Published on: June 16th 2015
Published by: Loveswept
Series: Falling Fast #1
Genre: NA Romance
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(summary from Goodreads)
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 apologise. 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.
I love second chance romances and I love stories about cars and racing, so the moment I saw this book reviewed on another blog I knew I had to have it! It’s been quite a while since I spontaneously bought a book and immediately read it, and although I couldn’t class this book as 5*, it was still definitely worth the read.
Raleigh was the perfect man for this story, and actually a perfect book boyfriend (and that’s not something I say very often!). He was part bad boy but also a family man, devoted friend and all round nice guy. His guilt over the car accident that scarred Mia is ever present and very much defines the way he lives his life all these years later. But he also allows himself to dream, and it is heart breaking for us to watch him struggle to make these dreams come true after all the hard times he has already been through in his life.
“I don’t want you to hurt because of me, Mia. Never again.”
I really like Mia too. As the girl who lived her teenage years riddled with cancer only to recover and end up in a car accident that leaves her badly burnt and scarred you would be ok with her being at least a little bit sad about how her life’s ended up. But instead she has picked herself up and moved on with her life and I really liked that about her. Ok, sure she still covers her face in a ton of make up and makes sure all her scars are covered, but she doesn’t let them stop her from living her life and that’s why I loved her.
“I know why it’s like this for me…why being with you is like flying. Because you make me feel alive. I’d never felt truly alive until I met you seven years ago. I haven’t felt this way since I left. And I know when I leave again it’ll go away.”
As I said above, I really like second chance romances and Mia and Raleigh have to be one of my favorites. It’s been seven years since they were together and since then there has been hospital times and jail times. Both have gone their own separate ways and moved on with their lives, but then they see each other and everything comes flooding back. The attraction and the pull they feel to be close to each other is just as strong as their initial relationship but I like how they don’t just jump straight back into bed together immediately. Instead we get this beautiful friendship that develops, and then when they can’t deny it anymore we get the relationship we have been waiting for the entire book!
One tiny thing that I have to point out is that there is a lot of conversations about their previous relationship but I would have really liked some flashbacks. Intertwining the past and present development of their relationship would have made this book perfect.
“There are a lot of things in life that aren’t fair, Raleigh. But loving each other is one of the things that’s right and good. We aren’t losing that.”
The story has great possibilities, but sadly not all of them were fulfilled. The pacing of the book felt quite slow, which could have been because of the lack of conflict. The romance was great, but it all felt a little bit too easy. Mia was very quick to forgive Raleigh for his part in the crash that changed her life, and they seemed to be fine just moving back into their previous relationship. There was one surprise thrown in there around the 75% mark with threw a spanner in the works, but it just felt a little bit too late, and so didn’t make much of a different to the pacing of the book as a whole.
This is my first time reading Tina Wainscott and I did like really like the story. She did a really great job of developing the characters and I really liked seeing Mia and Raleigh heal together whilst rekindling their relationship. As I said at the beginning, it may not be 5*, but if your looking for a romance that you can swoon along with and characters that you can route for then this is the book for you!
I would recommend this book to fans of: NA Romance, Second Chance Romance, Healing Romance, books about racing