happy for Kylie and enjoy the outcome of her story, if you didn't feel Ben's suffering and empathize with the unfortunate circumstances of his missed opportunity, there just might be at least a little something wrong with you. Ben really did get the raw end of the deal in the previous book and all because he had the best of intentions and waited too long giving a glimpse of what a gentleman and truly good and caring man he had grown to be. In Falling Under we find out just how much he sacrificed while waiting for Kylie and all that he had missed out on while being dedicated to her. Not only do we get to finally see if Ben gets the happy ending he deserves, but the much needed closure between Ben and Kylie was fulfilling and a huge relief.
Although I loved getting more of Colt while reading Kylie's story, I missed Kylie's perspective in the dual point of view of Falling Under. I was elated to see the female perspective again in this one. Echo is one messed up rollercoaster ride who ends up putting herself and those who care about her through all kinds of hell, but she can also be strong-willed and determined, feisty, and even playful and funny at times. There is also a deep, touching level of understanding between her and Ben. Brought together by tragedy and both struggling to figure themselves out, find their way in life, and solidify their direction.
I loved that Ben learned from his mistakes and was decisive and determined to go after what he wanted this time so as not to let another good thing slip through his fingers. Not only was he resolute this time around but unyielding which made all the difference in both his life as well as hers.
Falling Away is full of twists and turns that keep you on your toes and put you through the emotional ringer. This is no fluffy story to merely bring the series to an end, this as hard hitting and emotionally charged as ever, possibly even more so. Ben and Echo's story will bring tears to your eyes and make you ache, but it will also bring hope, joy, and immense satisfaction. While I'm certainly not thrilled that this series is over, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this does not, in fact, have to be the last we see of these characters and let me tell you if there was ever a way to find peace and fulfillment in what feels like the end of an era, this was certainly the way to do it.
Rating: 4.5 Stars