Series: Falling Into You #4
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
My name is Benjamin Dorsey. You know my mom and dad's story. You know Kylie's parents' story. You even know Kylie's story.
You don't know mine, yet.
You don't know what a broken heart is until you've loved someone your whole life, only to have her slip through your fingers because you waited too long. That's heartbreak. That's regret. And how do you live with that? How do you go through the motions when she's there as a reminder of what you lost, of what you could have had but were too damn chicken to go after? I couldn't. So I left.
That's right, I ran away. I found myself across the continent, playing minor league football. I mean, at least I still had football, right?
Nope. That got taken away from me too. A career-ending injury left me down-and-out, scraping the bottom of the barrel, hating myself and hating life. And then I met Cheyenne Leveaux, my physical therapist, who became my one and only friend, the one bright light in the darkness of my messed up life.
But of course nothing is ever simple, or easy.
Tragedy struck, and the rug was swept out from under me yet again, and this time the guilt, the doubt, the secrets, and the old heartbreak may threaten my one chance at true happiness, my one shot at my own happily ever after.
I write this review with sadness and joy because this is the end of one of my favorite series. The Falling Series has brought me pleasure and agony, hope and despair, and I’ve always thought it one of the most beautifully written NA series out there, with amazingly developed characters. Falling Away continues the trend of Jasinda Wilder’s great story telling, and ends this series on an achingly beautiful note.
Falling Away begins with Ben Dorsey, on the road, without direction, and running away from a broken heart. I ached for him as he traveled across the country, trying to forget his past. I felt my heart crack as he worked to build a new future, only to have it fall apart in a moment. I was gutted when, as he learned to open his heart again, it was torn in an instant. But as Ben’s world is unraveling, he meets a girl who is in as much pain as he is, maybe even more. They both hold on to each other as they battle guilt and grief, and although it hurt, I felt hope as I read this story about discovering new love and learning to feel again.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. What I love most about Jasinda Wilder’s books are her characters. They are the best. Ben Dorsey was the type of hero I absolutely love. He isn’t the one-dimensional alpha male. He’s real, caring, true, and he knows how to treat a woman he loves. For fans of Falling Into Us, he’s the perfect mix of Jason and Becca. And although I was mainly invested in this story because of Ben – and the synopsis doesn’t tell you too much about the female protagonist – I’ll say that she surprised me. I LOVED Echo. She was beautiful and honest, flawed, vulnerable, heartbreaking and inspiring. Even with all her cracks, she’s still strong and I loved the connection she had with Ben. Echo is wild and slightly unhinged, as she deals with her deeply rooted turmoil, and Ben is a buoy that keeps her afloat.
Although, this wasn’t a damsel in distress story. These characters grow together, and they grow separately. The perfect New Adult romance, in that it tackles, realistically, the struggles people face as they try to let go of childhood hardships and become an adult with a life and love that they dream about. As with the rest of this series, music and poetry played a large role. Entwined in this story were truly amazing, and touching lyrical gems.
This love story was the perfect balance of sizzle and sweetness. The sexual chemistry was an important and almost tangible aspect of the story, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I loved the progression of Ben and Echo’s love story, and thought it flowed perfectly. The secondary characters were also very intriguing, and I have my fingers crossed for a possible spinoff. But even if that doesn’t happen, I ended this series feeling immensely satisfied. After Falling Under, I wanted this story so badly, and knowing how much I loved the others in the series, I had high expectations. Falling Away was better than what I wanted, greater than what I expected, and the absolute perfect ending to a very beloved series.