If We Fall

If We Fall

by Nina Lane

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If We Fall by Nina Lane

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart.

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first crush, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last.

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I've returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain.

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I'd loved is gone. Now he's a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust.

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm.

But this time, there is no escape.

The reading order of the WHAT IF series is:

IF WE LEAP
IF WE FALL
IF WE FLY

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161965580
Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2018
Series: What If , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 38,109
File size: 348 KB

About the Author

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

Visit Nina at: ninalane.com

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If We Fall 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 22 days ago
4.5 stars--IF WE FALL is the first full length instalment in Nina Lane’s contemporary, adult WHAT IF Duet focusing on artist Josie Mays, and distillery owner Cole Danforth. For backstory and history I recommend reading the prequel novella-IF WE LEAP. Told from dual first person perspectives (Josie and Cole) IF WE FALL follows in the aftermath of a rekindling relationship between artist Josie Mays, and distillery owner Cole Danforth. Ten years earlier Josie Mays’ life was destroyed; her heart broken; and the boy that she loved walked away without looking back. From childhood best friends to high school / college sweethearts and lovers, Josie and Cole had been everything for one another but one night destroyed it all. Fast forward to present day wherein Josie May returns to her hometown of Castille, Maine in an effort to pay homage to the people she loved by painting a mural for the Castille Historical Society. Enter Cole Danforth, the only man that Josie has ever loved, and the man that broke what was left of her shredded heart. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Josie and Cole, and the potential fall-out as the truth about what happened years before may send Josie into a spiral from which she may never return. IF WE FALL is a story of family, friendship, secrets and revenge. Cole has struggled all of his life to fit into the mould his father endeavored to present to the world. In private, Cole’s earlier years were a living h*ll but the public only saw what his father wanted them to see- a dedicated and respected businessman whose only son struggled to fit into his life. Years later, Cole’s actions begin to divide a town that was once dependant upon his father’s power, a power Cole is unwilling to propagate and pretend. Cold and damaged, Cole keeps secret the truth about the who, how, and why including what appears to be a calculated attempt to destroy the town. Josie Mays had fallen in love with the misunderstood Cole from the time she was nine years old, a love that has never waivered in the face of rejection, heartbreak and engulfing darkness. Returning to Castille, Josie suspected she would come face to face with her past but her past continues to push Josie out of his life. The relationship between Josie and Cole is a friends to lovers/ second chance romance between two wounded souls who have loved one another for most of their lives. Josie knew that Cole’s home life wasn’t all hearts and flowers, and in this Josie was determined to be Cole’s anchor in an every worsening storm. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. IF WE FALL is an emotional, heart breaking and raw story line about love, lies and deception; hidden secrets and public perception. The premise is gritty and gripping; the romance is intimate and breath-taking; the characters are broken, tragic and lost. Nina Lane’s impassioned writing style is palpable; her characters and series come to life with every turn of the page. IF WE FALL ends of a cliff-hanger-you have been warned.
Lashea677 24 days ago
If We Leap was a glimpse into young love at it's most innocent and pure. Cole and Josie had the beginnings of something wonderful, but life got in the way. If We Fall delves deeper into the mystery of Cole and Josie's heartache. What derailed their chance the first time around? What's keeping them from trying again? Their road is one of doubt, pain and fear. What they need is faith. In order to find forever, we have to take the risk of heartbreak. If wishes were rainbows, Lane would keep us guessing till we reached that pot of gold. A heart-breaker read.
MelReaderReviews 25 days ago
5 Stars! Josie Mays fell in love with a boy named Cole Danforth. She had everything she'd ever wanted and he was the one thing in life she was always certain of. Then in a split second her entire life is obliterated. Her heart is demolished and in its place is anger and resentment. Darkness flooded her life and she's left feeling shattered and broken. She can't let go of the past and all that's left of the boy she loved so wildly is memories and her occasional vivid fantasies. After ten years she returns home to Castille and comes face to face with Cole. He's changed drastically. He's all man now, and hardened and intense. The town had always viewed him in a negative light, but now his reputation was as the town villain. He'd turned into a ruthless, ambitious, corporate tycoon. She doesn't see any traces of her Cole when she looks at him. Is the boy she once loved still in there somewhere? Cole Danforth has tried to move on with his life after Josie. He thought he'd never see her again. She was never supposed to come back home. Now she's everywhere he turns, and as much as he tries to avoid her he can't escape the old emotions from resurfacing. She was the woman who once gave him hope for the future, but nothing went as planned. He will have to endure being around her, and try to keep his distance as much as possible. He believes he's not worthy of Josie, and is determined to do right by her. As much as Josie and Cole try to fight their undeniable connection they will always share an unbreakable bond that time and distance can't erase. They both miss the love and friendship they once shared. When the flame between them is once again ignited they burn for one another and can't resist the passion that's still between them. Will they get a second chance at love, or will their past destroy them? I absolutely love this series! Nina Lane has me on the edge of my seat with this story and constantly just wanting more. I adore this couple and the beautiful, deep love between them. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book! I NEED MORE!!!
