Title: The Hardest Fall
Author: Ella Maise
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2018
Release Date: April 18, 2018
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.
Dylan Reed & Zoe Clarke had a very....unorthodox meet cute.
Zoe’s a shy freshman in college. Dylan is the star wide receiver. They meet at a college frat party after she bursts in on him while he’s indisposed. They had a couple of run ins over the next few years, one always remembering the other but it’s not until Dylan needs an escape from his current situation that they have a run in they can run away from.
He’s got the wrong impression of her current relationship status, she lets him believe it because the truth is too complicated. So, buddies it is then until they can’t fight the attraction any longer and end up tangled in the sheets.
But, when the truth comes out, will they find their way back to each other?
Honestly, I liked the story. It did take me a few days to get into it because....college. I don’t typically chose to read NA or YA. I like my main characters my age(ish) - I find it too hard to relate to younger mind sets. This was no exception. They tend to be a little too immature for me. Too needy. Too indecisive. Yada yada. These two weren’t so bad, but still took me a minute to get to know them. In the end they made it work for me.
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