Break My Fall (Falling Series #2)

Break My Fall (Falling Series #2)

by Jessica Scott

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ISBN-13: 9781942102236
Publisher: Jessica Scott
Publication date: 06/29/2016
Series: Jessica Scott's Falling Series , #2
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

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Break My Fall 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got a copy to give a honest review. I think this is one of her best books. I love Jessica Scott writing and buy all of her book and have this one pre-order. I love how this book is not about sex but about everything else that goes on when a soldier comes home. I have went there it coming home and so has my husband. We both have served. I am out do to being hurt during a deployment but had already decided I wanted to be home with my kids more. The hubby is still in so we still have times like this. Thanks for another great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its interesting to hear the POV of a war vet and all they struggle with coming home
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
Jessica Scott knows how to write about the the good, the bad and the ugly in life and romance. This series is a little darker than her others, but touches on a subject that is prevalent in our Military today. I loved Josh and Abby's story! There were parts that were absolutely heart wrenching that left me exposed and raw, but so worth it. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
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blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of New Adult. I am to the point in my life that the mid-twenties are happily a distant memory and revisiting them is not part of my itinerary. I am a Jessica Scott fan. Scott tells amazing, truthful stories that resonate with readers. Her latest, Break My Fall, is no exception. Though set in the New Adult timeframe, it deals with all the other issues that Scott is known for addressing, including what happens to soldiers when they come home from war. The youth of the hero is appropriate as we have many young men dealing with those very issues as they return from deployment and try to reintegrate into society. At the same time, Scott takes on the universal issue of fitting in. When you aren’t like everyone else how do you succeed? Though these questions are never completely answered in the novel, the exploration of them brings dialogue to the conversation. Any additional light shed on these subjects is a win in my book. I am still not sold on NA, but Scott remains one of my favorite authors. I will definitely pick up the next in the series when it is released.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was a very heavy intense emotional read. To be honest it took me a couple of days to read it. Not because it isn't good, which it really is, but because it is very heavy and deals with two people with serious issues, hurts and fears. But I truly enjoyed Josh and Abby's story. They were able to give what the other needed and did so with no regard for themselves. They had their trying times and feeling of no self worth, but worked through them. My heart broke for both of them and all that they suffered. I love the way Ms. Scott tells her stories, with a real knowledge of military life and their struggles. This story is beautifully written and brought out many sympathetic emotions along with protective ones. Now I am ready for Eli's story. He was a great supporting character and with many secrets. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jessica brings a realness to service men and women coming back from war. This story, although at times hard to read was beautiful.
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ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by Jessica Scott Break My Fall is the second book in the Falling series but you don’t need to have read that book first; this is a stand-alone story and there is no cliffhanger. This book just about ripped my heart out. It’s darker than most of Jessica’s other stories but, like her other books, it seems so real and believable. As I’ve said before, I think her Army service brings real credibility to her stories. Josh has recently left the Army and is enrolled in a university “where the poor kids drive Mercedes and the really rich ones have drivers” and he feels out of place. Abby has dark skin and curly hair; she’s working her way through school and feels equally out of place. The two meet when Josh sees Abby being harassed by a couple of jerks as she walks home one night. Abby: "Are you my white knight in shining armor?" Josh: "I'm nobody's hero." Josh is haunted by his experiences in war. He hates that he misses the violence of it and feels like a deviant because of it. While the doctors have told him there is nothing physically wrong with him, nothing everything is working right. He can’t imagine that anyone would want him, he’s too broken. Abby has scars, both physical and emotional, from her childhood. She is still reeling from a recent breakup; she doesn’t want to start a new relationship. When Josh rescues her she doesn’t want to be attracted to him but she can’t seem to help herself. This book deals with a side of war that we don’t read about in the papers and, even though this is fiction, it feels “real” to me. Josh’s story is heartbreaking but Jessica Scott tells it well and I was invested in his character right from the beginning. Abby’s story is also compelling and how she and Josh navigate a relationship around both of their issues was a story I didn’t want to put down. Warning: this story contains some violent scenes and alcohol abuse. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my review. *****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions*****
