Review | Fall From India Place by Samantha Young (@SYoungSFAuthor )

20 July 2014

Publisher: Piatkus
Pages: 208

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….

Oh my. Oh my. Oh my...

I LOVED this book! I could not put it down and started and finished it within two days. If you've read the other books in this series you will know Hannah as Ellie and Braden's little sister and remember Marco from conversation between Hannah and the other girls. And boy have they both grown up. When FFIP opens, we have jumped five years since the end of the last book in the series. Hannah is now in her early twenties and a trainee English teacher. Marco is a construction worker and hot as hell.

Not long after FFIP opens we realise that Marco left Hannah in the worst possible way he could. After building a friendship after Marco saved Hannah from some male bullies and becoming best friends they eventually sleep together with Marco taking Hannah's virginity and then disappearing into the wind without a trace. Hannah calls after him only to find he has left for America the night after they slept together. I wanted to kill Marco when I found that out. Hunt him down and kill him for hurting Hannah.

In a complete coincidence, Hannah bumps into Marco at a wedding and after five years of silence she is faced with him and the past comes rushing back leading to her confronting him but, as we know with these ODS boys, they aren't the kind to give up easily and Marco actively pursues Hannah until she gives in and realises she wants him.

Of course, it isn't plain sailing, both Marco and Hannah are keeping huge secrets from one another. Hannah involves them both and is her reasoning for constantly pushing Marco away and Marco's is equally as damaging considering Hannah's past experience. In the long run it all comes out and their secrets nearly destroy both of them and their chance of being together. I was so rooting for these two and wanted them to be with one another. Out of all the ODS couples, they are the two who really, really deserved to work and be together.

Eventually, everything comes out but in both circumstances not in the way either Marco or Hannah would want them too and then their relationship takes a horrible turn after Hannah breaks things off nad they bump into each other at a play centre. They go from being a loving, caring couple to be fuck buddies and it hated that so much. I wanted to lean in and bash their heads together because I really thought this would be it. They wouldn't be getting their happy ever after but of course, I was wrong. After a horrible event in Hannah's life that deeply affects her Marco is there for her and fundamentally she lets him be. Something he has always wanted.

All in all, this was a great book and addition to the ODS series. What I loved even more was we got to see snippets of all the other couples and their lives now, with kids and some more on the way. They are all so happy! Plus I loved how protective Cole, Adam, Nate and Braden were over Hannah. It was great to read.

Now to read the novella's I still haven't got around to reading and wait impatiently for Cole's story which is now coming in October instead of next year! YAY!

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