New Release and My Review: Fall Back Skyward by Autumn Grey

New Release and My Review:  Fall Back Skyward by Autumn GreyFall Back Skyward by Autumn Grey
Series: Fall Back #1
Publication Date: TBD
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Second Chance Romance
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Synopsis

Synopsis

Seven years ago, I saved her. I loved her. I still do. But they took me away from her and locked me up. For two years, all I could think about was her. She consumed me. Took up every room in my head and gave me something to focus on, knowing I would see her soon.

Four years ago, I watched her as she walked down the aisle and into the arms of a man that wasn't me. My brother. I promised him that I'd leave town.

I did and never looked back.

Now, I'm staring at seven letters, each envelope stamped with one word in bold, red ink: URGENT.

I have no choice but to go back home. Seeing her will be the hardest thing I'll ever have to do. But in order to reconcile with my past, I have to face my present. Even if the thought of seeing her, knowing that she is out of my reach, kills me.

I have no idea what awaits me, but I can only hope that the demons of my past will finally be buried and put to rest.

 

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“Always and forever. This is my promise to you.”

Fall Back Skyward is book one in the Falling series. It is a second chance romance novel and can be read as a standalone.

“I’m Cinderella and I don’t need anything else in this world. Just him and me.”

Cole Holloway is a man of many burdens. Once his life was simple, fun, and full of love. He found his first and only true love in a young girl named Eleanor. She also fell into a fondness and infatuation with Cole that seemed beyond her years of maturity.  They grew to find peace and friendship with one another, which turned into a young crush, and transformed to love. But that was nine years ago. Now Cole guards his life and his heart, especially when it involves protection from two people he loved the most.

“Being strong doesn’t necessarily mean doing things so the world can see how brave you are and applaud.  It’s how you win the battle that matters. That’s what makes you strong.”

Fall Back Skyward was a complex story of tragedy morphing into triumph and love. Cole and Nor were what I look for in a hero and heroine.  Cole was strong and endured in the only way he could. Having his own physical differences to overcome and having lost his most precious possession.  Nor was steadfast and had tenacity.  No matter how many times or ways she was pushed down by life, she rose above it and pressed forward, making the best of her life, in spite of its plot twists.  There were so many unknown factors that came into play, meandering and shaping the paths of Nor, Cole, and all of those around them.

“Your body is like my guide. I know where to touch you or kiss young watching how you react to me and listening to what my hands tell me. I touch you the way I want to be touched.”

The charged atmosphere created throughout each page was taut, thick with emotion, feeling, remembrance, regret, and hope.  Sometimes it was the spoken word or gesture, other times, simply the spell-binding silence that held me, suspended in their spell.  I laughed, cried, screamed, wiped a million tears from my eyes, swooned, and fell in love. There were parts of the story that gutted me, parts that made me feel refreshed and awakened, and parts that carried me away into bliss.  An amazing escape!

“Thank you for the silver lining.”

 

 

Excerpt

The air around me shifts, like atoms rearranging themselves to accommodate a potent, powerful entity. My eyes snap open. I swing my head around to my right and there, lying next to me calmly as though it’s something completely normal, is Cole Holloway. 

I bolt upright and turn to face him. “How did you get up here?” He doesn’t respond. Then I remember that he can’t hear me. I touch his arm, making sure he can see my lips. Thank goodness the moon is full tonight. He tilts his head to the side to look at me. “How did you get up here?”

He points to the side of the building. I follow his finger and see the white ladder poking at the roof. Ah, I’d completely forgotten about it.

  He turns his head and faces the sky. Holding my breath, I study his profile; his sharp nose and angular jaw. A faint scent of musk cologne drifts toward me, making the hair on the nape of my neck stand on end.

Dragging my gaze from his face, I look up at the infinite dark sky and I smile. Every part of me is centered on him. His movements. Every rise and fall of his chest doubles my heart beat until the only sound that fills my senses is my pulse pounding in my ears.

Thump.

Thump.

Thump.

Seconds, minutes, probably hours go by. Centuries could pass. Seasons could come and go, but I wouldn’t notice, because this is the most spellbinding moment I’ve ever experienced in my seventeen years on this earth.

Something fleetingly touches the back of my hand, startling me.

There it is again. A soft touch along the side of my pinkie. My skin is on fire now. My heart is in my throat and my lungs are nowhere near working right. The touch is firm now. Deliberate. He hooks his pinkie around mine and tugs gently. Then he exhales hard, and I swear the roof moves beneath our bodies. Suddenly, the finger uncoils from mine, leaving me cold. I blink several times before twisting, turning my head to the side to look at him.

Did I imagine that touch?

I glance down and see that his hand is curled into a fist at his side. He sits up, then turns slightly to the side to face me. His face is framed in shadows so I can’t see it clearly. A shiver skitters down my back as he leans forward without warning until I feel his quick breath fan my lips, his eyes on my mouth the entire time. He takes a tendril of the hair fanned around my head and rubs it between his fingers, his eyes not leaving mine. I’m captivated by his eyes, his overwhelming presence. I should scold him for being too forward and getting into my space, but I can’t. I’m mesmerized by the inhales and exhales passing through his parted lips.

He lets go of my hair and climbs to his feet with the agility and swiftness of a panther. Between one breath and the next, he’s gone, disappearing into the night as quietly as he came. Taking with him a tiny piece of my heart. As odd as it sounds, I feel a certain connection to this quiet boy.

I attempt to prop my upper body on my elbows so I can watch him as he walks back to his house, but they feel too jelly-like. I settle back on the roof, grinning and listening to the muffled crunch of his shoes on the grass until it fades.

5 Stars

About Autumn Grey

Autumn Grey is the author of the romance suspense, Havoc, Obliterate, Mend (Havoc series). And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.

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