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Freefall (Santa Cruz Skydivers Book 1) by [Efendi, Joanne]
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~Editor's Pick~

Twenty-five year old professional skydiver Levi James has a troubled past that he just can't seem to leave behind. The main cause of his problems—his father. The billionaire Australian publishing magnate, who after being MIA for most of Levi's life, has decided Levi needs to start playing a role in the family business, whether Levi wants to or not.

Andi LaRosa, a twenty-one year old Costco cashier, comes from a loving, if somewhat suffocating, traditional Italian American family. With no direction and in a deep depression, she often seeks solace in Valium and the bottom of a Vodka bottle. That is until see meets Levi and instantly falls for his Aussie charm.

The daredevil skydiver makes her feel alive and gives her a sense of direction that she so desperately craves. But can their fledging relationship survive Andi’s personal demons and Levi’s meddling father, who refuses to his son go?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1188 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evernight Publishing (6 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016AJMKL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Great read. I was given this book to read from an aspiring and up and coming author for an honest review. Well what can I say.....loved the story, held me captivated from the first page. Really enjoyed Levi and Andi's story, the sexy connection they had with each other and the funny banter between them. I couldn't put the book down until I had finished it and now looking for book 2 and a great series. Don't keep us waiting Joanne.
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If I had to describe this book in three words they'd be hot, hot, hot. I'm not sure Levi is the kind of guy I'd take home to meet my parents, but then I can think of plenty I could do with him. Andi is a very relatable character. It's nice to see the 'plain' girl get noticed by the hot guy.
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This is not a genre that I generally read but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it in one complete sitting on an international flight and it kept me riveted the whole time.
Can't wait for the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - a bit more sexual graphics that you ... 15 October 2015
By K.M.L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Loved it - a bit more sexual graphics that you I find in most of the YA genre - be will be fine for most. Story was good, easy fast read. The kindle version does have some typos.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Fun!! 14 July 2017
By Chrissy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Very sweet and fun to read. I love to read stories like this where the girl has always been the least noticed, and has some insecurities about her looks. Then she meets this amazing guy who seems to have it all and really can't understand what he could possibly see in her, knowing he could have any girl he wanted, but he can't seem to see any other girl but her. He slowly builds up her self esteem until she begins to have a little confidence in him and their relationship. But then, something or someone from his past comes back and crushes her newfound confidence. Only, he has fallen so hard for her that he is willing to sacrifice everything he has to protect her and do whatever he can to make sure she doesn't suffer. And, of course, they have to end up together!! He may have some scars and dust, but he is undeniably a knight in not so shining armor. I do love a happy ending!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 12 December 2015
By Melyssa Winchester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a different read for me for a couple of reasons.

The first being, I’d never read anything by the author before, so it was a new experience that way, and the second being, I don’t think I’ve encountered a good that centered around sky diving before picking this one up.

But a book based around freefalling (at least from a sky diving standpoint) wasn’t all this was. It was so much more than that. It was a story that was equal parts humorous, sweet, emotional, moving, and heart wrenching and by the time I finished it, all I wanted was more.

More of this couple, more of Levi and Andi on their own and even though at times I wanted to wring the one brothers neck, I even wanted more of Andi’s family as well. They just came across that well as the love story between these two people progressed.

It was a little slow going in the beginning for me, I have to admit, but I do see the reason and the need for it to be that way. The author had the arduous task of bringing not only the characters to life but what really ties them together in the beginning (the sky diving lesson) and you can’t go at an undertaking like that lightly. There has to be more description, more sensation and feeling.

Once I realized that and the story continued to move along though, it evened out rather nicely and kept the same even flow the rest of the way.

Andi came across the way a lot of heroines seem to in that she was a beautiful person, an outgoing person, I`d even call her a fun person but she didn`t realize her awesomeness. Or like in the very beginning when her and Levi cross paths, her beauty or sex appeal. But that type of character doesn`t bother me really because there are a lot of women in the world, real living and breathing women that are the same way.

Levi on the other hand, I do believe he knew how good looking he was. He knew the effect he had on women, though he wasn`t presented the way a lot of guys are in stories in that he wasn`t a player. This Aussie had made it to the US because he came for a girl in the beginning. He chased love, and in the end he got burned for it and good freaking god did that not bond me to him. He was presented quite well and his interest in Andi right from the jump, even when things got complicated, never wavered. Which in the end only made me love him more.

These two were great together and even though their feelings developed quickly, and to some it could be looked at as insta love, I enjoyed every second of it. I love the idea of soulmates, in general and in fiction so the way these two collided, fell for each other (even with the complications that shall remain nameless because grrrrr) and came through together in the end, I was a happy camper.
The way this books plays out, the way it makes you feel and even at times change your feelings was impressive. I went in hating certain characters, even hating them almost the entire book through, but then as time moved on, things were revealed and conversations years in the making were had, I was able to see a different side and actually have quite a bit of hope for a stronger relationship in the future if it’s meant to be that way.

The ending...I wanted more. I still want more. I think it ended right, and it did end on one of those sigh happy kind of notes for me, but leading up to it, it was a nail biting scenario. I wondered how it was all going to play out. If these two would see what I believe was their happy ending. They one they were both due after all of the trails that got them there.

So this being a series, I can only hope that there will be more shown of them in the future, even if this does turn out to be a standalone series and that I`ll get to see them happy together for a longer period of time. I want that for them so bad I can taste it.

This was a great read. I`m so glad that I took the chance on it. Not only did I learn some things I didn`t know about certain things, but I also got one hell of an emotional story as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION: HEADING FOR A FALL 12 December 2015
By Mile High KINK Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Prepare yourself for a very emotional and ugly cry. It’s filled with adrenaline, excitement and passion.

