Friday, April 25, 2014
Review of Fall into Forever by Beth Hyland
Synopsis: A girl with a past she can't remember. A guy with a past he can't forget.
Ivy McAllister had it all. Perfect boyfriend. Perfect life. Perfect future. Or so they tell her. Because one night, on a dark country road, a fiery crash changed everything…and Ivy can’t remember what happened.
Now, two years later, at a new college far from home, she tries to regain control of her life, but her plans don’t include a tattooed, motorcycle-riding, indie music-obsessed guy with his own sorority girl fan club.
Jon Priestly is the hottest guy at Pacific State University. Just ask his groupies. But with a dark past he must keep hidden, he shuts himself off emotionally and trusts no one. That is…until he meets a broken girl with haunting green eyes and secrets of her own.
Ivy shouldn’t be attracted to Jon. They’re wrong for each other in every possible way. Yet as they spend time together, something about him—everything about him—feels so right.
But when threats from her past make her question what little she does remember, Ivy must decide whether to run again or trust the one person she can’t live without.
*** Due to mature situations, strong language and drug references, this is not intended for readers under 18. ***
Review: I really enjoyed Ivy and Jon's story. You start off with Ivy, who is stranded in a bathroom, at a party, after seeing someone from her past that she does not want to see. You really don't get a good idea, yet, of why she does not want to see him, but she is clearly freaking out and needs to get away. From there, the story moves back to earlier in the evening when Ivy and her friend, Cassidy, are waiting to get into the party. This is when Ivy meets Jon for the first time, when he escorts someone out of the party and gets into a fight. Ivy makes a first impression of Jon that includes him being the MMA fighter/druggie type, so she does not really consider wanting to get to know him. He comes in later in the evening, however, and helps her out.
The two end up having a class together, and slowly, over the course of several weeks, they start seeing on another. There are a few starts and stops due to both of them freaking out a little bit, but they clearly have a great flirtation and chemistry going on. Then, after some violence on campus, Jon finally recognizes that he cares for Ivy, so he finally mans up and they start dating. From there, the story is about both of them learning to come to terms with their past and being able to be together. I liked that this story moved back and forth between both of their points of view because you see how both of them are strong individuals that are trying to overcome some pretty difficult things. Jon's story, is especially heartbreaking, but Ivy has also dealt with a lot of abuse and bullying.
I felt like Ivy's story was a little choppy, for lack of a better word. I think that there could be more depth to what she went through, especially what she did remember of it. It also seemed to wrap up too quickly, and I felt like I missed some depth towards the end of the book that was definitely there earlier in the book. Also, Jon's story didn't feel resolved to me. I'm not sure at this point if there will be a second book that will go into that more, but he was just as much a focus of the story, for me, and I felt like I was left hanging with his part of the story. Otherwise, this story was a good college age story, and there was definitely some heat involved!