The Way We Fall

The Way We Fall

by Cassia Leo

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Five pages...
A letter holding a secret buried for more than five years...
A secret neither of them wanted to know.
Will the truth tear them apart... again?

I've loved my best friend's brother, Houston Cavanaugh, since I was eleven years old. But my friendship with Hallie Cavanaugh meant too much to me to risk taking a chance with Houston.

Until one snowy afternoon, Houston and I find ourselves thrust together by the grief of Hallie's death. Our passionate and toxic relationship will test the boundaries of our loyalty to each other and to Hallie's memory, ultimately, leaving us in ruins.

Five years later, Houston and I are forced to work together opening up a new wine bar, and, to my horror, Houston doesn't recognize me.

I haven't changed much, but he certainly has.

He's still as sexy as he was five years ago when he broke my heart, but time, grief, and a loveless marriage have broken him.

The moment Houston recognizes me, all our memories and long-buried passion come rushing to the surface. Can we rewrite our story with a happy ending this time? Or will his secrets be our unraveling again?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151455121
Publisher: Gloss Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/22/2015
Series: The Story of Us , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 5,107
File size: 891 KB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.

The author recommends the following reading order:

- Forever Ours (Shattered Hearts #1)
- Relentless (Shattered Hearts #2)
- Pieces of You (Shattered Hearts #3)
- Bring Me Home (Shattered Hearts #4)
- Chasing Abby (Shattered Hearts #6)
- Abandon (Shattered Hearts #5) (a spin-off)
- Ripped (Shattered Hearts #7) (a spin-off)

- The Way We Fall (The Story of Us #1)
- The Way We Break (The Story of Us #2)
- The Way We Rise (The Story of Us #3)
- To Portland, With Love (The Story of Us #3.5) (a novella)

- Unzipped (Luke: Parts 1-3)
- Password (Luke: Part 4)
- Timeout (Luke: Part 5)
- Hunting Luke (Luke: Part 5.5)
- Trust In Me (Luke: Part 6)
- Decode (Luke: Part 7)

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The Way We Fall 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drawn out so there could be sequels. Story could have been done in 1 book I believe. Won't be buying the next ones, as I had trouble reading this one to the end of the book.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
A week after finishing The Way We Fall, I'm still mulling it over. It left me with a lot of conflicted feelings. Not because the writing wasn't solid or the story didn't work, but because I can't decide how I feel about the ending or about the characters. They're flawed, so brilliantly flawed, that they're sometimes hard to take. Kind of like that uncle you love because he's family, but you still cringe when he's around your friends. Rory and Houston are tragically stupid when it comes to each other and there are times I don't want them to forgive one another and other times I want to smack them both upside the head and yell, "get over yourselves already!" So, here I am, a week later saying I want more of their story, but at the same time asking myself, "are you really sure you want to go through that again?" But I do. Because deep down, despite all the ways they drove me absolutely freaking nuts, Cassia Leo made me care enough about them to find out what happens next. Plot The plot centers around Rory and Houston's storied past. When Hallie, Rory's best friend and Houston's younger sister, committed suicide, Rory and Houston found solace in each other's arms. At least for six months before it all tragically ended in overwhelming heartache. When the two are thrown back together again five years later, old feelings and old hurts are simmering just below the surface. Much of their story plays out in flashbacks interspersed with present day from dual points of view. The devastating secret isn't revealed until the end and it lives up to the hype. World Building The small Portland, Oregon suburb is well developed and comes across as completely authentic. The flashbacks flow nicely with the contemporary scenes and have that college-y feel. Characters The characters alternate between being lovable and difficult to stomach, but that only makes them more real. Real people have good and bad sides, moments we adore them and moments we need to distance ourselves from them for a bit. Rory has a temper and Houston can be impossibly selfish, and yet you get the sense that they really do love each other deeply, even if they do everything wrong. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About The Way We Fall 1. The conflict. One of the things I love most in fiction is conflict and this book is packed with it. Every chapter is overflowing to the point that I had to turn the page to see what happened next. 2. Rory's dog. He's such an integral part of her life and the plot. 3. Liam the Lumberjack. He's a good guy and I was glad to see he was more than just a romantic foil. 4. Barley Legal. The name of Houston's beer company is awesome. 5. The Secret. I thought I knew what it was, but I never saw it coming and that's the hallmark good storytelling. Bottom Line The Way We Fall is at times difficult to read, but it's well-written and packs a solid emotional punch. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Very emotional love the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED IT!!!! Perfect young adult book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an emotional journey. A book that is written this well and can take you on an emotional roller coaster that teaches you something new about yourself and life has to be called art. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who is even slightly into modern romance. A book this good would be enjoyed by almost anyone no matter your favorite sub-catagoy in the romance genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the sequel!
CommonBookSense More than 1 year ago
This book was beautifully executed. You learn about their past as you venture into their future. It takes a lot to make a book like that work. The Way We Fall was an amazing story. I really liked how they didn't really ignore their feelings. Even though Rory was scared of getting heartbroken again, she still trusted Houston and her heart. I'm never one who supports cheating. I have a very firm belief that if you're unhappy enough to cheat on your significant other that you should just be with the person you're cheating with! Why stay when you're not happy! This is where you say "Wow, if a sixteen year old can see it, why can't adults?"...My point exactly! Anyway, he was going to do the right thing, so that's what counts, I guess. It's not like he loved her, really, I mean, she'd threatened him into staying. Back on topic, this book was really good. There were a few bouts of mature content, but nothing that made me queasy. I liked it! I'm reading the third book now, so really, I must have enjoyed the first one. You can find this review and many others on the CommonBookSense blog:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont get the high stars. Very disappointing book. The story concept was good - sex scenes dont fit in with book and the so called ending is anything but - no closure, i really did NOT like the book, first and last Cassia leo book for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series!
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Great writer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You wont be able to stop with the first book. Beautiful love story. CB?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but lovely
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Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a really interesting, well written story. It drew me in from the start and held me until the end. The characters are intense and have strong chemistry. I can't wait to read more about Rory and Houston's journey toward happiness. Received copy from Netgalley for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Rory & Houston is amazing! Cassia Leo has done it again with another great love story. Looking forward to the next book to see how their love story continues!
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Can't wait for book #2!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow i loved this book i can't wait for the next book. This book really makes you think what is important in your life...nice job Cassia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far, I am really enjoying Houston and Rory' so story! Can't wait to see what happens next!