Published by The PageSmith LLC on October 24, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Kindle Purchase
An up-and-coming MMA fighter trying to take on the world. An innocent teacher trying to make the world a better place.
He never expected her to become his best friend. But she fought her way into his life, one tongue-lashing at a time. Until one night, one mistake tore them apart.
Losing her… that gutted him. But now, as one of the top fighters in the world, he’s back and determined to battle for his girl.
But, from the sidelines, someone watches. Someone who’ll do just about anything to keep them apart.
Their second chance might be over before it even begins…
I picked up Further to Fall from my virtual bookshelf because CCowles was an attending author at Book Bonanza and seeing as I’d acquired several of her books, I thought I’d give her a try. 😉 Further to Fall was a nice introduction to CCowles and her writing which is a good thing considering I have more of her backlist to read. 😀
Carter McCarthy is a newly minted teacher from Georgia who’s found her way to L.A. She’s taken a job in a low-income district, determined to make a difference. Carter is everything you want in an elementary school teacher. She’s kind, compassionate, and creative. Her students quickly respond to her and you know she’s making that difference. She’s the same way with her friends. A caregiver as well as being loyal. Although her best friend from home, Liam, is also in L.A., Carter makes some good friends at work. But it’s Liam’s introduction to his friend, Austin, that is life-changing for Carter.
Austin Lyons is an up-and-coming MMA star, something he’s worked long and hard for. He doesn’t want or need any distractions. And that’s exactly how he see Carter. A DISTRACTION. Rather than befriend her, he’s a total ass to her. Again and again. It says a lot about Carter that she forgave his behavior once he finally decided to play nice. And the friendship that blossomed between them was something beautiful. Because Austin is just as caring and compassionate with his friends.
Watching Carter and Austin become friends and then maybe more was heartwarming. So it ticked me right off when Austin decided he couldn’t deal with having Carter in his life because his focus should be his career. Although I did enjoy him having to work himself back into her good graces once he realized the error of his ways.
There was a suspense element woven into the story and it was well done. It kept me guessing right up to the reveal and that’s impressive. Honestly, the story would have worked without it but I did appreciate how it was worked in and the tension it created.
Overall, I was delighted to make CCowles’s acquaintance with Further to Fall. And I’m ever so happy at my foresight in knowing I was going to like her writing so well that I procured several other titles to indulge in! 😀
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