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How We Fall

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,219 ratings  ·  213 reviews
It’s not always about how we fall- it’s about where we end up once we land.

I remember the very first time I laid eyes on Cole Lincoln. It still feels like yesterday when he stumbled into my life with his messy brown hair and dark eyes. Even though I was only ten years old at the time, I knew right then and there that he was going to change everything.

From that point on Col
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Published April 21st 2017 by Daft Empire
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Strausbaugh Lesley
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this story deserves way more than 5 stars. I really am not just saying that. It's a very powerful story. I still have a lump in the back if my throat from all the emotions. I felt like I was part of the story, I laughed, and cried so hard. when reading I just felt the love and felt like I loved right a long with Cole and Mel. I have never felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster before. I believe Melissa really put her whole heart and sole into this book. she makes you feel like you ...more
Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

After reading her Stupid Love series and knowing what a great writer Melissa Toppen is, I was over the moon about reading How We Fall, especially after finding out it was a friends to lovers romance. I couldn't wait to step into Cole and Melanie's fictional world and learn all about their life growing up in the little town of Irving. Soon, my emotions were twisting in the wind and flying here and there with their childhood memories riddled with
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved how it turned out but why didn't he say how he felt and continue to hurt her. He KNEW it hurt her when he dated Dawn but still did it, even after it caused all the problems and gave Dawn his virginity. And what the heck kind of friend was she??? She knew Mel liked Cole but still did it and told her every detail. What is wrong with him. He loved her so much he did that with their mutual friend and continued it for so long? Then all the other girls, but he was so in love with her,... I jus ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

Melanie and Cole met when he moved into the neighbor when they were ten...and they quickly become inseparable. Fast forward a few years and a big wedge gets thrown into things in the form of jealousy and they're not as close as they once were. Then Cole goes off to college and only returns when one of their friends passes away.


I liked that Cole was determined to fix things in their showed quite the maturity but I hated going through them having other partners.

I enjoyed
May 11, 2017 marked it as not-interested

Same old same old... it will never end.
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Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: didi-reviews

Like many of you, I’m a voracious reader and I only read romance, that being said I am totally baffled by the fact I have never read anything by Melissa Toppen before! When I read the blurb for How We Fall it captivated me so I instantly signed up for the Review Tour. When I received the ARC I read the first paragraph, stopped and went to refresh my tea and grab a snack because I knew I would not want to put the book down until I read the very last word. Ms. Toppen did not disappoint! How We Fal
Friends to lovers book are hit or miss for me - I hate when one character has been in love with the other for years and had to watch them be with others, to be in with love someone and see them date other people all while secretly hoping to be loved in return. I almost avoided this book for that very reason but something about this one made me want to read it. I'm so glad I took a chance on this story. Mel has been in love with Cole since they met but never had him as more than a friend. When he ...more
Oct 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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It’s not always about how we fall- it’s about where we end up once we land.

I remember the very first time I laid eyes on Cole Lincoln. It still feels like yesterday when he stumbled into my life with his messy brown hair and dark eyes. Even though I was only ten years old at the time, I knew right then and there that he was going to change everything.

From that point on Cole and I were always together—inseparable—and I naively believed we’d be best friends
Cocktails and Books
3.5 Cocktails

This was a quick friends to lovers romance. Overall I enjoyed the story, but there were times when I had to wonder why the romance had to jump immediately into insta-love. This couple had so much to weed through, as far as feelings and things never said, that I can't imagine those things go away in a hot minute.
A tragic death brings the friends who left home, back to their small town to say goodbye. Melanie never left though. She had responsibilities that forced her to stay. She watched all her friends pack up and leave 6 years ago, and now Cole, the boy she loved before she knew what love was, is back.

Melanie is a relatable, sweet girl. She wants to help everyone, and be happy. When Cole, her sexy crush from childhood comes back, things are explained, secrets are revealed and when Cole and Melanie me
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How We Fall is a story of 2 young kids who grow up together, love each other yet the other doesn't know how they feel. They go through their teenage years dating other people and Cole goes off to college leaving Melanie behind to care for her sick mother. 6 years later, one of their closest friends dies and friends come back to mourn the loss of their childhood friend. Melanie never expects Cole to show up, let alone with a woman on his arm. Melanie is in a relationship and doesn't have time to ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
May 2017 -- 2 Stars

Disappointing. I thought I'd found a new author, but the book lacked any unique qualities. I didn't much care for the characters and at 40%, decided to put it down. It just wasn't remotely interesting.

Very mediocre.

Happy Reading.
Paula White
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was gifted a copy for an honest review.

Cole and Melanie met when they were 10 years old and were best friends - this is the story of this friendship over the years and how it evolved when they reconnect after 6 years. The characters were true to themselves - not too much back and forth which was refreshing. Everything was going great 60% in so I was worried that an angst factor was going to be thrown in, they would separate etc etc - you know the usual thing that happens in some romance books.
I love a small American town story, add in a group of friends that know each other well and a second chance love for 2 of the friends and I'm a happy girl.

This book has a really warm feel to it, the characthers were developed well and I felt Melanie's dilemma when Cole reappeared after 6 years of no communication.

Cole and Melanie had such a chemistry between them it was a joy to see them rekindling their friendship and later (not that much later) being honest and admitting they've always loved
Mandie Foxylutely
This book had all my favourite tropes rolled into one big emotional read – best friends to lovers, second chance and small town romance. Sweet.

Melanie and Cole had been best friends since they were ten years old. Forming a close friendship they are blissful in their childhood until they reach their mid-teens when things start to change and feeling get mixed up and hurt. The pair gradually drift apart and finally Cole leaves town for NYU.

