Destined To Fall by Tamsyn Bester

Posted January 6, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
Destined To Fall by Tamsyn BesterDestined To Fall by Tamsyn Bester
Published by the author (self-published) on January 6th 2014
Genres: Adult fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 163
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

When Cassey Emerson graduated high school 3 years ago, she packed her bags and left the dusty trailer park she called home in the rear view mirror. Since then, she has worked hard to give herself the life, and career, that she always dreamed of. As the Publishing Assistant at Knight Media, her dreams are slowly but surely coming true…
But something is missing…
Kyler Knight is young, rich and the heir to the multi-million dollar fortune that is known as ‘Knight Media’ – the biggest and most successful media company in Chicago. When his father decides it’s time for Kyler to learn the ropes as successor, he didn’t think it would include working with someone like Cassey Emerson.
Their attraction is immediate and Kyler is everything Cassey should stay away from. He can’t give her what she wants, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing her. When one passionate night changes everything, Cassey must decide whether or not she can accept what Kyler is offering, or walk away from how he makes her feel.
Suddenly, things change, lines are blurred, hearts are broken and Cassey is left to pick up the pieces after her hot, steamy relationship with Kyler becomes so much more… Can she move forward or was she always destined to fall?

main points

Writing Style
Bester’s writing was captivating, not too descriptive (except for maybe one scene where she describes Cassey’s apartment) and I didn’t want to skip over anything. It was also a bit explicit. Just a warning.
A few (okay a lot) grammar/spelling/general editing mistakes, but I expect they’ll be cleared up before publication.
Content
This might have been my first foray into adult contemporary romance, and I guess I do enjoy it. Well, it certainly seemed to be ALL about the romance. When there wasn’t a sex scene, there was the contemplation of a sex scene. Even with all the other issues going on, both Cassey and Kyler seemed to spend about half their time thinking about each other. There were other things going on though- parental issues on both sides, Cassey’s friend Quinn and her troubles, and other things, but they all seemed to bring Cassey and Kyler closer together, and I guess that was the whole point. It was well done. It may have seemed typical at times but there were a few twists thrown in and I always wanted to keep reading. It was hard to put down. (actually I finished it in two nights)
Also I think Cassey’s relationship with her parents is unique- they were the worst possible parents and she never once forgives them or cares for them at all. In other stories, there is usually a message of forgiveness, but here, the message was that you don’t owe these people anything if they weren’t there for you. Stand up for yourself. We didn’t hear much of her backstory, or how she got to where she was, but it didn’t seem too important.
Also- and this is true of a lot of books- the synopsis doesn’t really do it justice. There’s a lot more to the story.
Characters
Cassey: She was a strong woman. She held out remarkably well, only going in when she had set her boundaries. She had a good head on her shoulders. She may have given in a few times, but I mean come on, it’s Kyler, who wouldn’t. So I admire her. She made a lot of good choices.
Quinn: Her bond with Cassey was so strong. She was the perfect sister. I wish I had a sister like that. She went through some rough spots, but in the end, I was so happy for her.
Kyler: At first he seemed like the typical player, but it became obvious that he was falling for her. He was so sweet. And so attractive. I couldn’t not like him. (not that I was trying)
Jessa: Total jerk…but hey, every story needs one. A jealous ex.
Drew: Another total jerk. Hey I’ve got an idea…let’s set Jessa and Drew up together. I ship them. Jerks unite!
Jarred: He wasn’t quite as awesome as Kyler, but he definitely cared for Quinn and I’m glad they turned out okay.
Ending
Happy fairy tale ending. I wasn’t expecting anything different.

Good vs. Bad

Good:

  • Plot
  • characters
  • ending
  • writing
Less than perfect:
  • editing

Bottom Line

This is a really fun, light read. It is filled with intense romance and great characters. It was difficult to put down. Would I read more by Tamsyn Bester? Without a doubt. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, ages 15 and up. If they like all that romance.

About Tamsyn Bester

I’m 23 years old & the ultimate Book Brat :) Coffee & Books are my drugs of choice, neither of which will be kicked to the curb any time soon! I go through a book a day & when I’m not reading I’m working on my next novel :)I’m a sucker for New Adult Contemporary Romance with a whole lot of sexy thrown in & my number one rule is I won’t read a book unless it has a happy ending! I also have the unhealthiest obsession with the South,and I don’t mean my home country of South Africa – I mean cowboys, pick up trucks, sexy as sin Southern accents, cowboy boots and barefoot bluejean nights! One day, I will live in Alabama & I will have my own Indie publishing house – my philosophy is if your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough :)

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