He was the beginning of my heart . . . and the end of it.
I was only fifteen years old when he claimed it and twenty when he took it with him.
They say what is meant to be will find a way. But when you have changed to the point of no return, how can anything ever be the same?
Seven years later, Dean Martin waltzed back into my life in hopes of resuming what I had fought so hard to forget, but he was in for a wake-up call.
I was no longer the naïve woman he had left . . . and I was no longer his.
I met the love of my life and my soul mate when I was fifteen. I knew that; he knew that. He wanted that girl back. I wanted to forget she ever existed.
What I thought was my pre-destined path was very much an illusion. Living seven years with regret, I realized too late that I was broken, and that I only had myself to blame.
I thought love could wait . . . but it didn’t.
We’d had it all those years ago, and then I foolishly left it behind.
She was all that mattered. She was all there ever was.
There was no life without Dallas, no reason . . . except her.
No matter how hard she tried to convince me, I knew I had to once again make her mine, to make her remember . . . the fall.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
As soon as I started this book, I was hooked. From the very first page. The Fall made my heart beat through the entire story. I laughed. I cried. I felt everything. My heart is so happy to have lived this book.
“Could she still feel me the way I still felt her? In my bones, in my blood, in the very depths of who I was, she remained..”
Dean Martin has been in love with Dallas since he was fifteen. He just could never admit it. Not to anyone. Not even himself. As they enter college, their friendship remains strong. Always yearning for the other, Dean always felt like he could never give in and Dallas never believed he could love someone like her. But he could. And he did. In that moment it’s like fireworks go off. You knew their chemistry was strong, but you have no idea of the depths of their love until you feel it. Through their words, their actions.
“The best I have ever felt in my life is when I lose myself in my love for you.”
But even sometimes the greatest loves face obstacles. Dean and Dallas have great aspirations for their education and careers. It causes them to make choices. Break promises. Face consequences. They are forced apart. Hearts are shattered, but their love never forgotten. You are put through every emotion with these two. The author is an amazing writer that allows you to live within the hearts of her characters to truly understand the devastation of the ending of Dean and Dallas.
“I want all of you, Dallas. Every single piece. Even the ones I broke.”
Time never deterred their love. It always remained, even dormant. It simply never faltered. When Dean realizes that perhaps all is not lost with Dallas. He goes to her, but she has moved on. Or so she thinks. Her heart just never caught up. Dean tried to move on but he could never give his heart to anyone. It always belonged to Dallas. And even years later that still rung true. But when the one person you trusted to love you unconditionally, breaks your heart how do you know they will never do that again?Perhaps love is the greatest risk of them all.
“I love you, Dally, so much, so completely, so purposefully. I don’t think it was ever unintended. I think I knew exactly who I wanted my heart to belong to.”
Dean Martin. My heart belongs to you. You love wholeheartedly. With conviction. Your love is relentless. Unyielding. Your love consumed me. Left me breathless. I wanted nothing more than to get lost in you. His words of declaration of love for Dallas were powerful and overwhelming. Their heartbeats were always in sync. Their souls tethered. No matter the circumstance, Dean wanted Dallas to remember the fall and its magic. The fall that proved that their hearts only belonged to each other.
“Dallas, the greatest gift you’ve ever given me was a piece of your heart. I’m going to have to ask for that back now. I need it.”
The Fall was such a beautiful and emotionally charged story. It goes beyond the second chance or friends to lovers romance story. It’s deeper. I loved this story beyond words. I found their love story to be inspirational and heart felt. Their love was never easy, but it was theirs.
Kate Stewart, a native of Dallas, now resides in Charleston, S.C. She moved to the city three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, declaring the city her creative muse. Since her move in 2010, she has published two novels, the third coming July 2015. She lives with her husband of 8 years, Nick who is featured on the cover of the novel, TITAN. (Set to re-release some time in 2015.)
Her other novels include Room 212, Never Me, and Loving the White Liar which are all available now.
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