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Crashing Back Down by [Mazzola, Kristen Hope]
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Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Readers will love the characters, the emotional story that is Crashing Back Down. 6 November 2013
By Jessica - Published on
Crashing Back Down is the first book in the Crashing series by Kristen Hope Mazzola. I knew just by reading the synopsis I had to read this book because it was going to be emotional. I couldn't wait to dive in!

Crashing Back Down is told in the point of view of Mags; a 24 year-old widow who just lost her husband nearly a year ago in an accident while he was serving our country. The prologue starts with a scene of Mags meeting her future husband, Randy and his best friend Walker at a college party. Chapter one begins with Mags trying to cope with being a young widow and losing the love of her life. It was heartbreaking to read the scenes of Mags mourning over Randy, it was just so sad. I can't even imagine what she must have been going through.

Mags has a ton of support systems around her; her best friend Cali, her in-laws who she is extremely close to, and even her mother who loves her daughter in her own special way. Then there is Walker. Walker was Randy's best friend, he is there for Mags in every way and watches over his best friend's wife. As time moves on Mags and Walker get closer and closer. Mags begins to have feelings for him and starts feeling Walker feels the same way toward her. There was an attraction between the two since day one but now their friendship is beginning to turn into a lot more and the line is finally crossed.

There is a long build-up for the two. Most of the book is about Mag trying to deal with losing Randy and how much her life has changed since then. I love their group of friends and the memories they share throughout the book. They sound like they had a lot of fun in college! I wanted Mags and Walker to get together... they would get so close but something would happen sending them two steps back. Once they got together it was hot, sweet, and loving. Both are struggling with their feelings and having guilt because of Randy.

I am warning you now; the ending leaves off on a major cliffhanger. Like I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall and send a very nasty email to Kristen because the cliffhanger left me wanting more. Like I need MORE NOW! Nothing in their world is perfect but the ending just left me speechless by what is revealed. I did not see it coming at all and I cannot wait for the sequel book in the series to be released in 2014... hopefully early 2014!

Crashing Back Down is full of hot, sexy, tattoo guys with big muscles. Many woman are going to completely swoon over Walker, I just know it. He is a very sweet and loving guy with a giant heart. He is very mysterious and I hope to learn more about Walker in book two. My heart broke for him the entire time. His character is a lot deeper then what appears. I am hoping book two will be in his point of view, at least partly. I would like to know what Walker is thinking now that Mags knows things. I don't want to say too much and spoil it for you.

I really enjoyed Crashing Back Down. Kristen Hope Mazzola wrote a fantastic debut novel that tells a beautiful yet sad story of love and loss. Readers will love the characters, the emotional story, but also fun times they share together in the book. I just wish it didn't end on a major cliff hanger because now I won't be able to stop thinking about Walker & Mags!

I give Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1), 4 Stars.

ARC provided by the author in return for an honest review.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ARC Review of Crashing Back Down 6 November 2013
By Thomas R. Manning - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
To be honest I don't read books in the New Adult / Romance genres, but occasionally I like to stray away from my comfort zone and try something new. Crashing Back Down tells the story of Margaret "Mags" McManus, who marries her college love and doesn't get to live happily ever after when a military accident makes her a widow. Now she lives alone, and her only comfort is that of her friends, especially Walker, her late husband's best friend. If you enjoy New Adult or Romance, or you're just looking to put your feet in the waters of the genres, I think you'll really enjoy this book.

I have to applaud Kristen for tackling such a deep, dark theme for her debut novel. Losing a loved one and trying to recover isn't an easy task. It's a perilous journey, one that I think Kristen succeeded in telling. Throughout the book we see Mags trying to get her life back together. In certain chapters you'll read about her feeling better, starting to feel like herself again, but then the memories come crashing down and leaving her terrified and depressed. Kristen wrote the character very well. I certainly felt happy whenever I read about Mags getting back on her feet, but then felt bad for her when she broke down. It's always a compliment to the author when they are able to convey the emotions of the character to the reader.

