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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  14,494 ratings  ·  1,205 reviews
The first time you meet someone, you make eye contact. You smile, say hello. Should be simple, if you’re anyone but me. The first time I met Dylan Reed, I found myself making eye contact with a different part of his body. You see, I’m very good at being shy, not to mention extremely well-versed in rambling nonsense and, unfortunately, rather highly skilled at making a fool ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 420 pages
Published April 16th 2018 by Ella Maise
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Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳A slow-burn college romance in which the word “masterpiece” is not enough to describe such creative ways of making a reader swoon over both characters in which fate has separated, & brought together for a final story plot...

➳When it comes down to slow-burn, angsty romance— this girl is not the biggest fan of them. Now, there are a few times where there are exceptions that I encounter upon and end up absolutely devouring said novel and just fall to my knees with adoration. Ella Maise is that
3.75 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a cute friend's to lovers story. It definitely is what I would consider "slow burn", and while I'm never really a fan of that type of story, I didn't mind it that much. That being said -- there still were some parts that felt slow for me. It also felt on the longer side, and it was @ 423 pages on my kindle app. I think some of those slower parts could've been edited out to make it flow a little better. I appreciated how the H was a star athlete but not a manw
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

This is the strangest thing, but I think you're going to be my best friend, Zoe Clarke."

Oh Ella, how I've missed your words! If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for the slow-burn. I'm pleased to announce that I got that with this book, and I got it in spades. The Hardest Fall is a sweet, slow-burn friends-to-lovers romance that hit me in all the right places. There's a touch of mystery and angst added into the mix that makes this fun romance even mo
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‘THE HARDEST FALL’: Is a standalone full length, sports romance novel by new to me Author Ella Maise. ‘Spoken in Dual Perspectives’

In this we meet, shy, klutzy, kooky, quirky over talkative College Freshman Zoe Clarke.

And Dylan Reed the IT boy around campus. A football player who had a big chance of going pro. He’s gorgeous, laid back and finds himself drawn towards Zoe like no other female before.

The v
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“On and off the field, you’re my hardest fall. No one has ever compared, and no one ever will.”

I truly loved The Hardest Fall. This story included some of my favorite things to read; sports romance, angst and the slow burn which is to the point of perfection, not annoyance. I devoured every beautifully and carefully crafted word Ella Maise produced. The only downer for me reading this was that it ended.

There are a few words that come to mind when thinking back to Dylan and Zoe’s fir
chan ☆
dnf @ 11%... heroine annoyed me

surprisingly, i have a lot to say for a book i didn't read very much of. but i'll keep it short.

girl walks in on dude peeing and can't stop commenting on his penis. i think it was supposed to be cute that she was 'flustered' but she didn't ever leave???? like you walked into a bathroom, see something you're not supposed to and then you leave. you don't stand there gawking regardless of if the guy is laughing it off. weird vibe.

and then the whole scene where this d
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
5 Cute Stars

Such an amazing book,I devour it in one sitting!I'm in love with the story and the characters rocked this story!The Hardest Fall was a cute and fun read!I was smiling most of the time with these two!


Zoe and Dylan were adorable!I loved every minute of these two together!The way they first met was funny and then the second and third time!I found their story refreshing!Dylan is a swoon worthy hero and I loved Zoe,she is shy,funny and cute!They have an amazing chemistry!Their romance i
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
3.75 ‘Flash’ stars

“This is the strangest thing, but I think you’re going to be my best friend, Zoe Clarke.”

A sugary sweet book. A little bit cliche’ and stupid at times, but a really cute read as well.
Jacob Proffitt
May 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
At 74% in, I'm done. The author manipulation is just too much and I can't stand it any longer. I like the characters. They're sweet and watching them come together was engaging. But Ella Maise seems addicted to manipulating things for drama and that's a fast turn-off for me.

