Fallen Crest Forever begins where the last book left off. Sam and Mason are taking a huge step in their relationship, and Sam is having some strange things going on. She not only has to find herself, and what she wants to do with her life, but she also needs to deal with a rival she has among other things.
This book was really good until it close to the end. Then it felt like it was rushed and things were just sort of thrown in for drama, and not really explained. Other than that it was a really good book.
I loved the fact that Sam really had to find herself in this one, and figure out what she wanted to do. And I also loved how she and Mason were with each other, although at one point I was mad at both of them and thought they were being dumb. But other than that the plot line was good, and I loved all of the characters!
This book was a messy stew of family secrets, sibling in-fighting, jilted lovers, epic storms and terrible tragedies and was filled to the very brim with flawed characters. I’m afraid there was just too much going on for my pea brain to handle because this book tired me out and not in that cathartic “cry your heart out” kind of way. Were it not an excellently narrated audio, I likely wouldn’t have finished it.
Dani left her hometown and all of its bad memories a decade ago, after her best friend and the love of her life decided to fall in love with her younger sister. Yeah, you read that right. She didn’t look back, even when she learned that the man-stealing sister had died, and I really didn’t blame her. Seriously, there are some things you just don’t do and stealing your sister’s man is one of them. Now, after a traumatizing event, she’s run away from a perfectly nice man and has decided to return to her hometown, for some bizarre reason that is never sufficiently explained, and is forced to face the people she ran away from and, while she’s at it, she also decides to ferret out all of the family secrets and find herself a new man. See what I mean about a lot of stuff being jammed in here?
This story just wasn’t meant for me. I was attracted to the blurb because it promised secrets. I’m nosy and I love secrets. But these secrets just weren’t juicy in their execution. There was such a waste of juicy potential and angst and I LOVE angst almost as much as I love secrets but these reveals left me feeling nothing. No shock, no thrill, just “meh, that’s it?” The main problem I had with this book, besides the unending subplots, was the fact that characters didn’t engage me emotionally. I never felt any anguish because they didn’t seem to.
Honestly, I think Dani would’ve been better off if she’d never returned to this town infested with liars and cheaters and secret keepers.
Narration Notes: Narrator Sarah Mollo-Christensen does a great job with all of the characters and there are a lot of them. She gives them each distinctive voices suited to their character traits. Even the guys sound real and I don’t think that’s an easy task for any woman to pull off (and vice versa). If you love the way this author writes (and many do) and aren’t as crabby as me, I’d highly recommend listening to this audio version.
I received a copy of this audiobook from Tantor Media.
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