Title: Falling Completely (Starling Falls Series – Book 1)
Genre: Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance
Length: 216 pages (76,527 words)
Release date: 15th January 2016
Falling in love is not for me. I don’t do relationships, they never end well.
I don’t believe in fate, soul mates or happy, fairy tale endings. I’m definitely not a sweet little princess in search of her prince.
I have a plan to follow and falling in love is not part of that plan.
Nothing is going to change my mind.
Not even a domineering, gorgeous, blue-eyed firefighter who seems to be everywhere I go.
The moment I saw her, I knew.
I knew the funny, curvy, raven haired beauty was supposed to be mine.
She may not agree with me at the moment, but I’m a patient man.
I’m not afraid to play dirty to get what I want.
And I want Maliya Abbott.
When her sister decides to move from London, across the Atlantic Ocean to Starling Falls to run an estranged relative’s bakery, Maliya Abbott is pretty sure her sister has lost her ever-loving mind.
Not wanting to be separated from the only family she has left, Maliya goes with her, a move that was only supposed to last a year. After all, training to be a doctor at the same University her parents did had always been her goal.
What she hadn’t planned on, was meeting Caleb Jameson. A man who is adamant they are destined to be together. That would be great, if she actually believed in any of that crap.
She also hadn’t planned on his insane, lovable, meddling family trying to derail her plans.
Maliya is a smart girl. She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t want. She definitely wants to go to Oxford University and train to become a doctor. She definitely does NOT want anything to do with Caleb Jameson.
Now, if only she could get her stupid heart to listen to her head
Authors Note: 18+ For mature readers only. Book contains graphic language, scenes of a very sexual nature, a dirty-talking and determined alpha male, a sassy and food obsessed heroine who talks to herself far too much, a cynical and suspicious geriatric aunt, a meddlesome family, some very unhelpful friends, a mind controlling goldfish and a possibly cannibalistic cat…
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.*
This story was an interesting find. I don’t often read contemporary romances, mainly because I just prefer historical and paranormal. However, when the author sent us the blurb for this book, I knew I had to give it a chance. I was a bit nervous because I don’t really read erotica, but I’m really glad I decided to just go with my instincts on this one.
The two main characters were Maliya and Caleb. They both narrated the story, so I got to know them quite well. Maliya was funny, sassy, and sarcastic. I loved her healthy appreciation for food, as well. She had a painful past that wasn’t really evident until the end, but by that time, I already liked her, so her past just made me appreciate Maliya’s strength. Caleb was also a strong character. Due to the childhood he and his siblings were born in to, Caleb was a very sympathetic guy. Adding to all that, Caleb was just nice. He was kind, compassionate, and his job as a firefighter definitely made him heroic. I loved how persistent he was in not letting what he wanted slip away.
What really helped make this novel something special were the side characters. With both Maliya and Caleb, there was a strong sense of family. Maliya had her sister Niki, and their aunt Trudy. Caleb, meanwhile, had his five siblings, as well as their aunt and uncle who had become their guardians when Caleb was eight. I liked Niki’s quiet compassion, Trudy’s harsh mask which hid a truly kind person, and all of Caleb’s family were fun-loving people who cared about one another. I just got a very real sense of family from all of these characters, with all the good and bad that it entails.
This story followed Maliya as she and Niki moved from London to a small town in America. Niki wanted to move in order to run Trudy’s bakery, as Trudy was in a nursing home. Maliya, not wanting her sister to go alone, decided to go with her for a year. After that, she’d move back to London, and then study at Oxford to be a doctor as their parents had done. Of course, plans in romance novels don’t always go the way the characters wanted. In this case, the sisters moved, Maliya met Caleb, and had to learn to let love back in to her life. As this book was erotica, there were quite a few sex scenes, but they didn’t bother me much. Caleb and Maliya respected one another, the side characters were great, and it all just felt very real.
I highly recommend this book if contemporary romance, or erotica, is something you read. I liked how strong both of the main characters were. The side cast really helped to bring this novel to life, and I’m always in for a book where one character is moving to another place. THe reason this story isn’t getting a higher rating is because I found a few issues in the writing. None of them were huge, but they did distract me from time to time. I found some words spelled incorectly, some missing words, and two instances where the author used the wrong name for Caleb’s aunt. Still, if little errors in writing won’t bother you much, you should definitely check this book out. I think it’s probably the best example of an erotica novel I’ve read. I cared about the characters, their lives, and could spend days reading about the Jameson family. Which just means that I am pretty excited to see what happens next in this series.
Aidan Willows was born in Malaysia but grew up and currently lives in London, England. She graduated from the University of London with a degree in Psychology.
After spending numerous years working in schools and homes with children who have autism, she finally managed to work up the courage to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and finally let loose all those imaginary friends she has floating around in her head.
She is an avid reader, daydreamer, tea drinker, people watcher, wannabe amateur baker, appreciator of all things whiskey related and hopeless television addict.