I pushed through my concerns from the 20%-40% range. That's when she was manipulating Zoe's perspective to imply something not true. There were two possibilities and each would have had profoundly different manifestation in h
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fucking LOVED it. I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVEDDDDD it. Gah. Going to try to come up with a review soon, but holy slow burn, totally the most delicious torture. Dylan and Zoe killed me in the BEST way. And man, the sweetness. DEAD OVER THEM.
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

Loved this book!

Dylan and Zoe are perfect for each other. I really liked that they were friends before lovers. Their sexual tension was off the charts and I really enjoyed the slow burn. When they finally get together it was so hot!

I loved Dylan. He’s such a great guy and loves Zoe unconditionally. He embraces her quirks and accepts her just as she is. Zoe is amazing too. She’s shy but so fun! I truly loved them as a couple.

This was a great friends to lovers sports romance. I swoo
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

My guilty pleasure as a woman in her forties, is college sports romance. Add slow burn to the mix and I will devour this trope like there's no tomorrow.

This was my first novel by Ella Maise, and I am extremely excited to read her future works if this is anything to go by, the writing was phenomenal! I was gripped, I became so attached to these characters and their struggles. I literally couldn't keep the smile off my face whilst reading this.

Dylan is the star of the Football t
Shannon Moore
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book about three days ago, and I want to go back and start it again. Right now. Is that normal?

We all read romance because of the hero, am I right ladies? Alright, well, most of the time, that is. There's story. The imagination. And you're darn tootin I read for the hero too. The hero in The Hardest Fall... *SWOON*! Like swoon until I melt, sort of swoon. Dylan was just amazing, and the perfect match for Zoe. Not only was he sweet, and sensible, but he had a good head on his sho
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Not bad, but a bit boring*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

The book centers around Zoe ‘Flash’ Clarke (21), who is an art major focused in photography (she also take photos to make extra money) and Dylan Reed, who in his final year of College, one of the hotshots from the football team, the star wide receiver who was apparently one of the few players expected to make it into the NFL, and that made him pretty popular around campus. Zoe walked in on Dylan taking a piss in her freshman year. She asked him if they
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it

🌟4.5 'M&M' stars🌟

“On and off the field, you're my hardest fall, Zoe. No one ever compared. No one ever will.”

The Hardest Fall was my second book by Ella Maise after Marriage For One. I loved that book so very much just like this one. Ella Maise had me hooked from the very beginning and had me completing this book in one sitting.

Me the entire time I was reading this book:

And when someone dare interrupt me:


Zoe and Dylan have an awkward first meeting which leaves Zoe in tears a
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dylan and Zoe are a testament to there being a right time for everything. Though their attraction has always been there, it wasn’t the right time until it was.

This cute story was the perfect return for Ella Maise after an absence from the writing scene. It’s a slow burn, which I don’t always enjoy, but this additional time was definitely worth the build up of the relationship.

Individually, I really liked how Dylan was structured. He had a good balance between sweet and sexy with maturity. Zoe
The Hardest Fall was such a cute read! It also had some smutty chapters which I really enjoyed. Dylan and Zoe were my everything. Some things were highly predictable between these two but some of the twists - well, I didn't see coming.

Zoe was an okay kind of character. She sometimes annoyed me and others I really enjoyed her sassy or smart comments. I honestly just kept shipping the shit out of her and Dylan. I also knew that there was something dark and mysterious about this girl. Something was
Libby Harrison
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Zoe): 21yrs old
Hero (Dylan): 22yrs old
Plot: 4/5
Grovel: none
Cheating: none
HEA: yes with a ‘6 years later’ epilogue!
Triggers: none

Average score: 4/5

Best Line: “Who would buy a cheeseburger and not get fries? One isn’t complete without the other.”

Worst Line: “Leave”

Personal Review:
A good slow burn college romance between a photographer and a footballer

Random Ramblings:
•Author’s note…

•Her rambling was funny
•The kissing
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“This is the strangest thing, but I think you’re going to be my best friend, Zoe Clarke.”