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! I could not put this book down. It drew me in from the start and held me until the end. The story line is heart wrenching at times as two broken souls attempt to heal. The characters are intense and have remarkable chemistry. Together, Josh and Abby might be able to overcome lifes obstacles and help heal one another. Do not miss this awesome read!! Gifted a copy for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "Don't talk about my friend that way." Stars! I am a huge fan of Jessica Scott’s books, you can feel the knowledge and authenticity of experience of the Armed Forces lifestyle and ethos, in every (ex) Service Personnel character that she gives you. The same can certainly be said for Josh, this is a guy who is definitely struggling to integrate himself back into regular society, and day-to-day life, while suffering from severe bouts of anxiety, and mood-swings triggered by the littlest and often most inconsequential of things, the beginnings of what could develop into a serious drink problem and an undeniable attraction to a woman, who seems as battle scarred as he is, just not for the same reasons. "I’m nobody’s hero." I’m not a huge fan of erroneous angst, but Jessica really gave Josh and Abby's story a great balance, in that the drama that plays out as the book progresses is well paced, and the revelations into each of their pasts is well placed as well. Josh is hauling around a boat load of guilt over his time spent in Afghanistan, and the loss of some of his closest brothers in Arms whilst over there. My first reaction is always violence. Violence is easy. Violence is simple. Abby’s distrust of men and relationships in general also has connections with the Armed Services, but I found her revelations to Josh in relation to the way people treated her due to her color and the pre-judgement that comes with that in certain social circles, was really well integrated into everything they were dealing with, in an effort to try to become a functioning couple. For a big man covered in tattoo’s, he surprises me with the vulnerability I see looking back. For all the darkness contained in this story, it also has a lot of light, as a couple Abby and Josh could never be stuck in the pre-conceived 'normal' category, but I loved reading of the many down as well as ups that they went through to get to a 'normal' that worked for them. "You’re like a good dream. And I don’t want to wake up." I cannot wait to get my hands on the third book in the Falling Series, If I Fall is Eli’s book, also ex Armed Forces, he has featured quite a bit in the previous two books due to the fact he owns the bar where all the College Vets go to drink, the author has managed to keep him somewhat elusive in relation to his past though, so I am itching to read his story. If you are looking for authentic military romance, whatever the age of the characters, Jessica Scott delivers every time! I cannot change the past. But I don’t have to live in it anymore. ARC generously provided by the author, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Jessica Scott is one of my favorite military authors. With Break My Fall she kept up her high standards and wrote a military book that I could not put down. I could not wait to have time pick this book up and read more about Josh and Abby. Josh is a great man. Not only did he serve his country but he has come home and is working hard, going to school, and trying to make a successful life for himself. That is not easy after everything he saw while serving in the military. The things he saw and had to do weigh on him. His perception of himself is based on those things and not the things he is working to do now that his military life is over. Then he meets, or saves, Abby. He can’t get her out of his mind and they keep running into each other. From their first meeting I believed that Abby would be what saved him from himself and his nightmares. Abby, while not having served herself, also has a military background with her dad serving. She can relate to the toughness of Josh and understands the memories he is fighting against. Yet, she also has a history that she is fighting. She doesn’t realize it but she also needs an anchor and a savior to help her become the person she wants to be. Josh is definitely that person. I liked that Jessica Scott was able to take tough subjects like war, abuse, and race and write a story that makes these subjects less taboo. They are never easy to talk about or move past yet she shows that it is possible and that with the right support and love it can happen. Everyone deserves a happy ending and it is worth the work of finding it and pushing yourself to get there. As with all of Jessica’s book, I highly recommend checking it out.
Phyllis_L More than 1 year ago
I got an ARC from the author for free in the hopes of a review. This was an amazing, intense book, like so many of hers. I felt there were a few things that were left up in the air-- Josh hints at specific incident that drove him from the army, but he ends by giving only generalities. Though considering how hard a time he had telling Abby anything at all, I think it's not a big hole. Abby had her own scary past. I think it's their assumptions about each other in the beginning that resonate the most with me. As they get to know each other they gradually see who the other really is. So much pain and so much joy.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another powerful story from Jessica Scott that gives us insight on some of the issues our veterans deal with when returning to civilian life. This series/book is NA and gives us the story of two college students drawn to each other against all odds. Josh is lost. The only things that seem to get through to him are alcohol and fighting. He's attending classes but other than that getting into the whole college scene just isn't something he can do so he spends his nights in a bar. Abby has her own issues to deal with. She comes from an abusive home and finally being away from her stepfather's violent tendencies is freeing. Then why is she so drawn to Josh who has violent written all over him??? This is a captivating story and one I couldn't put down. I highly recommend it.
