Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blog Tour: the Hardest Fall by Ella Maise



The Hardest Fall, an all new tantalizing contemporary romance by Ella Maise is NOW LIVE!
The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.
At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus.
I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried.
Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either.
He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently whenever he’s around.
He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.
The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re doing, I think.

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

The Hardest Fall CoverDylan Reed first lays eyes on Zoe Clarke while he’s answering nature’s call. They’re at a party, Dylan is in the bathroom and Zoe barges in while he has a certain part of his anatomy in his hand. She’s mortified, he’s amused. Zoe is quirky and more than a little shy. It takes her forever to explain that she doesn’t know who he is, but she’s been pressured into getting a kiss from him from her friends. (he’s a big deal at their college-he’s headed for the NFL and is just about on every female’s radar. She leaves and disappears in the crowd before he can get her name. 

“At this point? If I’m being honest, I really don’t know. Thank you for talking to me? For not kicking me out? For letting me see your penis? 

Fast forward a year and they have another socially awkward moment. Dylan remembers Zoe –he calls her Flash since she’s always disappearing on him. 

“I mean, it’s crowded, and you proved you’re fast, I’ll give you that, but I’m pretty good on my feet, and this time, now that I know what to look out, I’ll catch you no problem.”

Fast forward another year and Dylan is in a relationship. Things are about to go boom. He ends up moving to an apartment that his coach rents. Guess who’s also staying there? Zoe and Dylan couldn’t be more different if they tried. Zoe is painfully shy and retreats at every confrontation. Dylan is outgoing and has no problem fitting in to any situation. Too many people want a piece of him, they know he is destined for great things, and he rarely has any peace. Zoe, for some reason, brings him calm. They may not know it, but they are exactly what the other needs.

“Okay, don’t freakout, but I’m falling so hard, Dylan Reed-complete free fall. I’ll probably land pretty soon, too.” 

There’s more going on in this story than the relationship between Zoe and Dylan. But I do like drama. The beginning of this story moved a little slower than I would have liked, but once they are living in the same apartment. Can a reserved, quiet girl fit into the loud colorful world of the guy about to make his mark in the professional sports world?

He was the dream, the one you always wanted to end up with, the other half of your soul, if you believed in that kind of thing.

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I stopped speaking when Dylan’s gloved hand—his huge gloved hand—cupped my cheek and gently tilted my face up. The world around me slowed down, and I stood still. I swear to you, I watched his eyes roam my face in slow motion.
“I like having your eyes on me, Zoe.”
I managed to force a nervous smile. His thumb moved on my cheek, rendering me…basically completely helpless.
Forgetting myself, forgetting where we were, I whispered, “I like watching you.”
His tongue peeked out and touched his lower lip. “I know.”
Oh, Dylan, why did you do that?
“I meant I like watching you—liked watching you play tonight. I didn’t mean it to sound like I like watching you when you’re not playing. I definitely wouldn’t watch you if you were just standing there, or I don’t know…I wouldn’t watch you when you’re working out, and I would never watch you if you were—”
“You know why I like watching you?”
The question shut me up pretty quickly, which was probably for the best; who knew what else I would spew out.
“Because I can’t take my eyes away from you. Everything else…it all disappears, and…”
And… And…
I tried my best not to look eager for his answer—or let’s say not too eager, because there was no way he couldn’t tell I was very interested and invested in hearing what he was about to say.
He let out a heavy breath and decided not to finish that particular sentence. I’d seen it in his eyes, a slight change, there and gone.

About Ella
I’m a big dreamer. And that’s how it all started for me, really. Reading and dreaming. I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one-person smile, it means I’ve done my job well.
Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.
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