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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How to Fall by Rebecca Brooks - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

For Julia being sensible is second nature. She always puts others first and never lets herself go. After many years of taking care of her best friend and looking after her math students it's time she does something for herself, she deserves a holiday and Brazil is her destination. In Brazil she can be who she wants to be and for Julia that means she can spend time with a handsome man, dare herself to do things she'd never do at home and make impulsive decisions.

Blake has left Australia because he's heartbroken. He's famous and hopes that after spending some time abroad people will have forgotten about the scandal he was in the middle of. When he meets Julia he starts to feel something positive again, but can he risk it? He's only supposed to have one night with the beautiful woman from Chicago, but something about her makes him want to stay until it's time for her to go home again. Is what they have a holiday fling or is there something more and what will happen when Julia has to leave?

How to Fall is a great sexy story about traveling, true love and facing your fears. Julia is a fantastic friend, she's sweet, caring, generous and she'll always do the right thing. In Brazil she can finally let herself go a little, which shows a completely different side of her. I loved the contrast and it was good to see she could have fun as well. Blake has been through a lot and spending time with Julia, being reminded what it's like to be carefree again, is exactly what he needs. They have an instant connection and there's a lot of chemistry between them. Meeting someone you really like when you're a long way from home is complicated though and I couldn't wait to see where that would lead.

Rebecca Brooks has written a hot story filled with personal challenges, stunning settings and fascinating relationships. I loved the way she describes Julia's holiday. It's short, but it's filled with action and challenges. I read this amazing love story in one sitting and liked how the sparks between the main characters fly off the pages. How to Fall is a wonderful romantic book with a gorgeous fitting ending.


If you love hot travel themed romance you will definitely like How to Fall.

About Rebecca Brooks

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them.

She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.

She likes outdoorsy guys with both muscle and heart and independent women ready to try something new.

Feel free to contact me, or for more info and updates, check out the News page.



The Adventure that Inspired Me to Write How to Fall
Guest post by Rebecca Brooks

The kernel of the idea for How to Fall came a long (loooong) time ago, when I studied abroad in Brazil during college. After my semester with the School for International Training ended, I traveled around the country, sometimes with friends and sometimes alone.

I did some, uh, slightly unusual things, like volunteering to help scientists study river dolphins—which involved cleaning dolphin skulls with a toothbrush. Don’t worry, that did NOT become a scene in the book! 

Turns out there’s a reason I’m a writer and not a marine biologist
What I did write about was an incredible section of my travels that I spent in southern Brazil. I first spent a few nights in São Paulo—which I enjoyed a lot more than Julia does in How to Fall!

Then I traveled via overnight bus to Foz do Iguaçu, the city near Iguaçu Falls. I stayed in a hostel with a pool and garden and a great community of travelers. I wound up becoming friends with an Australian couple who were traveling the world for 6 months. (That’s where I came up with the idea for an Australian hero.) Together, we spent two days visiting the spectacular waterfalls in both Argentina and Brazil. 

A picture I took at Iguaçu Falls, where Julia and Blake meet in How to Fall
When I started writing romance, I couldn’t stop thinking about setting a book in Brazil. I imagined an American traveler meeting a stranger at a hotel pool at midnight and letting go of her inhibitions for a night. I could picture the meet-cute perfectly. Then I was filled with questions. Who was the American woman? Who did she meet? Why did they get together? What turned their one night stand into more? That’s how the book How to Fall was born.

The hostel where Julia and Blake meet is based on the place I stayed in Foz do Iguaçu, and while my experience exploring the waterfalls was a LOT more chaste than theirs, the description of the falls and their tremendous beauty is based on my travels.

In fact, everything Julia and Blake do—besides all the outdoor sex I HOPE YOU’RE NOT READING THIS MOM—is rooted in my own experiences. I traveled from São Paulo to Foz to Iguaçu, and then I took a bus to Rio de Janeiro, just like Julia does. I explored the city and spent New Year’s Eve dancing on Copacabana Beach—the most fun Julia has ever had. And yes, I did go hang gliding off the same cliff Julia and Blake jump from when Blake surprises her with a date she never thought she’d do. It was the experience of a lifetime, and I loved recapturing the moment by writing about it years later. 

It’s me! Ahhh!
I had a blast getting to revisit an amazing time in my life and watching Julia and Blake experience it for the first time. The best part for me as a writer and a traveler was turning their time in Brazil into an emotional journey for both of them—together as a couple, and individually as two people trying to figure out who they are and what they want in their lives. I fell in love with Brazil all over again, and with both of them as characters.

After setting books in Brazil and in the Pacific Northwest—a place I love to hike—I have to decide what beautiful location I want to visit and write about next!


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  1. How to Fall sounds like a sexy story about facing your fears.

  2. Such an interesting guest post. Thanks for sharing. And How To Fall sounds good. I like the idea of her sensible life getting shaken up. Curious to see how it all goes down.

  3. This is a new author for me so thank you for your honest review!

  4. looks and sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. would love for a chance to read this :)