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
Searching for a way to get past the violence of their pasts... “Break My Fall” by Jessica Scott is a contemporary military new adult story that is part of the ‘Falling’ series and features Josh Douglas, who has come home from the Army and is attending college, but still has many issues to cope with left over from his time at war. He forms a connection with a young woman named Abby Hilliard who has her own pressures to deal with while attending the exclusive college. Each has scars from the past that define the present, and their attendance in a class on violence brings up issues that are all too relevant to them, complicating the attraction they feel for each other. The struggle to get past the fear and search for a solution other than violence to deal with past demons may be almost impossible until each can trust the other enough to let down their walls, and that may never happen. It always impresses me that this author can pen such memorable characters in her stories that it doesn’t matter what genre she’s writing in, I am still mesmerized by the story. I am not a ardent fan of first-person stories, and it’s been some time since I was personally experiencing all of the angst and drama that is associated with the college years, yet I connect with the characters and experience their emotional highs and lows right along with them. I love that there are multiple levels of bigotry and misconceptions addressed in this story, even as I ache at the fact that the scenarios described are still very relevant to our society today. There are so many beautiful passages in this emotional tale that shares the fallout from violence, both at home and in war, but I savor the journey that leads to the realization…”I understand what it means to find someone who fits you and what it means to love them no matter what. I understand what it feels like when someone loves you for who you are. Not who they want you to be.” After all, isn’t that what all of us want? Someone who ‘gets’ us and accepts us just as we are, while supporting us in our attempts to improve. Just as in this author’s other stories, things are not tied up with a tidy bow at the end, because these people are a work in progress, just as we all are. The realism and emotional impact of these stories is such that I remember them long after I have read them and look forward to seeing these characters again in their journey, just as I would like to know more about how Beth and Noah are doing after their trials in “Before I Fall”. This was a touching and emotional read that reminds us of the price we pay for violence and I am anxious to read more by this talented author. A copy of this title was provided to me for review
M_Bass1 More than 1 year ago
After facing years of abuse with her stepfather and then an ex-boyfriend, Abby was determined it would not happen to her again. So she is very apprehensive on romance and wants to find someone normal. Josh had two places he went to all the time to find solace in his life, the gym where he would run himself ragged and a local bar run by a fellow ex-Soldier. The later caused more problems because it seemed like drinking was the only way he could make it through the night and face the college preppies next day. One evening after being kicked out of the bar yet again for brawling, he stumbled across Abby needing help dealing with some guys who do not understand the word no. While they can both feel the immediate attraction, neither is ready for it, they go their separate ways before it goes too far. Little did they realize that it would not be the only time they met, it happened again in class. Josh took the chance to sit by her and she did not have a problem with it. She seems to be able to calm him down during class when a fellow student keeps getting a rise out of him. But both have demons in their past and to keep on going they would have to work them out. In order to do that, they would need to do it together, which means they have to tell each other everything, absolutely everything! Once again Jessica Scott has slammed a home run with this book. I will admit it took me longer to read this one that usual but that was because it was so intense. Sometimes I had to put it down for a bit before returning to finish. But then it was over and I couldn’t believe it. PTSD is something anyone can have to do, anywhere. Everyone deals with it in their own way because they believe that is their only choice as there is no one there to help, especially those in the military. Not always, there is support, you just need to find the right person to help you out. I received an ARC for an honest review
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
The second book in Jessica Scott's "Falling" series is just as thought provoking, heart wrenching and hopeful as the first book in this series. Josh & Abby come into their relationship with their own issues. Watching how they support one another and bring each other out of a dark place makes a truly wonderful love story. The author's ability to make you feel what this young war vet is dealing with once he is home, trying to attend college courses and develop a life after war really touches me. Wonderful story!