Thursday, February 27, 2014

Crashing Back Down Review & Giveaway

Title: Crashing Back Down
Author: Kristen Hope Mazzola
 Release Date: November 4, 2013 

Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.
**18+ for sexual situations, cursing and adult content**
A portion of all royalties from Crashing Back Down are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

This one broke my heart, pieced it back together little by little, only to shatter it again! Mags is an Army widow, who lost her husband in a freak accident when he was deployed to war. This is her story of living with the pain, moving on and surviving with the guilt. Reliving her memories of her husband Randy are bittersweet. His kindness and love for Mags shine through in everything he did. They were the 'IT' couple, they knew they were meant to be together and live HEA. But sometimes, HEA just isn't reality and we must live the hand we're dealt.

"My college years were a blur of studying and partying. The only thing I can say held any significance was meeting Randy, the fraternity guy with a great smile. Meeting him lifted me off the ground in an instant. And just as quickly, I crashed back down to earth the day I found out he hadn't held up his end of the bargain. I never realized 'until death' would come before kids and old age for us. Missing my husband was never going to go away; I just wished the guilt of still living would."

Walker was Randy's right hand man. They were inseparable in college and enlisted into the Army together. Walker was with Randy the day of the accident and from that day forward, made it his life's mission to take care of Mags and Randy's parents instead of returning home. He always knew how to be there for Mags and slowly brought her out of her spiraling depression. But her feelings for him became more than that of friendship and a mutual loss of someone important to them. He was breathing life back into her, giving her a reason to get up every morning again. 

'Walker bent down a little so he could look me directly in the eye, putting both his hands on my shoulders. "Mags, he's dead. Say the word and I will walk out that door and never talk to you again. I've loved you for awhile. And I want to be with you. If it has to be only as friends, I'll handle it, but that's not what I want." Walker sighed, light tears starting to roll down his cheeks as he slid onto the recliner with his head in his hands, his voice shaky and pleading.'

But there are some major secrets hidden in Walker's closet and it will shatter the very fragile foundation Mags had just begun rebuilding for herself. Everything she knows and feels about Walker will be tested to the ultimate limit.....and then.....BAM! You have to wait for Falling Back Together (Book2)! The last sentence in this book about killed me! Anxiously awaiting the next!

Kristen Hope Mazzola is an up and coming independent author from sunny South Florida. Crashing Back Down is her debut into the literary world. Kristen is currently working on the rest of her Crashing Series, which will include a sequel, Falling Back Together, and a prequel, Walking Away. She even has a few more tricks up her sleeve, with more characters to introduce and more twists to unravel, so keep your eye on this talented young author!

When Kristen is not driving a pen into paper, she enjoys reading all different genres and fishing. “There is just something so magical about water and the calm it brings to my life,” says Kristen. Even though writing is not her only career she is pursuing, Kristen hopes to one day be a full time writer. Having a day job and a busy life, makes finding time for writing difficult, but anything worthwhile in life is difficult. Loving life, writing, and fishing basically make up her world.

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