The Fear of Falling
Publication date: TBD
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When Ella Jones’ twenty-first birthday ends with a bang – literally – she never imagined it would be with her best friend since freshman year, Ryan Owen.A year later, after their so called “mistake”, they’re still best friends and about to rock their Senior year at the University of San Francisco. But when Ryan returns from spending a summer in Australia and brings back a friend, Liam George, who takes an immediate liking to Ella, Ryan starts to question the Aussie’s intentions with his best friend. The trouble is, Ryan has a girlfriend of his own, and Ella and Ryan swore they would never cross that line again – until they do.They try not to let their second slip up affect their friendship, but when Spring Break forces them to vacation under the same roof; and Ryan’s ex walks back into his life, Ella is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ella continues to see Liam, Ryan finds himself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship strained for the first time, Ella and Ryan face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t be just friends. Maybe they are falling faster than expected. And maybe, deep down, they want to.
The Fear of Falling starts as a fun friends to lovers romance. Amanda Cowen manages to create an intriguing slow-burn between best friends. Unfortunately, it's a long slow-burn, as they struggle for an almost painfully long time to actually get together.
I love the beginning of the story, as things start to get weird between Ella and Liam. They are both attracted to each other, have already hooked up once, and are now back in town while each is dating someone else. Love it. One of my favorite tropes.
They struggle with fear, the fear of ruining their friendship, the fear of losing the one person who means the most in the world to them. But despite everything, the pull between them is strong, if only they could just say what they mean.
I like Ella and Liam, but as they do so much damage to their friendship along the way, I started to get really pissed at them.
Overall, it's a decent romance that would have been a good or great romance if it was wrapped up sooner.
Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn't trapped on her computer writing stories. She is an "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.
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