Blog Tour + Review: The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

Posted April 24, 2018 by roastedr in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments


The Hardest Fall, an all new tantalizing contemporary romance by Ella Maise is NOW LIVE!


The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise may have been my first book to read by Ella, but she now has a fan for life. This book has so much jam packed in it, I am not sure how Ella managed to keep it all in line, but she told the story beautifully and at the end of the day I finished this book with a HUGE smile on my face and was over the moon happy that I decided to give this book a go. I highly recommend you reading this book, but let me tell you all of the reasons why:

First, this cover grabbed my attention, but then reading the blurb made me that more interested and it did not disappoint. Second, it has all of my favorite things that I love to read about- college romance, sports, possible friends (if you can call them that!) to lovers and HOLY SLOWBURN.. the perfect recipe. Lastly, it has SO much more to give to us readers. It has a story line underneath that made its way out at the perfect moment and it was SO funny! It was real, honest at times, quirky, and genuinely a great book. I couldn’t put this book down- I found myself reading it on my breaks at work, in the elevator, and I was even late to work that morning of starting it because I HAD to see where this book was going to take me.

Zoe Clark is one of my favorite girl characters- mainly because of how real she felt. She is a true friend, an artist, and also the girl that trips all over herself. But she is real and honest and it was SO refreshing to just read about a normal girl- no rescuing needed, but still going through life with faults. She meets Dylan and their first meeting is one to remember- literally the beginning of the book.

Dylan- not sure where to start with him, but I LOVE DYLAN. I am staking my claim now. Move over every book boyfriend I have ever had, he tops the cake. Dylan also reminds me of my hubby which is probably why I love him so much, but I love how genuine his love for Zoe feels. I love the fact that he knows he has loved her since the first time seeing her. I love how he buys her things, even though he might not have much, just to show that he cares. That right there is a keeper, ladies!

I am giving this book FIVE HUGE Stars because it is a well written book – with so many moving parts, Ella still managed to give readers a story that made sense, that closed all loops, but kept you interested. It was engaging- Zoe’s character and all of her quirks draw you in and suck you in until you finish. It was enjoyable- I laughed, I gasped, I held my cheeks because they were smiling so much they hurt. I even messaged the author at 1 AM to tell her how much I enjoyed it. The story itself was more than just a story- it was a glimpse into what love could be like, what college life sometimes is, and how meeting the one you are supposed to be with can change the course of your life. The character development was on point as well- the characters were authentic, they were believable, and while it is a romance novel so for the most part doesn’t go too deep, it still had a layer to it that made it seem like something any human could be going through. The slowburn was soooooo good- I don’t know why I do this to myself, but HOLY HECK. It was just so good, I couldn’t stop myself. I HIGHLY recommend this book, you don’t want to wait to read it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did too!

The Hardest Fall Cover

The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool of myself in front of a guy I’m attracted to.

At the time, I knew nothing about him and thought none of what I said would matter since I’d never speak to him again. Turns out, I was very wrong. He was the star wide receiver of the football team, one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and I ended up seeing him all over campus.

I might have also propositioned him, run away from him, attacked him with a cooking utensil…and…uh, maybe I shouldn’t tell you all of it. It’s pretty normal stuff, things you’d expect…from me. Eventually, the time came when I couldn’t hide anymore—not that he’d have let me even if I tried.

Before now, he never knew I was secretly watching him. Now that we see each other every day, he knows when I have a hard time looking away. It doesn’t help that I’m not the most subtle person in the world either.

He smiles at me and tells me he finds me fascinating because of my quirks. I can’t even tell him that I think my heart beats differently whenever he’s around.

He thinks we’re going to be best friends. I think I have a big thing for him, and the more I get to know him, the more I don’t care that I’m not allowed to be his friend, let alone fall for him.

The thing is, that’s exactly what I’m doing—what we’re doing, I think.




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I stopped speaking when Dylan’s gloved hand—his huge gloved hand—cupped my cheek and gently tilted my face up. The world around me slowed down, and I stood still. I swear to you, I watched his eyes roam my face in slow motion.
“I like having your eyes on me, Zoe.”
I managed to force a nervous smile. His thumb moved on my cheek, rendering me…basically completely helpless.
Forgetting myself, forgetting where we were, I whispered, “I like watching you.”
His tongue peeked out and touched his lower lip. “I know.”
Oh, Dylan, why did you do that?
“I meant I like watching you—liked watching you play tonight. I didn’t mean it to sound like I like watching you when you’re not playing. I definitely wouldn’t watch you if you were just standing there, or I don’t know…I wouldn’t watch you when you’re working out, and I would never watch you if you were—”
“You know why I like watching you?”
The question shut me up pretty quickly, which was probably for the best; who knew what else I would spew out.
“Because I can’t take my eyes away from you. Everything else…it all disappears, and…”
And… And…
I tried my best not to look eager for his answer—or let’s say not too eager, because there was no way he couldn’t tell I was very interested and invested in hearing what he was about to say.
He let out a heavy breath and decided not to finish that particular sentence. I’d seen it in his eyes, a slight change, there and gone.

About Ella

I’m a big dreamer. And that’s how it all started for me, really. Reading and dreaming. I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one-person smile, it means I’ve done my job well.

Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply makes your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.

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