Series: Falling Fast #1
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances
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Raleigh West works in an auto shop day and night, trying to put his broken past out of mind. It’s been seven years since the fiery crash that landed his teenage sweetheart in the hospital . . . and him in jail. In an instant, he lost everything: his passion for racing, his hope of escaping his father’s shameful legacy, and the only girl he ever loved. Raleigh hasn’t seen her since that awful night. Never got a chance to apologize. And never forgave himself, either.
When brave, beautiful Mia Wentworth returns to the Florida coast for the first time in what seems like forever, it’s not to see Raleigh. Even so, the moment she arrives she can feel his presence like a gust of wind that gives her goose bumps. Opening her heart to him again seems impossible. But staying away? That might be harder still. Lucky for them both, Mia’s never been the kind of woman to take the easy way out.
I love second chance romances, love, love, love them. And I really did enjoy reading this one, mostly because there is so much that happened between Raleigh and Mia in their past, it’s a lot of overcome, and you can’t help but want these two people to figure it out.
So the book starts seven years after Raleigh and Mia had their summer romance, and to say it ended badly would probably be an understatement. Raleigh used to race cars, and at the end of the summer Raleigh was racing with Mia in the car and the car wrecked, both of them were injured, but Mia was really injured, and let’s just say it was the end of their relationship. So in present day, Mia’s grandmother passes away, bringing Mia back to town. After the accident that hurt Mia, Raleigh got really close to her grandmother, helping her out, and becoming genuine friends. So after the funeral it comes out that Mia’s grandmother left half the house to Mia and half to Raleigh. As a premise, I really did enjoy this, these two people forced together, and finally given the opportunity to clear up the past and get the closure they need.
So I really liked Mia. She is such a strong person, which such a good outlook on life. Mia has gone through so much in her life, she’s had cancer since she was eight, so when Raleigh gave her the opportunity to really live for the first time in her life she jumped at it. I felt bad for her about the burns that she suffered from the crash, but it didn’t stop her from living her life, and more than that she became a nurse who worked with people who had injuries like hers. She really is an inspiring person. She also has such a good heart, and more than that she is forgiving and compassionate, and just a good outlook on life.
Raleigh blames himself for so much, especially regarding the accident that Mia was in. He’s a skilled guy, a really good car mechanic, and he has dreams to own his own shop, but at the end of the day he doesn’t have much to his name, and he just can’t afford to buy the place he wants. From early on in the book I hoped Raleigh would get his happy ending. He is a good employee, a good friend, and an amazing brother to his half-brother. He goes out of his way to help the people in his life, and was so good to Mia’s grandmother. He’s the kind of guy you know would never do you wrong.
There is some suspense in this book, a bit of a mystery that heightens the drama in the book towards the end. I did feel like the whole thing resolved itself a little to fast, but it was enjoyable nevertheless. Overall, I enjoyed the book, easily recommend to new adult readers who love second chance romances.