The Hardest Fall, an all new tantalizing contemporary romance by Ella Maise is NOW LIVE!
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.
I’m a big dreamer. And that’s how it all started for me, really. Reading and dreaming. I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one-person smile, it means I’ve done my job well.
Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.
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*** ARC kindly provided for an honest review. ***
I am a sucker for Ella Maise’s stories. I enjoyed this slow burn romance, making me smile so many times, putting two people together, and giving a shot at love.
I adored the banter from the beginning. I immediately connected with the characters. There was this spark that kept me interested until the end. Dylan and Zoe had a very first and totally awkward encounter, one that I haven’t expected.
What happens when you try to lose a bit in Zoe’s style? A disaster. I enjoyed reading parts of their encounters throughout the story, until one misunderstanding later and they became best friends very quickly.
I loved how natural and heartwarming their relationship was. I had this goofy smile, their antics making me laugh so hard. Dylan was quite the charmer and Zoe was totally falling for it, being definitely blunt about her attraction. I adored that. The constant flirty banter was definitely hot and sweet at the same time. So endearing.
The story was less heart lighted that it seemed to be, in spite of the fun and sexy parts, it was a bit deeper than this. Zoe had some issues on her own, parts more heavier, that no one could see. Until Dylan. Someone she could to share her burdens with. As you might guess it was complicated.
Zoe might be seen as too serious but she has this feisty and very fun side, with also a sarcastic and sometimes weird humor that Dylan fell in love with. She was more fragile than she showed to the world. A dysfunctional family but best friends that she could rely on if needed.
Dylan wasn’t the jock I expected as well. Focused on football, wanting to find his other half someday, someone who would understand his life, how hard he fought for his dreams. The kind of man with a big heart, very close to his family but so hot-tempered at times, losing it with Zoe when jealousy got over him. He wasn’t perfect but wasn’t trying to hide it.
When some truths were revealed, I had to say that I wanted different things, a different turn at soe point but I got the author’s point. I guess that what happens when you felt so connected and involved the story.
Besides this little glitch, I really adored this story. Dylan and Zoe had such a beautiful chemistry. I had this thrill and excitement all along this story, that brought so many feelings. An amazing blend of humor and laughing out loud, terribly sweet and endearing, sexy and swoony…I adored it!