Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Review of "Falling" By Jolene Perry

Kindle edition

Synopsis (Taken from Amazon)

Dana is definitely not the kind of girl to be living in the dump of a wilderness lodge she finds herself waitressing in. But when Craig, the sexy cop who’s handling the murder case where she’s a witness, suggests it—it seems like a good idea. Now she’s got no BMW, no shopping and an assortment of hairy Alaskan men who definitely belong in a run-down old lodge. Her exciting visits from Craig are getting less exciting, and the lodge owner, Jason, is quickly moving from grouchy and judgmental, to funny, smart and unexpectedly complex. Jason knows exactly the type of girl Dana is—beautiful, spoiled, and high maintenance. She’s everything that hurt him in the past, and why he now lives as far away from city life as he can manage. If he wasn’t so hard-up for help, he would have never said yes to his friend, Craig. Despite his reservations, Dana becomes the perfect antidote to everything in his life—both his disaster of a divorce and precocious little sister who shows up on his doorstep. Jason realizes he’s falling for Dana too late to stop it, or even slow it down. As the trial approaches, Dana knows it’s time to move on with her life—but is her life back in the city she left or with a guy she never meant to fall for?

My Review

Jolene Perry writes so vividly that Falling plays out like a film, and a romantic comedy, at that. The beauty of Alaska and the inn where the story unfolds is the perfect, chilly setting for a cozy and classic love story to play out.

Dana and Jason are imperfect but over-all good people, trying to do the right thing, once they figure out what that is. The story alternates chapters from both their perspectives. Their flaws make them more relatable than characters you find in most fiction of a romantic nature. And this is technically New Adult, as opposed to young adult. So that -ahem- some steamy scenes take place. The intimate moments, and sexual tension in Falling are certainly nothing to dismiss, but the subtle humor woven throughout the plot is the cherry on top! Jason's friend, Boz, offers comic relief and fun interactions with Dana. (He's so Seth Rogen in my mind!) 

The down-to-earth love story and breath-taking, wintery setting make Falling a cool a pleasant read. If this novel was a food. It'd be mint-chocolate chip ice cream: Sweet and refreshing!

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