I wanted to jump.
He made me fall.
As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.
Until he found me.
Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.
But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.
Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?
Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
You ever start a book and immediately realize that THIS is why you read? From the very beginning The Fall Up spoke to my heart. And it’s been beating over this story ever since.
“It was raining. Isn’t that the way all great love stories start….and also usually end?”
Well this is a GREAT love story, but I can guarantee it is nothing like you’ve ever read. Levee Williams and Sam Rivers meet in the most unconventional of places. There is a spark between them the moment they open their mouths to speak. Over time, their meeting place becomes THEIRS. They recognize the sadness in each other as they live with a burden. Every day. They understand the darkness within their hearts because loving someone only brings pain. Something they both know too well.
“Don’t let go. No matter what, okay?”
I cannot discuss the plot. No. You must live this story. Just know that Sam and Levee’s story is inspirational and is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read. As I said before you have not read this story. There are some deep and raw emotions here. Sam and Levee are two broken people with heartbreaking pasts. But they find a light in each other. Together, it doesn’t hurt so much to breathe. Life and living is possible. And love? It’s inevitable. But there are some lighthearted moments. This isn’t a cry your eyes out story per se. I’d say its a heartfelt emotional story. It’s REAL. The author places you within the lives of Sam and Levee. You FEEL everything. Their joy, their pain, their laughs. And you WILL laugh. Their banter is something special.
“There isn’t a woman in the world who doesn’t have demons of some sort. No matter who I end up with, it’s always going to be a struggle…..Levee I’d like to struggle with you.”
Oh Sam Rivers. How I love you. Adore you. Let me count the ways. I don’t think I have ever met a man so self-less and loving. While consumed with his own pain, his love for Levee far exceeds any darkness. His heart desires Levee. His soul forever tethered to hers. And you feel the depths of his love just by the declaration in his words. He speaks with conviction. And Levee? Her love saves. All this time where she thinks Sam is saving her? It is she who is truly saving Sam.
"She wasn't the princess. And I wasn't the pauper. She was just a sad girl who liked to write songs. And I was nothing more than a simple guy who was lucky enough to have made her fall in love with him."
Their love consumes. Overwhelms. Their love is powerful. Magic. Their love will captivate you and question love and just how much it can take. But their love endures. It overcomes the darkness. It fights through the pain. Their past? It just makes their love stronger. It solidifies everything their love stands for. This isn't an easy love story, but it's theirs.
“From the moment I first met you, you made the world lighter."
The Fall Up truly demonstrates the versatility of this author’s writing. This is different than her other novels, but equally as brilliant, if not more so. It was such an honor to experience the heart stopping ,breathtaking love story of Sam and Levee. A love that faced it all. A love that didn’t see anywhere to go from being at the bottom..but up. This was easily one of my top reads of 2015.
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
I knew from reading the synopsis that The Fall Up by Aly Martinez was going to be one of those books that hits you in the heart and makes you feel and it did.
Levee Williams and Sam Rivers's story was an emotional read at times. I loved Levee and Sam and my heart went out to them both as I discover the reasons why they are both standing on that bridge. Their relationship was never going to be easy, but they struggled and persevered when things got rough, and loved and laugh when things got better. Loved the chemistry that they shared and intense feeling they had for each other. I loved Sam what a guy! So wanting to do what’s best for Levee just perfect.
”There isn't a woman in the world who doesn't have demons of some sort. No matter who I end up with, it's always going to be a struggle. Levee, I'd like to struggle with you.”
With The Fall Up Aly in her unique and beautiful style has written a poignant heartfelt story about two people who are suffering in different ways. Their secrets and past haunt them, but it also connects them. They have found within each other the person to give them strength and courage to take the steps to fall up instead of down.
“She was standing right in front of me, and my body ached to hold her. To feel her. To help her. To allow her to heal….me”
“Sam, you have no idea what you’re getting into.”….“No one ever does. It’s the beauty of taking risks.”
One word did resonate with me in Levee and Sam’s story was fine, and therefore, I totally got the feelings that the word triggered as I read somewhere that FINE also stood for Feelings Inside Not Expressed and so when someone says that they are fine, I always wonder are they really just fine.
“Don’t tell me you’re fine”
Overall, I loved this book and I was captivated from the start, and with some great supporting character that added to the story Aly took me on that emotional roller coaster that love and expect from her.
The Fall Up is definitely a book that should be 1 click today.
“You’re overdoing it, Lev. I know this job isn’t exactly nine-to-five, but it’s not twenty-four-seven, either. You have to stop being Levee Williams all the time and just be you.”
“I know,” I responded.
I didn’t though. I felt like a robot parading around in a lost woman’s body.
Toss in the occasional song.
What little time I did manage to carve out for myself was spent at various children’s hospitals across the country.
Watch a child die.
With every day that passed, the smile became less and less genuine, the pose more and more forced, and the turn took me further and further away from who I really was.
My career was soaring while, personally, I was plummeting. Every single day felt like a terrifying free fall in no particular direction. I was stuck in the middle with no way up—or down.
“You remember that girl, right?” Henry asked, tucking a hair behind my ear.
I did remember her. She was fun and carefree. She loved going out and dancing at nightclubs until the very last song played. She slept until noon if she could. Then, fueled by coffee alone, she’d spend the day with a guitar strapped around her neck and a notepad at her side. She had a huge heart, but she knew her limitations.
Oh, I remembered that girl. I just couldn’t figure out how to get back to her.