Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Crashing Back Down (Crashing, #1)” as Want to Read:
Crashing Back Down (Crashing, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Excerpt

Crashing Back Down

(Crashing #1)

by
3.76  ·  Rating details ·  528 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Book #1 in a two part series!

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 p
...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published November 4th 2013 by Kristen Hope Mazzola
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Crashing Back Down, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Crashing Back Down

Beg by C.D. ReissThe Law of Attraction by N.M. SilberMasters at Arms by Kallypso MastersMermen by Mimi Jean PamfiloffFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
MUST READ INDIES
1,868 books — 1,908 voters
Accidental Leigh by Melanie  JamesNobody's Perfect by Kallypso MastersNobody's Hero by Kallypso MastersThe Darkest Frost, Vol. 1 by Tanya HolmesRussian Roulette by A.B. McKinley
Indie Authors to Watch
5,932 books — 5,970 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Kristen Mazzola
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am in love with this story and had an amazing time writing it. My heart and soul went into those pages and I cannot wait to share that with the world. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much I did writing it!! :)

Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)
Author – Kristen Hope Mazzola
Publication Date – November 4, 2013
Type – Part of Series
Genre - Romance
Rating - 4 out of 5 Stars



Review
I am on the fence with my rating for “Crashing Back Down”.  In the beginning, I found myself rolling my eyes on how much this story revolved around alcohol and crying. I trudged on and continually the characters were either drowning in shots or sobbing uncontrollably. Everyone cried continually – no one was saved in this book fr

...more
Debra
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

★★★★ 3.5+ stars!



Crashing Back Down is the story of Mags McManus, a twenty-four-year old woman and recently turned war widow. Her late husband died a little less than a year ago and she still finds it hard to adjust to life without him by her side. Slowly but surely, she's learning how to cope with her loss. A huge part of her recovery is the support and company of Walker, her husband's best friend and colleague. He too, is still struggling with the loss of his friend and the guilt he feels of no
...more
Jessica's Book Review
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Crashing Back Down is the first book in the Crashing series by Kristen Hope Mazzola. I knew just by reading the synopsis I had to read this book because it was going to be emotional. I couldn’t wait to dive in!

My Casting:

description
description

Crashing Back Down is told in the point of view of Mags; a 24 year-old widow who just lost her husband nearly a year ago in an accident while he was serving our country. The prologue starts with a scene of Mags meeting her future husband, Randy and his best friend Walker at a co
...more
KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
My review and others are also on my Facebook blog (http://tinyurl.com/k7yukmx)

A truly sad emotional, hearbreaking read

We first met Mags reminiscing about her College years and telling us how she met and fell head over heels for her one!! He was it!! One look and she was a goner!!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

She never realized that "until death" would come along so soon, one minute Randall was there and two months later he was gone, she knew life as a Military wife would be hard but she never realized she would be a widow s
...more
Tracy
I really dont know where to start with this review! This book had many twists and turns and by the end I was sat catching flies because I really did not see that one coming! :-O

Mags was great, with everything she went through after what happened to Randy. She got her feelings in order and started to rebuild her life. I could never understand what she was going through but the author captured it perfectly and it broke my heart.
Sweet Cali, brilliant BFF to Mags and nothing got past her, she was l
...more
Zandalee
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Omg, what!? Need the next book STAT!
****************************************
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Margaret "Mags" McManus is a 24-year old widow. Her husband Randy tragically died after an accident during his military service. Mags is left as an empty shell without her college sweetheart. She finds comfort in her in-laws and friends.
Mags has a rough time trying to get back to normal and finding a way to really live again. She tries to suppress many of her feelings, one in particular that inclu
...more
sue
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have made a point of not reading anyone's reviews at the moment as I wanted to focus on what I felt about this author's book and style of writing.

AWESOME.

I was given this book to read as a gift from Kristen Mazzola and I am so happy that she allowed me to read it. I may have passed it by otherwise and that would have been a loss on my side.

