Fall

Fall

by Kristen Callihan

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Overview

The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways.

In my defense, I didn't know he was Jax Blackwood--who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip.

Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands.

Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he'd be my new neighbor.

An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room.

Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore--not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun.

Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we're quickly becoming each other's addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything.

All we have to do is trust enough to fall.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161739259
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Series: VIP Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,637
File size: 575 KB

About the Author

Kristen Callihan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has won a RITA award, and two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Fall 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. A fun and enjoyable story while dealing with mental illness and the fears of loving and trust. Looking forward to the next story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. It was a mostly accurate portrayal of what living with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts can be like. Just like life it was not only invoked feelings of sadness but it was also super funny and encouraging. I would recommend reading the first two books in the series if possible. It will make reading Fall a much richer experience but it's not necessary. -aa
Anonymous 3 months ago
Seriously, I never wanted to put this book down. Stella and John are relatable and timeless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! It takes courage for an author to address mental health and suicide. Kristen Callihan did an amazing job writing about depression while still creating a love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked on Kristen Callihans books. They are all heartfelt books. You won't want to put them down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! You can't go wrong with this read . Great characters , love and humor.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Fall is the third novel in VIP, a rock star romance series by Kristen Callihan. Having had the story of two previous members in this band (well, #2 was about their Manager but..) we already know Jax Blackwood’s history. He was the catalyst to Killian’s escape from reality in VIP. Jax is the best friend who tried to kill himself and sent the band whirling into despair and confusion. Knowing this, I wondered how Ms. Callihan was going to inject a lightness into this troubled man’s story. That injection came in the form of Stella, a funny “free spirit” who dares to knock down Jax’s mental blockade and make him feel again. She does this through humor, but also provides Jax with someone who needs him emotionally. That is a truly scary thing for a mentally depressed individual, but he is willing to take that chance and be that person for Stella. We knew all about Jax (or thought we did), but we, the reader, knew nothing about Stella until she meets him over Mint Chip ice cream at the grocery store. A scene that sets the stage for some pretty funny shanigans between these two characters. Stella doesn’t have a clue who Jax is, and Jax loves the independence of being himself instead of being the rock star. When they meet again, she is living next door to him in Killian and Liberty’s apartment, pet sitting for them while they are on vacation overseas. This closeness provides many opportunities for Jax and Stella to interact and get to know each other. Both of them are truly surprised by what they find out. I loved that Kristen Callihan took on mental illness in this novel. It would be so easy to make Jax the tortured misunderstood hero and Stella be the light that brings him back from the dark. They both are those things, but they are also so much more. After having viewed the effects of Jax’s attempted suicide on his band members, it was really eye opening to hear his viewpoint on what is and was going on in his head. The way this is portrayed is very true to life and only the romance in this novel is lighthearted. The characters have depth that scratches despair, and only by being together, loving each other do they have the strength to face the future. Stella needs this love just as much as Jax, maybe even more. This was not a lighthearted novel. Yes, I did laugh, but I also cried a bit and stopped to think about how this portrayal could parallel a lot of people’s lives that read it. Not that we’re all rock stars, well at least outside my own head, but the fact that we all have moments of darkness and that dream that being needed and loved can help us overcome despair. Am I reading too much into this novel? I mean it is a rock star romance and is meant to be fun. I know other people haven’t loved this novel as much as the other two in the series, but I’m going to say this is my favorite so far. Fall had a perfect balance of light and dark, love and hate, despair and hope. To me, that balance made it pretty much perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the storyline and the characters but the book desperately needs editing. Half way through it was a distraction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved
FS_Meurinne More than 1 year ago
I love the series; Fall surprised me and got to say I loved it so hard. Jax and Stella story is beyond of what I could’ve imagined. It is a slow burn, with a hot rockstar and s lonely girl, they both have trust issues and so it’s not an easy relationship to be built. Mental health is something real, people struggle with it everyday, so this story is believable. The rollercoaster of emotions is in every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Loveable charact ers and an awesome feel good story of love, loss, and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BookAngel_Emma More than 1 year ago
