Review: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Posted March 21, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder
Falling Into You
by Jasinda Wilder

2.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Mar 14, 2013
Published by Jasinda Wilder
Pages: 369
 

 

While I did enjoy the Colton’s part more than the Kyle and did shed a few tears, I had too many problems with the writing and believability that really hindered how deeply I fell in love with the story.  ~ Under the Covers

As Wilder’s first foray into New Adult, I was interested to see how she would take on this vastly popular genre. This is also my first book by Wilder so I went in with open eyes and heart, being ready for a read that would break my heart.

Nell and Kyle have known each other all their lives since they grew up together. However, their relationship was strictly within the friend category. It isn’t until Nell is asked out by another guy that Kyle finds out and flips over it. Emotions roll through him unexpectedly and neither he nor Nell can understand why. I thought this part was cute, because I love friends to lovers story. But something about this didn’t stick for me.

From the blurb, I knew that Kyle dies and that Nell ends up with his brother, Colton. So what needed to happen was Wilder had to make readers fall in love twice. That’s quite a hard feat, especially when trying to make it believable. As the story progressed, I could see how Nell and Kyle could fall for each other. These feelings they have for one another have been repressed, so much to the point that the idea of them as a couple is foreign to them. Here’s where I was a little annoyed. The author writes it so that it feels like them being a couple is a bad thing at first. As if it’s something that they shouldn’t ever act upon because it would ruin their friendship. This halts the natural progression of the romance and also the story as a whole, and this is especially bad when you need to create a believable romance for Nell and Kyle BEFORE you can even think to create a romance between Nell and Colton after her grieving.

Also, something felt off about the writing. As New Adult, I realize that teens tend to think in a different way, but I’m one year off the NA age range and felt that the writing seemed a little too immature. All the characters didn’t seem to know what they wanted and as a result, it kind of lost the respect I had for them. Nell would think one way and do the opposite. Similarly, I felt that the workings of the young adult mind felt off.

The next part of the book welcomes Colt and another thing caused me to raise an eyebrow in question. Nell is grieving, as is expected and understandable, but once she sets eyes on Colt, Kyle’s brother there is instant attraction. One thing I don’t like in my books is instalove. I don’t like it when authors take short cuts. I like seeing a romance bloom from nothing. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case here.

I also had an issue with believability. Kyle and Colton are brothers. Kyle and Nell have known each other all their lives, but Colton and Nell haven’t seen much of each other. This notion is just not believable to me.

While I did enjoy the Colton’s part more than the Kyle and did shed a few tears, I had too many problems with the writing and believability that really hindered how deeply I fell in love with the story.

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About Jasinda Wilder

NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU. You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her five children and menagerie of animals.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
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We are on the same page girl. Same page. My thoughts exactly. I think we got bad copies b/c I didn’t see the 5 star madness over this book too.

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I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt this way. Things just didn’t work out the way I had hoped it would.

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Thanks Ann….

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Thanks Ann.