Series: Falling #3
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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.
It’s the anniversary of Falling Into You, and the Wilders have given us quite the gift in Falling Under! It’s been seventeen years since Falling Into Us, when we last saw Colt and Nell, Becca and Jason. These two couples are living across the street from each other and their kids, Kylie and Ben, are best friends.
Then enters Oz. He’s a 21-year-old misfit, who’s moved around so often that the only belongings he and his mom have can all fit in the back of a pick-up. The moment he meets Kylie, he’s drawn to this beauty who’s made of magic and can get him to say and do things he’s never done before. Kylie makes him think of opening up and letting someone in for once, after years of keeping others at an arm’s length, since he’s never in one place long enough to make a connection, let alone nurture one. Kylie is drawn to Oz because he’s so different from the world she knows and he exposes her to the unclean side of human nature, which forces her to look at the world through a different filter. A filter that sees the seedier side, the poorer and more hopeless side, a filter that makes it glaringly obvious that she’s lived a very sheltered life so far. But no matter how much Oz pushes back, Kylie won’t give up on their connection.
The love that grows between the two main characters is healing. It is a kind of love that accepts all of the other person, the good and the bad. It’s a kind of love that nourishes and lets you grow. It’s the kind of love that puts all other loves to shame. It’s the kind of love that anchors you, and keeps you afloat, as the world around you storms and rages, trying to pull you under. And since this a book by Jasinda Wilder, you should definitely expect plot twists and surprise revelations! Oh, and heartbreak! How could I forget the heartbreak!
This book features unrequited love, and highlights the price that one pays if they fail to take a chance. The misery that comes if we don’t make the leap of faith, and put ourselves out there, regardless of how scary it all seems.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and loved these young characters who have all grown up since the last time we saw them! I also love, love, love that this book was written from the male perspective. Although at times, Kylie comes off as callous, particularly when she interacted with Ben. But that’s the interesting thing about how this story is written, you have to read between the lines and put yourself in Kylie’s shoes to see where she’s coming from, since you only see her how Oz and her dad sees her. Nevertheless, I liked being in Oz’s head and experiencing his growth as he learned to accept love. And I LOVED Ben! I don’t know how everyone else will react to him, but he took a piece of me by the end of the book, when I was bawling and aching for him (damn you, Jasinda!) And of course, I relished catching up with the characters that we fell in love with during FIY and FIU. Colt is even sexier, if that’s possible! I was so happy seeing Nell as the confident woman that she’s become. And I loved the glimpses of Becca and Jason, although they weren’t nearly enough to satisfy me! Becca and Jason were always my favorite couple in the series, and I would love a story about Ben, since I suspect there’s more going on there than they’re telling (I’m looking at you, Jasinda!)
I inhaled this book, and I’m sure that I’ll read it a million more times, as I have the other two. I am so grateful to Jasinda and Jack for taking that leap, and letting us all in to their world, although I’m sure it must have been terrifying to expose themselves to judgment and rejection. I think you two are the bee’s knees, and you own a piece of me because your books are now permanent fixtures in my life. Keep them coming, and I’ll keep buying! Happy Anniversary!