I honestly don't know where to start, Fall hits you right in the heart, especially if, like myself, you have battled the inner voices in your head. Kristen realistically portrays the exact conflict anxiety and depression creates within a person. In that way, Jax/John felt so relatable and realistic to me. I have the same spirals where for no apparent reason you can sink into a pattern of negativity always directed at yourself. However, it is characters such as Jax that make you realise that you aren't the only person to experience these things, with Jax's fame and influence attached to it, he is a beacon of hope for all of his fans, making them realise they are not alone in their struggles Although, it does take time and a lot of work to move out of the darkness, and sometimes the smallest of things can create huge setbacks. Especially the concern of others and the way in which you can be treated differently as a result of your health issues. Jax has managed by embracing the numbness of his emotions but this also makes him detached from his own life and happiness. Meeting Stella is the wake-up call he didn't realise he needed.  It is uncanny how fate throws Jax and Stella together at a point in their lives when they need each other the most. Their similarities in food choices only add to the feeling of inevitability within the narrative Stella isn't without her own problems with abandonment and trust issues stemming from a grifter parent and the loss of her mother, Stella finds it exceptionally difficult to accept help and love from others. Keeping a tight guard on her emotions as she doesn't want to need anyone in case they leave her Even with her issues, Stella is a bright light to others, providing warmth and comfort just by her presence alone.  You know from the very nature of the barriers both Jax and Stella carry within themselves there are going to be more than little complications on their path to happily ever after; adding to the emotion of the story as a whole. I completely adored the way in which the characters developed along the way, including finding and accepting friendship and affection when it is offered. The other VIP characters are all intricately woven into the story adding to the friends/family feel within the plot.  Fall makes my heart ache in all the best ways whenever I think about it - ALL THE FEELS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another incredible book from the marvelous Kristin Callihan. The characters are so charismatic and perfect together. Funny, moving, romantic and so sexy. You will want to read it again so worth the buy.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
Fall was one of those book I fell for, sorry for the pun, but I did. I fell deep and hard for everything in this book, the characters, the storyline, and Callihan’s writing itself. Let me begin with the characters. They were very well fleshed out and had many different levels. Each chapter would reveal another part of who they were. Who wouldn’t fall for John? I would have fallen with just hearing his voice, especially in the way Stella described it. “And his voice? Gah. It is sex and sweaty sheets, hot fudge over crushed cookies.” As I said, he had many levels. At first glance, yes you would be drawn to his looks, but as I got to know him better, it was his heart that was truly beautiful. My heart melted throughout the book, but it was the very last chapter when it melted completely. Other readers will know exactly what I mean when you read it. And, Stella...I loved her from the very beginning. She is quirky, even her appearance is not what society would deem as beautiful, but I thought she was. Her courage, I can’t say enough about that. Granted, she didn’t know who John really was, but seriously, she was willing to “fight” him for her mint chocolate ice cream. That’s my kind of woman!!! It’s that quality that initially drew John to Stella. As with John, it’s Stella’s heart that is the most beautiful thing about her. She has no need for his money or fame; she loves the man. Jax has never had someone but his closest friends and family love him that way! The storyline was fantastic. Callihan took her time in writing their love story. The pacing was perfect, and I think that is what made her writing so phenomenal. This was a romance, but it was packed with emotions. For me, it was the way she writes that was the crux of the story. It is very rare for a writer to do that...just by her words, and Kristen Callihan did that, and she did it exceptionally well. I had so many passages highlighted, but I couldn’t fit them all in this review. One of my favorite passages was this one: “I was standing there, looking at her, and she became more! I couldn’t...I couldn’t think. Everything simply...tilted. The world tilted, and there she was.” That passage right there said everything I needed to know about how John felt. I am new to Kristen Callihan, and she has a new admirer in me. This woman knows how to write a darn good book! She blew my socks off!!!!
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
This book is worth the read! You'd fall in love with Stella and Jax - they're amazing characters. They met in the most unexpected places, and Stella stole a quick kiss over the mint-ice cream they both wanted. She had it, but she never forgot the guy, and most especially the kiss. Stella is one of the bravest women I know. She didn't have any luck with her family. Her dad left her to live by herself. So far, she managed it. She had some odd jobs, but her past didn't made her bitter of her future, only a bit wary of whom to trust. She loves to help other people in her own special way. Jax - this guy. I don't have words. His talented, hot and oh so swoony. But he isn't perfect (thank goodness he's not). He has issues, he has flaws. He might be famous and had everything that he wanted, but he was still down. So down that he just wanted out of it. He was recovering when he met Stella. She was not like any woman he ever met. I love how the story came about. It was perfectly paced, from their meeting, right through the ending, including the scenes in between. I love that he tried to woo her over, and gave that sense of anticipation. You are just going to love the secondary characters just as much especially with the help and push they gave to both characters. It was touching and hilarious at some points. What I love most about this story is that it was more than just your ordinary well-written romance novel. It dived into sensitive issues about mental health that people refuse to acknowledge or even think about. This book, in its own way, stresses the importance of mental health, how it affects the person, the people around him/her and the importance of getting help. Talk about an epic, epic read. Kristen Callihan made me FALL in this book. It has everything in it: romance, steam, social and relevant issues that will keep you glued to every page.
