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I loved that all of Jasinda Wilder's books have a theme. This one deals with abandonment as a child ( and its repercussions in life) and recovery (through love) from grief after the death of a loved one.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2015
Reading this book was like visiting an old friend. Having not read much from Jasinda this year I turned to this book that had been sitting on my kindle for a while.
This book is part of the Falling series. The first two books focused on Nell and Colton and their friends Becca and Jason and how all of their lives changed with the death of a beloved friend/boyfriend. The story was then picked up further down the line and focused on the foursomes children, mainly Colton and Nell's daughter Kylie, at the end of Falling under Kylie's best friend (Ben) left heartbroken that Kylie had found love with someone else. All of us readers desperately wanted Ben's story and finally we have it, and it does not disappoint.
Having left to the tune of Passengers song "Let Her Go" Ben goes on a journey of self discovery, he plays the field and moves around the country until finally he settles down to play football. Just as he seems to settle he has a football related injury and his life takes another turn.
"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."
Yet again this story is emotionally charged and I could not put the book down. It was a great way to end the series and to start a new one (I'm really looking forward to reading about new characters introduced in this story) . This was a classic Wilder story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2015
Jasinda, take a holiday, recharge your writing batteries! This series got steadily worse as it continued. The first book was great, the first book I read of Jasinda's. Second book was quite good but last two.... This last instalment was meant to be Ben's story but turned into a girl (with a questionable name) story! Echo?! Isn't that the margarine you use in cooking? Her story was uninteresting in fact there was no story at all. My bug bear with self published books are the glaring mistakes. Like Echo shrinking in height. Ben's eye colour changing. Sorry but this was awful .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2015
This was a wonderful ending do the falling series . I'm so glad that Ben found his love and that he had so.done to catch him when he fell and echo she is a complicated girl.in herself but knew who would look after and help her when she needed it. Loves it
5.0 out of 5 starsSo amazing - the series gets better xx
Reviewed in Australia on January 7, 2015
Oh my I've been waiting for this book for some time and I was not disappointed - I LOVE it! Seriously, thank-you Jasinda. An incredible ending to an incredible series. Loved Echo for her vulnerability and her strength. Loved Ben because he was so genuine. You don't have to have read the series to enjoy Falling Away - it really is a beautiful story. Have fun, read, enjoy.
Encore un livre de la série Falling (te succomber), et je ne m'en lasse pas. J'avais lu les premiers tomes en français mais là je ne voulais pas attendre pour lire le livre sur Ben. Encore une fois Jasinda Wilder signe un bel opus. Une histoire poignante, entre deux personnes qui se rencontrent dans des circonstances un peu inhabituelles. Ben qui a toujours été amoureux de Kylie et qui fait tout pour l'oublier, et Echo qui n'a plus confiance dans les hommes. J'ai presque retrouvé l'intensité du tome 1 (qui est comme dans bien des séries le plus réussit) et j'ai vraiment aimé le personnage de Ben alors que je l'avais detesté dans le 3.
I loved this series!! Each book I read I couldn't put any of them down!! Jasinda certainly knows how to weave a story that hooks you in from the 1st page to the last! Through out all 4 books, it got gritty & real & made you feel everything! Just brilliant!
I've loved all four books, I wish there were songs at the end of all them as the way you do with Falling into you. Oh and by the way I just love the song Falling into you and do you actually sing it Jasinda cause if you do you have an awesome voice.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt's just this simple. I've fallen for Ben. A perfect conclusion to this one-of-a-kind series!
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2015
I have been anxiously awaiting Fallen Away by Jasinda Wilder since Ben Dorsey drove away from the Nashville city limits with a broken heart listening to "Let Her Go" by Passenger in Falling Under.
"Sometimes there is no where, there's only go."
And Fallen Away, the fourth and final book in the Falling series, did not disappoint. It's the perfect conclusion to this emotionally-gripping, and at times, heart-wrenching series, where the underlying theme is that love can mend a broken heart and heal all wounds, no matter how deep. Hope is such prominent part of each book and assures the reader that no matter what painful thing life throws at you, you can still pick up the pieces and find true love... and that love can heal.
At the beginning of Falling Away, Ben Dorsey runs away from his supportive family and life in Nashville, Tennessee and aimlessly wanders around the U.S. doing odd jobs and trying to come to terms that he lost his true love, the one woman he thought was made for him, the girl literally next door, Kylie Calloway. A year later he settles in San Antonio, Texas to play football because he feels it's the only tangible thing he has left. He is injured badly during a game and is told he will never play football again. He establishes a relationship with his physical therapist, Cheyenne, and that relationship is the catalyst for the tragic turn of events that affect both his life, as well as the life of Cheyenne's daughter, Echo Leveaux.
Falling Away is told in dual POVs of both Ben and Echo, and I think this helps the reader feel the emotions of each character. Both Ben and Echo are each fighting their own demons, and they don't always reveal to each other what they are, but the reader is drawn into their mind very easily. In addition, the book flows well with this combination.
Ben Dorsey is a fantastic hero. He is a young hero with an old soul in my opinion. He is shy, chivalrous and is willing to go the distance for his woman. He is a gentle hero, yet knows how to turn on the heat in the bedroom in a dominant way. It's a fascinating, heady combination.
I want to highlight how much music plays such an integral and pertinent part of each book in the series and Falling Away is no exception. The playlist for each book is very different and creates a "mood" for each installment. I love the country music Ms. Wilder chose for this book. It's perfect for the Texas and Nashville setting and sets the tone for Ben and Echo's relationship. In addition, music is very important to Echo. The songs in the book that are connected to her are emotional, raw and truly touching.
Fans of the "Falling" series will not be disappointed in this final installment. It's tender, gripping, and deeply affecting. Also, there are cameos from characters in the previous books that we all know and love.
A side note for anyone who chooses to read this book. When you finish Falling Away, I recommend you listen to the last song on Ms. Wilder's playlist. It is the perfect song that not only completes this book, but this entire series. I hugged my Kindle after listening to it. It's bittersweet that the series is over, but the best part is that these characters are always waiting there for me to pick up and visit again.
"There's a whole world of possibility out there for you, Ben, you just gotta figure out what you want. This is one closed door. There's countless others still standing open." - Jason Dorsey
"You can fall, Echo. I'll catch you. Because I'm falling too, and I need you to catch me too." - Ben Dorsey
"You're my everything, now and forever, come what may." - Ben Dorsey
This has been one of those where you can’t help but feel for Ben. After everything that happened in Falling Under I wanted his story so bad. This to me starts out sad. Ben is alone and he basically chooses to keep it that way. I respect his decision, I feel it is rather grown up on his part. Punches do not take long to be pulled. I didn’t read the blurb at all (it’s Ben, I didn’t care about anything else).
Ben and Echo are a couple dripping in Chemistry. There is a chaptered appropriately titled as such and it was whoa, so dang hot. I liked the fact that they could barely touch and you could still feel it from them just hanging out. They also made me laugh a lot.
Away is in no means a light read. Just like the other 3 in the series there are major issues between these two and all around in general. There are moments of sadness, heartbreak and a little confusion.
I’m kind of sad that this is the end of the series but I’m happy it ended with Ben. I wanted him to get his HEA so bad. His journey was far from easy but I felt like he was able to grow into a man with the things he experienced. I don’t think he could have found anymore more complicated and messed up than Echo but she worked for him. She was strong but also weak. I loved them.