Fear of Falling [NOOK Book]

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***Inspired by true events***
I can’t remember the last time I felt completely safe. Security seemed more like a luxury to me, reserved for those who were fortunate enough to have picture perfect childhoods. For those who didn’t bear the ugly scars that keep me bound in constant, debilitating fear. I’ve run from that fear my entire life. But when I met him, for once, I couldn’t run anymore.

He scared the hell out of me in a way that excited ...
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Overview

***Inspired by true events***
I can’t remember the last time I felt completely safe. Security seemed more like a luxury to me, reserved for those who were fortunate enough to have picture perfect childhoods. For those who didn’t bear the ugly scars that keep me bound in constant, debilitating fear. I’ve run from that fear my entire life. But when I met him, for once, I couldn’t run anymore.

He scared the hell out of me in a way that excited every fiber of my being. It wasn’t the tattoos or the piercings. It wasn’t the warmth that seemed to radiate from his frame and blanket me whenever he was near. It was just…him. The scary beautiful man that threatened to alter 23 years of routine and rituals, and make me face my crippling fear.

My name is Kami and I am constantly afraid. And the thing that scares me the most is the very thing I want.

“Don’t worry,” he smiled, pulling me into the hard warmth of his chest. “I’ve got you. I’ll always catch you when you fall.”

And just like that, Blaine had staked his claim on the untouched part of me that no living soul had ever moved. He had captured every fear, every reservation, and crushed them in the palm of his inked hand.


*** This book deals with sensitive subjects such as domestic violence and sexual abuse. Not intended for readers under 17 years of age.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148591139
  • Publisher: S.L. Jennings
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 28,565
  • File size: 856 KB

Meet the Author

Most known for her starring role in a popular sitcom as a child, S.L. Jennings went on to earn her law degree from Harvard at the young age of 16. While studying for the bar exam and recording her debut hit album, she also won the Nobel Prize for her groundbreaking invention of calorie-free wine. When she isn’t conquering the seas in her yacht or flying her Gulfstream, she likes to spin elaborate webs of lies and has even documented a few of these said falsehoods.
Some of S.L.’s devious lies:
THE DARK LIGHT SERIES
Dark Light
The Dark Prince
Light Shadows (Fall 2013)

FEAR OF FALLING- July 18th, 2013
Meet the Liar:
authorsljennings.wordpress.com
www.facebook.com/authorsljennings
www.facebook.com/darklightseries
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Minus stars

    Well, thanks to the NUMEROUS plot spoilers here, there is no reason to buy this book. One rude spoiler even quoted passages from the book....come on, how rude can you ppl get! Did you ever consider that some of us would like to read a book and not have you plot spoilers give us the readers digest version? We would like to read it and be surprised. And before some smart a$$ says dont read them, how can you not when they go on and on and on and you have to scroll forever to get past them. You inevitably see something that spoils the storyline. Please bn, do somerhing to these plot spoilers that ruin books. Ban them, fine them, delete their posts, but please put a stop to these rude plot spoilers!!!!!!!!""

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Bit verbose

    Want to preface with this: I am an adult survivor of eerily similar background and feel I have a clearer insight into Kam's struggles than most. My mother was 17 when she had me, she is Filipino, etc etc etc. Weird to read this, truly. When I was in my early 20s, I certainly remember the hypersensitivity to everything that might trigger memories, so the writing about thes issues, I get. But I left those years behind more than 1/4 century ago and time gives one a perspective that the excess drama of youth leaves little room for. I empathize with Kam and Blaine's absorption with each other-I have my own "Blaine" and 3 years of our college experience, then 25 years of marriage later, I say with great confidence that all of the bad can be overcome. It just palled a bit for me wiith the constant overblown reactions. I get the fears of the dark, of closed doors, I don't get the verbal abuse she spews at Blaine. She accepts her friends with loving physical expressions but intentionally hurts the one she cares for the most? Blaming her behavior on her past was a good reason when she was a child, but they are excuses when you are an adult. And I am NOT referring to her panic attacks here, I mean the yo-yo action of "I want to be with him" "I can't be with him". Lots of TALK about how giving and wonderful Kam is but her friends Dom and Angel demonstrate this better.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    ..

    This book was so hard for me to get through, between the cringe worthy corniness, the wishy washy character and the rocky flow of the story line. The story in general could have been better written.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    wow. this was excellent! Dealt with some really serious issues

    wow. this was excellent!

    Dealt with some really serious issues and did a fantastic job. I want a Blaine! Now I really want a HEA for Dom and Angel too! CJ can have one as well. I hope she continues the group and writes their stories as well.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    COMING JULY 18, 2013

    “Don’t worry,” he smiled, pulling me into the hard warmth of his chest. “I’ve got you. I’ll always catch you when you fall.”

