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Climbing The Walls

(Hart & Cole #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  66 reviews
No one said motherhood or marriage would be easy.
But the high-powered job didn't quite factor into the equation.
Nor did the attractive boss in dire need of a friendly shoulder to cry on...

***Real emotion. Real life. Real love. This is NOT a glossy love story. But if you're looking for a romance read that will rattle you... characters that will change you... and love that
Kindle Edition, 557 pages
Published July 28th 2018 by Fortunink
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Dec 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Kris fell, head over heels over hormones, for the damaged b*tch who became his power-woman sex-goddess wife.

All Nicole wants is to be a better mother, and a wife more worthy of the husband she loves with every fibre of her body, but she is constantly yanked away by her job and her overbearing boss Darren Hart.

But Darren has marital problems of his own – and, when he confides in her, Nicole realises just how easily a happy marriage can crumble.

…Can she keep h
Raw, heartbreaking and a far too realistic slice of life, of what goes on in a marriage built on shifting sands, CLIMBING THE WALLS by Sacha T.Y. Fortune is the tale of change, told from two main points of view, Kris, the involved father and husband, and Nicole, the workaholic wife who seems to have distanced herself from the day to day treasures of a young family.

Intense, this is a detailed story of the implosion of a relationship when only one works hard to keep things together while the other
Stephanie Dulac
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Climbing the walls by Sacha T.Y Fortune is my first book I've read by this author. Climbing the wall is a Absolutely stunning read and is Book 1 in the Hart and Cole Series. Let me start off by saying I love the way this book is written. You get to know what Kris and Nicole are feeling it's written from both sides so you get to know them both really well and get to understand who was thinking what. Nicole is a workaholic wife and mother who has a high demand job and Kris is more hands on with th ...more
Debjani Ghosh
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Climbing the Walls by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné is about that boring term – marriage. Something that we all want and repel in the same breath. We want the fireworks, the chemistry, and the stability that this institution provides but sans the responsibilities.

Sacha T. Y. Fortuné shows us the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of marriage. She shows us the amount of hard work and sacrifice that creates the picture-perfect marriage and shows us what rips it apart.

No, there is nothing preachy in
Chantelle Smith
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Climbing the Walls is a book like no other, and Sacha T.Y Fortuné has just set the mark high for anything to compete with this read.

Finishing this book has left me we even more raw, unexplained emotions than it was when I was reading it! This read is very real & raw. There are no words to describe how invested you get with this story, even though it starts off slow you know full well things will eventually turn into something more you still can’t help but wish things don’t turn bad as you imagin
Sara Oxton
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Climbing the Walls by Sacha T.Y. Fortune a four-star read you will need to get over. This is the first novel in the Hart and Cole series and I ant wait for the rest. I think the best thing about this was showing us how hard married life can be, usually all you get to see in this type of book is the run up and then the wedding, all show and romance, not the day to day drudgery that we face in married life. Don’t get me wrong its not all doom and gloom, there is some good times as well and that’s ...more
Nadea Croix
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caught my attention from the first page kept me enthralled throughout. I love how the characters developed as well as the storyline flows till the finale.

Joni Martins
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review

Basic Details:
Book Title: Climbing The Walls
Subtitle: (Hart & Cole #1)
Author: Sacha T.Y. Fortuné
Genre: Romance
Part of a series? Yes
Order in series: 1
Best read after earlier books in series?
Overall score:
I scored this book 5/5
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Short Summary of the book:
This book hosts several non-perfect characters. Although the characters have been perfectly formed by the author, they are ‘real’ people with all their flaws and failings.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1) by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné

5 OMG, deserves so many more Stars
I finished this masterpiece yesterday evening, I read the whole book yesterday, I just couldn't stop, I needed to stop to do normal everyday life things but ended up not doing the laundry that needed to be done and having to explain to the hubby that dinner was whatever he found in the fridge because I was a total and complete wreck during this book and for about an hour afterwa
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls by Sacha T.Y. Fortuné
Hart & Cole Book 1
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

WOW!! This book has me at a loss for words. I won’t lie, it did take me a little while to get into the story line, but stick it out and I promise you will not regret it. I have so many mixed emotions for each character, I want to take Kris’ side most of the time but then I want to be on Nicole’s side and my head is just a mess.

