“On and off the field, you’re my hardest fall. No one has ever compared, and no one ever will.”
I truly loved The Hardest Fall. This story included some of my favorite things to read; sports romance, angst and the slow burn which is to the point of perfection, not annoyance. I devoured every beautifully and carefully crafted word Ella Maise produced. The only downer for me reading this was that it ended.
There are a few words that come to mind when thinking back to Dylan and Zoe’s first encounter; awkward, embarrassing and hilarious come to mind first. Dylan is using the bathroom at a party with a fellow teammate (weird, I know right!), when a girl comes barging in and stops in shock, like a deer in headlights, when she sees Dylan relieving his bladder.
Not the ideal first encounter, but I just loved Zoe during this weird and embarrassing exchange. She was shy, awkward and so cute. The more she tried to explain herself, the more of a hole she dug for herself and the quicker she spoke as a way of explaining the weird situation she had found herself in with Dylan. You just have to read this exchange to really appreciate how amazing it was written.
The Hardest Fall is about fate, when the first or second time may not be the right time, or due to circumstances beyond your control, you have to have faith that the universe will bring you back to your one true love eventually.
“My heart had missed beating like this, for him, only for him”
The intense chemistry and adoration both Dylan and Zoe showcased literally melted my heart. I love reading a romance story where I am so sucked into the characters and their relationship that I feel every emotion, every beautifully spoken word, every want and every crave.
This story was not all ray of sunshine and rainbows however, Ella really touches on some tough topics to conquer in regards to college life, family and other personal struggles. I’m not going to go into certain scenes or situations as this novel just needs to be read, devoured and enjoyed with no spoilers.
If you are looking for your next story to be exquisitely written with characters you can’t help but fall in love with, and want surprises with each turn of the page, then look no further as The Hardest Fall is what you have been searching for. Recommended for all who enjoy their angsty, slow burn sports romances and I have no doubt you will enjoy the ride that is Zoe and Dylan.