Review: Fall by Rachel Van Dyken


If you look up British in the dictionary…A-list celebrity Jamie Jaymeson’s name would be next to it. Along with charming, witty, man-whore, and a lot of other adjectives that he wouldn’t appreciate being attached to his name.
He has everything in the world going for him.
Until fate decides his number’s finally up.
Caught in a compromising position that really wasn’t his fault to begin with (really it wasn’t)—Jaymeson’s been told by his agent to lay low in the one town he swore he’d never return to—the seventh circle of hell, known by its residents as Seaside, Oregon.
Two months? He can do anything for two months. Especially if it means getting a part in the new book-to-movie series that has girls all over the world swooning.
Play nice? Keep it in his pants? Please. He played an alien once—he was going to totally rock it.
Until a certain someone who he may or may not have publicly humiliated—rejected, then humiliated again, suddenly pops up next door.
Self control has a way of flying out the window when the one girl you can’t have—is suddenly dangled right in front of you.
But Priscilla isn’t just off limits—she’s a pastor’s daughter and barely legal to boot. So Jaymeson does the one thing he swore he’d never do—he tries to be friends. With a woman.
Only, it’s exactly what he needs.
Until suddenly, he craves more.
He wants to date her.
She wants to date someone else.
He wants to kiss her.
She asks him to give her lessons for her new boyfriend.
When opposites attract, sometimes the only option you have is to leap—and trust the fact that when you fall—that special someone falls too.


I think Jaymeson has found a way into my heart next to Alec, he was perfection! I absolutely adored him, he was so selfless and for as much crap as everyone gave him for being a man-whore, he really grew on me. Priscilla was a complicated character, and while I didn’t hate her, I didn’t love her either. I found her difficult, she was difficult and wouldn’t agree to anything. I just found myself frequently rolling my eyes at her. I think what truly made the book was Alec, Demetri, and Jaymeson’s relationship. There bond had me in fits of giggles and they flawlessly played off of one another.

The story was seamless and I really enjoyed it. Smith had me cringing but I was happy to hear little tid-bits about secondary characters who I haven’t really seen since book 1. Angelica made an appearance and this is the FIRST and probably only time I didn’t loathe her existence. I adored Jaymeson’s journey and he kind of broke my heart. His back story tore me up, and his appreciation for life had me in awe. I love stories that do more than just take me to a different place in time but they get me thinking. Jaymeson’s story was that for me, why be miserable when life is so short?

I just connected with the story. As someone who struggles with depression, books that remind me that living in misery isn’t worth it touch a special place in my heart. Some days the darkness wins but with books like these, in the humor and the story, I can find an appreciation for happiness and a little bit of hope.


“Life is over in a blink of an eye – so why waste your time being anything but happy that you’ve been given another day to live?”


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