    And just like that, Blaine had staked his claim on the untouched part of me that no living soul had ever moved. He had captured every fear, every reservation, and crushed them in the palm of his inked hand.


    I can’t remember the last time I felt completely safe. Security seemed more like a luxury to me, reserved for those who were fortunate enough to have picture perfect childhoods. For those who didn’t bear the ugly scars that keep me bound in constant, debilitating fear. I’ve run from that fear my entire life. But when I met him, for once, I couldn’t run anymore.

    He scared the hell out of me in a way that excited every fiber of my being. It wasn’t the tattoos or the piercings. It wasn’t the warmth that seemed to radiate from his frame and blanket me whenever he was near. It was just…him. The scary beautiful man that threatened to alter 23 years of routine and rituals, and make me face my crippling fear.

    My name is Kami and I am constantly afraid. And the thing that scares me the most is the very thing I want.

    ***Inspired by true events***

    My Thoughts

    First of all I have to say the S.L. Jennings has done it again. Delivered an amazing story that had me hooked from the beginning. This is a different style than The Dark Light series, but didn't disappoint me for one second.

    Mrs. Jennings really knows how to deliver a truly amazing leading man. Blaire is everything a woman could ever want. He has a little edge and a lot of heart! Not to mention killer tattoo's, amazing hair, and a body to die for. I wanted to reach out and touch him... LOL

    My heart is still racing after reading this book. I have to say it was kind of like ("you had me at hello"). That moment always grabbed the heart strings and pulled. There are a few moments in this book that rival that. I don't want to give anything away, but believe me when I say grab some tissues!

    Kami is so "damaged" by her past she can't live in the present. Some of the things physically and emotionally that she went through in her life ripped me apart. I can't even imagine. I was so angry at HIM! He made her a shell of a person that didn't know how to give or receive love. Thanks to some of the best friends she could have ever asked for she had a reason to live everyday.

    Angel and Dom where hilarious! They gave us a glimpse of fun to help us the reader recover before we had to read about any more of Kami's demons.

    Over all this was a fantastic story. Thank you for sharing it with us :)

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Not all that!!

    This book took me longer than usual to finish. I had a hard time liking the main female character. And i couldnt find a major connection between her and the male lead. It felt a bit slow. Nothing exciting about it for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    Simply Beautiful... Breathtakingly Perfect... Words fail me as I

    Simply Beautiful... Breathtakingly Perfect... Words fail me as I sit to write this review, which I understand is a problem for me being that this is what I do and that a review is what you are here to read.

    “The scariest part about love isn’t love itself. It’s letting go and plunging into the unknown. It’s trusting someone with the very most sacred part of your heart. It’s allowing yourself to feel something foreign and uncharted, despite how much it terrifies the hell out of you. The scary part isn’t loving you, Blaine. That part’s simple. It’s the fall.”

    The tears are still streaming down my cheeks (not quite enough to fill the Grand Canyon but close), my heart still beating fast & I have a perpetual smile on my face. S.L Jennings has taken me on a journey where it felt like my heart would disintegrate from the pain I felt for the characters & at times that I needed to hide in the corner to escape the immense fear and darkness that followed them. I felt S.L tear my heart form my body with the sadness & sorrow and then soar with the laughter & happiness they experienced. I was blown away by the depth of the characters and by how quickly my emotions became so entwined with theirs, which is all down to the immense talent S.L. possess in both captivating her readers, building loveable characters & also putting her all into every word she shares on the page.
    She manages to create two characters so beautifully broken & guarded, that they are perfect for each other. So heartbreakingly perfectly matched you can’t help but love them with every page and wish for their happiness with every word. Kami & Blaine, from the moment they meet and share the special Tequila shot, are both mesmerised by each other daunted by their uncontrollable attraction. Their chemistry, even in the tamer scenes between them just jumps off the page. As their relationship progresses, we learn more of their inner battles with their personal demons & see how they influence their relationship. What if “love”, or the idea of it, is the one thing that could break them apart? Will their past continue to dictate their future or can they help to repair the broken parts of each other?
    Fear of Falling deals with very strong issues of abuse in many different forms; both physical & emotional, also how suicide affects those left behind. I applaud her for how she deals with these issues with great respect, showing the darkness held within the characters & the coping mechanisms (or lack thereof) employed to deal with their demons, in the aftermath of these life-altering, horrific experiences. It’s a story about the journey to overcoming adversity, taking a risk on love & conquering fear; fear of the past, fear of the future & fear of that which you don’t even know you are capable of, and learning that it is not what happens to us that defines us but how we choose to deal with it. It truly had a profound emotional hold on me and will stay with me for a long time to come. I have loved S.L.’s other series, and with this she brings it to another level, one which for me, few others have.Thank you for writing such an emotive, heartbreakingly beautiful & thought-provoking story.

