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How to Fall

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  53 reviews
One week of adventure might just lead to love…

Julia Evans has always put others ahead of herself--her high school math students, her troubled best friend, and her ex. But with New Year's approaching, she buys a round trip ticket to Brazil. For one week, she can put her needs first. She can meet a stranger in the hotel pool at midnight and dance all night on the beach.

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Published November 16th 2015 by Entangled: Select Contemporary
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Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: books with exotic locations, Brazil, romance
3 Ipanema Love Stars * * *

Two people who otherwise would never meet, do on holiday for completely different reasons.

He is in the entertainment industry... and is having his share of scrutiny...Best friend plus his current girlfriend...together...and Oh, in the hit reality series he produces and writes.... How to get away from all the press and attention... go to Brazil.

She is a mild mannered math school teacher... at least that was her life... with every thing adding up to fine...fine job, fi
Maria Rose
Every now and then, you pick up a book by a new author and something about it – the characters, the setting, the plot – whatever it is – grabs you and doesn’t let go. When this happens you know that you’ve hit book gold. That’s the way I felt within the first few pages of this story.

High school math teacher Julia has always played it safe, but for once in her life, she’s going to do something daring, starting with a one week trip over Christmas to Brazil. Ending up at a hostel in rural Brazil, s
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hot, arc
Julia is a high school math teacher and during holiday break, she takes a vacation by herself to Brazil. She recently got out of an 8 year relationship with a safe guy and there is a lot in life she hasn't experienced. When she checks into her hostel, she meets Blake. Blake is on a extended vacation from Australia where he is a writer for a television show. He caught his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend and they happen to be the actors for his hit tv show. He needed to get away an ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rebecca Brooks is a new author to me. And I am so glad I stumbled across How to Fall by her. This book just clicked with me. I loved the story, characters, setting... it all just worked for me.

Julia Evans needs a break from her life. She puts to much of herself into her work and making sure her best friend is okay (all for the sacrifice of herself). She needs to discover what she wants out of life. So she does the first impuls
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I will never look at a swimming pool in the same way….

Have you ever felt like escaping your life for a while—for a day, for a week—and doing something extraordinarily different? Doing something that you wouldn’t normally do? Julia Evans is doing just that as she escapes the snowy city to vacation for an entire week in beautiful Brazil. She had a plan to not have a plan, to do whatever she felt like in the moment. Little did she know that would be Blake Williams…

Struck by his accent and his stri
Bette Hansen
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adored this book. Loved all the characters, especially Blake. The writing was very well done and extremely descriptive which gave me the feeling of being in Brazil with them. It has a great pace too. No points of dragging things out. The action and story begin right from the first page and keeps your attention to the very end. Definitely one I recommend for everyone.
Suze Lavender
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 h
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Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received in exchange for a honest review.

I could not put this down. I think it was Blake’s journey and self discovery that kept me in the moment more than anything. He drew me in. His pain, his confusion, his journey to figuring out himself and what he wants. His loss and loss of identity was so heartwarming and heartbreaking.

this is my first time reading Rebecca Brooks and I can say I look forward to her next book. The writing is flirtatious and insightful. We see perspectives that draw on intr
April Symes
Julia is a high school math teacher and during holiday break, she takes a vacation by herself to Brazil. She just has ended a 8 yr. relationship and feels like she is at loose ends with a guy and the relationship that just ended was not heartbreaking, it was just comfortable. She ends up going to Brazil to try to experience life. There she meets Blake-he is there on an extended vacation from Australia. As I read the story, I find out that he has caught his girlfriend cheating on him with his bes ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of How to fall by Rebecca Brooks in exchange for an honest review.
This is a beautiful romance. There is an excellent spark between Blake and Julia that kept the book moving at a believable rate and had me wishing for their HEA right from the start. What I really adored though was Blake's character development and how much you can grow to love a person and learn to admit you were wrong. It's a fantastic message to have in a book and it's mixed in with this sizzling chemistry.
Donna Sweeney
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kindly provided with an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.....

Beautiful from start to finish. Extremely well written story line. The characters were believable and engaging. Just an absolutely charming, feel good "I believe in romance" read.

Highly recommended !

Well done Rebecca for a stunning read. I really wish Blake was a real life guy *sighs*.

Many thanks Negalley for this opportunity xx

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4 stars

What a great read How to Fall turned out to be.

It had great characters with a fun and entertaining storyline. It was one of those books you don't want to put down, I read in one sitting.

I highly recommend How to Fall and can't wait to read more from Rebecca Brooks in the near future.

Thank you Entangled Select via NetGalley for the advance copy.
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How to Fall is my first book by Rebecca Brooks, but I was really drawn in with the blurb for this book. Unfortunately, I really struggled to get through this book. I had a lot of issues here, even though there were some things that I did like. Ultimately though, this book just wasn't for me though I did at least finish it.

