Review: Falling Fast by Aurora Rose Reynolds (Ruby Falls #1)

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via TRSoR Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Falling Fast is the first in bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds's new Ruby Falls series, and features two supporting characters who were in Until June. Given that I've never read Reynolds's Until series or either of the spin-offs, Until Him and Until Her, it's safe to say that you can dive into this novel without feeling as if you're missing any pertinent details or information that may have been divulged in past books. And if this series starter as an indication of what's to come for the rest of the series, then it could give my favorite Reynolds series, Underground Kings, a run for its money. I haven't read the author's work in a while, and happily, this was an unexpectedly great re-introduction to her writing. A new place, a new set of characters, and new stories to enjoy!

When Gia Caro receives a phone call informing her that the grandmother she believed had passed away years ago was still alive but suffering from the ravages of dementia, she immediately makes plans to head to Ruby Falls, her mother's hometown. She isn't sure how long she'll be staying, but what matters most is for her to be there for her beloved grandmother. The one job she's able to find is at The Rusty Rose, a local bar owned by Colton Allyster's parents. Colt takes one look at Gia and is immediately smitten by the young woman's looks and personality. Try as Gia might, she can't keep Colt--or her own feelings--at bay. Everything seems so easy with the two of them, but with her grandmother's declining health and Colt's past refusing to go away, should Gia step back or keep falling?

I wouldn't necessarily call this an insta-love kind of story, but there are some pretty intense feelings that develop rather quickly. Conversely, it doesn't feel like the usual insta-love story that often requires you to set aside your disbelief. Circumstances led Gia and Colt to constantly be together AND to actually take that time to get to know one another. Gia was this alluring combination of a woman who had a backbone while also needing to have someone she could lean on. That someone, of course, was none other than Colt, and goodness, the guy easily lands on my list of book boyfriends. He's got that protective alpha thing going, but also doesn't hesitate to show his softer and far more sensitive side. They've also got a lot of love and loyalty for family and friends, which I adore.

This was great combination of falling for someone quickly but deeply, going above and beyond for family, and finding home. There's even a bit of suspense thrown in, and even though the villain was pretty clear-cut from the get-go, I continued to flip through the pages with anticipation. The revelation and resolution, however, fell a teeny, tiny bit short, like it was almost a throwaway. Other than that little hiccup--which is also why I hesitate in giving this book the plus I'm tempted to give it--I thoroughly enjoyed Gia and Colt's story. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books to come, and while I know Tide's is slated next, I hope Carson and Natalie will also get their stories told, whether together or separately. (I'm not sure if Cade's has already been published, but if it has and you know the title, could you please let me know in the comments section? Thank you!) Five stars for Falling Fast. ♥

Release Date: 24 October 2017

Date Read: 23 October 2017

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