From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a twisted and passionate love story that pushes the boundaries of loyalty.
Maybe we shouldn’t have fallen so fast and so willingly.
Maybe we shouldn’t have moved in together before we went on our first date.
Maybe we should have given our wounds time to heal before we tore each other to shreds.
Maybe we should have never been together.
Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he took her into his home. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal.
Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever.
Once again, Houston is left with a choice between the truth and the only girl he’s ever loved.
The Way We Fall is the first book in The Story of Us series, which follows the tumultuous love story of Rory and Houston. The sequel,The Way We Break, will be released Spring 2015.
A week after finishing The Way We Fall, I’m still mulling it over. It left me with a lot of conflicted feelings. Not because the writing wasn’t solid or the story didn’t work, but because I can’t decide how I feel about the ending or about the characters. They’re flawed, so brilliantly flawed, that they’re sometimes hard to take. Kind of like that uncle you love because he’s family, but you still cringe when he’s around your friends.
Rory and Houston are tragically stupid when it comes to each other and there are times I don’t want them to forgive one another and other times I want to smack them both upside the head and yell, “get over yourselves already!” So, here I am, a week later saying I want more of their story, but at the same time asking myself, “are you really sure you want to go through that again?” But I do. Because deep down, despite all the ways they drove me absolutely freaking nuts, Cassia Leo made me care enough about them to find out what happens next.
The plot centers around Rory and Houston’s storied past. When Hallie, Rory’s best friend and Houston’s younger sister, committed suicide, Rory and Houston found solace in each other’s arms. At least for six months before it all tragically ended in overwhelming heartache. When the two are thrown back together again five years later, old feelings and old hurts are simmering just below the surface. Much of their story plays out in flashbacks interspersed with present day from dual points of view. The devastating secret isn’t revealed until the end and it lives up to the hype.
The small Portland, Oregon suburb is well developed and comes across as completely authentic. The flashbacks flow nicely with the contemporary scenes and have that college-y feel.
The characters alternate between being lovable and difficult to stomach, but that only makes them more real. Real people have good and bad sides, moments we adore them and moments we need to distance ourselves from them for a bit. Rory has a temper and Houston can be impossibly selfish, and yet you get the sense that they really do love each other deeply, even if they do everything wrong.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About The Way We Fall
1. The conflict. One of the things I love most in fiction is conflict and this book is packed with it. Every chapter is overflowing to the point that I had to turn the page to see what happened next.
2. Rory’s dog. He’s such an integral part of her life and the plot.
3. Liam the Lumberjack. He’s a good guy and I was glad to see he was more than just a romantic foil.
4. Barley Legal. The name of Houston’s beer company is awesome.
5. The Secret. I thought I knew what it was, but I never saw it coming and that’s the hallmark good storytelling.
The Way We Fall is at times difficult to read, but it’s well-written and packs a solid emotional punch.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: The Way We Fall
Series: The Story of Us #1
Author: Cassia Leo
Release Date: February 20, 2015
Publisher: Gloss Publishing, LLC
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt.
When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.
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