Falling For You by Heather Thurmeier

FALLING

Falling For You by Heather Thurmeier
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (148 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Quince

Newly single Cassidy Quinn is thrilled to be a contestant on the new reality dating show The One. But her excitement turns to horror when the gorgeous bachelor turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. Seeing Brad again makes Cassidy realize she might not be as “over him” as she thought-and then she meets hunky cameraman Evan Burke. After watching his brother lose his wife in a tragic accident, Evan vows never to fall in love. But following Cassidy around as her personal cameraman makes him question his decision, and resisting her gets harder with every sunbathing, bikini-wearing day. Cassidy and Evan begin a forbidden affair while her ex-boyfriend tries to win her heart back one groping, awkward moment at a time. If Cassidy can manage to stop falling off horses (literally), stop falling onto her ex-boyfriend, the bachelor (yes, literally), and stop falling in love with backstage playboy Evan, she might still make it through the show without becoming a tabloid sensation. But soon Cassidy must choose between the ex who broke her heart and the cameraman who might never love her back. For Cassidy, this reality show just got real.

Love is the risk worth taking and it finds us in the most unusual places. These were the lessons that Evan Burke and Cassidy Quinn learned. Neither of them expects love. For him, being a cameraman on the show was just a job. For her, being a participant was an adventure in the unknown.

Falling For You is such a sweet, funny character driven story. All the characters may not be lovable, but I thought they were great, from the main cast to the smallest part. Each of them is portrayed realistically. They are complex, but what is the most important, they feel alive and real. All of them, even the villains, are so full of personality and charm. But let’s focus on our two main characters. They have some issues, but they are not tortured and these issues are neither deep, nor dark. The heroine, Cassidy Quinn, has her flaws, but she is a  strong, independent woman, confused in her feelings toward Evan, and also toward Brad. She is very clumsy, and she constantly in need either medical help or someone to watch over her. Her flaws, clumsiness and the fact that she is torn (between her old boyfriend, the potential of the new love and the contract that she signed to participate in the show) makes her great and realistic and very, very charming.

Evan, well he is also great. What I especially loved about him is not just the character per se (I found him great) but the situation when “Mr. I’ll never fall in love” was slapped in the face by love. How I enjoyed that. I love the moment when he realized that the love is a much greater thing that anything else in the world and the only thing he can do is to surrender to it.

Other elements that are done really well are the descriptions of the atmosphere and the scenery. The setting of the story is a reality show, but the focus is not so much on what one can see on TV, as it is more on behind the scenes part. The dynamic between the contestants is captured so well I could feel all their emotions (jealousy, envy, sadness, disappointment and closeness). I am grateful to the author for providing me access behind the scenes of reality TV, because she did it so well.

This story has one of the greatest endings I’ve read. I was swept away when I read it.

Falling For You is the first book in the Reality TV Romances series. The second book is already out now and I cannot wait to read it. I highly recommend this one.

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