Nicole is, as the description says, a piece of work. I want to hate her, I want to sm
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so thrilled that I picked up this gem over the weekend! I was in desperate need of something to shake off a bad book hangover I was having. I had just read and finished a great novel and I had a whole evening ahead of me and nothing was working out for me on my kindle. (Not that I don’t have a million TBR LOL) Then… ‘Climbing the Walls’ fell into my hands and I consumed it in one sitting! (Well past 3 AM) I adored it! Sacha TY Fortune was a new author to me as well, so even more outstanding ...more
Laura Furuta
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1)
By: Sacha T.Y. Fortune’
5 out of 5 stars

The story Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1) by Sacha T.Y. Fortune’ is a contemporary fiction book. It is one that I enjoyed reading. I found myself hooked on the story from the very beginning and I didn’t want to put the book down until I had read the final page. I loved reading about the characters of Kris and Nicole. Kris is a man who works for an ad firm. He is someone who is caring, responsible, and sometimes
Lisette Gonzalez
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1)
by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné
5 Stars

Climbing The Walls by Sacha T.Y. Fortune is the first installment of the Hart & Cole Series and it is a contemporary romance book. This is the story of Kris and Nicole, a married couple with children and how they deal with their day to day relationship. They are total polar opposites but you know what they say, opposites attract. Kris is a patient and caring person which would do anything for his family, even if it means doing m
Tracy Wilkin
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Climbing the Walls is book one in the Hart and Cole series by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné. New author for me, so I was instantly intrigued. First impression of Nicole is that she is a master manipulator, and will go to great lengths to get her way. She wants her way and she wants it's now!! She is a passive aggressive character, one who maneuvers Kris to do her bidding and uses any means necessary. I grew to adore her and wanting to be her. Despite feeling frustrated at times, this story is incredibly w ...more
Michelle Austin
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls was a page turning 5 star read and the first book in the Hart & Cole series.
Once I started I didn’t want to stop.

We get alternating POV between Kris and Nicole who have been married for about eight years. Nicole is a workaholic that doesn’t have much of a relationship with her children. Kris loves Nicole despite how certain people feel about her in his life. They make it work and have two beautiful children. I love their kids they pulled me right in and tugged at my heart stri
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 1 Hart & Cole series by Sacha T.Y. Fortuné

“...he worships me for some unfathomable reason.”

This book makes you think about many aspects of relationships, marriage, friendships, outsiders that you just don’t want to include in your inner circle. It makes you reevaluate the way you react to personalities and situations. You never know what happens within someone else’s home...sometimes the occupants aren’t even aware.

“...just here sitting watching them all and realising that they can all per
Robin Rankin
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Climbing the Walls by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné is the first book Hart & Cole Series. This book had a lot happen in it, and the author did not skimp on any of the details. It was a lot longer than I would have expected it to be since the time period in the story itself covered such a short time.

Where do I start? Kris is an amazing father, his daughter and son are his life, especially his little girl and it is obvious from the very beginning. He's also a great husband, not perfect but a lot of women w
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls is the first book in Sacha T.Y. Fortune’s Hart & Cole series. It is my first encounter with the writer and if I am not mistaken, it is her debut book and if that is the case then be prepared for some greatness coming our way in future! She warns us that we should read the stories in the order they are published for the optimal enjoyment as they are linked and we meet the same characters in all of them, just that the focus is on different ones in each of them.
Climbing The Walls
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Climbing The Walls is the first book in the Hart & Cole series and it is also my first book by this author. It is really well written and i love the authors writing style. The story is told from duel POV's and i think that makes the book that much more appealing because you get to see two sides of the same story.
Nicole is a hardworking mother of two and is married to a man that she loves dearly. She is a HUGE workaholic and her boss is constantly pulling her away from her home life. She
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I give Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1) by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné, 4 stars.

Nicole is a sexy, self professed b*tch who who puts all her time into her job. This doesn't leave much time for her kids or her husband, Kris. Sure Kris is high up the food chain at his own, but he finds time for his kids. He knows his wife is driven by her jobs, but it's always been like that. Not to mention Nicole is drop-down gorgeous and amazing in bed. But can it last like this?

