Published by Createspace Independent Pub on October 15, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, contemporary
Source: eARC from Author
One tangled cassette tape. Two tangled lives.
Cassidy snaps. She quits her job and fiancé all in the same day and ends up on her parents’ doorstep. In the midst of everything she is determined to fix a broken cassette tape that she thinks holds the key to rediscovering happiness.
On her quest to fix the tape she meets Leo, a guy as down on his luck as she is lost. What starts with curiosity leads to something resembling a relationship and maybe a chance at love.
It is so nice to get to read a contemporary by Alyssa Rose Ivy. It was just what I needed last night. Lately, I have been focusing more on her paranormal books, which I love, but I forgot how great her contemporaries were too. When I read the summary for Life After Falling and I saw that the main character goes on a journey of sorts to fix an old cassette tape, which she believes holds the key to happiness, I knew I was in. That sounds just kooky enough to be a good time. And it totally was. (a good time, that is.) I loved this sweet feel good romance between two people- Cassidy and Leo, who are both trying to find their way for very different reasons.
I loved how mysterious the cassette tape was. We didn’t find out why it was so important or just what the heck was on it until rather late in the story. What is impressive though is the lengths that Cassidy went to, to get it fixed. And even more impressive that her slightly crazy antics not only didn’t scare Leo away, but convinced him to help her! They were so cute together. In Leo’s words, they had an uncanny amount of things in common. And I loved learning what new random things they would both like, or both dislike.
About 75% into the book, I was cruising along on my nice predictable contemporary romance high, when boom- a total detour took place. I really wasn’t expecting it. And while I was initially in the mood for some nice predictable fluff (hey! we all need that sometimes…), I really liked the new direction that ARI took Life After Falling in. It added a good bit of backstory to Leo too. For the first half of the book, most of the character development is focused on Cassidy, but Leo gets his chance to shine too towards the end. I loved it.
Bottom Line: If you like cute new adult or adult contemporary romances that feature quarter life crises, slightly eccentric main character who has no problem speaking her mind, this is the book for you. It is sure to put a smile on your face. Plus, it is written by Alyssa Rose Ivy, so you KNOW it will be good.