Review + Excerpt: If We Fall by Nina Lane

Posted August 31, 2018 by JennDiaz in 4 Star Reviews, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review + Excerpt: If We Fall by Nina LaneIf We Fall by Nina Lane
Published by Snow Queen Publishing on August 30, 2018
Pages: 287
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We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered.

After ten years, I've returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I'd loved is gone. Now he's a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my hatred and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

Review + Excerpt: If We Fall by Nina Lane!

My Thoughts…

I have to admit, this is the first book from Nina Lane I’ve read.  There was something about the blurb that piqued my interest and I am so glad I took a leap of faith on this book!!  I was pleasantly surprised how sucked into the story I was from the first chapter! I was curious on how the story played out and with this being a duet I knew there would be something more to the story.  If We Fall is a story of overcoming unimaginable loss and coming back to face your demons.  I am very excited for book two, If We Fly!! Ms Lane is definitely on my radar now and I cannot wait to check out her other books!  If We Fall is told in alternating points of view and is book one of a duet.  There is a prequel novella but it doesn’t need to be read to understand the story.

After ten years, Josie is returning to her home town.  She hasn’t been back since a tragic accident claimed her parents and her brother.  For years she has lived with post-traumatic stress disorder and the images that haunt her dreams about the accident. She has no memory of the accident, she just sees morbid images that she manifested in art.  She once painted of whimsical figures but now her paintings are dark and mysterious. She’s coming back to paint a mural for her family.  She hasn’t been back since she left and the one person she dreaded seeing is the first person she runs into.

Cole was the one who always rescued her when she was younger. She fell in love with him when she was such a young age and they had their whole future planned out.  Until the accident.  He pushed her away and now that she is back, Cole fights all instincts to protect her again.   With dreams of one becoming a marine biologist, he’s now a ruthless businessman and is not the same person she once knew.  It seems though no matter how hard he tries, he drawn to her like a moth to flame.

Can what happen stay in the past? Can Josie move forward and get past her nightmares of the accident? She had hopes that coming back would be therapeutic but what will it uncover? You will need to read If We Fall to find out!!! I thought this was a solid 4 star read!!

 

Excerpt

“Sir?” The security guard phones in from downstairs. “There’s a woman here insisting she needs to speak with you.”

“Name?”

“Josephine Mays.”

“Let her in.”

I turn off the intercom and unlock my office door. A few minutes pass before the door flies open. Josie barges in, her hands fisted and an angry light in her eyes.

“You are an asshole,” she snaps.

“I’ve been told.”

“How dare you pull that kind of stunt?”

“It’s the truth.”

“And we both know damned well you brought it up only because I’m involved.” She tosses her backpack and art portfolio onto a chair. She’s trembling with anger. “I don’t care what you think about me, but bringing the people of this town into our personal shit is low, even for you.”

My shoulders tense. “Even for me? What do you know about me?”

“Nothing anymore.” She slams her hands to her hips, her features twisting. “But I used to know everything about you. Do you remember that? Then you walked out on me right when I needed you the most, proving you were never the man I thought you were. Now I find out that you run this company like a dictator, you’re crushing independent businesses and putting people out of work, and you’re publicly trying to stop me from creating a mural that’s intended for both this town and my parents. What the hell happened to you?”

You happened to me.”

The words fly out of my mouth before I can stop them. The pencil I’m holding breaks in two with the force of my grip.

Josie steps back, her eyes widening. Her dark hair is windblown, her cheeks flushed, her chest heaving under her old army jacket. I’d once had the right to comb her hair back from her forehead, slide my palm over her neck before edging my fingers into her V-necked T-shirt…

Anger crushes my chest. I shove away from my desk and stride toward her. Fear flashes in her green eyes, which pisses me off even more. When the fuck was she ever afraid of me?

I grab the lapels of her jacket, yanking her closer. Our lower bodies collide. She gasps, a little catching noise in the back of her throat that used to get me hot in a second.

It still does. My blood starts to boil. She tilts her head back, her eyes flashing. I lower my head to look at her, fighting to ignore her scent—goddamned summer leaves and cherry candy.

“I once would have done anything for you.” The words grate roughly from my throat. “And then I failed you in the worst possible way. I failed you, I failed Teddy, and I failed your parents.”

She stares at me, her eyes widening. “Cole, I—”

“When you left, I hoped with everything I was that you’d have a chance at a normal life.” I pull her closer, anger warring with the undeniable flare of lust. “That you could be happy again if you weren’t constantly surrounded by reminders of everything you lost. Everything I took from you.”

“Goddamn you, Cole Danforth.” Fire flames over her expression. She plants her hands on my chest and shoves herself away. “The only thing you took from me was you.

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We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first crush, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

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About the Author

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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