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.
The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
➳A slow-burn college romance in which the word “masterpiece” is not enough to describe such creative ways of making a reader swoon over both characters in which fate has separated, & brought together for a final story plot…
➳When it comes down to slow-burn, angsty romance— this girl is not the biggest fan of them. Now, there are a few times where there are exceptions that I encounter upon and end up absolutely devouring said novel and just fall to my knees with adoration. Ella Maise is that author— that author who has made me do a double take as to what I was reading and how addicted I become to the page on every turn. Not only is this new release of hers an emotional romance that captivates you to keep reading, but the mystery, the comedic side of it all, and also the swoon worthy factor that becomes of Dylan Reed keeps my hands itching for much more and makes my heart flutter at every sweet little thing he says to Zoe, even after life’s obstacles and fate separated them twice making their third encounter as their lucky charm of a number. Third time is the charm anyways, am I right?
➳Two college students, trying to live life to the fullest but also encounter what the true struggles of life come with. Either parents or past relationships, Zoe and Dylan learn how to confide in each other. First as unexpected roommates, then are friends who want nothing more than to be more than just friends. Through Dylan’s eyes, his adoration for Zoe is beyond adorable that I just want to hug him so hard so he knows how much of a swoon and drool worthy of a person he is:
“She was so shy, but it only mad her more attractive and interesting in my eyes…
➳This new romance by the fabulous Ella not only touches the ideal categories of a romance story, but it also enhances on the topics of rape, the struggles of college life, and family problems. Through every turn of the beginning of the novel, I was curious as to wanting to know what the big mystery of Zoe’s is. Once you end up finding out, your eyes just pop out with the biggest climax I have read in such a long time. I found this rather refreshing for a romance novel since I don’t really read plot twists such as this one. I’m glad though that Ella provided it, making this novel even more intriguing to the eye of the reader.
➳When it comes down to the chemistry between Dylan and Zoe, words really cannot say how soothing and heart fluttering everything there is to their relationship. Both express such tenderness to the reader, making you crave more of their passion and love towards each other;
“My heart beats differently for you. It feels different somehow. I know this probably doesn’t make sense, but… it beats louder, wilder when I see you…”
➳Overall, I am beyond satisfied to say that this new novel blew my mind away. Everything I was expecting was thrown out the window, creating a new love for this story filled with so much creativity and proper action that no one should miss out on. I am beyond blessed to have Ella as a friend— not many can say they are friends with authors and I still blush over the fact she actually talks to me— and also as someone who truly knows how to bring the best of everything there is in a romance. Thank you Ella for letting me read your baby, and letting everyone else in to take part of this new journey of yours. Love you always babe!
➳ARC kindly provided by my favorite author in exchange for an honest review…
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.