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When Shadows Follow

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Blend in. Stay quiet. Survive.

Fallon Blake is starting her senior year in a new town with the goal of sliding through to graduation unseen. Despite her attempts to lay low, she makes a snap decision to act when the king of Cherry Creek High School, Jesse Callaway, gets jumped at a party.

Now, fearing Fallon needs protection from the mess she threw herself into, Jesse refuse
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published March 19th 2020
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Dora Koutsoukou
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
3 ❤️❤️🤕⭐️s

I am banging my head against the wall because I didn’t see that this story was NOT a standalone and had a cliffhanger!! 🤕🤕
Nevertheless, it was a YA high school read, emotional and suspenseful and well written.
But it was slow! I believe some chapters could have been left out because the picture was more than clear from most of them.
Regarding the heroine’s past, I found it overdramatic.
A great YA/School Romance debut novel!


This is the first book in the Cherry Creek Series and ends with a cliffhanger.

Fallon Blake is a broken girl, a survivor. In her search of a new beginning, she started a new chapter in her senior year. New friends, new goals and a new guy that pamper her senses and emotions. She don't want more complications in her life, but Jesse in not the kind of guy that give up. Jesse Callaway is powerful, popular, dangerous, fearful, an alpha guy with a beautiful hear
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: March 19, 2020
Actual Rating: 4 stars

New Adult | High School Romance | Suspense

Callie Rae has written an exciting novel here and I am so glad I took a chance on a new to me author. This book had everything I wanted: a new adult crowd, a brooding bad boy, and enough suspense to leave me intrigued. I didn’t know this would end in a cliffhanger and while I’m bummed that it did, I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next with Fallon and Jesse. Things just got REALLY
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. When I write reviews sometimes I write them while reading the story and then fix it up after, other times I write them as soon as I finish, and then sometime I wait a few days before writing a review. With this one I loved the story so much but wondered if my love for it would fade after so I waited a bit to write the review. This morning was a day I could sleep in but oh no I woke up at 5am with this book on my mind and things I waited to say about. So yeah, this book is a gre ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brilliant page turner! Callie Rae wows big time with her debut and I could not put When Shadows Follow down. This is a beautifully written emotional rollercoaster ride which had me on tenterhooks throughout, as well the suspense and twists present throughout.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it was a brilliant debut and I’m dying know to what happens next in Jesse and Fallon’s story. This ends on a jaw dropping cliffhanger so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
3.5 stars. When we meet Fallon we see that she is a broken girl that is just trying to hide away and finish her time as a high school student and move on with her life. Jesse comes into her life immediately and you know things are about to get super complicated for her. This is a cliffhanger and there are definitely triggers in the book. First of all, I really loved Jesse and his protectiveness over Fallon. He knew as soon as he laid eyes on her that she was going to be his. I love that. Jesse i ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guys, this book will leave you wanting more!

Callie Rae has written a beautiful story of a broken heroine and the boy who gives her life again. I loved Jesse and Fallon and how real they felt. I loved how they sizzled through the pages with their chemistry. I loved the dynamic they had and how intune with each other they were.

Callie, here is a list of things, I need you to do:

1-) Write book 2 right now
2-) Write book 2 right now
3-) Write book 2 right now

Do you see a pattern?! Write book 2 rig
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, 3-5-stars
3.5 stars!

A good debut novel. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next!
Callie Rae
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)






EXCERPT:The sound of an old bell echoes all around me as I stare at the school. It could have been built before my grandparents were ever even thought of. Two levels of solid weathered red brick with white columns around the arched main entrance are the only things standing between me and a fresh start—a fresh start that I want to run

Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

This is Callie Rae's debut novel and WOW, I don't even have the words to explain what this book did to me. This book tore me into pieces, put me back together, and then dropped me like a bad habit with the cliffhanger. Yep, that's a warning people so don't say I didn't warn you. Fallon and Jesse are everything!

