Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Fear of Falling - Amanda Cowen

The Fear of Falling
Amanda Cowen
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.

Author Bio:
Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn't trapped on her computer writing stories. She is an "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.
Amanda would love to hear from her readers. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Instagram @authoramandacowen, or follow her on Goodreads.

My Review

I love friends to lovers stories so I was quite excited about this one. Ryan and Ella have been best mates, but that's all they are. They play poker, hang out together, watch cheesy films and he calls her Jonsey (which the author feels the need to tell us is a pet version of her surname Jones, you don't say). One day they end up in bed together and both decide that it was a mistake, hoping to go back to how things were before. 

Ella clearly has a lot of issues around relationships and commitment and keeps telling Ryan that them being together is a mistake. Ryan might keep agreeing with this, but it's clear that he doesn't believe it. On the whole, I like the development of the relationship between them, although it is a little laboured and could have been 'trimmed' a little. 

There are a couple of things that irritated me slightly. For example, why would an Australian's parents be 'professors' at Auckland University? It seems to make little sense. There was also a scene late on in the story where another friend confronts them about their 'relationship.' The whole thing seemed completely bizarre to me. I'm not sure that anyone would be that nosy or intrusive and it just didn't feel natural.

Overall this was a nice story. I liked Ella and Ryan, even if I did want to shake them both at times. 

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