Title: Needing to Fall
Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Cover Designer: Melissa Gill MGbookcovers
Have you ever sunk inside yourself to a place of darkness so deep you couldn’t see the light? Had no hope? Felt completely alone in a world filled with so many people?
I have. I’ve lived it, breathed it.
Because life hated me.
It disliked me from the moment of conception, despised me when I was born, loathed me when I bounced from each foster home, and kicked me in the gut when I watched the one thing that meant everything to me leave.
For years, I drifted, unable to find my footing, never knowing what the word stable meant. Then a single moment in time rocked me to my core, changing me and making that solid ground I so desperately craved crumble at my feet, causing me to fall farther than I’d ever imagined.
The darkness of the swirling tornado that is depression captured me, pulling me down to its depths, drowning me, suffocating me, owning me.
A depth so deep, I didn’t think I’d survive and didn’t care if I did. I only wanted peace. I wanted the pain to disappear. I wanted to be … free.
Needing to fall into the cyclone of darkness was the only way I could find the light.
**Warning: This book covers many tough issues—including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and abuse. It is a very highly charged, emotional read. 18+ Only. Please note: depression, PSTD, and other issues covered in this book take different lengths of time to combat—some take a lifetime. In this book, time is skewed and sped up to flow with the story line.**
Review by: Erin
OMG! I am a crying mess right now! This story is bursting with all the “feels”. I am a huge fan of this author, and she just cemented her place in my TBR list for life. This book is easily going to make my Top 5 of 2016 list. It is that good. This book will take you to the edge of what you think you know about PTSD and drop you off the cliff. The detail and description in this story is incredible and I can’t imagine the amount of research that went into writing this book. The author did an amazing job of portraying the characters and the emotions they were going through. Reign and Lynx will leave their mark on your soul. They are both very complex characters. They form a strong bond with each other and their chemistry is incomparable. The way they are there for each other and seem to balance each other out is beautiful. I know this is a book I will read again and again.
Review by: Tracy
I can talk til I'm blue in the face about why I loved this book but I'm not going to do that. Words can't really describe the feelings I had while reading Needing to Fall. While it has happy moments near the end you really had to go through the dark and scary life of Reign. You have to battle the darkness with her and hope that she digs her way out.
I feel as though I really didn't write this review well. This book touched me in so many ways that I truly and honestly don't know what to say. Except maybe Thank You Ryan Michele. Thank you for writing a book on a topic that is so hard for people to talk about. Hopefully the more people talk about it, depression can become less of a stigma.
Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.