Fast forward six years and Cole is back in town for a sad a
Candy Box
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me start this review with some quotes.

"The stars and the moon. The sun and the sky. The very air I breathe. Don't ever believe you're anything less." -Cole

"He consumes me, marks me, claims me as his. In doing so, he completes me. Body, mind, soul and heart. He is part of me, he is everything." -Melanie

Melissa Toppen has outdone herself once again on a well rounded, all the feels, relatable characterd and just an amazing story told in the most fabulous way.

Melanie and Cole are long lost frien
Jessica Ramsey
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
♡♡I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book♡♡

Hero, Cole = 5/5
Heroine, Melanie = 5/5
Secondary characters = 5/5
Chemistry = 5/5
Sex = 2/5 (more storyline than anything)
Enjoyment = 5/5
Romance = 5/5
Action = 1/5
Darkness  = 1/5
Humor = 1/5
POV = Dual
Ending = No cliffhanger
Stars = 5 ☆☆☆☆☆
Author = Melissa Toppen
Would I recommend this book = Yes
Would I re read this book = Yes
Would I read future books by this author = Yes

Blurb: Cole & Melanie have been best friends since they were 10 years old. T
Brandi Elliott
Something just told me to sign up my blog to review this particular book so I did & was fortunate enough to be chosen to receive an arc in return for an honest review. I loved this book so much! Melissas words just kept drawing me into this story deeper & deeper as each page passed & progressed. This is definitely a "friends to lovers" type novel with fabulous characters. The 2 main characters are Cole & Melanie. I do not want to give anything away even though I'm actually tempted to but I can't ...more
Laura Lee
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How We Fall

Melissa Toppen

5 Stars

WOW!!! Opened this book and could not put it down! What a great second chance story.

Melanie fell in love at 10 years old with the ‘new kid’ who moved in down the street. The friendship that was made that day was a friendship that would last forever. The best times of her life happened when she was with him. Till the day he leaves…

Cole has known from the minute he saw that girl riding her bike, he was in love. Now back in town for a best friend’s funeral, will the
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
5+ stars.

After reading just the blurb to this book I was hooked. I just love when a story starts from a young age and works it's way up. I was not disappointed in any way! I have fallen for these characters. Both Cole and Melanie are oblivious to the way the other feels for them. Too sweet. I have lived with them for a few hours now and I love it. I have a feel for their town and their friends too. Very emotional, as you can imagine when you are dealing with characters from the age of ten, going
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one. A childhood friends to lovers/second chances.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A love worth fighting for.....

A stunning beautiful story. A Journey you won't soon forget...
It was addictive and breathtaking. It's the ultimate love story. Emotionally INTENSE.
Cole and Melanie will steal your heart.

This book was EVERYTHING. Melissa wrote such a beautiful story. I can't say enough
About it. There's hope and sacrifice, love and loss, friendships that get tested. and all those unresolved feelings.

Her best work to date. Completely different from anything I've read from her. SIMPLY
Le Ann Foster
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
♡♡Reviewed for CherryOBlossoms Promotions ♡ ♡

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

I love second chance stories and even what makes them better is best friend turn to lovers. If your looking for either of those then this is your book. I absolute love Cole and Melanie their chemistry was off the charts. I knew from the start that this book was going to be a emotional one but also one that I could devour. This book goes from past to present and it flows flawlessly. You had to understand their past to see t
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was average. I wished this more of a development between the characters of either Mel and her brother, Mel and her friend Michael. I felt as though the book was about Cole this, Cole that, and Cole. I was tired about hearing about him and it was annoying after awhile.
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Dawn West
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Chances are sweeter the second time around.

Melissa is about to bury one of her longtime friends and his death has brought several people from her past back into her life. One of those people is Cole, her best friend and first love. All it takes is one look at the man in front of her and she's back in high school all over again, pining for a fraction of attention from Cole, despite the fact that she's in a two year relationship with a m
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019

If you love a second chance romance, then you will definitely enjoy this book. Cole and Melanie’s story is a perfect telling of second chance love, so I bet you’re asking, why the three star rating? Well.. let me tell you.

There were parts of this book that were absolutely amazing, I couldn’t put it down, and then there were other parts of this book that had me going what? scratching my head, or just waiting for the chapter to end. If all of this book could
Maree Repa
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Growing Up

Five Amazing Stars

I was absolutely thrilled to read this waist wonderful book written by a complete favourite author of mine, Melissa Toppen. I thoroughly adored this beautiful wonderful romantic and creative storyline. With it's most endearing characters, including Cole and Melanie. With it's incredible range of beauty I just adored this book so much!

When Melanie Anderson firstly met Cole Lincoln when he and his family had just moved into next door. We were luckily about the same age
April Symes
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Toppen’s newest book “How We Fall” captivated my senses and had me hooked from word one on page one until the very last word , on the very last page. I was sorry that Cole & Melanie’s story was over. This is an emotional 2nd chance love story that will have you rooting for them from word one. I will tell you, this is an emotional story, one about two childhood friends who never were BF/GF until years later. They ended up apart for reasons that you read about in this story and you root fo ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My 1st read, written by Melissa and it will certainly not be the last!! I won Melissa's giveaway recently and I said hey girl ...what is your favorite book from your collection and who is your favorite must read author? Let me tell ya friends ....the best advice I'll always give ...ask your favorite authors what they read and who they would suggest!! Always and Forever ... such smart advice ... these authors are true genius folks!! Just Listen. So I took Melissa's advice and jumped head 1st into ...more
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Melissa Toppen is a USA Today Bestselling Author who specializes in New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.
Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.


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