The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…
When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.
Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…
But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….
Fall from India Place is the fourth book in the Dublin Street series and follows Ellie, Declan and Braden’s sister Hannah. I was so excited to learn that we would get Hannah’s story. In Before Jamaica Lane we did get some of Hannah and her crush on Marco. And now in this story, Samantha’s fast-forwards a bit to Hannah is in her early 20s. And so the story begins.
Before I get into this story and the characters I just want to point out that India Place was probably my favorite out of the Dublin Street series. So hard to pick favorites here. You really can’t beat Braden and Joss. Jo surprised me in Down London Road; she was just a strong character and their story was just so hard at times because of her issues with her mother. Jamaica Lane was that hot/fun read and Nate blows you away. He’s hot, and you just can’t help but want to know more about him sexually! But Hannah and Marco…well…this story is in a league of its own.
The story starts out with Hannah in present time. She’s a school teacher. She’s all grown up; beautiful, tall, blonde, smart, witty, strong minded and very mature. I love love love her character. She doesn’t date around and has a great social life. But right now, Marco and Hannah are a distant memory; a very painful distant memory. We get flashbacks of Marco and Hannah and how they met and built their beautiful friendship. I just loved and adored their back story. But honestly, its heartbreaking; so much so that MY heart was splitting in two for Hannah.
Marco is so protective of Hannah, which is so endearing. I can honestly say, that I was falling in love with him. He’s tall, strikingly handsome, almost too handsome for his own good; sculpted body. And if you ask me, has a thing for Hannah he can’t understand, and doesn’t want to understand or can’t explain. So he’s standoffish at times with her. He has a past; he has issues. Lots of deep seeded issues he keeps to himself. And this does not work to their advantage. And it all comes crashing down on Hannah and Marco that night… that night at India Place when my fucking heart was ripped out of my chest. Yep, it was. I was balling. The scene was so heartfelt. I could feel the love…the tenderness…My chest was so tight. The words that were spoken between them were melting into me. I was entirely wrapped up in this scene. But it was just too much. I felt what Hannah was feeling. I was falling in love with Marco just as she was.
And then I died a little…My heart just broke. For Hannah!! I can’t begin to tell you how I hurt. What a beautiful yet cruel scene. And it was written to perfection. I am not even that far into this story yet, and already I am hooked.
Hannah hasn’t seen Marco is years. She’s now in her 20s and has made a life for herself, has friends, goes out socially. And has found a beautiful friend in Cole; Jo’s younger brother. Only Cole isn’t just this little kid anymore who liked playing video games with Cam and Nate. Oh no, Cole is an artist, working at a tattoo shop. And Cole is HOT! All tatted up and bad ass!! And Cole, well, he’s protective of Hannah. I have to say, I had no idea how much Cole would play into this story. I am fucking impressed. I absolutely adore Cole. He might be one of my favorites in this book! The back and forth dialog between Hannah and Cole was mighty entertaining. I never wanted it to end.
One thing that’s great about India Place, Samantha really lets you connect with these characters. Each couple, each friendship is so believable. You get so attached to each of them. Still love the dinner’s at Elodie’s house, the back and forth banter between Hannah and Dec has me laughing. But not just sibling rivalry had me laughing out loud, they all do; Joss included.
But when Hannah runs into Marco after all those years, that’s where I lose it. And reading Hannah’s reaction, had my heart hurting. Literally. I could feel her pain, her rejection. And still I could feel Marco’s as well. Samantha Young just puts you in that room with Hannah, I felt her love, and her despair.
“Hannah, at least talk to me.” He bent his head toward me and I felt that traitorous flutter of butterflies as I looked into his eyes. “It’s so fucking good to see you,” he whispered, his expression soft on me.
I shook myself out from under the spell he was trying to cast over me. “Pity I can’t say the same. Now let me go.”
Every scene Marco and Hannah had dialog, my senses were on high alert! I swear all I feel is there connection!! They are so powerful!!
There relationship gets so complicating. But somehow they find their way back to each other and become friends. Still…so much wasn’t discussed. Still so many lies…still so many untruths…so much not being shared between them. And even though they try to make a go of it, and find their way, they still hurt each other, with words and actions.
“I thought I was in love with you. I let myself be vulnerable with you in every way I could and you scrambled off me as if you couldn’t bear to be near me. You broke my heart.”
Funny how I hurt so much for Hannah, but there came a time in the story that my heart broke for Marco too. Marco may have hurt Hannah but he does a damn good job of trying to win her. I am telling you, Marco might be “THE BOOK BOYFRIEND OF THE YEAR”. HANDS FUCKING DOWN. He amazed me at every turn. I am so certain that this book will blow your minds and fuck with your hearts. And make you squirm in your seat as you read because he’s hot!! Their sex is hot!! Their kisses are hot!! So many things about Marco are so fucking HOT!!
As sad and heartbreaking as this story is, there is so much freakin angst. So much controversy. It just kept getting better and better. I could NOT put this book down. I actually read it slower than usual because I wanted it to last and last. I never ever wanted this story to end. Between Hannah and Marco, and then Cole. I don’t who I loved more. Cole surprised me. I adore him more then you know. I have a weakness for a man in tats. Cole is definitely going to be my weakness sooner or later, I know it. This story really heats up towards the end, and so much shit goes down that I started to speed read. Marco was just breaking my heart.
“My head’s a fucking mess.” He sighed, his voice lowering to a rumble. “I miss you.”
The journey that Hannah and Marco embark on is one that I will never forget. This book goes on my re read list. It gets my 5 HOLLAS and will stay in my heart forever. I can’t wait for you all to read it! And agree with me!!!
Samantha Young has really outdone herself here. This is her BEST book yet!!!
About Samantha Young
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has sold in twenty-five countries.