Part of a series? Not at this time, but either way it can be read as a standalone.
Category: New Adult.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When reckless meets responsible…
Straight A student Kathryn Lane is all work and no play. She’s determined to keep her scholarship, and that means no distractions…until she takes a summer internship at Stone Cliff Resort and meets bad boy Noah Ryan. She knows she should keep her distance-after all he’s not the kind of guy she can bring home to daddy-but his disarming smile and dangerous ways are entirely too tempting. College dropout, Noah Ryan takes one look at Kathryn and instantly knows her type-ambitious, driven and determined, just like he used to be, before the accident that derailed his life and left him an emotional wreck. He vows to avoid her, but when a co-worker backs him into a bet he can’t refuse, everything he’s been running from is challenged and he’s forced to confront his demons. Soon, Kathryn and Noah are lost to everything except each other. As their lives become entwined, their passion is reckless, their heat all-consuming but when hurtful truths spill out, can Noah prove himself worthy of the one girl who can heal his wounded heart, or will the fire they ignited turn to ash when it all comes crashing down?
I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
Crashing Down is a standalone, perfect as a summer read. If you’re looking for something with sweet scenes, some real heat and a summer setting, then this book is for you. 😉
I enjoyed reading this novel, but if I’m being honest it’s not a story I will remember much or think about much. In some ways, I’m a little bit disappointed, but I truly think it’s because I was looking for something very much more emotionally driven, with an undeniable depth and while there’s some emotion, it’s not the kind of emotion that guts you. At least, it didn’t gut me.
In this novel, both characters are posing as someone they’re not for very different reasons. That’s something I truly enjoyed. The author shows us how Noah and Kathryn are not what they’re showing deep inside, but it’s done in small touches, guiding us in the discovery of Noah and Kathryn as they’re supposed to be, little by little. It’s well-done.
But then, there’s the whole thing regarding Noah. Something awful happened in his past and while he’s still grieving and basically self-destructing in some ways, I couldn’t feel the emotions. Not always. Sometimes I think the author didn’t delve enough in the characterizations.
Kathryn is a likable character, but I think the ordeal with her father is only skimmed. For such a thing drawn out and out throughout the book, when I think how it’s done and over with in a matter of roughly five pages it’s very disappointing and it frustrated me.
Also, I don’t think the twists are effective. There’s no real issues in the story, nothing coming in between the main characters to better put us on edge or to just put the relationship into perspective. Then again, I don’t think the stakes are high enough or truly brought in the story to make us see these stakes as such.
And yet, all of these observations didn’t bother me while reading. I kept in mind that it’s a summer read, something easy and fast paced that wouldn’t ask for too much of me and it worked.
The writing style is a little rough at times. Some dialogues, mainly the ending, are very, very cheesy. At this point it was a little bit nauseating and I even caught myself rolling my eyes. That doesn’t mean you’d feel the same reading it. Other than that, it flows pretty well.
In a few words, I enjoyed reading this book, but considering the topics and the characters portrayed here I expected feeling more while reading.