EXCERPT & REVIEW TOUR ~ IF WE FALL by Nina Lane

 

IF WE FALL (What If #2) is LIVE!

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

 

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5 Stars~Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF

 
Ooh my, I still can’t wipe the grin off my face regardless of the ginormous cliffy which I might add, knocked me for six! Yeah, it’s totally Nina’s style but at the same time, totally unexpected since I thought she’d lead me to a place where there’d be a glimmer of hope. And although this is the first book in the What If Duet, I highly recommend reading the prequel first, If We Leap. It takes place a while back, giving readers a better understanding of her protagonists’ young lives and yes, the ending is just as gut-wrenching as this one. So, more advice…take a deep breath ‘cause you’ll probably want to stamp on your Kindle! Now then, If We Fall didn’t take off where I assumed it would. More reason for me to be intrigued, especially seeing that Cole had changed so much and Josie; well, I really don’t want to say too much because you have to read these guys’ story.

I fully admit that I love all Nina’s previous publications, but this one is simply beyond perfection. For the want of getting my hands on If We Fly coming 13th September, is something ridiculous! My patience, in this case, is literally zero and you’ll see why. Two lives. Two people from different backgrounds, who seemingly have most of the cards stacked against them for reasons to be divulged, start making plans. Their future looks bright, they have the blessing of Josie’s parents, and then everything came tumbling down in the split of a second. Argh, Cole and Josie made me cry. Okay, so I do get teary-eyed pretty easily, but what had happened wasn’t in the slightest bit fair. And few authors get me swearing like a trooper, but my language turned the air blue in more than one scenario. Yet Lane got me thinking about the consequences, how it had deeply affected them, how Cole coped with it and how Josie’s suffering altered her happy-go-lucky character. Trying to pick up the pieces, their lives go on. Neither are happy.

The author delved into Josie’s trauma in such a way that I couldn’t help but feel her pain. On the other hand; Cole, I didn’t know him. Gone was that enthusiastic lad I knew. Gone were his dreams. He is even more gorgeous, much older of course; however, his bitterness, his selfishness and need for vengeance vibrate off the pages. When I wished for the return of normalcy because I honestly believed it was possible, another hurdle appeared on the horizon.

This read that brought out all the feels was read in one-sitting, left me in an emotional mess, and I can’t wait to see to see if Josie and Cole get their happy ending. The way things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if, in book two, I have a nervous attack so Nina, please don’t break my heart more than it already is! One of my fave romances of the year, trying my very hardest not to let on was a real effort, but I must for you readers. Bravo Lane!

EXCERPT

© 2018 Nina Lane
All rights reserved.

 
“Sir?” The security guard phones in from downstairs. “There’s a woman here insisting she needs to speak with you.”“Name?”“Josephine Mays.”“Let her in.”I turn off the intercom and unlock my office door. A few minutes pass before the door flies open. Josie barges in, her hands fisted and an angry light in her eyes.

“You are an asshole,” she snaps.

“I’ve been told.”

“How dare you pull that kind of stunt?”

“It’s the truth.”

“And we both know damned well you brought it up only because I’m involved.” She tosses her backpack and art portfolio onto a chair. She’s trembling with anger. “I don’t care what you think about me, but bringing the people of this town into our personal shit is low, even for you.”

My shoulders tense. “Even for me? What do you know about me?”

“Nothing anymore.” She slams her hands to her hips, her features twisting. “But I used to know everything about you. Do you remember that? Then you walked out on me right when I needed you the most, proving you were never the man I thought you were. Now I find out that you run this company like a dictator, you’re crushing independent businesses and putting people out of work, and you’re publicly trying to stop me from creating a mural that’s intended for both this town and my parents. What the hell happened to you?”

You happened to me.”

The words fly out of my mouth before I can stop them. The pencil I’m holding breaks in two with the force of my grip.

Josie steps back, her eyes widening. Her dark hair is windblown, her cheeks flushed, her chest heaving under her old army jacket. I’d once had the right to comb her hair back from her forehead, slide my palm over her neck before edging my fingers into her V-necked T-shirt…

Anger crushes my chest. I shove away from my desk and stride toward her. Fear flashes in her green eyes, which pisses me off even more. When the fuck was she ever afraid of me?

I grab the lapels of her jacket, yanking her closer. Our lower bodies collide. She gasps, a little catching noise in the back of her throat that used to get me hot in a second.

It still does. My blood starts to boil. She tilts her head back, her eyes flashing. I lower my head to look at her, fighting to ignore her scent—goddamned summer leaves and cherry candy.

“I once would have done anything for you.” The words grate roughly from my throat. “And then I failed you in the worst possible way. I failed you, I failed Teddy, and I failed your parents.”

She stares at me, her eyes widening. “Cole, I—”

“When you left, I hoped with everything I was that you’d have a chance at a normal life.” I pull her closer, anger warring with the undeniable flare of lust. “That you could be happy again if you weren’t constantly surrounded by reminders of everything you lost. Everything I took from you.”

“Goddamn you, Cole Danforth.” Fire flames over her expression. She plants her hands on my chest and shoves herself away. “The only thing you took from me was you.

 

IF WE FLY (What If #3) releases September 13th

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If We Leap (What If #1) is FREE!

Cole Danforth was a troubled kid with a bad reputation. When I was nine years old, he rescued me from bullies trying to steal my Halloween candy. Thus began my decade-long crush on him.

Now, the summer after my freshman year in college, I discover the boy has turned into a gorgeous man who makes me melt. Every part of me wants him — my heart, my mind, my body. But Cole, struggling with the burden of his past, refuses to accept how good we are together.

I believe in us hard enough to take the chance. But will Cole take the leap of faith with me?

This novella prequel takes place ten years before If We Fall. The reading order of the WHAT IF series is:

IF WE LEAP
IF WE FALL
IF WE FLY

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KFF’S REVIEW

 

 

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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