Needing to Fall by Ryan Michele
Standalone. New Adult + Dark Romance
Release Date: January 20, 2016
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
my core, changing me and making that solid ground I so desperately craved crumble at my feet, causing me to fall farther than I’d ever imagined.
The darkness of the swirling tornado that is depression captured me, pulling me down to its depths, drowning me, suffocating me, owning me.
A depth so deep, I didn’t think I’d survive and didn’t care if I did. I only wanted peace. I wanted the pain to disappear. I wanted to be … free.
Needing to fall into the cyclone of darkness was the only way I could find the light.
Warning: This book covers many tough issues—including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and abuse. It is a very highly charged, emotional read.
Dark, emotional, intense, and beautifully told- Needing to Fall takes readers on a tough journey that will open their minds and hearts to some very serious issues. The author gives us a sensitive but honest look at the after effects of severe abuse and PTSD in this novel while also rolling in a beautiful love story that will make everyone’s heart melt. This is one of those books that must be read this year. I fell in love with it from the minute I picked up the book and became instantly hooked on Reign and Lynx’s story even though some of it was hard to get through due to the amount of emotions that it emits. Before reading this book, make sure you take a good long look at the warning that accompanies it because this book DOES cover some very tough issues that will break your heart. This is especially true because these tough issues come out in an extremely vivid way in the characters. Don’t forget to also bring your tissues because YOU WILL CRY.
This story is about surviving the unthinkable. It’s about finding love in the midst of chaos and heartbreak. But even more, it’s the story of two people who once thought that life was no longer worth living until they found something worth living for. Reign is a young woman who comes from a severely damaged past. After her mother gives her up for completely selfish reasons, Reign is placed in foster care where she has to live with unimaginable abuse. The only person she has to lean on is Drew. But when Drew passes, she finds herself all alone in a dark and scary world. Fast forward some time and Reign is placed in a psychiatric hospital after she tries to kill herself. It is there that she meets Lynx, another person who suffers as well. But his suffering is a little different than Reigns… But not so different that tears them apart. You see, the two are able to find in a unlikely confidants in one another due to the pain they have endured in their short lifetimes. But it’s up to them to see if they can survive in a world where there is darkness and pain….
This dark and emotional read is sure to take you on a painful journey. But if you read it all the way through you will see that after darkness comes light. You just have to be willing to get there and survive the pain first… Overall, this is a beautifully written story that handles some very tough issues but the author is successfully able to do this in a sensitive way. I felt each and every emotion from the characters in this book which allowed me to feel and intense and deep connection with them. The plot is thick with emotion yet beautiful when we see the two find themselves. Finally, the ending will make you weep with joy. If you haven’t read this one yet YOU NEED TO. It’s probably one of the best of the year!