Crashing Back Down by Kristen Hope Mazzola is a New Adult Romance
**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***
Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy’s best friends and parents.
Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.
The Characters & the story
Mags MacManus is a widow who’s love for her husband and pain from his loss is making her future difficult. After Randy’s death Mag shuts down and her friends and family try to bring her back. She’s a young, successful woman with a good best friend Cali there to support her.
Walker is a long time friend of Mag, he was Randy’s best friend until his death. He’s come from a hard life and after Randy’s death tried to live a better life. He does a lot to help Mag and all while trying to not let his love for her ruin their friendship.
There are a lot of small plots like old flames, wild spring break trips, and fights. I enjoyed reading all of these because it gave the story something else; it was more real with these plots involved. Kristen was able to keep the main plot going with the small details.
You were kept entertained but not distracted from the end game.
My favorite character is probably Mitch. I like that he was able to call people out on their bull, not afraid to speak his mind on any issues and that he was a good person overall. He had his flaws but while only a secondary character in Crashing Back Down. I liked him.
I can relate to how he would feel over certain situations. He was a very great addition to the cast of other characters and I look forward to seeing more of him.
Crashing Back Down is a great, medium length read. I read it over a few days and looked forward to seeing where the characters would end up next. The small plots were some of the best parts – I liked when they involved Cali and her husband. I’m still very interested into knowing more about that situation.
My favorite part of the book would be the ending. I screamed, yelled, told Kristen she was a jerkface in a loving friendshippy way and am now sad I have to wait to read the sequel. I am not easy to surprise when it comes to plots, events, etc whether it be a TV show, movie or book. I tend to figure out things before they happen.
While some things I thought would happen – one passage that shifted the entire story threw me off. I never ever thought that would be there – let alone change the entire book I just read. It really shifts things for me as a reader and I’m torn with feelings.
Rating: 4 / 5