CeeCeeHouston 25 days ago
After reading the prequel (If We Leap) which is free, I was expecting If We Fall by Nina Lane to be an all out tear-jerker and was surprised when it wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very emotional story that will brings a lot of feeling to the table. It’s a well written at times heart-wrenching and soul-crushing story of two broken people who can only find peace with each other. Cole and Josie have known each other since childhood and finally found love when she was nineteen. They thought it was forever until the worst event in their lives tore them apart. Now, ten years later, Josie is back home in Castille and she and Cole are soon bound together. She should hate him for what he’d done but a love like theirs couldn’t be forgotten or ignored. There were some questions raised from events in the prequel, some answered others not and I can’t for If We Fly to get the final truth of what really happened that night so long ago.
AmyBosica 25 days ago
Wow. Wow. Wow. Do I ever have questions!! I mean what did I just read?? And how could it end like that??? If We Fall threw me for a loop and turned my world totally upside down… If We Fall follows the story of Cole and Josie. Once upon a time, Cole and Josie had the most epic love. That is until one day, tragedy struck and ripped these two lovers apart. Now, 10 years later, Josie has returned home. And while things seem familiar and unchanged, the one thing that mattered the most is now a complete stranger. Cole is nothing like the man she remembered. He is cold and standoffish. There were many times where I found myself annoyed and wanting to yell at him that he was being a jerk. I didn’t understand what changed and why he needed to keep Josie away. He just made me utterly crazy!! And Josie….she too has changed. Gone is the light and happy girl. Josie suffers from insomnia and nightmares. Her only outlet is her art. She misses her family and is so desperate for answers. She’s not really ready to come home, but she has hope that maybe she’ll find some closure. 10 years may have passed, but that isn’t enough time to kill the connection between Cole and Josie. They try to fight the pull, but their connection is too hard to deny. Despite Cole’s standoffish behavior, I couldn’t help but hope for him to get his head out of his butt and make things right for Josie. Josie and Cole worked so well together when they weren’t fighting. I had such high hopes for them and couldn’t wait to see how their story was going to play out. If We Fall was an intriguing read from beginning to end. My emotions have gone for a crazy ride and my head is spinning from the way this story has ended. I have a million and one questions and am just dying for all my answers. I can not wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!!
mjlovestoread 25 days ago
This well-written and beautifully heart-wrenching first book in the What If duet is proof once again that Nina Lane is in a class by herself. She gives us the tale of a first love ripped apart at the seams by a tragedy that continues to haunt both Josie Mays and Cole Danforth. 10 years later and both are back together in their small town of Castille where long-buried memories are stirred up and emotions can't help but come to the forefront of their hearts once again. And we are there front and center to watch it all unfold, each page more heartbreaking than the last. What adds to this second chance romance is the mystery surrounding the horrific event that decimated Josie's family all those years ago. The Author masterfully throws in flashbacks in Josie's mind together with reactions by Cole and members of the town that just don't add up to the way it all seemingly occurred. Josie has her mind all over the place as bittersweet moments that both give her joy and heartache race through her mind at the most unexpected times. But it is these nightmares and now what seem to be daytime fears that may just be the key to unlocking her missing recollections of what happened after her parents's anniversary party. Although both Cole and Josie have changed, not all for the better I might add, these two just can't stay away from each other. Their intricate dance around one another was painful for me as a reader since Cole did everything in his power to make Josie stay away. The level of hurt he throws at Josie made me cringe but thank goodness, she is one tough woman and knew 'her Cole' was still there somewhere inside the ruthless magnate now in front of her. Just a fleeting touch or a stare held too long and I just knew these two would somehow find their way back to one another. If We Fall is a story that needs to be savored since there is so much to glean from subtle passages and secondary individuals with respect to the ongoing mystery that continues to plague Josie. In addition, their white-hot passion for each other is the perfect remedy to all the sadness and the longing these two have had to endure while apart. Their sexual trysts are heartfelt with the perfect touch of erotic, the always welcomed M.O. of this gifted Author. And as we are left with the last words in Josie's head, ones that were a part of my own thoughts since reading the prequel (If We Leap...grab that first) I sit here desperate for book 2 getting my heart ready for what is sure to be one helluva conclusion. This is a book not to be missed that is one part mystery and more parts love story and I happily give If We Fall a big 5 stars!