Monday, 1 June 2015

Archive Review: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

The bit on the back…

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D'Alessandro five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved-and the only man she's ever been with. After one intense night of giving in to temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco's life-something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they're meant to be together . . .

But just when Marco thinks they're committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she's been hiding from him-a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again . . .

I won a signed ARC of this fabulous book. Fall From India Place is the next installment in Samantha’s On Dublin Street series which follows a cast of characters as they find each other and come together to form a makeshift tribe. The latest novel follows the story of Hannah, a character we already know as she is Braden (On Dublin Street) and Ellie’s (Until Fountain Bridge) little sister. The Hannah we know is young, inexperienced when it comes to boys and still seems to have a lot more growing up to do to be able to star in a novel of her own.

Fall From India Place features Hannah five years later and follows her story as Marco, her childhood heartbreak comes back into her life and fights for what could have been.

I knew that as soon as this book was released I would have to read it, I have it on pre-order from Amazon (pre-order your copy here), but when I found out I had won the competition I was OVER THE MOON! After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing and initially thinking the postman had lost it (even though we are both in Scotland) I had my copy in my hands and read it over two days.

Initially I was a bit worried about reading Hannah’s story, purely because we only know her as a sweet 16 year old who is just taking the first steps into the romance and boys aspect of her life, however when we first meet her in her own story she’s now five years older and has grown into a beautiful, young woman who fits right in with Joss, Jo, Ellie and Liv as a new member to the On Dublin Street cast.

Because we only know a little bit of the background between Hannah and Marco there is a little knowledge gap there but Samantha has incorporated some flash back type scenes which take us back to how their relationship started out as friends and how it progressed to Marco going back to America. It was useful to catch up with that but it was nice to read their story again as it makes their early relationship a story in its own right instead of one we’ve seen through the other books in the series.

Sam has once again created a story that totally captures your heart, she has the ability to write a story that just begs for you to fall in love with it and it’s so easy to do. From the first word I found myself invested in the story already and her writing just gives you the total ability to get lost in the story.

Although the story is from Hannah’s POV I always felt like I knew how Marco was feeling. That is something that I love about all of the books in this series. The male characters are so well formed and described throughout that their body language and behaviour conveys a lot of what they’re thinking, even when they don’t always voice their feelings, a lot of that comes into play with the younger Marco.

There is a heat that exists between the characters that is almost palpable and a searing passion written into the sex scenes between them. I love that there is a desperation that both characters feel in their pursuit to resolve all of their issues. Samantha Young is the queen of writing sizzling passion into a story!

One thing that sets this book apart from the others in the series is that because it’s set 5 years on there is a lot of progression for the other characters that we already love and it was so sweet to see them all with their new families.

The story had me laughing out loud, in floods of tears and in love with the two new characters and their story. I also peeked at the very last page and was so excited to find that there will be a 5thnovel in 2015 – cannot wait! I cannot recommend this series to you enough.

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