Sophie James is in the news again, and it’s not because her latest song has hit the top of the charts. It’s only been three months since Ray, the manager Sophie’s had since she was 14, died, and grief plus alcohol aren’t a good mix—especially when the paparazzi are near.
Dana Landon is used to managing divas and other tough cases, which is why Miracle Records pairs her with Sophie. But Sophie isn’t spoiled or demanding. Now that Ray’s gone, she just wants to start making decisions about her career for herself, rather than simply doing what she’s told, like she has for the last decade and a half.
Dana’s main job is to protect Miracle’s interests, but she can’t seem to help some of her own interests being stirred by the seemingly straight superstar. Plus, the more time they spend together, the more they both seem to be drawn to each other. Can they keep their relationship strictly professional? Or will they let themselves fall for each other?
I love Dana and Sophie. They’re so well written and relatable that I just want to hang out with them, eating pizza on Sophie’s couch and checking out the view from her windows. While I enjoyed the whole book, I especially ate up every scene that had the two of them together because they’re so damn likeable.
The side characters are also great in this one. Most notably, Dana’s family are warm and lovely, the two songwriters/producers that Sophie works with are like the cutest dads ever, and I even kind of hope we see Dana’s ex, Laura, get a book of her own someday because there’s just something about her that makes me wonder about her story.
The Writing Style
This book is so freaking good, but it’s also a Georgia Beers romance, so that’s not exactly a surprise.
There’s no real angst in Fear of Falling, and since I read it during a really bad week, that was EXACTLY my speed and it worked perfectly for me.
Lori Prince nailed the narration for this one. The characters are differentiated well, the male voices sound good, and she made me feel all the feelings in the most poignant spots.
The pacing is perfect, the romance is developed well, the chemistry is off the charts, and whoa is that ever a fabulous first kiss.
Also, I kind of love that some of the stuff that happens upstairs in Dana’s parents’ house feels like an homage to Curious Wine. (Wishful thinking on my part? Perhaps, and I’m okay with that.)
I can’t read it again for the first time 😭
Fear of Falling might just be my new favourite book by Georgia Beers! It hits all the right buttons for me with its amazing characters and their beautiful romance, and I will be coming back to this one again and again in the years to come.
Excerpt from Fear of Falling by Georgia Beers
Dana woke up the tablet Sophie just noticed on the table in front of her and scrolled. “You’re scheduled to start working on the new album in two weeks.” She looked up from the screen, her blue eyes suddenly much softer than when Sophie had first walked into the room. “Are you up for that?” she asked, her voice quiet.
Sophie didn’t have to think about her answer. She gave a curt nod. “Absolutely. I think getting back to work is a good thing.”
“I agree.” Dana seemed to study her screen for a moment, but when she asked her next question, Sophie realized she’d just been formulating how to say what she needed to say. “And…are you done with the…clubbing?”
It was a very diplomatic way to say “public drunkenness” or “acting out” or “embarrassing yourself,” and Sophie appreciated the effort. She inhaled deeply, let it out slowly, and noticed Brooks and Kettle suddenly pretending to be engrossed in their laptops.
You own the room and everybody in it.
Ray’s voice was clear as day. Sophie sat up a little straighter, a little taller, did her best to command attention. “I lost somebody very close to me and it’s been…difficult. To say the least.” She nibbled on the inside of her cheek as she thought about how legit terrified she was by the thought of carrying on with her career without Ray. But she was not about to give these people the satisfaction of seeing that weakness. “I cut loose. I think any regular person would do the same.”
“But you’re not any regular person.” Dana kept her tone gentle, but there was a firmness to it that Sophie could feel more than she could hear. Not scolding, but not far from it.
“That is the happy and the sad truth of it, isn’t it?”
Dana nodded, gave her a small smile.
“I can tell you with all honesty that I’m not planning on cutting loose again.”
“But it could happen.”
“But it could happen.” It was as honest as Sophie could be.
“Understood.” Something about Dana seemed to…shutter then. It was the only word Sophie could come up with. Like a sheer blind came down in front of her and obscured her just a bit. Took her slightly out of focus. Which was a shame because Dana Landon was fun to look at. That was a fact.
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Bits and Bobs
- ISBN number: 9781635554434
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
- Audiobook Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc
- Narrator: Lori Prince
- Georgia Beers Online
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