Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fear of Falling by S.L. Jennings


"Don’t worry,” he smiled, pulling me into the hard warmth of his chest. “I’ve got you. I’ll always catch you when you fall.”

And just like that, Blaine had staked his claim on the untouched part of me that no living soul had ever moved. He had captured every fear, every reservation, and crushed them in the palm of his inked hand.

I can’t remember the last time I felt completely safe. Security seemed more like a luxury to me, reserved for those who were fortunate enough to have picture perfect childhoods. For those who didn’t bear the ugly scars that keep me bound in constant, debilitating fear. I’ve run from that fear my entire life. But when I met him, for once, I couldn’t run anymore.

He scared the hell out of me in a way that excited every fiber of my being. It wasn’t the tattoos or the piercings. It wasn’t the warmth that seemed to radiate from his frame and blanket me whenever he was near. It was just…him. The scary beautiful man that threatened to alter 23 years of routine and rituals, and make me face my crippling fear.

My name is Kami and I am constantly afraid. And the thing that scares me the most is the very thing I want.

"Shit Happens. I never really understood that saying. Yeah, there were certain situations in life that were shitty, but they were just that; they were life. So it really wasn't the shit in life that was, well, so shitty. It was life itself. Life happens. That was much more appropriate."

Kami has grown up her whole life afraid. She wasn't given a normal childhood, her normal was scary and ended up giving her hundreds of reasons to not trust anyone. We follow Kami when she is in the beginning of her adulthood, experiencing different emotions and just trying to survive.

Her running got her to run straight into the hot tattooed Blaine. And she comes up with hundreds of reasons why she needs to stay away from the one man who makes her not want to run anymore. But life does not come easy for Kami.

S.L. Jennings did an amazing job at portraying a real disease and pairs it with a beautiful story. There are a lot of hurdles that Kami has to overcome, and she can't do it alone.

As I was coming to the end of the story I was hoping it would end with a cliffhanger (and I normally end up broken hearted/depressed) because I felt for Kami and the story that was told.

FYI- Blaine- super hot! Tall, brown hair, tattoos, piercings, abs for days.....sounds so dreamy!

"I didn't realize how deeply his words had touched me until I felt a hot tear roll down my cheek. I don't know why Blaine shared that with me, but I was thankful. It reminded me that pain was necessary. Pain was life's curveball. Without it, we would never appreciate what it felt like to be loved."

"You don't have to be afraid of falling. Just close your eyes, let go, and know that I'll always be here with arms outstretched, ready to catch you."

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Military wife, mother of 3 boys, and author of The Dark Light Series & Fear of Falling (Summer 2013)

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