    Fear of Falling is definitely in my Top 5 of 2013. It is hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year! Without a doubt a 5+ Star rating!

    “The look of love. Not everyone gets to experience it. But if you’re ever so fortunate, remember it, Hold onto it and never let it go. Because you’ve been given a gift.”

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Love this

    This is by far one of the best books i have read this year. I laughed i cried and i got mad but this book had me from the very beginning.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Ok

    Needed less repetativness

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Best Book Ever

    This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. The topic of this book is something that most people aren't comfortable speaking on but it is something that needs to be heard by all ears. Wonderful story line that will keep you flipping the pages for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Good, Fast Read

    Good quick read, loved the strength and humor of the characters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Loved it

    Well written....good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    Don't be AFRAID TO FALL for this AMAZING Book "Your fears a

    Don't be AFRAID TO FALL for this AMAZING Book
    "Your fears are not you. Do you hear me? They don't define who you are." - Blaine Jacobs
    "He had the eyes of a man that had seen things. Eyes that were soulful and wise, yet vibrant and sultry. Eyes that made me want to run away, yet urged me to stay." - Kami Duvall.
    Fear of Falling is a heart wrecking, stunning, emotional and finally transformational read. Fasten your seat belts my loves because it's gonna be a bumpy ride but holy crap - at the end - you will be as in love with S.L. Jennings and Fear of Falling as I am! The subject of abuse and alcoholism are dealt with honestly and realistically in S.L. Jenning's latest work. There were moments that I cringed. Moments when I cried. Moments when I had to walk away from my Kindle. Moments when my heart leapt with joy. Moments when I laughed. Moments when I cried. Moments that I lived the words on the page as if I were physically in the book.
    Kami has lived through some pretty ugly stuff and the scars run deep. Angel is the poor little rich girl lesbian songstress and Dom is the gorgeous lothario that sleeps with every woman that crosses his path. These three are damaged but together they are each other's hope, each other's safety and the only source of love they know. UNTIL Blainecomes into the picture and instantly there is a chemistry that sizzles like electricity through a live wire. Kami wants nothing to do with him because she "knows" that no man would want a messed up girl like her. Not once they realized the extent of how not normal she is - or so she thinks. Instead Blainetells her "I need to know what's made you so sad. And what I can do to take away every ounce of that sadness
    Check out one of my favorite passages: "Love. It was the thing that bound us and tore us apart. It was our disease and the remedy of our shattered hearts. It was a sonofab*tch." True dat people!
    Kami's demons are front and center. Can she triumph over the fear? The panic attacks? The monster that is her past?
    Blaine puts it all out there. He gambles big that Kami will learn to trust him. That she will see the truth of his love for her. That she will believe that he's the real deal Holyfield and he's in it for the long haul, ride or die - no matter what.
    Fear of Falling is a real departure from S.L. Jenning's previous work and it certainly was not what I expected. However, this was so above and beyond wonderful that I hope and pray her brain is full of more books, many more books waiting to be written. Those that are familiar with her work might expect a hero like Dorian. Well Blaineis NOT Dorian but the truth is you won't care cause he is fabulous in his own right.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

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    So...let me start with Kami is really freaking great. I mean you

    So...let me start with Kami is really freaking great. I mean you know some bad stuff happened to her and she describes a little bit throughout the book.  You have a love her b/c  she doesn't really complain or anything...I mean honestly she is very up front with everyone about the fact that she isn't willing to offer anything to them.   She lives her life the best that she can and when you find out everything about her...I mean...wow.  




    Blaine...oh boi...he skyrocketed pretty high on my list...southern accent...drives a truck...says Yes ma'am...has tattoos...and on top of it all...is freaking AWESOME. He doesn't run from what Kami as she tries to convince him it will never work and that she isn't going to ever get there. He listens and tries to help her work through her issues...LOVE HIM!!!




    The end of this book was gut wrenching and at parts so hard to read...but the fact that the author can pull those emotions from you is amazing to me. My mouth literally hung open through a lot of it...there was some cringing and maybe some leaking of the eyes at parts...




    I 100% recommend this book and can't tell you that you need to go get it as soon as it goes live. I will put the links up when I see it.   This book is 4.7  stars out of 5.  Seriously...you can't go wrong with any of S. L. Jennings books!




    PS I didn't know it was based on a true story while reading. Will reread again soon.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    A must read!

