Thursday, 12 November 2015

Review ~ How to Fall by Rebecca Brooks

How to Fall
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 16th 2015

Publisher: Entangled Publishing


One week of adventure might just lead to love…

Julia Evans has always put others ahead of herself--her high school math students, her troubled best friend, and her ex. But with New Year's approaching, she buys a round trip ticket to Brazil. For one week, she can put her needs first. She can meet a stranger in the hotel pool at midnight and dance all night on the beach.

Screenwriter Blake Williams has to keep moving before Oz's latest scandal catches up to him. But the dark-haired beauty with a backpack and an adventurous streak is messing with his plans. He can't seem to walk away from her. But secrets have a way of coming out, and when the week is up, Julia and Blake will have to decide if they're jumping into the biggest adventure of all or playing it safe.

My Opinion

This book definitely grew on me. I wasn't sure I was going to make it to the end, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

How To Fall wasn't a slow read by any means. It jumps straight into the action when Julia arrives in Brazil and I think that's what took me aback at first. It was quite a jarring start and I was trying to get my head around all of the details that were missing and who everyone was. Then when the fling began I found I was racing to catch up with the events that were moving too quickly.

Luckily, things do become explained and at around 40% I couldn't put this book down. I loved the culture and different setting. It's clear the author has spent time in Brazil and it made the book authentic.

Similarly, the characters grew on me. I did feel the spark and chemistry between Blake and Julia. Once they started more of a relationship the book held my attention better. Blake was sweet, but also hot. I would have like their back stories to have been delved into a bit more in an emotional sense. I felt they were very much factual statements placed in throughout the book. I didn't feel the emotions I expected in that sense, but it was still an enjoyable read without it.

The only other thing was at times I did wish the author got to the point a little quicker. Sometimes the writing seemed to ramble and I felt some of the longer sections could have been condensed.

Other than that, overall this was a good read and it transported me to a world of sun and beaches which was perfect for the changing seasons here. I think this one will grow on people of the give it a chance.


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