I won't give anything away because this is a new release, and I am kind of still speechless after the rollercoaster this book put me on,
Anne Milne
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fast paced story that entertained and kept me invested from the start. Fallon is the new girl in town who for reasons we don't immediately find out doesn't want to stand out. Jesse is the bad boy who rules the school and the town. When the two cross paths they have an instant dislike for each other. I enjoyed the back and forth between them, you could the tension building. The secondary characters were fun and added to the story but didn't detract from the flow of the book. As Fallon' ...more
Emily (shesimplyreads)
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really addicting, suspenseful at times, mature YA and I loved it more than I thought I would!

It checked off all the things I love in a book:
✔️ angsty/sweet/dangerous romance
✔️protective alpha male
✔️a heroine that’s tough as nails
✔️side characters that I adored

One of my favorite scenes is when he takes her to the lake and shows a more vulnerable side of him as just a high school boy without the weight of the world constantly on his shoulders.❤️

I didn’t realize I was at the end when
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I completely devoured When shadows Follow in one sitting, that’s not something that has happened to me in a while.

Fallon is the new girl at school, she just wants to blend in & hide. What she doesn’t need is to appear on Jesse Callaway radar, the bad boy with eyes that are almost black. They start of not liking each other, but slowly after Fallon comes to Jesse rescue their friendship develops into something more. She is a little hesitant at first, but Jesse never gave up, he always knew she wa
Sarah N
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Shadows Follow by Callie Rae drew me in straight from the start! The characters were layered and dynamic, and quickly held my attention!

Expect a strong and somewhat broken heroine as well as a brooding magnetic hero, with an intense connection. As a debut release, author Callie Rae employed great pacing, world building, and thorough character development. The plot was not only intriguing, but also has twists you won't see coming! When Shadows Follow is emotional and angsty, with plenty of s
Wendy Livingstone
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am totally blown away that this is a debut novel from this author!! Fallon is a tough and stubborn girl who just wants to get away from her past and start over. Jesse is the bad boy and king of the high school who has his sights set on Fallon. No spoilers: this is a definite must read, you will not be disappointed. This is a beautifully written emotional roller coaster ride which had me on tenterhooks throughout, as well as having suspense and twists. I cannot wait to read the 2nd book, and I ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Already wanting the next book! Fallon is hiding in the shadows hoping to just skirt by in her new school without making to much noise and just wants to keep her head down and blend in but all is lost when Jesse sets his sights on Fallon. They are both hiding secrets that they don’t want coming to light so they can see past the facade of what everyone else sees and that connects them in a way neither is really comfortable with. Can’t wait to read from this author
Nicole Emerald Book Reviews  McCurdy
When Shadows Follow by Callie Rae


‘“I’m only eighteen. I don’t really know what I want to be. I just know right now, at this moment, I want to be a good friend, brother, maybe be worth something to someone.”

“You already are,” I say.

“Are what?” He asks with a tilt of his head.

“All of it. A good friend and brother…” I say as I look down to where I am picking at a string coming loose in a hole of my jeans, “and you’re worth something to someone. To all of us. To me.”’
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jesse Callaway has trouble written all over him and Fallon Blake knows he is someone she should avoid at all costs, but he isn't giving her a choice in the matter. Being the new girl at school there is some excitement surrounding her, and she dislikes the unwanted attention, she just wants to stay under the radar and essentially be ignored.

Which is a little hard to do when you have caught the attention of the most popular boy at school!

Between the pages of When Shadows Follow lies a story about
Just Living A Thousand Lives
Ruminations of an Insomniac..

Out of the gate, Callie Rae captured my attention. With enough description to give me a movie-like picture in my head, she hit the mark with this story. Filled with the angst we all love, but also a softness that strikes an intricate balance. This read was fast, and I MUST tell you, I desperately need more of this story. 

The characters are full and their paths (both individually and as a whole) are ever changing. I wouldn't necessarily say evolving, but they are let
Clare Harrison
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She came to Cherry creek as a shadow of her former self.

All she wanted was to go unseen, to blend in and be left alone.

Then he happened....

One night, one party and then she was no longer on the outside. She gained an invitation to the inner circle.

Everyone knew who she was, and what she had done. Peace was a thing of the past...

What a fantastic read once it got going!

To start with I admit I was totally sat on the fence, but then the party and the pipe happened and I couldn't put it down!