AT_202 More than 1 year ago
*This is not your typical romance and that is what makes this book so good. That and the wonderful characters that you can’t help but love! While this book has a ton of humor, Fall (VIP bk 3) touches upon some serious subject matter and the Author’s Note at the beginning of the book is perfect. Jax is the lead singer of Kill John. He suffers from depression and anxiety and has a history of a suicide attempt from years prior. The author does a great job touching upon mental health and I found her portrayal of mental illness to be spot on. As the author states it isn’t “all gloom and doom. They are often extremely intelligent, talented, funny, and charismatic people”. This book has humor, romance, and serious emotions all wrapped into one entertaining read. How can one be surrounded by people and still be lonely? Jax’s character demonstrates that the depression and anxiety are real and affect daily life. It has shaped how he approaches things and his relationship with Stella. The author also shows how he is sometimes treated with kid gloves by his bandmates and manager. He is a strong character and perhaps one of my favorite rockstar heroes (and I have read a lot of rockstar romances). Stella is fun, quirky character. Stella is very kind and caring (and is almost too perfect to me - I would have liked to have seen a few more flaws), but is lonely without any real friends and very vulnerable when it comes to any type of relationship based off her past . She is as Jax describes “the girl next door meets Wednesday Adams”. She is the type of heroine that I would love to be friends with. The chemistry between Jax/John and Stella as well as their love for each other is palpable and I loved how there was a lot of romance/wooing. The first chapter was quite humorous and sucked me right in. Fall moves at a good pace with no parts that lag. The characters are charismatic, strong and well developed. I enjoyed getting to read more about Rye, Whip, and Brenna as well more of Scottie and Sophie (from Managed). Killian and Libby are only mentioned a few times in this book and I would have liked to have seen them more. Fall is book 3 in the VIP series. I have read both Idol and Managed and while there is some character overlap, Fall can be read as a standalone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how her characters and situations always feel real, even though they are superstars.
cordee More than 1 year ago
Jax/John Blackwood's story has intrigued me from the first time we met him. He's one of those tragic characters you don't undestand why they would do something drastic as trying to kill himself. He has it all: the good looks, immeasurable talent, charm, charisma. You will get all the answers and as easy as the answer is the complicated it really is. Depression is such an insidious illness. When a little impish ice-cream thief also steals a kiss, he isn't outraged. Nope, famous rockstar of one of the hottest bands John is charmed, the only regret he has is that he let her go. Stella has never had a proper home. She lives in an apartment in New York City that belonged to her father until he up and left when she turned eighteen. Now thirty, she hasn't seen him since. She doesn't have any close friends although there's nothing she wants more. When she runs into larger than life lead singer and guitarist of one of the hottest bands repeatedly, ending up being neighbors, they become friends. Friends who bicker, friends who talk and friends who laugh. I can't even begin to say how much I loved their connection. Both of them snarky, goofy and broken in a way that it made perfect sense for them to become close. John doesn't want to be treated like the resident elephant in the room, he doesn't want people to tiptoe around him but it's hard to tell people when you think you screwed up. Especially when you still give into the dark when it comes over you. The depiction of John's depression was done in taste and credible. He displayed the ups and downs of somebody who feels too much and that abundance of emotion can turn against him from one second to the other and it was positively heartbreaking at times. Stella doesn't trust easily. She had my heart from the very beginning. She was independent, sweet and a bright light in every life she touched. I thought she was the perfect girl for John. The woman with the big heart that held compassion and love for all the people in her life who was so scared of needing somebody that she couldn't let anyone close. And John was the perfect man for her - he bolstered Stella's self confidence, broke her defenses and showed her the beauty he saw in her. John and Stella's love is a slow burn but oh so delicious. Their banter definitely sparks up their chemistry and when it was time for them to connect on another level I was just as eager for them to get there as they were. It was a thing of beauty, their hunger for each other, their emotional and physical connection. And can I say that John had the cutest nickname for Stella? It was breathtaking to watch them fall in love. This was a very long book but it never felt boring. At no point I had the urge to skim, I absorbed the words on my kindle. I laughed a lot, I had a little watery eyes now and then and I enjoyed the hell out of the story. But most of all I felt. So so much. Jax's bandmates and Scottie are the bomb - they stand behind their man no questions asked. Their loyalty and friendship was everything. And Scottie with his son? Gird your ovaries, people! I hope Kristen Callihan doesn't keep as waiting as long for the next book as she did with this one. I am absolutely addicted to her stories and her writing style which is so crisp, beautiful and polished. She catapulted FALL up into my top favorites and is now competing for the top spot for this year. Can I say I loved it? Yeah. That epilogue was the sweetest thing. I need the next one. Like NOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read. Deal with the subject of mental health and suicide, tastefully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raw emotion as Kristen Callihan once again takes two unique charcters through a true love story. A love story where two lonely people fall in love and learn how to trust and be together. The book is honest and moving but not depressing. It truly is a wonderful love story of acceptance of oneself, of the redeeming value of friendship and love. Love this book.
