#NewRelease ~ If We Fall ( The What If Duet #1) by Nina Lane ~ #Excert #5StarReview @NinaLaneAuthor @InkslingpPR

Posted August 30, 2018 by Cyndi Becker 0 Comments

#NewRelease ~ If We Fall  ( The What If Duet #1) by Nina Lane ~ #Excert #5StarReview @NinaLaneAuthor @InkslingpPR

#NewRelease ~ If We Fall  ( The What If Duet #1) by Nina Lane ~ #Excert #5StarReview @NinaLaneAuthor @InkslingpPRIf We Fall by Nina Lane
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Published by Snow Queen Publishing on August 30th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 287
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We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered.

After ten years, I've returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I'd loved is gone. Now he's a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my hatred and my lust.
Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.
But this time, there is no escape.

If We Fall (What If Duet, #1)If We Fall by Nina Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Following Nina Lane’s standalone The Secret Thief, we return to Castille, Maine for the story of Josie and Cole. Their’s is the story and young love, first love, and just maybe forever love. Nina never fails to fore all my attention to her characters and their stories and this story completely captivated me. To read about the start of Josie and Cole, pick up If We Leap. This part of their journey takes us past one a tragic event and the aftermath on Josie and Cole. As I said, I get completely sucked into Nina’s stories but it’s because her characters are so complex and I want to find out why, what makes them tick.

The story starts out from Josie’s point of view, the more I got to know her, the more my heart broke for her. She is emotionally terrorized by her past and her return to Castille, while intending to be a way to exercise the demons and try to heal, begins to exacerbates the situation. This is mostly because Cole Danforth is in Castille and in no way welcome’s Josie’s return.

Cole can be a right arse, all brought about by his life circumstances, but at heart he is a man who wants to save the woman he has always loved from pain. A complicated man, his idea of saving Josie, his actions, most definitely do not wash with his inner thoughts.

“She’s under my skin. Inside me. Her cherry taste, sweet soft body, skin like cream. All the parts of her that I broke.”

As the past is shared with us, we really start to understand what motivates him. It didn’t take long for me to swing completely around and start to root for Cole, mostly to make things right.

Lane leaves us with a spectacular last line, adding a great twist to the story. My mind is whirling with the implications. Knowing Nina’s writing is always solid, I am going with a series recommendation even before I’ve read book 2 of the duet. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Josie, Cole and the naysayers of Castille.

~ Review by Cyndi

If the synopsis doesn’t pull you in, I hope this review will. I grabbed the book because I liked the cover art and am drawn by how well the blurb was written. What I didn’t expect is to devour the book in mere hours because my heart and soul fell into Castille, Maine and the pain revolving what was one an epic love. The imagery Lane throws into the book makes you feel as though you are in the the same room, a guest in their house as they navigate the highs and lows of life, love, and grief.

I was enthralled with how Lane set up the story – every single aspect of it. We saw how what broke them apart changed their personalities and life trajectories, but what never changed is the depth of emotion. There is always a fine line between love and hate. Sometimes you waver across the line, but true love never dies. It might get banged up and hidden under scars and grief, but it’s always there.

There is more to come with this story, and I am chomping a the bit to see where Lane takes us. I ended the book with several expletives, needing more. So, suffice to say, she wrote a fantastic book that gives you a whole range of emotions and makes you want more. That deserves 5 stars in my book, a strong recommendation, and the urging to make sure you read book 2 AND the prequel (currently free).

Happy reading!

~ Review by Loredana

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EXCERPT

               “Sir?” The security guard phones in from downstairs. “There’s a woman here insisting she needs to speak with you.”

               “Name?”

               “Josephine Mays.”

               “Let her in.”

               I turn off the intercom and unlock my office door. A few minutes pass before the door flies open. Josie barges in, her hands fisted and an angry light in her eyes.

               “You are an asshole,” she snaps.

               “I’ve been told.”

               “How dare you pull that kind of stunt?”

               “It’s the truth.”

               “And we both know damned well you brought it up only because I’m involved.” She tosses her backpack and art portfolio onto a chair. She’s trembling with anger. “I don’t care what you think about me, but bringing the people of this town into our personal shit is low, even for you.”

               My shoulders tense. “Even for me? What do you know about me?”

               “Nothing anymore.” She slams her hands to her hips, her features twisting. “But I used to know everything about you. Do you remember that? Then you walked out on me right when I needed you the most, proving you were never the man I thought you were. Now I find out that you run this company like a dictator, you’re crushing independent businesses and putting people out of work, and you’re publicly trying to stop me from creating a mural that’s intended for both this town and my parents. What the hell happened to you?”

               “You happened to me.”

               The words fly out of my mouth before I can stop them. The pencil I’m holding breaks in two with the force of my grip.

               Josie steps back, her eyes widening. Her dark hair is windblown, her cheeks flushed, her chest heaving under her old army jacket. I’d once had the right to comb her hair back from her forehead, slide my palm over her neck before edging my fingers into her V-necked T-shirt…

               Anger crushes my chest. I shove away from my desk and stride toward her. Fear flashes in her green eyes, which pisses me off even more. When the fuck was she ever afraid of me?

               I grab the lapels of her jacket, yanking her closer. Our lower bodies collide. She gasps, a little catching noise in the back of her throat that used to get me hot in a second.

               It still does. My blood starts to boil. She tilts her head back, her eyes flashing. I lower my head to look at her, fighting to ignore her scent—goddamned summer leaves and cherry candy.

               “I once would have done anything for you.” The words grate roughly from my throat. “And then I failed you in the worst possible way. I failed you, I failed Teddy, and I failed your parents.”

               She stares at me, her eyes widening. “Cole, I—”

               “When you left, I hoped with everything I was that you’d have a chance at a normal life.” I pull her closer, anger warring with the undeniable flare of lust. “That you could be happy again if you weren’t constantly surrounded by reminders of everything you lost. Everything I took from you.”

     “Goddamn you, Cole Danforth.” Fire flames over her expression. She plants her hands on my chest and shoves herself away. “The only thing you took from me was you.

 



If We Fly: Book Two – Sept 13 

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first crush, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain. 

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

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About Nina Lane

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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