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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Friday, April 1, 2016

And sometimes, it just is. - Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew

"[A]n emotional rollercoaster of a ride. It's emotional highs and lows will pull you in and you wont want to stop till you know how it ends. This might be weird to say, but this book feels like an amazing on the go read... a book that you would cherish [...]. Just so light, fluffy, and fun." - Goodreads, Angela


Published date: March 1st, 2016

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.

The ups and downs of falling in love with your best friend

They say that the most solid relationships start off as friendships first. I suppose that isn’t always true, because I can honestly say that my husband and I skipped the friend zone, jumped into the dating pool, and have been going strong for ten years. Surely, it depends on the situation and the couple. But I often wonder if our relationship would have taken a different turn had we been friends first. 

In Never Stop Falling, my main characters—Nicholas Kelley and Corinne Bennett—have been best friends ever since they can remember. They know each other better than anyone else does. While Corinne is impulsive and outgoing, Nicholas is more mature and levelheaded. With complete opposite personalities, they balance each other out, always anticipating each other’s needs and finishing each other’s sentences. 

Clearly, this sounds like the groundwork for the makings of a happily ever after. Or maybe it doesn’t. Perhaps falling in love with your best friend doesn’t always mean sunshine and rainbows in the end. And my hero and heroine are a prime example. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of falling in love with your best friend: 

1) You save yourself from the awkward “getting to know each other” phase 
Let’s face it, I don’t think any of us would mind skipping the small talk, the uncomfortable silences, and the embarrassing “do I tell him he has a chive stuck in his teeth?” situation. Then again, would you really be dating that person after the fact? 

2) Your friends and family probably already love him/ her 
We all got a good laugh at Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents, but in real life—maybe not so funny. Chances are, you’re already in the good graces of your best friend’s family and friends. And maybe you even share mutual friends…score! 

3) You already trust each other 
Trust is one of the most difficult aspects in building a solid relationship. You wouldn’t be best friends if you didn’t already have that trust in one another. 

Losing each other comes at a high risk 
I could only come up with one downside to falling in love with your best friend. Sure, I could have easily listed being too comfortable, the lack of mystery in the relationship, or not being able to revel in the excitement of getting to know each other. But those are all downsides to any relationship, regardless of whether or not you started out as best friends. But THIS? Losing the one person who has always been there for you? The one who keeps you grounded? The one who would never judge you or let you down? The one who would love you unconditionally, through thick and thin, no matter what? 

Yes. You risk all of that. So you must decide if love is worth the risk of losing each other if it ever came down to that. 
And sometimes, it just is. 

About the author:

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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Unknown said...

Thank you for the competition :) Sounds like a great read .

Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting me today!

Betul E. said...

Love the cover!!

Betul E.

Jan Lee said...

A sensitive subject, to be friends or risk losing a friend if things don't work out. Been there, wasn't fun, but I'd still like to read the book :)

Beppe DM said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway!!!

Ally Swanson said...

I really enjoyed reading the guest post and learning more about this book. Also, I really like the book cover and the title! Totally can't wait to read this book!

Judy Thomas said...

It sounds awesome.I can't wait to read it!

zukaakazux said...

Interesting, so this is love from the perspective of extreme sport lover which must decide to take a ultimate risk :D ... well good luck to her

Jolanda said...

Thank you for the chance!

Lily M. said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity, sounds like an interesting book 😃

Andreea Dragan said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

lea said...

thanks for the chance <3

Danielle merkle said...

Sounds interesting, thank you for the giveaway!