From roomates to lovers. The Hardest Fall was just so good - I laughed, my heart was so full with emotions that I thought it explodes, I had butterflies in my stomach and a stupid smile on my face almost the whole time. Exactly everything I expect to get from reading a romance book.

Zoe ist just adorable, she talks way too much when she's shy and Dylan is a dreamy
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet & Quirky

This is my first ever book by this author and I was swept away with their story. Its more than YA and its more than being friends, but there's no way that you'll be disappointed or feel disconnected with the main MCs Dylan & Zoe, cause you'll love the quirkiness of Zoe and the alpha ness of Dylan.

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Currently, I need to read something that's not a tome. This has been on my KU shelf since it came out and I thought it might fit the bill. Four chapters in, however, I'm sensing that I've made a mistake. I'm just too old for this story, for this setting, and for the MCs and their problems. :(

2.25 stars. Upon finishing, here are my scattered thoughts.

What worked for me:
1) The H, while he had a bit of a past with the ladies, it only lasted one year before he found random hookups to be empty and un
bella farren
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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❤️Melanie G.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It was a great read and kept your attention from start to finish.
Steffi De Ceuster  ♥
I loved this one so so so much!! I laughed the first few parts because they were hilarious! I kind of felt for Zoe but on the other side I can understand her so much!

So while I was typing Ella Maise her name in my goodreads books to find this book back (I'm so bad with remembering names or titles) and I noticed I've read two of her other books. I was plesantly surprised to find that out, because I loved those so much! I'm so glad I came across this beauty and that thanks too my good friend Crist
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, epub, sports
Soooo I binge read last week and decided to forgo my TBR list to just whatever I really wanted to read regardless of how long the book is sitting on my shelf.

I had read several reviews for this book and I was drown to it so I just gave up the fight and dove in.
What a lovely surprise.

If you know me I have no love lost for insta-love romance that span for a total of 2 weeks and then bam HEA... that just annoys me to no end. although I know and knowledge that this is the way in 99% of romance novel
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, sports, college, rabbit
1 Word Vomit Star

DNF @ 19%

Well I gave that the college try and I am going to toss this one in the same deep dark area of my closet that I tossed that Economics 101 Textbook. Never to be seen or found again.

Why am I DNF-ing this book? The Leading Lady... I can't stand her internal and external dialog. She is shy... we get it. But there is shy then there is Zoe. She can't talk to anyone even her BFF's without word vomit everywhere and not a little 1/2 a page each time. Can't answer a question wit
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Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly
I had the incredible fortune of beta reading this newest offering from Ella Maise and - ugh, you guys! I loved it so much! Her signature quirky adorableness is present here, but with a little more grit. Plus? Football. If sweet slow burns are your thing, Dylan and Zoe are about to knock your socks off! ~ Shelly

Best Kiss
Special thank you to the lovely Beth at Panda & Boodle for providing this amazing teaser.
*The Angry Reader*
May 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I love the idea of a quirky heroine. It’s a lot of fun to read about some relatable. However, Zoe was just plain weird. And she talked. And talked. And talked. And talked. And talked. Holy Moses.

Dylan was prolly a nice hero, but Zoe broke me.

Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
After an extremely awkward first meet at a college party, Dylan and Zoe part ways. But fate keeps bringing them together several times over the next couple years—and it’s clear neither of them have forgotten their first encounter.

Dylan Reed is a star player for the college football team and has his sights set on going to the NFL the following year. While most of the players on the team are ladies men, Dylan has always been a one woman kind of man. When he discovers his girlfriend hooking up wit
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! 

I'm gonna keep this review short and sweet. This was my first book by this author and it definitely won't be my last. The Hardest Fall was one of those books I didn't expect to fall deeply in love with. It was funny, sweet, adorable, awkward (ZOE. I Am ZOE) and it had me at the edge of my seat wondering what the hell was gonna happen next. The little plot twists!!!!! I kept thinking to myself... nope the author won't go there... no, Zoe wouldn't do that. NOOOOOO THIS ISN'T GONN
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