Series: Starling Falls Series
Falling in love is not for me. I don’t do relationships, they never end well.
I don’t believe in fate, soul mates or happy, fairy tale endings. I’m definitely not a sweet little princess in search of her prince.
I have a plan to follow and falling in love is not part of that plan.
Nothing is going to change my mind.
Not even a domineering, gorgeous, blue-eyed firefighter who seems to be everywhere I go.
The moment I saw her, I knew.
I knew the funny, curvy, raven haired beauty was supposed to be mine.
She may not agree with me at the moment, but I’m a patient man.
I’m not afraid to play dirty to get what I want.
And I want Maliya Abbott.
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Falling completely is Aidan Willows’ debut novel, and she is now one in a long list of new authors I absolutely fan girl over.
This story is about two sisters Maliya (Liya) and Annika (Nikki) who move from London across the Atlantic to a small town called Starling Falls. Annika begins running their great aunt’s bakery and Maliya works as a nurse in the local hospital. Her dream is to go to Oxford to become a doctor like her parents before her.
While in Starling Falls, Maliya meets Caleb.
Caleb is a firefighter who grew up with his aunt and uncle because of the rough childhood he suffered at the hands of his addict mother. Caleb comes with a bevy of brothers and a sister who all make the story a glorious read! Once Caleb meets Maliya (in a funny meet-cute) he’s sure she’s the one for him. The only problem is, Maliya is determined to never give her love to anyone ever again.
Willow crafts a hilarious book filled with vibrant characters who all conspire to make you fall in love right along with Maliya and Caleb. Caleb was my favorite kind of hero: strong but caring, funny and vulnerable. Who at no point planned to attempt to curb Maliya’s dream of becoming a doctor. From the start he accepts Maliya exactly how she is and shows Annika an easy affection that makes him charming from start to finish. And (Joy!) Maliya was a wonderful heroine: snarky, real, human, imperfect, and willing to speak her mind.
I absolutely cannot wait for Willows’ next book (Annika and Jake’s story, one of Caleb’s brothers). And am definitely praying she eventually gets around to writing Nate’s story (Caleb’s oldest brother who, because he is the oldest and got them rescued from their destructive childhood, is quiet, brooding, and mysterious as hell). I can only imagine the sort of woman who’d be good enough for all that.
Read this book and prepare to love every character from the cannibalistic cat to the great aunt who is so prickly-with-a-side-of-dry-humor you can’t help but love her.
~Reviewed by Michelle