Title – Falling Back Together
Author – Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series – Crashing #2
Release Date – May 18, 2014
“I don’t know if it’s fate, coincidence, or my curse, but I’m still breathing, and my breaths are for you.”
Mags McManus is far from a normal woman in her mid twenties. Being a war widow, a business professional, and a brokenhearted train wreck only skims the surface of the layers of who Margret McManus truly is. Waking up in a hospital bed, alone and confused, Mags once again has to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. With her best friends by her side, Mags slowly starts to learn the answers she so desperately longs for. But is everything going to continue to spiral out of control? Or is there a light at the end of this dark, twisting tunnel where all the broken pieces can finally fall back together?
A portion of all royalties from Kristen’s Crashing Series are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.
**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***
Falling back together picks up right where Crashing Back Down left us. Mags finds herself waking up in the hospital after Walker’s revelations send her into a full-blown panic attack. Her friends and family are by her side, but Walker is nowhere to be found. Cali is dealing with the dissolution of her marriage, while Buck gets used to life without his cheating ex. Mitch seems to be in the middle, struggling to hold everyone together and battling some secret feelings of his own.
“Our lives were completely spinning in directions we’d never thought possible with no emergency break or seatbelt in sight.”
Crashing Back Down had left me devastated. I was completely blindsided by Walker’s confession and the subsequent fight between him and Mags. I was so upset when I tried to turn the page only to realize that it was indeed the end of the book. I have to say, I was in no way disappointed by Falling Back Together. Mags and Walker face the fight of their lives as they both try to figure out how to move forward. This story was emotional and raw and complex. This book gave me the answers I needed and brought me back from the emotional destruction upheaval at the end of book one.
“Everything is a terrible mess of awkward, horrible unsaid feelings and uneasy glances.”
One of the reasons I thought this book was a great second book was it’s honest approach to the whole situation. Mags is stuck in a war between her head and her heart. Love is complicated and sometimes love is willing to forgive even when you’re head is begging you not to open yourself up to the possibility of being hurt again. It would have been easy to take this story down either road definitively, but Kristen took us on the difficult journey where love and hate wage a war inside Mags. Watching Mags struggle with her guilt for moving on, her love for Walker, and her fear of the darkness inside him was definitely difficult at times. This story pulled on my heartstrings and played with my emotions until I felt like I was experiencing the storm going on inside Mags head.
“It is a fine line that I am forced to walk between hating him for what he did and loving him for the man he has become.”
Throughout this story, Kristen continues to allow her characters to develop as more of their pasts are revealed. I felt like I really got to know the characters in this book because how they handled everything going on around them spoke volumes about their personalities. We get to see them bare their souls and show us exactly what they’re made of. I felt more connected to the characters in this book and it kept me invested in their story. I loved finding out more about Mitch, Cali and Buck. They were all important parts of this story and getting a deeper look into their characters left me anxious to read their stories as well. Falling Back Together was a wonderful follow-up to Crashing Back Down. It did a great job of pulling things together for the characters and the storyline.
I took fistfuls of his black, long-sleeved, cotton shirt, pulling him as close as I could get him. I wrapped my legs around his waist and began to kiss as passionately and roughly as I ever had. I was hungry to taste him again, to feel him again, to simply love him again.
Right then, everything melted away—the fact that we were in the middle of nowhere in a gas station, that I was supposed to hate his guts, that he had a Hyde side of him that was evil and tortured. In that moment, we were simply us—desperately and madly us.
Walker slowly shoved my jacket from my shoulders and tossed it on the metal chair next to us. Panting and gripping the hem of my shirt, he pulled away to look in my eyes. “Mags? Are you sure about this.”
I kissed him softly on the cheek. “Let’s just not think for little. Please.”
He nodded and pulled my hips hard into his, letting me feel how ready his body was for me. I pulled his shirt up over his head, revealing all the gorgeous artwork that covered his chest, shoulders, and arms. I traced my finger tips from the start of his wrist, following the flow of the inked lines until my fingers were stroking his rigid abs just over his belt buckle. Walker’s breathing was heavy as he watched me take in the manly beauty before me. Slowly, I started to kiss from his collarbone to his jaw, finally finding his soft, desperate lips.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Crashing series:
Crashing: The Wedding (Crashing #0.5)
Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)
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