The Fear of Falling
Publication date: October 8th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When Ella Jones’ twenty-first birthday ends with a bang – literally – she never imagined it would be with her best friend since freshman year, Ryan Owen.
A year later, after their so called “mistake”, they’re still best friends and about to rock their Senior year at the University of San Francisco. But when Ryan returns from spending a summer in Australia and brings back a friend, Liam George, who takes an immediate liking to Ella, Ryan starts to question the Aussie’s intentions with his best friend. The trouble is, Ryan has a girlfriend of his own, and Ella and Ryan swore they would never cross that line again – until they do.
They try not to let their second slip up affect their friendship, but when Spring Break forces them to vacation under the same roof; and Ryan’s ex walks back into his life, Ella is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ella continues to see Liam, Ryan finds himself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship strained for the first time, Ella and Ryan face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t be just friends. Maybe they are falling faster than expected. And maybe, deep down, they want to.
Before I begin my review I quickly have to thank Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour today.
Amanda Cowen is a new to me author and after reading this I am curious about her other books.
I realized as I am sitting here that I don’t tend to read a lot of friends to lovers romance very often and not quite sure why I don’t because I am always that hopeless romantic person and feel as though if you love your friend and your friend loves you then why not try and take it to the next step, right?
Ella, Jonesy as Ryan likes to call her have always been best friends since the first day they met at college when they were mistakenly matched up as room mates. They do everything that best friends would do but never crossed that line until Ella’s birthday drunken night when they end up in bed together. I think deep down on some level they both really liked each other but were afraid to take that next step because do you risk a romantic relationship with your best friend?
After that night they both somewhat decide that it was a mistake and its best to move on like nothing happened but in reality something did happen and at times I just wanted to reach into the book and bang their heads together and tell them that what they both are looking for is right in front of them. Wake up and take that step.
I really enjoyed reading this but at times was frustrated with the cat and mouse game that they both kept playing with each other. They both were clearly jealous when the other was dating someone else.
I know its a risky step to take because what happens if things don’t work out can you still be friends in the end or will it be ruined? I have never been in that position when anything has developed to anything more but I am sure its a risky and rocky step to make.