Looking to escape for a week, Julia Evans leaves her life behind and heads to Brazil by herself. She is ready to put hers
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Julia and Blake are two characters who have lives waiting for them in their respective countries--the United States for Julia and Australia for Blake--and the need to get away from it all is what has led them to be on a new continent and their paths crossing. Brazil is merely where their journeys intersect, a backdrop of sorts, because what leads them to conte
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Another strong contemporary romance by Brooks, featuring two people who seem dissimilar on the outside, but who have far more in common than appears. High school math teacher Julia has spent most of her adult worrying over best friend Liz, who was sexually assaulted in high school. But now that Liz has put her past behind her and is dating (and sexing) up a storm, Julia feels a bit adrift. And when her first and only boyfriend, Danny (who, not coincidentally, happens to be Liz's older brothe ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia is a high school math teacher who lives for everyone but herself. She needs a break and decides to take a week vacation by herself to Brazil during school's winter break.
Blake is a writer of a very popular television show in Australia. He is on an extended vacation running from a scandal caused by two people who were supposed to love him the most.
The two meet when Julia checks into a hostel where Blake is staying. The two are attracted to each other immediately and have off the charts che
How to Fall was my first book by Rebecca Brooks, and I liked it. I loved the chemistry between Blake and Julia and liked the storyline. This is a fast-paced, sexy read that takes us on a road trip with a hot guy and sassy girl. My main issue with the book was I felt that Julia and Blake were a little older than I expected them to be. This isn't a New Adult story. Which, typing this makes me feel ridiculous in a way since I don't think young people should be going out on their own to Brazil for a ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
I absolutely loved this "fling to forever" read and wanted to crawl inside the book and live as Julia for a week.

Rebecca creates a compelling story and relatable characters.

Blake is a HOT, and SEXY Aussie looking to get away from a scandal at home and Julia has just entered her thirties, and wants a little adventure in her life before she returns to her mundane daily routine. I was able to put myself into Julia's shoes from the very beginning - from her age, to her personality, and general thoug
Jennifer Sable
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca Brooks does it again with HOW TO FALL. Her description of setting and character is vivid without being distracting. I wish I was better at reviewing so I could express more clearly how much I enjoyed the read, but here's a hint: I raced for my e-reader the minute I received the notification my pre-order had arrived and I didn't put it down until I was through. The characters are relatable, I wanted to be in Brazil with them to have a beer, too. My favorite authors write characters that y ...more
Kim Mote
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story. Blake and Julia have both been hurt by past relationships so they both decide to take a trip across the county to South America. Julia only has a week to experience things, Blake decides to take 7 months to explore. When Blake and Julia have there first meeting there is serious fireworks between the two. Julia takes a leap of faith and has a fling with him. That week ends up being a life changer for both of them and an eye opener. Once that week is over, what happens. The ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review*
How to Fall is a beautiful romance full of passion and adventure. Julia is a wonderful character, willing herself to take a chance and experience life in a way she never has before. Blake is strong yet a little fragile as he tries to get over the pain caused by people he loved who betrayed him. When Blake and Julia come together it's pure magic. Great writing and vivid details about Brazil make this story come alive. I loved
Vero Stro
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

Julia is a high school teacher. After ending a relationship of 8 years with a very consrvative man she decides to go to Brazil for one week to enjoy herself. There she meets Blake, from Australia. He is the writer of a very successful TV show and he caught his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend and also an actor on the Tv show he writes.

The chemistry between julia and Blake is great, the sex scenes are hot and the book is very entertaining!

I received a copy of thi
Emma bramley
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
what a good read, I loved the story line, how it straight to the point, the story flowed really well. the characters were fab and the secondary characters really helped to move the story along. this story contains, romance, steamy scenes and a fantastic ending
highly recommended
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastically steamy book by Rebecca Brooks. If adventure, romance, math teachers, and hot Australian actors are your thing, you're not going to be able to put this book down!
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes it's a romance, so sue me. It was written by an alum from my college!
out now!! Brazil! Sexy Aussie! Hottt sex! What more could you want from a book?
Rhiannon Hart
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smutathon2019
Why has Rebecca Brooks not been named the queen of writing outdoor sexytimes?

If you read ‘How to Fall’ you will soon find out what I'm talking about!! 😉
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, 2015-reads, arc
“How could anyone feel instantly connected to someone? Suddenly, she believed Liz, sometimes, you knew.”


1st, I love how Brazil was described in this story. It sounded like the place was so romantic that made me want to visit the place soon. I can't help but think of Brazil as a very romantic place. And there are some spoilers ahead.

And thank you, Netgalley and Entangled for providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of How to Fall in exchange of an honest review.

Julia Evans is a high school
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strangers, famous
You can find love when you least expect it, especially when you’re not looking for it. How to Fall by Rebecca Brooks gives us one heck of an adventure laced with romance and steam and the beautiful Brazil as the backdrop of the story – nothing makes it more perfect.

It’s a perfect book for those who have the penchant for travelling. Her words would make you see Brazil vividly, and the places our characters had visited. It’s one tempting book that would amp your itch to go see this beautiful count
Holiday/vacation one night stand turned weeklong fling and then something much more special

How to Fall was my first book by Rebecca Brooks and I have to admit this book surprised me with how much I loved it; I liked the sound of the blurb but it ended up being so much more than expected. The book incorporated a romance theme of a holiday/vacation one night stand turned weeklong fling and then something much more special between two intriguing and realistically flawed characters who really draw y
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“If Blake thought she was going to be some meek, mealy-mouthed
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