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When Shadows Follow

(Cherry Creek #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  118 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, 1st Edition, 310 pages
Published March 19th 2020 (first published February 28th 2020)
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Dora Koutsoukou
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 G. Reads
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
Jen (jensdreamylittlereads)
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.
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
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Helen Power
The writing style of this book is accessible and compelling, though there are some places where pacing suffered. There’s an intense scene towards the middle of the book that was over almost as soon as it had begun (view spoiler) That said, I loved the climactic scene towards the end of the book, as t ...more
Lindsey  Domokur
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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: 3-5-stars, 2020
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

Grace Wells
Jul 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This novel was great! The storyline was exciting, and it's a good read. However... I did personally have some issues with this book.

I was super excited to read this book after I saw a book quote Reel from Callie advertising the release of the third in the series, "When Shadows Fall". I ordered the book on Amazon and got it in two days (thank you, Prime). I read the whole book in one day. It was definitely one of those books that you get sucked into!

This is where the "however" comes into play. R
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,
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No way!

I went five stars - I know I am normally really stingy with my stars but
Holy crispy crackers!

This isn't a typical bully romance -
There is actually a strong story here that is easy to devour yet still hints at mysterious unknowns and hidden possibilities
Like dear old dad? What's up with the attitude?

Fallon is trying to get a fresh start - evading her emotions might be a better definition but she is still young and I can see where her mom is coming from -
Her nightmare well take time to he
Lucy Joyeux (Gazikova)
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
What the F*CK did just happen?

I got this book as an ARC in exchange for honest review.

Before I even started reading this book I didn’t think highly of it as it is a trilogy (if I’m correct). But after getting only like 5 pages in, I was captivated by this male character! And that was when I needed to continue. Lame, I know, but I just knew I need to know him and what his deal is...and I wanted for him to end up with the main character.

I didn’t expect this book to draw me in as much as it did. I
Hopelessly Addicted To Books
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
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
Clayr Catherall
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I went to this book totally blind. Not having a clue what I was about to read. It came highly recommend by my friend.

I just can’t believe this a debut novel. I’m speechless, it was so bloody good. All I can say is I need to dive straight into book 2. I’m dying to know what happens next with these characters.
Rhonda Ziglar
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 FABULOUS STARS!! I love Jesse and Fallon.....these two stole my heart. All my emotion buttons were pushed all the way through this book. Callie Rae has gained a new reader....she is an amazing author. I need the next book.
Rina's Reads
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm absolutely blown away. This book was AMAZING.
Angst, drama, deception, danger and one hell of a cliffhanger await you in this book!
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great read, I loved it from start to finish. Jess and Fallon had me in suspense the whole story trying to figure out how they were connected. Fallon has such a heart melting story I would have never guessed her past life before she moved. I loved how Jess’s heart melted around Fallon and she became family in such a short time. Cason and Jade are also amazing characters, can’t wait to read more. I’m going to be quietly anticipating the next part of the story.
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
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.”’
Patricia's Book Kingdom
This was my first time reading something written by Callie Rae and it definitely will not be the last. I really enjoyed reading When Shadows Follows , the plot was interesting and there is more to the characters than meets the eye.

Fallon just moved to a new town with her mom and on her first day of school she catches eye of the resident bad boy, Jesse. At first, Jesse does not let Fallon get close to him and keeps her at arms length, often acting impolitely and rude. A lot of weight is being p
Ashley Estep The Art of Reading
When Shadows Follow caught me completely off guard. I was just looking for something to keep my interest after not being able to finish a ton of books last week. But When Shadows Follow was beyond what I expected.

Fallon Blake's story is broken, heartbreaking, and just painful in every way. There are so many things no one should have to deal with ever during life and Fallon is fighting them while still in high school. while I won't give anything away because I felt going in blind was the best way
Jul 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Shadows Fallow
(Cherry Creek Series Book 1)
Written by: Callie Rae

This is the first time I’ve read a book written by Callie Rae and although I don’t often read YA stories the blurb caught my eye and I thought I would give it a shot.

Fallon is a girl who seems to be carrying the world on her shoulders and we soon learn that she carries quite a load for someone in her senior year of school. She has a loving mother who supports her, but seems to be a bit lost at how she can get the daughter she l
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