Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review: FALLING UNDER by Jasinda Wilder

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: 14 March 2014


My name is Colton Calloway. You've heard part of my story, but it turns out there's more. My little girl, Kylie, is all grown up. Seventeen, beautiful, and talented, just like her mother. And just like Nell, my daughter seems to have fallen for a bad boy, one with a lot of darkness and a lot of secrets.

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You thought you knew the whole story. You thought it was over. Happily ever after for everyone.

You were wrong. 

My name is Oz Hyde, and you’ve never met me. I’m part of the story, too, but I’m an aside, a quick line or two you’d all but forgotten about. Well guess what? I’ve got my own story to tell. 

Buckle up, ‘cause this is gonna be a hell of a bumpy ride. 



This story was a total beauty and I loved everything about it. Falling Under really carried over that same endearing and touching essence that made me fall hard in love with this series since book one. It was emotional, sexy, inspiring, and had a beautiful and perfect twist that both surprised me and brought me happiness.♥

This is the third book in the Falling series and I personally think it's crucial to read each book in order to avoid spoilers and to really appreciate every story and how they're connected. In this installment, Jasinda takes us eighteen years forward after Falling Into You and Falling Into Us to tell the story of Kylie, Colton and Nell's only daughter from Falling Into You but the story is told from the POVs of her dad and Oz Hyde, the bad boy that totally steals Kylie's and my heart away...*sigh*

“I don’t have much to give, but what I do have, I want to give to you.”

Oz is the irresistible kind of bad boy; he has tattoos, drives a motorcycle, and lives in the wrong side of town. By that description you could say that he sounds tough and in some ways he is but there's so much more that meets the eye when it comes to him. He was raised by just his mom and never knew his dad and that particular fact has always affected him and made him resentful about life. Well, that's until him and his mom move to Nashville where he meets a blue-eyed beauty that not only takes his breath away but also takes his mind off his dark memories. 

“You suck at hugs.”  
I laugh. “I don’t get a lot of practice.” 
“Well, now’s your chance. You’re supposed to hug me back. Let’s try again.” She lifts up again, slides her arms around my neck, and pulls at me... It's just a hug. I breathe and hold on to her.”

The way these two compliment each other is alluring. Kylie at 18, she's innocent, nurtured, strives for what she wants, and comes from a good home. Oz on the other hand, is pretty much the opposite. At 21 he's reckless, guarded, and doesn't think much of himself or his future so meeting someone like Kylie really challenges him to finally want more for himself because he really wants her and all her goodness in his life even though he feels he shouldn't.

“Kylie is so beautiful and so tender and sweet and kind and good, too good for me. And I should keep pushing her away, but fucking goddammit, I don’t want to, and I’m not sure I can.”

Then the way this young love unfolds blew me away. Oz's hesitation toward Kylie and their relationship was so charming and it showed such chivalry from him which I wasn't expecting but totally loved. Now Kylie's innocence goes from curious to fearless and it was so nice to see her grow up like that and in doing so she frees Oz from his past with her caring heart and her passion for music.

“You mean something to me, Oz. Everything about you means something to me. You make a difference to me.”

There is another kind of love beautifully portrayed in this book that totally melted my heart too and that was a father's kind of love. Colton's POV was amazing! He's such an alpha that seeing him struggle between wanting to protect his daughter from everything and knowing that he actually couldn't was captivating. I think this is the first book I read where I have a chance to truly feel the love of a parent towards a main character in the story and I really loved that. The way Colton handles things with Kylie and Oz was funny, endearing, and perfect just like his love for his dear daughter.

“We can’t protect her from life, Nell. You know that. She’s going to get hurt someday. All we can do is love her, and be there when it happens.”

I can't say it enough so I'll say it again, I LOVED this book! To fall in love and to love your children are two beautiful kinds of love that this book illustrates gorgeously. Falling Under is sure now one of my favorite reads.♥ If you're new to this series I really encourage you to give it a try, each book is emotional, heartening, and just unforgettable.
Connect with Jasinda Wilder on:

#1 - Falling Into YouAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#2 - Falling Into UsAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review
#3 - Falling UnderAmazon US * Amazon UK
#4 - Falling AwayAmazon US * Amazon UK * My Review

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