Her style of writing is so fluent and easy to follow. The people in this book were so real. Everyone has lost someone in their lives. A husband/wife is so v
...more
Dayna R
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a beta reader I absolutely loved the story. From the synopsis it seems like just another military widow story but this one is different! Love the twists and turns and the way it kept me wanting to go on and find out what happens next. I definitely didn't expect the book ending but I can't wait for the prequel and sequel! So glad I got to be apart of this book's journey so far! Mag is such a relatable character... I can see myself being friends with someone like her :-)
Staci Randall
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, arcs
Luckily, I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

When I read an author’s debut novel, I dive in with an open mind. With so many books on the market, I have learned not to expect perfection BUT I always hope it will be worthy of five stars. As an author, I get excited for every single author that releases a book. However, I always let them know that they will get nothing but my honest opinion when I submit a review. Sometimes I feel bad for criticizing; however, most authors welcome it
...more
Kate
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wild ride of twists and turns from start to finish. The second half blew me away! I did not see any of that coming! Awesome debut from this indie! Cannot wait to see where this author goes in her career!

I went from sad for the main character for her tragic loss:


To hopeful and happy when her life started to turn around and the gorgeous Walker can into the picture as a romantic relationship instead of just friends:


To shocked by the ending! I did not see that coming!!


Awesome Job!!

And now I need t
...more
Kristen Mazzola
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with this story and had an amazing time writing it. My heart and soul went into those pages and I cannot wait to share that with the world. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much I did writing it!! :)
Mike
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly entertaining for a genre that I do not typically find enjoyable. Well thought out and the flow was perfect. The characters were raw and evoked emotion well. Wonderful debut novel by this young indie author.
Nat
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
engaging... heartfelt... emotional!
One that you will not be able to put done!
A must read!
Theodora Catalina
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it


Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)
by Kristen Hope Mazzola 


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 agai
...more
Ky Grabowski
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Crashing Back Down by Kristen Hope Mazzola is a New Adult Romance.


The Book

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***

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
...more
Jamie Roberts
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Visit Reading Eating & Dreaming to read more reviews by Jamie, Dana, Morgan and Rhonda!

"This book was kindly given to me in exchange for an honest review.”

This is a book about a 24 year old widowed young woman named Mags. She is struggling with getting by day-to-day. Her wonderful husband tragically died while overseas in the military. She has a pretty solid support group surrounding her, but she still feels alone in many ways. Walker, a mutual friend of both Mags and her late husband Randy,
...more
Thomas
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
To be honest I don't read books in the New Adult / Romance genres, but occasionally I like to stray away from my comfort zone and try something new. Crashing Back Down tells the story of Margaret "Mags" McManus, who marries her college love and doesn't get to live happily ever after when a military accident makes her a widow. Now she lives alone, and her only comfort is that of her friends, especially Walker, her late husband's best friend. If you enjoy New Adult or Romance, or you're just looki ...more
Jodie Squelch
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW….this book took me along a very heartfelt twisty road and the ending hit me hard!!!! I did not see it coming at all and need the prequel and sequel like now ….. Just prepare yourself for a cliff hanger ending people……..
This story follows Margaret McMnaus (Mags) and her heart breaking journey of rebuilding her life after she become a war widow at the tender age of 22.
Mags is left completely broken after her husband Randy dies in a tragic accident at war.
With the support network of great frie
...more
Courtney
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
“I felt bad for trying to live a happy, full life, while my heart was buried in a dead man’s chest.”

In Crashing Back Down, Mags McManus is trying to find herself and get past the grief of losing her husband, Randy, after a tragic military accident. The book is a whirlwind of emotion as Mags attempts to get past her own guilt and heartache and move on with her life without regret. Walker is Randy’s best friend. He is there for Mags as they support one another in their grief. Their own relationsh
...more
Magic Within the Pages
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: liz-s-reviews
Reviewer: Liz

I had the opportunity to read an ARC copy of this fantastic book. This book kept me going, it took me on a rollercoaster of emotions and my heart rate spiked in a lot of places throughout this book.
I fell in love with all the characters they all had their unique personalities Mags a widow after her husband was killed in a military accident, and she is trying to build her life again, there is Cali her best friend, who is always there for her and these two girls love a good girlie day
...more
Debbie
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of Kristen Hope Mazzola's "Crashing Back Down" and was very impressed, despite the fact that it is not a genre I normally read.

