★★★★ 3.78910 Stars ★★★★
When Aly Martinez said she was going to write a standalone contemporary romance I must admit, I didn’t really take much notice of the blurb, I just trusted her to write a fabulous book and so I went in blind and I am happy to say that I am glad I trusted my instincts because The Fall Up was a highly enjoyable and satisfying read.
Levee Williams is a hugely famous pop princess with a very successful career under her belt for such a young age. She has it all, but for some reason she is drawn to a San Francisco bridge where she finds herself evaluating her life.
“I had it all, and I dreamed about losing it all-more often than I would ever admit, even to myself.”
Sam Rivers is also a regular visitor to the bridge, and this super sexy, tatted up chain smoker has been watching this woman from a distance for a few weeks now. A very mysterious woman who hides behind a wig and sunglasses, Sam wonders what it is that pains her enough to be contemplating jumping off the bridge. He sees her pain that matches his, and decides to strike up a conversation with her, if only to try and help. In his life he feels like he has failed those he’s loved, so he feels compelled to do the right thing.
Sounds a bit depressing so far, but let me just say, this book was a far cry from melancholic, it was by a mile, one of the FUNNIEST books I have read this year! Sam Rivers wins the award for being one of the most hilarious hero I have probably ever read. Ever.
The banter between Sam and Levee was perfect, and although she is suffering from allsorts of stress, anxiety and exhaustion, she was a pleasure to read. the characters in this book were a joy, and did I mention funny?
After meeting on the bridge, they form an instant bond, and their relationship escalates very quickly, but Levee’s problems need to be addressed and so they are forced to face things head on before they can move forward. Things will get especially completed once the press find out that America’s princess has found love with a non celebrity who makes a living upcycling old junk.
I truly loved reading this story, and every time I read another Aly book, I fall a little bit more in love with her. A brilliantly talented author who knows exactly how to keep you turning the pages.
A solid FOUR star read, with a 0.21 taken off for the speed at which their relationship escalated, I personally would have loved a little bit more time and tension in order to produce a few more butterflies, but overall it was a big thumbs up from me.
The Fall Up is a Standalone Contemporary Romance, told from dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review