Title: How We Fall
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
It’s not always about how we fall- it’s about where we end up once we land.
I remember the very first time I laid eyes on Cole Lincoln. It still feels like yesterday when he stumbled into my life with his messy brown hair and dark eyes. Even though I was only ten years old at the time, I knew right then and there that he was going to change everything.
From that point on Cole and I were always together—inseparable—and I naively believed we’d be best friends forever. But forever didn’t last nearly as long as I expected.
We grew up and grew apart, life driving the distance between us, but my love for Cole never faltered. Even long after he moved away, leaving me and our little town behind, I still carried a piece of him with me every single day. Because Cole wasn’t just my childhood best friend- the boy who knew me better than anyone else in the whole world. He was also my first love- a part of my very core.
When a tragic death brings us face to face again after six years, every single memory comes rushing to the surface. Only this is not the boy I fell in love with all those years ago. The man before me is hardened, intimidating, and so damn sexy I practically melt when those dark eyes meet mine for the first time in six years.
And like the first time he walked into my life, I know with complete certainty that everything is about to change.
This book had all my favourite tropes rolled into one big emotional read – best friends to lovers, second chance and small town romance. Sweet.
Melanie and Cole had been best friends since they were ten years old. Forming a close friendship they are blissful in their childhood until they reach their mid-teens when things start to change and feeling get mixed up and hurt. The pair gradually drift apart and finally Cole leaves town for NYU.
Fast forward six years and Cole is back in town for a sad and devastating reason. Mel knew he would be returning but she is still shocked to the core when she comes face to face again with the boy who stole her heart all those years ago. One look and she knows he still has it. Also still there is that invisible connection between them that has survived the distance and time. Will there be a chance for them to put the hurts of the past behind them? Is there more to them than best friends?
This was a highly emotive read that flicked back to the past and the present which slowly unravelled the story bit by bit so the reader was brought in on what had gone wrong for the two best friends. In the past they had always held back on that one secret part of themselves that they did not have the courage to reveal until it was too late. But now with time and growing up into the adults they are now, they spend some time together, reliving their happy childhood pastimes and places which in the end forces them to finally face up to and reveal their inner yearning for each other.
It wasn’t a simple story of friends becoming lovers as there were lots of past misunderstandings to work though and significant (and not so significant) others in the way. I was worried at one part that there would be cheating but this was smoothly resolved.
Overall a wonderful telling of the past and how a couple who were meant to be can finally free themselves to be who they need for each other. A definite case of soul mates in every sense of the meaning and one not to be missed. The connection and chemistry between Melanie and Cole was undeniable and easy to feel through the wonderful words spanning across the kindle pages. Four stars.
*ARC kindly provided by the author to Foxylutely Books in exchange for an honest review
Melissa Toppen is a Reader's Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Romance Author of New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic and Romantic Suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.
Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.
In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.