I felt that the characters and dialogue were all very sharp. Each character had a face to me, their own unique personality, and no discussions between them felt forced or unnatural. The story is a winding road of anger, happiness, sadness, and love, with twists and turns you won't see coming. The ending wasn't something I expected, not a huge cliffhanger, but certainly left open for the next novel, which if you follow Kristen on any social media, you know is currently being written.

I think Kristen Hope Mazzola has done a wonderful job with Crashing Back Down. I may not be a huge fan of the genre, but the endearing characters and solid plot leave me wanting more of the series. I think this is a promising start to a talented debut author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Crashing Back Down"... Couldn't Put It Down! 30 June 2014
By Sabrina S. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"Crashing Back Down" is a great read! It truly pulls you in and it is impossible to put down! Mags is such an endearing character, and you root for her the entire way! It is so easy to connect to this emotional story! As I am a UCF alum and a member of Greek life, I found this story even more relatable! I would definitely recommend this book and I CANNOT wait to read "Falling Back Together"! This is a great start for new author, Kristen Mazzola, and she obviously has a promising future!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars more chick-lit than romance 8 November 2013
By RomReader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
24y.o. recently-widowed heroine finds herself becoming more sexually aware of her husband's college best friend Hero. He's been a good friend and constant comfort to her since her husband's recent demise. She decides to start moving on with her life by socializing with her friends again and having an affair with Hero. But she wrestles with guilt for moving on and continued loss, affecting her romance with Hero. At the time she finally decides to move on more fully with Hero, she finds something that makes her retract from her decision.

I wasn't sure if this was chick-lit or romance. It leaned more towards chick-lit because the book was mostly spent on heroine trying to cope with the loss of her beloved husband than it was on her romance with Hero. Even her romance with Hero was very much tied to her feelings towards her husband: guilt for moving on from him, continued love for him, and missing him. I felt bad for Hero's unrequited love for heroine but also understood how recent her great loss was. Her romance with him was mostly out of comfort and familiarity. Heroine seemed to cope with her loss by engaging with the familiar. Frequenting their old college haunting grounds (i.e., bars, restaurants, beaches) with her old college friends. There were a lot of reminiscing about their college days, especially their drunken escapades, and involving themselves in college-related events. Alcohol was involved in all these activities and seemed to be a huge part of heroine's coping mechanism. I lost count of how many times she drank alcohol with friends and by herself for various reasons. Drinking was a major part of her adult formation. Maybe drinking now was her way of connecting with her deceased husband whom she did a lot of partying with in college. Heroine seemed to be in a numb state maturity-wise in this book. There wasn't a lot of forward movement. There was more of a going back. I hope to see her mature and move forward with less dependence on alcohol on the next book(s). I also hope for a more central focus on the romance between her and Hero.

Partially recommended.

**A pictorial review is on my blog ...
*ARC provided by the author for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good series beginning! 17 May 2014
By Book Flirts - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review

One of my own biggest fears is losing the love of my life. So any book that has such events really gets to me, but I felt in this book there was a bit of a disconnection. Generally I am a mess, but I felt, like the character, turned off. Emotionally shut down. Whether that was the authors intention I am not sure. I didn't feel as much as the despair that I normally do, but the girl definitely had some issues!

Mags married her college sweetheart, Randy. From that first encounter at a fraternity party there were sparks. But fate took her love away too soon. After being deployed right after their wedding a horrible accident took him away from her and she hasn't been the same since. What are you suppose to do when a piece of you is gone? Mags was definitely in a world of hurt but with the support or Randy's best friend, Walker, she was slowly approaching normalcy.

Walker was Randy's best friend. A brother and practically an adopted son to the family. When he lost his best friend his world was also thrown for a loop. I loved Walker's patience! Seriously, Mags was a tornado or emotions and one minute you would think she was fine and the next she was a ticking time bomb! But Walker took it all and still wanted to help her. It also helped that he too found comfort in Mags company. They grieved together and that made their bond that much stronger.

There were times where I felt the book strayed off into a bit that wasn't relevant nor contributed, but once I got back to storyline at hand I was drawn in like a fly to a zapper. And with the ending that was delivered by Kristen Mazzola you will be Zapped!


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