Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Falling Into Infinity and From Now Until Infinity by Layne Harper

Pre-med student Caroline “Charlie” Collins, a sophomore at Texas A&M, knows exactly what she wants in life and the order that it will happen: finish college, complete medical school, and then fall in love. A chance meeting with A&M’s star quarterback Colin McKinney changes everything. A friendship between the two grows over time and blossoms into a powerful love affair. Charlie and Colin must learn to cope with his transition to playing professional football, the crushing attention of the media, and constant demands of his fans. At the same time, she’s struggling with how her dream of attending medical school will fit into their already stressed relationship and Colin’s new life. Falling Into Infinity asks the question is just loving someone enough to make a relationship work?

4.5 Star Review by Jen Hagen

Charlie is graduating from college and heading to medical school to follow in her father’s footsteps.  Charlie’s father and mother were married when he was in medical school and her mother supported him along with 4 daughters during his post-graduate years.  Once the father was established in his practice he left his wife for the head nurse.  Charlie’s mother never got to experience the life that she had worked so hard to support.  Instead she was barely keeping it together for the girls and there were never any extras for her daughters, unlike her father’s new family.  Deep down Charlie believes that if she is successful as a medical doctor that she will win approval from her father and receive that unconditional love that she has been reaching for all her life.  All this brings tremendous stress to Charlie’s life and sometimes the only way she can cope is by pushing herself to the limits in terms of physical activity.  This isn’t healthy for her.


Colin…What can I say? He’s a hottie.  He has just completed his first year as an NFL quarterback and is so in love with Charlie.  Sometimes his love becomes a little overbearing for Charlie and he smothers her and she can’t make decisions on her own.  Colin wants her to attend medical school in the same town as his NFL team.  He has their lives all planned out.  Every day he asks her to marry him hoping that one day Charlie will say yes.


Charlie is given a huge opportunity to attend college at Harvard.  She goes back and forth on whether or not she and Colin can survive a long-distance relationship.  Colin’s personality is not the type to allow Charlie to be on her own.  He wants…no, he NEEDS, to make certain that their life is perfect.   He would worry too much about Charlie being all those miles away, and Charlie knows that he would focus only on her and not on his NFL career.  Charlie has to make a decision.  She needs to decide what path she will choose.  Either way she chooses she will something…her dream or Colin.


This is one of those books that was a pleasant surprise to find and fall in love with.  I loved the characters and their story of love.  Of course not all love stories are paved with hearts and flowers, and this was one of those stories that although their path was clearly outlined, there was a detour that took them off that path.   The detour was rough, and it brought me to tears on more than one occasion.  This is the first book in the series, with three more books to follow and the second one has recently been released.

Eight years have passed since Colin and Caroline “Charlie” ended their college romance. A chance meeting reunited them confirming that time had not diminished their love for each other. Now, they have to turn their passionate reunion into a legitimate and sustainable relationship. Charlie’s medical practice is in Houston. Colin is the starting quarterback for Dallas. Distance is not the only obstacle to their happiness. There’s Colin’s (maybe?) ex-girlfriend, entertainment reporter Sasha Stone who’s granted the first ever tell-all interview about Colin’s personal life. There’s Charlie’s father who is part owner of their medical practice and blames Colin for Charlie’s battle with an eating disorder. What about the demands of the media and Colin’s rabid fans? “From Now Until Infinity” continues the journey of Colin and Charlie that began, ended, and began again in “Falling Into Infinity.”
4.5 Star Review by Jen Hagen

This is the 2nd book in the Infinity series.  You must read the first book, Falling Into Infinity, first. 

“I just can’t believe that we found each other again, and I’m lucky enough to be loved by you twice in a lifetime.”

Colin and Charlie have reunited after spending 8 years apart, each of them professing the void that the other left in their heart.  After a weekend of discovering that they still loved each other and never moved on, they are attempting to make their lives normal.  How normal can a life be when you’re dating a star NFL quarterback?  Is Charlie heading down the same path with Colin that ultimately led to their breakup?

“Colin can break me.  He can destroy me.  He can send me back to the dark place where I went when we broke up…Colin has secrets that I don’t think he’s ready to share.  He hasn’t changed.”

After their rekindled relationship, Charlie is back at work in her father’s medical practice happy to have signed on new NFL clientele.  She is looking forward to becoming the successful sports medicine doctor that she has strived for and to capture her father’s admiration.  She is still seeking her father’s approval even after years of him leaving his wife and 4 daughters to start another family.   

Colin and Charlie have one more weekend to themselves before being thrust into the spotlight because of a woman who thought there was more to her and Colin’s casual relationship.   Colin’s management team wants to help him maintain his image, but Colin is not willing to deny his love for Charlie.  


Charlie herself is facing the backlash from their relationship after losing clients from her work.  She is faced with losing the dream that she worked so hard to achieve.  Charlie’s father is livid with her and has basically offered her an ultimatum…her medical practice or Colin.  Colin also seems to be offering an ultimatum…him or her father as Colin believes that it’s because of her father that sent Charlie into her defense mode years ago and ended up in the hospital for her eating disorder. 

“Why can’t I get the dream job and the boy?” 

Besides having decisions to make in their professional lives, Colin and Charlie still have to deal with what went wrong in their relationship before.   Not only did Charlie suffer medically following their breakup, but Colin also suffered.  He has kept that time in his life a secret from everybody except for 2 people.   Charlie needs to know everything before she can completely give herself to Colin.  She doesn’t want to be blindsided, which Colin has a way of unknowingly doing from time to time.   Colin doesn’t want her to know that dark time in his life.

“What happens if I refuse to share that with you?”

“Then I walk away and refuse to ever have contact with you again.” 

In the first book the time frame covered was 10 years.  This book covers about 2 weeks.  There’s a lot happening in this short amount of time and hopefully Colin and Charlie can take what they’ve learned about each other and from each other to build a solid relationship that will take them through all the difficult decisions they face in this book  and also in the future, as there are 2 more books with Colin and Charlie’s story. 

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