Mags is a widow - a very young widow after her military husband and soul mate is killed in an accident when his parachute fails to open. The two people who help her retain her sanity (mostly) are her best friend Cali and husband's best friend Walker.

It is clear from the onset, however that Walker and Mags are destined to be more than just friends. Yet a
...more
For the Love of Books
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars.. This story tugged at my heart when Mags became a widow at the age of 24. This story is beautifully written and grips your heart by how realistic it is and how you can feel the pain and struggle that Mags is having with losing her first true love. When Mags starts to find comfort in Randy's best friend Walker things start to change. Walker and Mags both have these strong feelings for each other but will guilt keep them apart. This book had me sad, angry and swooning over Walker! I loved ...more
Jennifer Bryan Yarbrough
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Astonished and amazed is how this debut novel left me!!!! This is such a breath taking love story and I can't wait to read what else this new author has up her sleeve in Mags and Walker's journey of secrets and discovery regarding their future!! Yes there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end but you HAVE to read this book!!!! Not only does the author cause you to fall in love with every character in this story but this is the kind of book that you will be thinking about for days after you've fin ...more
Kristine
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-rating
Full review found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...
Crashing Back Down is the debut novel by Kristen Hope Mazzola and I do believe this is a name to watch out for. She does an amazing job of telling the story of one woman's journey through grief after becoming a widow at a very young age. This book is packed full of emotional highs and lows as Mags struggles to survive and function without the love of her life.
Kenisha
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really liked the booked!!! crazy cliffhanger but just makes you wAiting impatiently for the next book. I had some questions reading this though, but I enjoyed the memories of Randy.. it was sad. I thought there should have been more said about him

I really enjoyed Walker, The way he took care of Mags and being very protective of her. I have some nagging questions about him also...

Cannot wait for their story to continue!!
Maari
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from the beginning, & WoW at the roller coaster ride that it took me on!! Every character has me rooting for them!! I had no idea what was going to happen next, or the emotions I may feel from one moment to another! Now I am just wishing that it didn't 'end' the way that it did.. because there really was no ending.. just a wanting for one..
Douglas
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining, engaging, heart wrenching.
Doraine Fisher
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the authors first book and I think she did a fabulous job. The story draws you in and feels for the girl. I can't wait for the next two books.
Christina Greco
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very engaging read, can't wait for the prequel!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Torn (Torn Heart, #1)
  • Our Totally, Ridiculous, Made-up Christmas Relationship
  • Anonymous
  • Saving Rain (Rain Trilogy, #1)
  • Dare to Breathe
  • Lie to Me (Redemption, #1)
  • Wanting You (Forever Mine, #1)
  • Forbidden Forever
  • My Life for Yours
  • Tell Me Why (Fringe, #1)
  • Exception
  • Stroke of Fear
  • Heart Breaths
  • Whiskey and a Gun (The Finish, #0.5)
  • Shattered and Shaken (Shaken, #1)
  • Destiny (Destiny, #1)
  • Everything Between Us
  • Reckless Secrets (Reckless, #2)
Bestselling author, Kristen Hope Mazzola, lives in the suburbs of Tampa soaking up the sunshine while watching hockey or football at beach bars. She writes contemporary romance ranging from steamy romantic comedy, angsty new adult, all the way to sports romance – with dirty bikers, hot military men, and swoon-worthy rockstars in between. A portion of her royalties goes to the Marcie Mazzola Founda ...more

Other books in the series

Crashing (2 books)
  • Falling Back Together (Crashing, #2)
“You’re my true north. No compass would point me in any other direction but to you.” 41 likes
“If it was possible for two people to make sparks, simply by connecting at their lips, I would think we would have been a firework display in the dark.” 32 likes
More quotes…