Review: Falling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder

My Thoughts

Emotional, personal and moving.
An intimate story of falling in love and staying in love, amidst overcoming the hardships and the pain life throws at you.

4stars

Synopsis

falling into usWhen Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn’t the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle’s death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.

THE STORY YOU NEVER IMAGINED…

Becca de Rosa is Nell’s best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca’s own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.

Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell’s best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime.

THE HEARTACHE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…

My Review

“The only way past the pain is through it. You can’t escape it. You can’t ignore it. Pain, grief, anger, misery… they don’t go away–they just increase and compound and get worse. You have to live through them, acknowledge them. You have to give your pain its due.”

Falling Into You is a hard act to follow. I absolutely loved that book. I connected with the characters, I cried, I smiled and it was all a little magical to me. I had to reset my expectations before I started reading because I knew Falling Into Us was a different story altogether… unique, personal and moving all on its own. Our main characters are Becca de Rosa and Jason Dorsey… Nell and Kyle’s best friends respectively. Becca is a strong, yet vulnerable heroine. I found her character quite complex — she’s sensitive and fragile and insecure, but at the same time, brave and steadfast and strong. Jason Dorsey is kind, caring and powerful… a force to be reckoned with. Falling Into Us is the story of how they fell in love despite their difficult backgrounds, how they stayed in love in the face of unspeakable tragedy and how they evolved themselves in order to build a bright and healthy future together.

“I’d been in love with Jason Dorsey since forever, but he didn’t even know I existed except as Nell’s awkward friend.”

Becca has had a crush on Jason for so long, but Jason had only ever had eyes for Nell and everyone knew that. Taking a bet from his friends, Jason finally asks Nell out only to be ditched last minute by Nell after her and Kyle finally got together. When Nell suggests he ask Becca out, Jason decides to do it.

Becca is studious, focused and shy. She’s stutters, so she tirelessly writes poetry in notebook after notebook… in a place where her words flow effortlessly and seamlessly. Her raw emotions evident, her voice booming on the page, juxtaposed to real life, where she must follow her overly strict father’s orders, studying for hours each day and basically eradicating the possibility of having a normal teenage social life.

Once they go out on that one date, the course of their lives is forever altered. They are exactly what the other needs to grown and heal and evolve. The desire budding between them is new, but evident.

“God, Becca. Kissing you is… it’s seriously the best thing ever.”

Both Becca and Jason are complex and flawed characters. They not only have had difficult home lives, particularly Jason, but with Kyle’s death, their lives tailspinned. Suddenly, Jason’s best friend was gone and Becca’s best friend Nell was catatonic at best. In addition, Becca struggled with her brother’s bipolar disease.

Throughout it all, Becca and Jason are there for each other, although things are often extremely hard and painful and certainly not easy.

“Being in love is scary
So much like falling
A frightening descent into
Beautiful Madness
Yes, you and me
We’re
Falling Into Us”

I loved Jason for the rock he was for Becca. He loved her so much and would do anything for her. There were times were Becca just shut down and Jason was relentless in doing everything he could to make Becca okay.

“I can’t promise you forever, Beck.”…”I can’t promise you forever because that’s not long enough.”

Overall I really liked this book. Admittedly it didn’t overtake me the way Nell and Colton’s story did, however, I did really like Becca and Jason too… the unwavering dedication Jason had to Becca and the vulnerability, yet strength that Becca exuded. I did feel like the first half of the books was a bit more YA than I expected, but given their age, it was understandable. In the second half of the book, the steaminess factor exponentially increases with Becca’s sex drive demanding and rapacious.

“You’d never think it, but my quiet, hyper-intelligent, overachieving, rule-following girlfriend was a voracious, insatiable lover.”

I also loved, of course, the appearances Nell and Colton made. It was interesting to see some of what happened in their story expand in bits in pieces as we read about scenes from another perspective. And of course, Jasinda Wilder is an expert at making our hearts race, clench and break from what happens. I just love her books!
All in all, I loved the hopefulness that this book gave me, that no matter what, love is the glue that holds people together, making us strong enough to weather any storm.
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About Jasinda

Jasinda headshotNew 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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Comments

  1. Carrie Raasch says:

    Love this Author! reading Falling Into You now. I left my comment at Vilma’s Blog!

  2. christine says:

    i read everything jasinda i can find! love her! found the giveaway at vilmas blog

  3. Thanks for the review. I love Jasinda Wilder’s books. Can’t wait to read this one!

  4. Jenn McElroy says:

    Can’t wait to read this! Thank you for the giveaway! I entered at Vilma’s Book Blog (via e-mail).

  5. Laura H. says:

    I loved Falling Into You…and I know I will love Falling Into Us! I am entering on Vilma’s Book Blog! thank You for this giveaway!!

  6. Stacy W. says:

    Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  7. Nicole Schneider says:

    I am looking forward to reading this one. Falling into You was a great book!

  8. Doreen Foucault says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! I loved “Falling Into You”!

  9. I love this woman’s writing style and can’t wait to read this book!

  10. Natasha Talkington says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I entered on Vilma’s book blog!

  11. Amanda H says:

    thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  12. Cindy Salazar says:

    Finishing up with Falling into you! Can’t wait to read Falling into us! 5hanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

  13. Irene Rosa says:

    I haven’t had the chance to read the first one. I know with all the reviews I read it will be a great read. What better way to get into the 2nd book!! I left my comment on Vilma’s Book Blog

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