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The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

The Hardest Fall Book Cover The Hardest Fall
Ella Maise
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
April 18th 2018

The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.

At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus.
I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried.
Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either.

He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently whenever he’s around.

He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.

The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re doing, I think.



Megan’s Review

“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.