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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #334,253 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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4.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION: HEADING FOR A FALL 12 December 2015
By Mile High KINK Book Club - Published on
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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 I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Freefall' 10 October 2015
By genevieve - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Freefall'. Most of the book is fast paced and kept me reading till I had finished it. The characters are well rounded and the story line well researched. None of the too often glaring errors that occur because the author hasn't bothered to check salient facts.
It's a steamy yet gentle romance and unlike another line of romance books didn't make me want to gag or hurl the book in the opposite direction for being too predictable. (Yes I have done both. )
This is definitely a good book for when you just want a little relaxation ie you're not in the mood for 'War and Peace' or 'Uncle Vanya.' but you want to read and be entertained.

There are a couple of errors that the proofreader should have picked up but only a couple and they don't detract from the book as a whole.
I'm giving this book 5 stars as I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Freefalling Together 8 December 2015
By M. Smith - Published on
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(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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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Hearts for Levi & Andi 13 December 2015
By Romance Between The Sheets - Published on
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Please note this review may contain spoilers.

Andi was a hard character for me to relate to; she has some mental health issues such as anxiety and depression and relies on medication to get through the day. While she's a very nice young woman, she has very low self-esteem and was constantly putting herself down. She's very quick to believe any negative comments made about her and slow to believe the positive ones. I quite liked Levi though. He's got a troubled past that he wants to keep hidden, but he's a fun guy who went out of his way trying to make Andi feel good about herself. I liked that he kept pursuing her despite her belief that he could do better, and I loved that when he realised he was in love with her, he didn't freak out and run away. Hallelujah!!!

FREEFALL is the first book I've read from Joanne Efendi and for lack of a better word, I'd say it was a very intense romance. Andi feels her emotions very strongly; she's on top of the world when she's happy, but she's goes into a very dark place when she's sad. It's an insta-love romance in that the bulk of the story takes place between Friday night and Monday morning, which to me highlights the intensity of their feelings. FREEFALL is book 1 in the Santa Cruz Skydivers series, and at this stage I'm not sure who book 2 is going to be about. Will it be about another skydiver that works with Levi, or will it be the continuation of Andi and Levi's story? FREEFALL ends with what could be considered a HEA, but at the same time, Levi & Andi's story just ends and could also be considered a cliffhanger. Very clever Ms Efendi. I would have liked more closure with Levi and his father, as well as Levi and Andi's family. Again, maybe those things will be addressed in the next book if it is in fact a continuation of this one.

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Levi is happy with his life 14 December 2015
By Kelsey Nelson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was one heck of a novel. I have not heard of Joanne Efendi prior to this novel, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. A soft romance - not too heavy on the steaminess, but just enough romantic angst that keeps the reader engaged - I gave this novel a 5 bar review for multiple reasons. I will place a warning here though; while this was a soft romance, the ending turned, quickly, to a dark subject. If you have a trigger, proceed with caution as this novel will gut you by the end of it.

Levi is happy with his life...for the most part. Of course his overbearing father, and the controlling ex-girlfriend being out of his life would make his a lot easier. One wanted everything for Levi; wealth, the name, everything that they thought would bring him happiness. The other just wanted to see him do what they wanted. He never wanted any of that. He was happy with being himself. With working as a skydiver instructor, and being there with the people that enjoy his company, and him theirs. When Andi makes an appearance in his life, it just turns the tables a little more in his favor than everyone else's.

Andi is fed up with her life. Her dead-end job is getting her nowhere. Her non-existent boyfriend is exactly that; non-existent. When the reader first meets Andi, you think nothing of her drinking problems, or the medications that she insists she needs.The thought wouldn't cross your mind that something deeper lies under her girl-next-door exterior. But as I said, the novel takes a turn I was expecting. At all. Everything in her already mundane life came crashing back down to Earth in a startling confession that comes back to haunt Levi.

As I said, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It was nothing that I thought it to be, and I enjoyed it. Ms. Efendi did a wonderful job bringing these characters with their issues to life, and it was a pleasant reprieve from many romance novels that you find, and read that just seem to follow characters that have nothing but heartache, and sorrow in their lives. Levi and Andi had much more than that throughout this novel, and it was a great, easy, suck-you-in type read that I will pick up and reread at some point.


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