All_Things_Dark_And_Dirty More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Kristen, I didn't realise there were 2 books previous to this before I read it and to be honest didn't feel like I was missing anything with the characters, but knowing there are 2 more I will definitely go back and read these. The blurb called to me on this one, little did I know the book was going to be dealing with anxiety, depression and the fallout from an attempted suicide and life with all this - goodness me, I am so glad I read this, the FEELS in this are unbelievable, the story spoke to me on a personal level having had issues myself, the characters were utterly real each dealing with their own problems - I fell so hard for this book!! John 'Jax' Blackwood is the lead singer of a major rock group, he attempted suicide 2 yrs ago is living daily with depression and anxiety. Every day is a struggle in some way, some are definitely worse than others were even breathing takes thought, but other days can be good days living life as normally as possible. I loved John with a passion, he tries his best to get on with life, having money and success does not mean you are happy!! He's been a typical rocker, having had many women before deciding he's had enough of playing around, none of this is hidden in the story, even going so far as him getting an STD in his throat, nice!! But all this changes when fate intervenes and puts Stella in the freezer aisle and she ends up stealing the mint choc ice cream from him with a kiss. Stella is a normal girl, as she would say, ordinary, plain Jane type apart from her hair which is just lush. She has her own problems as well as we all do, hers being left by her dad on her 18th to care for herself, she herself is a giver looking after everyone but not having what she needs returned to her. She's a 'professional friend' being there for people who struggle to make friends in whatever capacity apart from sexual, as well as a pet sitter. John and Stella end up bumping into each other as Stella moves in next door to John to do a spot of pet sitting, after the ice cream moment I might add! What follows is an epic story of friendship and trust, learning to love and letting your walls down, and learning to accept that love in return. I was totally immersed in this story, it really did make me connect with the characters and the empathic way their story is told was just beautiful!! It's not all doom and gloom with depression and this story just goes to show how wonderful life can be if you can just live out of the darkness for a while. The chemistry between John and Stella was off the chart but again beautifully done, some of the scenes are so scorchingly hot, the one where they were making out on the couch had me sweating, it was raw and so very real!! The romance, the humor, the beautiful lines, the feelings and emotions, the chemistry and the sensitivity in which the subjects are handled were just a massive win for me. This goes a long way to being one of my top reads for 2018, I loved it that much!! It won't be for everyone with this storyline and the sensitive subjects, but you really should just read it anyway. Fabulous!!
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
There’s always a risk when a romance author takes on sensitive topics - ones that readers have strong opinions on and ones that don’t follow a similar pattern for any two people. Society seems more apt to judge and to criticize instead of trying to understand and to sympathize that every person’s experience is different and that no one knows what someone else’s life is like because despite perceptions and assumptions, the reality of things is never what they seem. Jax’s backstory is not a pretty one, but it’s one that needs to be told and understood because without that knowledge, the dynamics of Kill John, its implosion, and its future would not make sense and it’s pivotal that clarity is obtained, especially due to Jax’s present journey and how his past has led him to now. Ever since meeting Jax Blackwood in the previous books in the VIP series, I’ve sensed there’s more to him than meets the eye; there’s an uncontainable darkness inside of him - one that ravages his body with depression and anxiety - a combination of imbalance that is unrelenting in its work to overwhelm Jax as he attempts to calm the maelstrom inside of him and keep it at bay so that he can continue to do what needs to be done, even when he’s more than willing to give up…just like he did over two years ago. As much as readers may disagree with Jax’s choices and the things he has experienced due to those decisions, the havoc inside of him is debilitating, and Kristen Callihan illustrates Jax’s true circumstances brilliantly and with so much depth that it’s easy to see what he’s truly up against and how little his fame and fortune means to him when he’s fighting the battle of his life all due to his horrific demons. Stella Button Grey may be ‘average’ in all ways that society cares about, but her giving and caring nature is extraordinary, which means that her inner beauty shines brightly despite her insecurities and the fact that she has no-one to champion her like she champions everybody else. Jax and Stella give each other what they’ve desperately needed, and their friendship evolves into something more naturally. Their bond is deep and it centers around the idea that they are enough…that their ‘issues’ don’t make them damaged…they make them human and they’re enough simply because of who they are - warts and all, and that lesson is important for not only the characters in the story but readers as well and while it’s one that may take time to understand and even more to practice, it’s invaluable to learn. I’ve loved this series since Idol was released because they’re not typical rocker romances; they focus on issues that matter and ones that resonate with readers and the heroes and heroines are uniquely and realistically portrayed, which makes a connection to these characters easily obtained as well as lasting. 4.5 Poison Apples
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sensitive to a topic not alot of people talk about.