Welcome to my review of a new title from author Tina Wainscott. Please be sure to read the excerpt, don’t forget to check out the tour stops to see what others thought of the book, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Loveswept Mug, Flirt Mug and a Select Ebook Bundle.
A second chance at romance is the premise of this story: a car accident had left Mia, a wealthy teen visiting the area for the summer, disfigured. Raleigh is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks: never quite enough, and certainly not right for the girl whose life he ruined.
The premise is a good one: there is a solid redemption / growth trajectory for both of the characters, from both the accident and its aftermath and their own lives. Despite having everything, Mia has lived with cancer for years. Raleigh had a drunk and abusive father that led him to leave home at 15. Neither one has, since that summer before the accident, had a relationship that felt so ‘right’.
The potential for a lovely story, gripping and emotional, with plenty of back and forth was high. Insets/flashbacks from that first summer would have added to the depth and draw. All of this was flattened in the arc and pacing. With easy forgiveness of Raleigh from Mia, the story had no poll: there was no real groveling or amends made stretching my suspension of disbelief beyond the breaking point. Then, add to that odd choice, the pacing that is painfully slow as they are thrown together because of a joint bequest. I just had real problems getting into the story as it unfolded and progressed, and the lack of my ability to believe in the storyline had me frustrated more often than not.
Characters were portrayed with a decent amount of depth and interest, and their backstories (particularly Raleigh’s) were full of emotional moments without delving into pathos. I expected a bit more drama and angst, but it was, again, flattened by the odd plotting choices – there should have been more of a lead in to Mia’s forgiveness, and the entire story had me feeling as if she held the power in the relationship without actually understanding or knowing what to do with it. I’m wondering if the all-too-quick forgiveness will fracture with more time, but only the next book will tell that tale.
Title: Falling Fast
Author: Tina Wainscott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: June 16th 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Fans of Jasinda Wilder and Colleen Hoover will adore this emotional new small-town romance—a smoldering tale of first love and long-awaited redemption from USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott.
Raleigh West works in an auto shop day and night, trying to put his broken past out of mind. It’s been seven years since the fiery crash that landed his teenage sweetheart in the hospital . . . and him in jail. In an instant, he lost everything: his passion for racing, his hope of escaping his father’s shameful legacy, and the only girl he ever loved. Raleigh hasn’t seen her since that awful night. Never got a chance to apologize. And never forgave himself, either.
When brave, beautiful Mia Wentworth returns to the Florida coast for the first time in what seems like forever, it’s not to see Raleigh. Even so, the moment she arrives she can feel his presence like a gust of wind that gives her goose bumps. Opening her heart to him again seems impossible. But staying away? That might be harder still. Lucky for them both, Mia’s never been the kind of woman to take the easy way out.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.