    Completely captivating. She's done it again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    :)

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the epilogue!! Oohhh Blaine! Loved him!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    The slow dance and build up of sexual tension in the first half

    The slow dance and build up of sexual tension in the first half of the book captivates all of your attention! The backstory of Kami and Blaine draws you in and keeps you vested in this sensual couple! And just when you are ready for a release, the Author gives you the perfect opportunity to let out a good cry. Tears flowing as you are in the crowd at The Dive humming along to a beautiful, heartfelt rendition of the song The Only Exception sung by Kami and Angel, her best friend! Kami and Blaine could have been the only two people in the crowded bar cause she was singing just for him!But the past won't stay in the past forever. It always seems to catch up to you. As Kami's past becomes her present nightmare and all of her fears are right in front of her, will she hold tight to those she loves including Blaine, or does her Fear of Falling send her into a deep dark hole?An Amazing, gritty in your face story so well written, you will seek out it's soul in the pages again and again!Have your kleenex ready for a good cleansing cry and get your potty-mouth ready to yell and scream and cuss along with the Author and the characters!Simply Amazing!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, S.L. Jennings is a da

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, S.L. Jennings is a damn freckin genius! I am a huge fan of hers from the Dark Light Series which is a PNR. I am not normally a huge fan of PNR but after reading that series, I was hooked! So when she announced she had a non PNR book I was beyond ecstatic! This book is simply AMAZING, I don't know if amazing is even the right word for it... I cannot express in words how much this book affected me. But I'll try...

    What got me first is that it's based on true events. To know this going into it made me a little nervous. To know that this actually happened broke my heart into a million pieces. The book starts off with Kami and bestie Angel in a bar. How the book started I thought... oh wow... I didn't know this would have some girl on girl action... Not my cup of tea but alright... I love Ms Jennings so I'll keep reading.. I do have to say this little part is full of hotness and had me wondering, should I kiss a girl??? Lol... ok so back to the story. When Kami looks eyes with the hottie bartender Blaine, she is instantly drawn to him. This throws her off as you see, she is damaged. How damaged? So damaged that she keeps a jar of origami stars that reminds her of her fears and counts them regularly to remind her. She's been hurt in the worse way by people that are supposed to protect her but instead they left her scarred for life. She's convinced herself she is not able to love, to receive, or give as she will just hurt them in the end. So she accepted that she will never be in a loving relationship outside of her best friends. Speaking of best friends, Kami has the best two friends anyone can ask for, Dom and Angel. They are the modern day Three's company and I loved their banter and how they were so protective of each other. Dom is the self-proclaimed man whore that will have a one night stand with any female, he's gorgeous as can be but like Kami, has his own demons he deals with. Then there is Angel, the rocker rebel who has been shut out by her rich family due to her lifestyle choices. They are all broken but together, they are able to get through it.

    Blaine Jacobs himself has not had the perfect life. His mother committed suicide when he was 13 so he knows about pain and suffering. Even though he's full of tattoos, there is something about him that is irresistible. Even though he has the bad boy image, he has a heart that will make you swoon and wish all guys with tats could be Blaine! When he spots Kami he knows there is something different about her. He sees something in her eyes that makes him what to keep her safe and protect her from her demons. When she is persistent that she is unlovable, he stops at nothing to try to prove her wrong.

    This is a beautiful story that at times is heartbreaking and gut wrenching. Its ugly at times and makes your heart break into a million pieces. It deals with abuse and the effects it has on someone long after the physical scars have healed. Just when you think Blaine and Kami are able to work past her demons, Blaine does something that changes everything and reminds Kami of why she not able to be loved. Will Blaine be able to get through to Kami to show her the beauty of love and not be afraid to fall, or when her past makes a surprise visit, will it be the end? Literally... the end of it all for Kami? You will need to read the book to find out...

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2014

    GUTTED! Blaine and Kami¿s story left me gutted. This is definite

    GUTTED! Blaine and Kami’s story left me gutted. This is definitely an ugly cry worthy story and is worth every tear. Kami wears a mask to hide herself from people. She doesn’t get close to anybody outside of her best friends Angel and Dom. That is until she meets Blaine. There’s an immediate attraction and their chemistry is off the charts. Blaine wants to know what makes her so sad, but Kami refuses to open up and tries to get through to him that she’ll never be what he needs. Blaine vows to prove her wrong and show her that she deserves to be loved. This is a beautifully written book and even though the epilogue is short, it gives you just enough to feel they’ve gotten a complete story. I felt for Kami and liked that she was aware that some of the things she did were irrational but let her fear control her. It was nice to watch a loving relationship evolve and see so much effort on Kami’s part to get well.

    - I wanted to surrender my broken heart to him so he could mend it, and make it new again. But I couldn’t. My past, my pains, had ripped that away from me. Fear had claimed me before love ever got the chance to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    So many emotions

    **3 Stars**
    This story was heartbreaking. There was passion, tears & suspense. Cami has been through the unthinkable & Blaine has had his heart broken more then once (his letter made me sob). Through all that I just felt the story was missing something?
    *300+ pages*

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