Title: The Fragile Fall (Undone #1)
Author: Kristy Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 6, 2014
I’ve destroyed everything in my life and now I’m left with nothing.
Alone and scared.
Broken and shattered.
But I’ve found a way to deal with it.
Instead of all the pain being on the inside, I make the outside ache too. Anything to make it easier to breathe.
Until one beautiful morning when I look outside and see her.
She tries to help me…
But I’m lost.
And I’m not sure I can ever be found.
* * *
His gentle eyes watch me from behind the window, the boy shrouded in mystery. I wasn't expecting what happened when our worlds collided.
His storm to my calm.
His dark to my light.
I try to hold everything together. To put his life, and mine, back together.
But everything falls apart. My family. Him. Me.
And I'm trying to pick up the pieces.
I will start this off by saying that I started this series backwards. Its because I loved book two so much, I needed to go back to book one to Ryanne and Will’s story. If I thought I knew their story, I was wrong. I am so glad I decided to read it. It wasn’t until now that I truly understood the depth of their love and all it overcame.
“I ran from all the reminders that showed me everything I couldn’t have because of how broken I was.”
One decision shatter’s the life of seventeen year old Will. Everything he knows and loves is no more. Will grew up with overbearing parents that protected him from everything. Until one night they could not. Tragedy causes Will to leave his home and live with his Aunt. Will is broken by guilt and cannot forgive himself. His heart and soul is dark. Shattered into pieces. Until Ryanne comes in with her light. She threatens his darkness. She gives him hope of the possibility of happiness, life, and even love.
“His eyes were like a gentle touch that stayed on my skin even after he looked away. I could feel him when he was in the same room, even if I wasn’t looking at him.”
The moment Will sees Ryanne, his breath stops. And I felt it. The author puts you in that moment. The moment when Will’s soul awakens from the darkness. However, he is hesitant. Not sure how to make friends as guilt makes him believes he's not worthy of living again.. But Ryanne’s spirit draws him in and he wants nothing more than to be around her. Everyday Will comes out of his shell with the new found friendship in Ryanne and her brother Jax. They soon become inseparable. There is a bond between the three of them. There is also an underlying attraction between Will and Ryanne that they both try to avoid. Will believes he’s too broken. While Ryanne does not want to shatter his already broken pieces. Little do they know that life becomes more bearable when they are together.
“...but it wasn’t something that blossomed with time. It was swift and all-encompassing. And irreversible.”
When the pain becomes too much to deal with. When it hurts to breathe. Will no longer can hold on. He tumbles back into the darkness. The pain and the guilt overwhelms him. The author did an exceptional job on this sensitive and relevant subject. My heart went out to Will and his pain. And anyone that has to go through what he went through. But I was also in awe of his strength. It reminds us that the fall is not what matters, it’s what happens when you get up. And Will? He got up.
“You aren’t broken, Will. You are a survivor.”
This was not an easy story in the sense that pain, guilt, and even lies plague these characters lives. But what makes it worth it is their journey. The lives of Will and Ryanne are shattered because of their circumstances. But their love never faltered in these times. If anything their love and admiration for each other grew stronger though the darkness. These two have to trudge through some obstacles. Their love is tested and their foundation is shaken to its core. But their love always remained.
“Thank you for saving me, Ry. Thank you for loving me even when I was too broken to love you back.”
Can we talk about the that Prologue?! Hello Prologue! What a powerful way to start a book. And the rest of the story? This author’s words gave me LIFE. Every one of her words? I felt. Her words speak to your heart. The flashbacks, the writing style, and the development of the story and it’s characters was absolutely brilliant in it’s execution. This author has effortlessly written a story on loss, forgiveness, acceptance, and love. Ryanne and Will are two broken and beautiful human beings. It hurt to live until they met each other. Their souls became tethered the moment they meet. That’s the depth of their love.
“You aren’t numb. You feel everything when you’re with me. That’s why you’re running. You’re afraid to feel how good this is, how right.”
I think if you get put all the words of the most beautiful love songs together they would only describe a fraction of the love between Ryanne and Will. An entire week later my heart swells over the emotions of this story. I still get chills just thinking about it. I was emotionally overwhelmed in the best way possible. My heart and mind were consumed from the moment I started to the very last page. The characters stole my heart. I lived their story. The Fragile Fall is a powerful, poignant, and thought provoking story that will simply stay with me for a long time to come. Words cannot express how excited I am for the rest of this series and what is to come from this author.
From the time she was old enough to form words into sentences, Kristy Love has been writing stories. She attended La Roche College and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Writing. When she's not writing, Kristy can be found with her nose stuck in a book or spending time with her family and friends.
She lives with her husband and two girls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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