Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blog Tour and Review: Never Stop Falling - Ashley Drew

Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew 
Publication date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

She didn’t expect to fall for her best friend.
He was always waiting to catch her.

Corinne Bennett lives in the moment. Whether she’s skydiving out of an airplane, or setting off on the road to anywhere, she’s ready to dive into the next adventure. That is, if best friend and always-by-the-book Nicholas Kelley doesn’t put his foot down on her wild stunts first.

When Corinne gives in to her growing feelings for Nicholas the summer before their freshman year of college, she takes the ultimate risk, making this one adventure he has longed to explore with her.

But the moment they take that irrevocable leap, a shocking revelation blindsides Corinne, exposing her vulnerabilities, baring her fears, and shattering her beliefs about love. With their future—and most importantly, their friendship—now clouded in doubt, she must decide if love is really worth the risk.

Because when it comes to love, you never stop falling.

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A San Francisco Bay Area native, Ashley Drew currently lives in Los Angeles. When she’s not going cross-eyed after writing for five hours straight, or burying her nose in a book, you’ll find her sprawled on her couch watching General Hospital, having alien conspiracy discussions with her husband over a bottle of bubbly, and dancing to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album with her daughter.

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3.5 Stars
Corinne is the girl who doesn't say no to anything, "Hot Shot" isn't her nickname for nothing, and when she finally owns up to the emotions she has for her best friend, Nick, they both aren't giving it a chance to get away. Until Corinne's family is flipped upside down and inside out, it changes everything and she isn't just saying no now, she's blanking out her past and creating a new future, without anyone from her past in it. Coming home to face her estranged father after 6 years was going to be hard, but she didn't expect it to come with so much change. Nick and her feel the same as always, except for the 6 years of distance between them and the paths their lives have taken. Given the chance to uncover whatever was once between them leads to several revelations for Corinne, especially once she realized you never stop falling.

“I gasp. My ears shut out all the panic around me so that I hear nothing else. And then my gasp is followed by my heavy breaths. And my breathing is silenced by my pounding heart. And then everything falls silent. Except for his words. They echo in my head, the last words I might’ve heard him say.”

If you aren't hooked from that sentence, you need to re-read it. This one starts off dramatic, it is heavy with emotions, and it ends the same way. This is a really, really good thing. Corinne is the kind of character you love to hate, because she is normal. When faced with something she couldn't handle, she ran, and it felt so real. I could feel her inner torment, I could see her friend's feeling for her, and I could see how easily it was to let everything fall apart when better things seemed to fall together. While her personality might seem annoying, the go for it and give it all you got attitude, I found myself connecting with her because of it. She went through a lot of things, because of her attitude and approach to life and it all made her grow and develop. I actually loved every single character, from Corinne's wayward father to her best friend Nick and every secondary character in between. No character's role felt small, each one had such an important hand in the book's progression. The relationship between Corinne and Nick is far more than just best friends turned love interests, they had serious friendship between them that I just loved. I also loved the changing, there was a lot of enjoyment in reading Corinne's no fear outlook and switching over to Nick's reserved, sensitive, and thoughtful outlook. While I rarely like books about cheating, it felt instrumental to the story line between them. Mix in the friendship drama with their other friends and the family drama in Corinne's life and Never Stop Falling is a well rounded, well developed book.

Loved the general story line, struggled with the writing style. The pacing at times was slow and the plot predictable, and while the emails and instant messages explained the general feeling between the characters, they made me feel disconnected. However, Ashley Drew had me hooked from page one and even though I felt disconnected at times I could not stop reading. About 25% through I could have given up, but it was worth pushing through and everything comes together perfectly.

I never stopped being surprised by this book, it wasn't twisted in that spin your head around kind of way, but it never got boring. While it was at times predictable, it doesn't read like every other book out there with similar subjects. I loved Drew's approach to friendship, relationships, and family. She tackled some incredibly tough subjects, two times had me fighting tears, but did so with a lot of grace. I absolutely would recommend this debut novel from Ashley Drew and I hope we get to see more of the other characters in future books.



  1. Great review, Carlene! This sounds like a well written book and addicting, too! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Thank you for this wonderful review, Carlene! And thank you for hosting me today!


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