This book is about two damaged peop
Judy Munoz
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy of this book from the author through Voracious Readers.
I was not sure what to expect from this book as it is not the type of book I usually read - my reading tastes run more to action thrillers, adventures or light romance. However, I found I liked this book even though I thought I wouldn’t. I did find that it flowed a bit slowly for my taste, but the story was certainly interesting and kept me reading. This is not a typical romance novel. This is a very raw, very real l
Lyndsey Fairley
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Climbing the Walls (Hart & Cole book 1) by Sacha T.Y. Fortuné
5++++ stars

Its been days since I read this book and everytime I thought I had what I wanted to say staright in my head, it just didnt seem to do this book justice.
I loved the premise of this book, and the way it was written was unlike anything ive read before.
We all know relationships are hard work, add kids in the mix and busy work lives and you somehow put important things on the back burner when before they'd take top priority. We
Karyn Taylor
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls is the first book in the Hart & Cole Series by Sasha T Y Fortune and what a start to the series it is. I LOVED this book. This story gripped me from the very beginning and I just couldn’t put it down (such a shame that real life gets in the way and forces you to put it down).
The main characters are married coupled Kris and Nicole Gellar. Both have high powered jobs and are very opinionated which results in a tempestuous marriage. Kris is adorable, he worships his wife and dote
Gail Guerrero
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls Book 1 Hart & Cole Series by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné
Five Stars

My jaw was on the floor while reading this story. It was like watching a reality tv show. Kris and Nicole have been together for what seems like forever. They have two beautiful kids. It seems that they have hit a block in their relationship and are trying to find a way to fix it. Marriage is a struggle and the only way to make it is to do it together. If no one is giving or trying to change than what’s the point? Nicol
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great read about married life. Kris and Nicole are happily married with a kid. But Nicole works hard and is always kept busy by her boss Darren. Can they keep in married bliss or will work life drive them apart?
A great read. Well developed plot. Well developed characters like Nicole working hard to achieve her dreams or Kris trying to be a good father or Nikita as a sweet little kid curious about the world. I loved the novels exploration of the ups and downs of married life which was fun to re
Susan Lister
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Climbing The Walls is one of those books I wouldn't suggest starting if you have things that you need to do because it will LITERALLY consume you. There is no such thing as stopping at the end of a chapter and you'll pick it up later. I promise you'll keep on reading through! This book had everything in it from steamy scenes, humor and heart!

Nicole was an interesting character and I think one that we can really relate to. She is a perfectionist. She wants to do everything (job, motherhood, being
Jenni Bishop
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1) by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné is not your everyday romance story. It is a very real, very emotional, very raw, very serious look at a marriage between perfectly normal and flawed people, with everyday problems. It is told in both POV’s which gives you an even better insight to their feelings and hopes and desires. As powerful and captivating as this story was I found that it was a bit slow for me. It is a long story and I wanted it to move forward a bit faster. I ...more
Kaitlynn Taylor
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1) by Sacha T. Y. Fortuné


It feels like I’m currently experiencing a million different emotions! I’ve just finished reading this book and I’m having a hard time coming up with a review, how do you properly describe a book that has just wrecked you, completely? I had a hard time reading this book, not because the story didn’t flow or because it wasn’t well written, but in fact it was the exact opposite. From the beginning I felt emotionally invested in t
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Climbing The Walls (Hart & Cole Book 1)
By Sacha T. Y. Fortuné
5 stars

This was a fantastic read and one that I couldn’t put down at all. The author wrote this book in such a way that I honestly felt I was a part of Kris and Nicole’s story. I could feel everything that they did, all the raw emotion that they felt towards each other. I think she depicted some aspects of some marriages really well and it felt like I was reading a real story at times. I really liked Kris, I thought that he was such a
Krystal Gregory
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Climbing the Walls, Hart and Cole Book 1 by Sacha T.Y. Fortune
5 out 5 stars

Let me preface this by saying that I rarely give out 5 stars. Anyone who know me, and knows how many books I read can attest to this, however, this book was masterful. What starts off as a slow burn, quickly heats up and then sends you on one emotional roller coaster that has you holding on for dear life and when it is all said and done, you are begging for more. I am not typically a fan of first person viewpoint writing
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