Title: Further to Fall
Author: Catherine Cowles
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: October 24, 2018
An up-and-coming MMA fighter trying to take on the world. An innocent teacher trying to make the world a better place.
He never expected her to become his best friend. But she fought her way into his life, one tongue-lashing at a time. Until one night, one mistake tore them apart.
Losing her… that gutted him. But now, as one of the top fighters in the world, he’s back and determined to battle for his girl.
But, from the sidelines, someone watches. Someone who’ll do just about anything to keep them apart.
Their second chance might be over before it even begins…
When I am deciding whether or not I am going to take a book on, I am usually very leery of debut authors because there are no previous works to read or reviews to skim through to decide whether or not to take the plunge. It is all me going in blind and hoping I love the book. That is exactly what happened with Further to Fall by Catherine Cowles. I was amazed that this was the first book that this author has ever written because it was really good.
This was definitely a slow burn romance with a secondary suspense element added to it that really helped the story pop. I am all for love at first sight and jumping right in with both feet, but something about a slow burn romance really makes me appreciate the romance even more. Carter and Austin have so many different aspects to their relationship and so much more growth because sometimes they hate each other and sometimes they are best friends and sometimes it feels like there is something more. I loved reading about each stage in their relationship and going through their ups and downs with them.
I thought the writing was very well done and I loved the flow of the story. I thought the secondary characters really added to the story and I am hopeful to get their stories next. I will be keeping my eye on this author for her next book and auto-buying it!
Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Every now and then a new author will come on the romance scene and absolutely blow me away with their debut novel. Further to Fall was one of those books. This book was so well done, so well thought, and just an absolute joy to read. It had a nice slow burn, lots of healthy drama, and a mystery that kept me glued to my seat.
Further to Fall is about Austin, an MMA fighter with a dream, and a grudge that has him denying himself real love for a long time. Carter is a fresh faced elementary school teacher from Georgia, who comes to LA to teach inner city students. Best friends with musician Liam, Carter meets Austin one night when she meets up with Liam. And as far as first impressions go, this was certainly not a meet cute. I was hooked into this book from page one. I enjoyed all the characters, and loved getting to know their back stories, and a little bit about them. I also loved how the reader progressed through the relationship between Austin and Carter. A lot of romances today have a romance that takes off from some capacity right at the beginning. The build up is there, but the attraction is so prominent that it’s simply just a matter of time before everything goes up in a big ball of fire. Further to Fall was different. The romance was always there, but it was a low simmer, and the anticipation of what was going to happen was the thing that kept me flipping the pages on my Kindle. The second half of the book was a thrill ride in and of itself, simply for the fact that it was wrought with tension from an outside source, and brought an element into the story that I was never suspecting.
Further to Fall has introduced Catherine Cowles to the writer spotlight and she is definitely one to keep an eye on. I’m already anxiously awaiting her next book, and can’t wait to get my hands on it. Don’t hesitate to pick up this debut novel, and give this new author a chance!
About the Author
Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.