My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise
I have been dyyyyyyyyyying for Maise to release a new book for what feels like years so when I saw she was releasing a college romance entitled The Hardest Fall, I practically pushed my fellow reviewers out of my way so I could have it first. I’ve only read To Love Jason Thorn and To Hate Adam Connor and thought they were the bees knees. But The Hardest Fall didn’t wow me like Maise’s previous books did. I really enjoyed it, I liked the characters, I liked *most* of the storyline but did I love it? No. And really, that hurts me more than I say.
Dylan and Zoe have the best first meetings (definitely plural) ever. In fact, the first line of the book had me snorting in my cup of tea! They meet, Zoe propositions Dylan, then she disappears. One year later they meet again where - again - Zoe makes a fool of herself. A year after that, they meet yet again with Dylan at the pointy end of a rolling pin. There’s a definite attraction between them from the get-go, but Zoe’s innate shyness and pretty huge secrets don’t allow things to progress.
As I said earlier, I enjoyed this book for the most part. The characters were likable and the friendships were strong which is always something I’m drawn to. I felt like there was too much drama though and that took away from Zoe and Dylan. I think there was enough going on in their lives without adding the rest of it to the mix and unless certain other characters are getting a story down the track, it was, in my humble opinion, completely unnecessary. Overall, still a very enjoyable read.
*arc received in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
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