Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review: Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew

She didn't expect to fall for her best friend.
He was always waiting to catch her.

Corinne Bennett lives in the moment. Whether she's skydiving out of an airplane, or setting off on the road to anywhere, she's ready to dive into the next adventure. That is, if best friend and always-by-the-book Nicholas Kelley doesn't put his foot down on her wild stunts first.

When Corinne gives in to her growing feelings for Nicholas the summer before their freshman year of college, she takes the ultimate risk, making this one adventure he has longed to explore with her.

But the moment they take that irrevocable leap, a shocking revelation blindsides Corinne, exposing her vulnerabilities, baring her fears, and shattering her beliefs about love. With their future—and more importantly, their friendship—now clouded in doubt, she must decide if love is really worth the risk. 

Because when it comes to love, you never stop falling.

4 Stars

Review by Trinette Dungee 

Corrine Bennett has always been adventurous, willing to try anything. Her best friend Nicholas is always there to rein her in and bring her back down to earth. Nicholas has always been a constant in her life and they’ve never been anything but the best of friends until they both start to look at each other as more than just a buddy. Crossing the line could mean the best thing in the world or the worst thing and the end of a perfect friendship. 

Corrine has always seen Nicholas as her best friend. They’ve know each other since birth. Their parents bathed them together, they had sleepovers together…they did everything together. But one day of hanging out on the beach changes all of that; Corrine starts to notice Nick as more than just her buddy, he’s a man; a real flesh and blood man, a gorgeous flesh and blood man. After a mind blowing kiss it’s evident to Corrine and Nicholas that they have feelings for each other but before they can move their relationship forward Corrine is delivered a shocking blow from her father that has her running from everything and everyone she’s ever known and loved, including Nicholas. Although she promises to return, it is six years before Nick ever lays eyes on Corrine again. Aside from a few emails and messages it’s just as long before he hears from her again as well. When she does return she’s engaged and finds that her attraction or love for Nicholas hasn’t died. 

The story starts off present day with Corinne on a flight to see Nicholas who she has now admitted that she loves and wants to spend the rest of her life with; while in mid-flight there is trouble with the plane and Corinne begins to wonder if she will even make it to Nicholas. At this point we are transported back in time to the events leading up to that moment. With that we kind of know that they will end up together (barring a tragic plane crash), what we get with the rest of the story is the in between and it’s told from both POVs; Corrine and Nicholas.

I don’t know what it is, but this is about the fourth consecutive book I’ve read where I really didn’t care too much for the female character. I’m going to give it to Corrine that the information she received was devastating but she just took it to a whole other level. In a word Corrine was a BRAT (at one point she even admits this). I had a really hard time liking her and when I did start to like her, she does something that once again makes me want to choke her. At one point I kind of told myself that I was going to her a break because she was young. But she was young when she was dealt the initial blow…at this point she like twenty-four/twenty-five, much too old to act the way she did. Corrine is constantly referred to as brave, even by herself. However, it seems like her bravery never really shows itself unless Nick is around. Corrine’s main reason for her trip home is to mend fences with her father, but as time passes she realizes that there are quite a few fences that need mending. Nick was pretty easy to like but with the really nice guys also comes the sometimes annoyingly nice part of them but there was just the right mixture for me. 

Even after years apart Cori and Nick seems to fall right back into step with each other. There’s definitely tension between them but when they let their guards down, it’s like they never separated. You spend page after page just waiting for them to say “Okay, let’s do this…let’s be together.” Even though you already know from the way the book starts that it’s just not going too happened that way. 

I really don’t like to do spoilers so I can only say so much. This is one of those; you have to read it to get the real experience. What I will say is pay close attention to the mode of communication used between Corrine and Nicholas (I instantly thought it was strange, but there’s a reason why it was strange). There was something about Nick’s phone when he goes to call Corinne after they have reconnected, I thought it was strange but again, I wasn’t paying attention. I’m normally pretty quick at catching on to things like scenery and time period. If I’d paid closer attention, the end portion of this storyline wouldn’t have caught me off guard and almost sent me into heart failure! I didn’t really realize it until the end but this was a roller-coaster read. Emotions ran high and not just from Corrine and Nick…the supporting characters were also pretty interesting (wondering if there will be some other storylines coming?). 

If I’m not mistaken this is Ashley Drew’s first novel and I think she nailed it. There were some parts of the story that dragged and I was totally ready to give this book three stars but when I reached a certain point, and I factored in everything, I realized this was a four star read. It wasn’t just the storyline, it was timing and how things just came together. Most reads have an “Aha Moment” somewhere in the middle but this one…Oh the “Aha moment” came towards the end and at just the 

right time. Perfectly planned and perfectly laid out.

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