by Jennifer Domenico
He makes me want to ease his sorrow. To know what broke his heart. To help him heal. When he’s near, my breath catches, my heart races, my body sings. His very presence ignites my soul with desire.
All I want is to love him.
I just wish he knew it. ~ Londyn Harper
She makes me want to open my heart. Ask her to love me. Tell her my secrets. She makes me want to try again. When she’s near, my heart begins to heal, my body yearns to touch her, the darkness disappears.
All I want is to love her.
I just need to tell her. ~ Luca Di Roma
Londyn thinks she could never get a man like him. Luca fears if she learns his secret, she will run. Does he have what it takes to love her? Could she love him back?
The professor sighs and leans back in his chair. “I can’t have you cowering in the corner like a frightened mouse. You need to speak up and say what you mean. Do you have an assertive bone in your body?”
“Well, use it.”
“Stop calling me that.”
“What shall I call you then?”
Every ounce of the minimal confidence I have left in me slithers away as I watch the professor rise from his chair and walk towards me. I do my absolute best to stay put and not run from the room like I want to. Placing both hands on either side of my desk, he leans close to me, staring into my eyes, daring me to flinch.
“You may call me Professor.”
This review is actually really hard for me to put into words because I had so many mixed emotions while reading Londyn Falls, but I'm going to try my hardest and hope it makes sense. There may be mild spoilers as I'm trying to articulate my feelings, so if you haven't read Londyn Falls you might not want to read on...
So let's start with Londyn. I absolutely adored her! At first she seems a little shy and timid, but it's really because she's so intimidated by Luca, her new boss. Once she starts to feel comfortable around him you really start to get a feel for how strong of a character she really is. She's so sweet and supportive, and once she loves, she loves with her whole heart. I did get to a point where she started crying just a bit too much for my taste, but I felt that it actually fit with the theme of the story, so I suppose it was necessary.
Next we have Luca, and this is where my conflict with my feelings for this book comes in. At first, Luca is mean and cold, but as he opens up to Londyn he turns into a more compassionate person. That, however, is not where my issues are. Luca suffered a great loss 10 years earlier, and he still feels guilt and grief every single day. Almost every time we're in his head we have to hear how he doesn't deserve love, doesn't know if he can feel love again after losing the love of his life, and so on...
For me, I feel as if Luca's feelings for Londyn are so overshadowed by his loss that there's no way he could possibly love her the way she deserves. Londyn is the type of person who deserves someone's whole heart, not just the pieces he's willing to spare for her, while still harboring all these feelings for a love that's been gone for 10 years.
As the story moves on, though well past the 50% mark, you finally start to feel Luca's love for Londyn. And of course I can appreciate the fact that he takes the time to talk about his past with her and really open up about his grief. Londyn, being the supportive person that she is, helps Luca through it and that's when the book really changed for me. You can feel Luca let go of the grief, the guilt, and even the feelings he still harbored for his lost love, and give himself wholeheartedly to Londyn.
Once Luca opens up, he becomes quite possibly the most romantic and endearing book boyfriend, I just wish it hadn't taken him so long. That being said, I absolutely loved Londyn Falls, and in all honestly, I'm suffering a major book hangover right now and can't get these characters out of my head.
When she awoke, she felt compelled to write it down. So she did- for days and days she wrote. The result was her first novel, Turn Towards the Sun and a writing career was born.
Ms. Domenico lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her very Italian husband, a dog that adores her, two cats that tolerate her, and a wicked sweet tooth.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Londyn Falls for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.