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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Review: Fall (Seaside Novels Volume 5) by Rachel Van Dyken



From Goodreads.com 
If you look up British in the dictionary…A-list celebrity Jamie Jaymeson’s name would be next to it. Along with charming, witty, man-whore, and a lot of other adjectives that he wouldn’t appreciate being attached to his name. 
He has everything in the world going for him. 
Until fate decides his number’s finally up. 
Caught in a compromising position that really wasn’t his fault to begin with (really it wasn’t)—Jaymeson’s been told by his agent to lay low in the one town he swore he’d never return to—the seventh circle of hell, known by its residents as Seaside, Oregon. 
Two months? He can do anything for two months. Especially if it means getting a part in the new book-to-movie series that has girls all over the world swooning. 
Play nice? Keep it in his pants? Please. He played an alien once—he was going to totally rock it. 
Until a certain someone who he may or may not have publicly humiliated—rejected, then humiliated again, suddenly pops up next door. 
Self control has a way of flying out the window when the one girl you can’t have—is suddenly dangled right in front of you. 
But Priscilla isn’t just off limits—she’s a pastor's daughter and barely legal to boot. So Jaymeson does the one thing he swore he’d never do—he tries to be friends. With a woman. 
Only, it’s exactly what he needs. 
Until suddenly, he craves more. 
He wants to date her. 
She wants to date someone else. 
He wants to kiss her. 
She asks him to give her lessons for her new boyfriend. 

When opposites attract, sometimes the only option you have is to leap—and trust the fact that when you fall—that special someone falls too.              

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 My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

The problem with Rachel Van Dyken is that just when you think she has hit the limit, just when you think she can't get any better... she does. 

I've been with these characters since the beginning. I've laughed with Nat and Alec, I've wanted to smack Demetri for Alyssa. I have even cried with them, but never.. never.. have I been moved to tears in quite the same way as I was when spending time with Jaymeson and Priscilla. As a matter of fact, I read Fall while sitting in the surgical waiting room of the local hospital (I was waiting for my husband who was having his gallbladder removed), when all of the sudden I burst into tears. When I looked up and realized that every single eye in the room was on me... the only thing I could do was hold up my kindle and say "Blame it all on Rachel Van Dyken!" 

Fall (like all of Rachel's other books) is one of those books that you just cannot put down. You have to know what happens. Will Priscilla forgive Jaymeson? Will he be able to give up his whorish ways for her? Or will fate intervene and keep these two from their happily-ever-after? 

While reading this novel you experienced love, betrayal, hope, loss, forgiveness, the unexpected... I mean.. what more could you really want in a novel? Especially one that is part of an already established series?  Exactly... Fall was everything I wanted... and so much more.

While all of her books have great depth and character development, I think Fall  went above and beyond what was usually expected. I don't want to give spoilers, but this was more than just one character growing, this novel featured several different characters growing, and I feel thankful to have been witness to their growth. 

And can I just take a moment to *SQUEEE* over the "extended epilogue" that was featured in this story? It definitely tied up some of the loose ends (although I cannot be the only one who wants to read about their wedding... especially if it happened in Vegas), and it also managed to  be more than I expected. 

I think I can sum this up by saying: Another excellent read by Rachel Van Dyken... and *looks right at her* can you PLEASE keep writing about Seaside? I want to know everything... what is the name of Alec and Nat's baby? WEDDINGS!!! Does Angelica get her own happy ending?! I cannot be the only one that does not want to say goodbye to Seaside and all of the people we've met there! 


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Fall (Seaside Novels Volume 5) is available from Amazon.com

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