“When we jump, as I mentioned, Phil will go first with his client and we will go last. Because you will be harnessed onto the front of me, you will have to be sitting right here on the edge on the plane with your legs hanging over the side …...When we fall, I will need you to put your head back on my shoulder and lift your feet up behind me. We are going to flip backwards away from the plane and I will need you to stay like that until I tap you on the shoulder. Then you can extend your arms and legs.”

Andi and Levi have a strong physical attraction with each other the minute they met. This attraction set the stage for a “friends with benefits” relationship. Like falling from an airplane, Levi begins to experience a heart racing desire to be more and wants Andi to take the dive with him.
Andi has been living a life almost checked out. She builds up enough self-confidence to take the plunge and trust the parachute, i.e. Levi will not break her heart and protect her until her feet hits the ground. Once she decided to participate in her happiness she fell in love. In theory, Andi took a leap from the plane fill with orgasmic nights and landed on her feet with THE ONE.

Just like Levi tapped her shoulder, they threw themselves into the relationship with joy. Each of them are flying on a cloud of happiness. Like the jump, once they started they had no control over falling in love.

With the interference of Andi’s overprotective brothers; the antics of Levi’s father, her leap of faith becomes problematic with drastic consequences. She is left with a broken heart even the best ice cream could not curb.

Levi’s love is the equivalent of flying. Like soaring through the clouds; having a great day for a jump, he makes a deal with the devil himself, his father, to ensure his happiness and Andi’s safety.

I am an emotional reader so I don’t like spoilers, no matter how cryptic they may be. To fully enjoy the story, skip the prologue. It leaves you waiting for “it” or “something” to happen. You are flipping the pages waiting for the next possibility. I like suspense without the introduction of suspense. I want to be hit in the gut unexpectedly and administer first aid afterwards.

The prologue removes that aspect and it’s the reason why I give it a 4 kink review.

**I was gifted a copy from author in exchange for an honest review on blog**
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freefalling Together 8 December 2015
By M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
(Reviewer's Note: This story is fairly lighthearted and, at times, pleasantly humorous. But it does get dark rather quickly at the end. The despair and heartache Andi experiences pushes her to do the unthinkable. I don't know if suicide was her intention but it nearly became the result. The reality of her decision is one I'm all too familiar with. While I have an easier time reading about it now, some of you may not. Please, please, please take this into consideration before purchasing this book and/or reading my review.)

There is only so much money can buy. Houses, cars, clothes, gadgets. But those are things that, in the grand scheme of life, hold very little value. There will always be a bigger house to want, a fast car to drive, the latest fashions to wear, the newest electronics to own. But do they fulfill a life? To be honest, they don't.

Living the life he wanted was all Levi wanted. He was content being a skydive instructor. He was okay not being committed to anything except his job. The problem was his dad and ex-girlfriend. One wanted to control him. The other wouldn't leave him alone. Visions of grandeur and happily ever afters bombarded him. Which were all fine and good...except they weren't Levi's visions. His happiness didn't hinge on wealth, prestige, or notoriety. He found happiness in doing what he loved best, being with people he loved most, and living life to the fullest.

In a way, the jump Levi and Andi took was the perfect depiction of his life, or what he dreamed his life could be. The adrenaline rush from the freefall was a terrific representation of his excitement for his day-to-day. Deploying his parachute at the right moment showed he was in control of his destiny, not his dad, not his ex. The landing (it was a bit rough) reminded me that happy endings don't always happen smoothly. It made me wonder if his and Andi's relationship landing would be just as rough or if they would experience a smooth one.

I think I should say something about Andi. She's the quintessential girl next door who works a regular-person job and comes from a regular-type family. She struggles with her self-acceptance, doesn't see herself as beautiful as others do, doesn't know how she could possibly stack up against another woman. And she struggles with addiction. It isn't obvious at first. The occasional mention of pain meds, the indulgence of alcohol. I got the feeling the meds were something she leaned on when she was distressed. The end proved that theory correct when she overdosed on meds and alcohol and wound up in the hospital.

I was surprised at the turn the story took there. I wasn't expecting it. I didn't think she'd go that far. But heartache makes people do out-of-character things. And her heart was broken. She was broken. The truth of Levi's past had come back to haunt him, and hearing about it from someone else, along with what she felt was betrayal, sent her over the edge.

I'm not sure which was more heart-wrenching. Andi's near death or Levi's deal with the devil, his dad. Levi's deal bought him the access he needed to see Andi after his her family barred him from the hospital. It also put into perspective his father's side of why he'd been absent so long from Levi's life. I kept hoping some light would be shed on that situation and Ms. Efendi wrapped it up nicely.

I liked how, despite everything he faced, Levi held onto the fact that Andi would wake again, that she would live, that they'd have the future they wanted. I don't know if it was Levi's pleadings or Andi's resolve or their undeniable love for one another. Whatever it was, it was enough to pull her out of darkness and back into the land of the living.

I enjoyed this story, especially the thrill of jumping tandem from a plane. I'm too chicken-shit to do that, lol, but I love how detailed Ms. Efendi wrote it. I could hear the plane's engine, feel the burn of Andi's ears as they fell, experience the exhilaration of the fall when she relaxed and reveled in it. And I especially like how the ending is left open. It isn't a happy for now or a cliffhanger but the promise of a brighter tomorrow is definitely there in the how Ms. Efendi ended this story.

Ms. Efendi is a new to me author. This story is a terrific debut to this series. Levi and Andi are beautifully flawed characters, each coming into this story with their own baggage but leaving them behind in favor of a better tomorrow together.

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