If We Fall by Nina Lane ~ Sarah A’s Review

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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Gut. Punch.  I had prepared myself for an emotional hurricane when I started If We Fall, but I was unprepared for all the twists and turns Nina Lane took us through in this book.  Particularly when it ended, and I started to piece together all the little hints places throughout the story regarding the night that forever changed Josie and Cole’s lives.

After reading If We Leap, I couldn’t fathom what could have pulled Josie and Cole apart.  When I finally found out the ins and outs of their separation, I was devastated, and from what we’ve learned of their time apart it was evident neither of them fared well alone.  My heart ached for what Cole had sacrificed – and why – and for everything, Josie had lost in one fell swoop.  I’m still reeling from all the pain and heartbreak they’ve suffered, and I don’t know how my heart is going to hold up through If We Fly if its even half as emotionally draining as If We Fall was.

I am thrilled I had the opportunity to meet Cole and Josie first in If We Leap; the changes in them were so stark in If We Fall I’m not sure if I would have appreciated how much they’d changed without that first glimpse at them.  I loved them in both iterations and just want to see them find the pieces of themselves they’ve lost over the years.  Getting to see little glimpses of their former selves has lit a spark of hope for healing and wholeness for them.  Both Cole and Josie deserve love and happiness, and I can’t wait to see how Ms. Lane delivers the future they both deserve.

If We Fall is the first book in Nina Lane’s What If duet.  These books are not standalones, and the series should be read in its entirety for comprehension.  There is also a prequel If We Leap, that tells the story of Josie and Cole’s first chance at love and I highly suggest reading it before starting this series.  If We Fall is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Josie and Cole.

Nina Lane has only recently appeared on my radar, and I’m impressed.  Her work is profoundly emotional and pulls deeply on my heartstrings.  The stories she tells are fascinating and complex, her characters sympathetic and real.  With both of the books I’ve read by her, I’ve found myself thinking about the stories and characters for days after I finished reading.

What If duet PREQUEL

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The conclusion to the What If Duet

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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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