Fast p
Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
So invested in this storyline! From the beginning of the book, I got extremely invested in figuring out what exactly happened to Fallon before the start of the story and how things will change throughout the book. Relocating to a new town and school her senior year, Fallon is going through the motions to make her mother happy. Meeting Jesse, the town’s popular boy, on the first day of school makes her a target, and after helping him and his cousin, she’s taken under their wing (partially for pro ...more
Shaley- Pretty Little Book Blog
“We are no longer fighting our feelings; instead, for this one night, we are living in them.”

I’m always so nervous but yet excited when reading an authors debut novel. To me, it’s make or break. Even if it’s an okay story, I’ll still come back and read more work to see improvement.

Callie blew me out of the water with her DEBUT novel. It’s edgy. It’s sweet. It’s dangerous. It’s angsty. The characters are amazing.. and not just the main characters! The side characters are fantastic and this story
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I was expecting a contemporary romance right here just based on the cover but it's really like a mature ya suspense novel. Im guessing I didn't have the full picture of what was going on for about 80% of the book.

Fallon is starting a new school her senior year after something tragic happened to her in her last school. Of course she caught the attention of Jesse. The leader of the school and basically the town. His dad owns a lot of it after all.

I struggled with Fallon sometimes, I just
Ga Books LoverX
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author pulls you in from the very beginning, having you wanting to know what is going to happen next and building SO much anticipation. If you are a fan of New Adult/Coming of Age stories in which things are not always what they seem, you need to check out this book and series right away. There is a cliffhanger and it will have you wanting more, but that is just how good authors keep you intrigued until the next book comes out!

All in all, this was a great story to capture your attention and
Jennifer Pierson
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fallon has moved to a new place for her senior year, and she's just determined to keep her head down & go unnoticed until graduation. Jesse is basically king at Cherry Creek High School, who did irritate me more than once with his arrogance, but there was more under the surface which wasn't like his outer shell. So Jesse is arrogant, while Fallon is trying to get away from her past. In fact, she catches Jesse being jumped at a party, that has her making a snap decision which doesn't keep her und ...more
Heather Kerby
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Callie Rae's debut novel took all the pieces from some of my favorite bully books, and pulled them into one unforgettable masterpiece!

We meet Fallon and Jesse along with his Jade (sister), and two best friends. Fallon is a new girl with secrets that she is running from in her senior year of high school. Jesse rules the school with his closest group of friends, and has many secrets of his own. I Love Fallon's don't care attitude. She is the epitome of cool girl who doesn't care about anyone or an
Kerri Mirabella
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading a debut novel is always a little nerve wracking but exciting for me. Is it going to be that diamond in the rough I’ve been searching for? Writers often improve with each book and it’s rare for me to find a debut novel that leaves me with that wow feeling. Mark my words.... Callie Rae came out swinging and this debut is going to leave its mark on the indie world. I read an excerpt posted by a Wildfire and it had me intrigued so I immediately reached out to read it. Best. Decision. Ever. W ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Senior year is supposed to be a year where you decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. The thing is for Jesse Callaway his life has always been groomed to take over the family business. Then we have Fallon Blake enter his world and now he has no idea what to do. Callie Rae brings us two people who in some ways have a lot in common but afraid to really go towards each other. All it takes is one punch for these two to see that the chemistry they have cannot stay hidden no more. This ...more
Britt The Red Hatter Book Blog
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-faves, faves
Holy fluffernutter! I’ve haven’t been this truly blown away by a mature YA read in years. YEARS people! When Shadows Follow took me back to that magical, captivating first time I discovered books like this and I could not get enough of it. Not since the first time I read Fallen Crest by Tijan have I been this completely in love. Callie Rae has just ruined me for other books. I’m going to need more and I’m going to need it soon because OMG this book is just every freaking thing.
This is one of tho
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Note: An ARC was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions.

This book held a great deal of promise, and a great deal was indeed met. I don't want to give too much away, so I've kept details as close to the ones mentioned in the blurb as possible. I'm going to encourage you to go into this book without any expectations other than for it to be an entertaining read with hopes that you'll find it as engrossing as I did. Fallon and Jesse were main characters that had me from the get-go a
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