Title – The Way We Fall
Author – Cassia Leo
Publication Date – February 18, 2015
Series – The Story of Us, #1
Maybe we shouldn’t have fallen so fast and so willingly.
Maybe we shouldn’t have moved in together before we went on our first date.
Maybe we should have given our wounds time to heal before we tore each other to shreds.
Maybe we should have never been together.
Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he asked her to move in with him. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal.
Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever.
Once again, Houston is left with a choice between the truth and the only girl he’s ever loved.
From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a twisted and passionate love story that pushes the boundaries of loyalty.
Cassia Leo has written an arresting story of heartache and vulnerability in The Way We Fall. Every time I think I know what to expect from this incredibly talented author, she changes the game and completely overwhelms me with her intricate storylines and broken characters. The Way We Fall was so much more than I could ever have expected and I am desperate for the next book to see where she plans on taking these one-of-a-kind characters. This is the first book in the series, so you can’t expect a happily ever after right away. What you can expect is to be blown away by the significant weight and raw feelings of this story. Rory and Houston are a twisted mess of emotion and history that promise to take you on an unexpected journey of love, loss, growth, and forgiveness.
“I’m just a screwed-up girl with a billion stories racing through my mind on any given day. And only one story I really want to tell.”
Cassia Leo has a knack for crafting characters that are complex and different while still emotionally accessible to her readers. Even if the situations the characters face are outside of your realm of understanding, she conveys the emotional upheaval with such integrity that you can’t help but feel every bit of their pain and heartache. The Way We Fall doesn’t just tell a story, it creates it. I was swept up in the excitement and hesitancy of Rory and Houston’s chance meeting only to find myself thoroughly invested in their uncertain future. Cassia paces this story beautifully, playing the past and the present off of each other to set the emotional undercurrent of the book. Well-timed placement of past memories enhanced Rory and Houston’s present story, until I was sure I could tangibly hold onto the connection between them.
“You’ll always be the deepest scar on my heart.”
I absolutely adored what Cassia did with Rory and Houston. Both characters were unique in their own right while coming across as completely genuine and entirely relatable. I love a character that I not only connect with and understand, but that I feel for, and that is exactly what Cassia has created here. I was invested in these characters much like I would be an old friend and Cassia Leo made sure every breathtaking and gut-wrenching moment they experienced shook me to my core. Much like the emotions these characters wore on their sleeves, the chemistry between these two is palpable. The electricity between them never settles, never dulls, continuously sparking until it manages to catch fire. You can be sure that when they do go up in flames, you’ll be there burning along with them.
“You can’t erase love without erasing yourself.”
The Way We Fall ravaged me emotionally, repeatedly breaking apart and putting back together my heart as we joined Rory and Houston on their journey. Cassia Leo had me effortlessly falling for the stunning and tragic story that is the first part of Rory and Houston’s journey and left me restless for the rest of their story. I devoured this book in one sitting as it proved to be something incredibly special. The Way We Fall has all of the things I’ve come to love in a good romance book and new adult novel making it one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. The tenuous relationships and uncertain future we are left to face at the end of this book promise an even more intoxicating journey with the next book. The Way We Fall is definitely worth taking the leap.
Cassia Leo is undoubtedly one of those writers who likes to dabble in a little bit of everything; I’ve seen her write new adult, suspense, erotica, etc., and always with a spin of romance. She has a knack for all of them and I honestly don’t think I could pick out my favorite. However, The Way We Fall felt like it encompassed all of Cassie Leo’s strengths and highlighted the very best of everything she has to offer.
“We may only ever have one great, passionate love. If I had one, it would definitely be Rory. But sometimes it’s best to leave that kind of love in the past.”
I found myself not only falling in love with the characters of Rory and Houston, but being completely mesmerized. Rory was strong and independent and she wasn’t afraid to recognize her feelings, yet still hold back. Whenever a situation arose, it was her putting that wall up and refusing to give in. While some people might consider this a stubborn move, it really likened her to me. I knew that she would be a take no-nonsense character, which in a way showed the depth of her feelings that much more. Houston to me was a much more complex character. He was ruled a lot by emotions and guilt which made for some interesting scenarios. Despite being married, it never felt like a love triangle because of how much Rory and Houston cared for each other and how often their paths had crossed. Houston was very loyal and dedicated in his feelings for Rory and I’m definitely interested to see where that goes in subsequent books in the series.
“Love is a strange concept. That the very sight of someone, the very mention of their name, can cause an intense chemical reaction inside you is crazy. The fact that many people settle for less than that explosive chemical reaction is even crazier.”
I think one of the things I appreciated the most was how a person with no point of view, no voice, and was a part of the past became such an integral character in their present. Hallie was this looming figure in all scenes and to both characters. She shaped so many of their actions and their feelings that it really brought her to life. There were chapters with alternating time periods so the reader does get glimpses of her, but it is mainly through the influences of Rory and Houston that she comes to life. There was something about their love story that felt timeless and the journey that the reader experiences just felt special; we were receiving the story Rory was writing which sucked me into the book even deeper.
“The world can fall to pieces around us, but in the end we’ll always make it back to us.”
While there may be versions of this story in existence (meaning girl falling in love with best friend’s brother), I’ve never seen it told quite like this. There were some heartbreaking moments and some filled with laugh out loud chuckling. Furthermore, the clues dropped throughout provided for the perfect amount of suspense to keep the reader hooked. There were some twists and turns I never saw coming either. I can honestly say that it felt like Cassia Leo was getting back to her roots with The Way We Fall. If the other books in the series are nearly as addicting as this first installment, I can’t wait to see how their story continues!
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Don’t miss the rest of The Story of Us series:
The Way We Break (The Story of Us, #2)
The Way We Rise (The Story of Us, #3)
To Portland, With Love (The Story of Us, #3.5)