BOOK REVIEW: FALL WITH ME

fall-with-me-juliepartickaFALL WITH ME

Author: Julie Particka
Published on: April 28, 2014
Genre: New Adult, romance
Published by: Macmillan, Entangled: Embrace
Format: E-book, paperback, audible

A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

Love is patient. Revenge is sweet.

In the game of love…

Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF’s hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no–even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again.

Someone’s going to get hurt…

Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.

REVIEW

The first thing I thought after reading Fall With Me is that it’s a quick read. I knew that going in, given the number of pages. The book was just so good I wished it was longer. What drew me to Fall With Me is the synopsis. The book’s about a guy hoping to win the love of a girl who he thinks he can’t have. But it’s not as simple as that; no good book can be summed up in a single sentence. The guy, named Sutton, actually has two goals to achieve. And they kind of conflict with each other. Sutton wants Jenna, but fears that he might have to choose between her and his sister, Lacey.

The romance comes close to feeling like insta-love. I wouldn’t have been annoyed if that were the case. Who says love at first sight isn’t real? Sutton and Jenna get along with each other pretty quickly, because they’ve known each other for years. They were the sort of friends who pretend they can’t stand the other. The two used to bicker a lot. Secretly, though, Sutton and Jenna felt attracted to the other. Jenna left her hometown after a failed attempt to get Sutton interested in her.

Years later, Jenna comes back to her hometown after being betrayed by her best friend. Guess who’s the first person she sees upon her arrival? Yep, Sutton. Jenna curses her luck, but can’t help having romantic thoughts about him. Jenna soon learns that Sutton has started working for her father, just like she has. That means the two are getting to spend a lot of time with each other. Naturally, that leads to the inevitable. Before they fully commit to each other, though, Jenna and Sutton want to deal with the elephant in the room. That happens to be Lacey, who’s about to make a huge mistake. As much as she hurt Jenna, the latter still loves Lacey and wants her back. Jenna enlists Sutton’s help to get revenge on Lacey’s fiancé…who happens to be Jenna’s conniving ex.

Although Fall With Me was short, I liked the characters. They felt real, especially Jenna. She doesn’t feel like your usual broken-girl-after-an-unforeseen-breakup. Jenna is broken, but not nearly as much as other similar characters I’ve read about. Sutton is also more than just your reformed bad boy. He wants to prove himself worthy of Jenna. Their romantic relationship progresses quickly, since they already know each other, but nothing feels rushed. And the bad guy (Jenna’s ex)? At some point during the book you’ll picture a certain character from the Shrek movies. You’ll laugh.

If you’d like a compelling romance read that doesn’t take too long to finish, I recommend Fall with Me. In its case, short length doesn’t mean you can’t like it as much as you would a larger book. The characters here are not forgettable, and the story is good and well done. If you really enjoy it, you can re-read the book a few more times without seriously neglecting the huge to-read list you may have.

Fall With Me is recommended for readers 17+ due to a few sex scenes. The language is mild.

MY RATING

4Stars
Seriously liked it.

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