Waterfall Effect by K.K. Allen
From RT Book Reviews New Adult Award Winner comes a suspenseful small town mountain romance.
Lost in the shadows of a tragedy that stripped Aurora of everything she once loved, she’s back in the small town of Balsam Grove ready to face all she’s kept locked away for seven years. Or so she thinks.
As one of the victims of a string of mysterious disappearances in the small, picturesque Appalachian Mountain town, darkness has become her home—her safe blanket when the world reveals its true colors. But as the walls of darkness start to move in on her, she knows the only way to free herself from her past is to face it, head-on. She just needs to figure out how.
Upon arrival, Aurora isn’t expecting her first collision to be with the boy she left all those years ago. The boy who betrayed her trust with no regrets. The boy who is no longer a boy, but a man with the same stormy eyes that swept her into his current before she ever learned to swim.
She’d thought he was safe. He’d thought their path was mapped out. Turns out neither of them was ready for the crash at the bottom of the cascade.
4.5 Star Review by Ashley
Well this book was crazzzzzzy. Crazy good! Waterfall Effect is my first title from this author and with every page I read I got more and more invested in Aurora's story.
I liked that for as vulnerable as Aurora was, since she was missing chunks of her memory, she wasn't intimidated. She was incredibly strong and brave- she was facing her past head on. And that included Jaxon. The boy who stole her heart and broke it. Ugh- Jaxon was just a devastated by the events that happened so long ago. But he funneled his pain into his passion and turned it into purpose.
It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows when Aurora returned to the only place she considered home. The townsfolk shunned her and people she once considered friends were now nowhere to be found. Jaxon was a bit of a mixed bag. There was a great push and pull between him and Aurora with a chemistry that just couldn't be denied. As their relationship slowly mended there was this undercurrent of dread. I could feel my anxiety climbing as things came to a head and all the secrets of "that night" were finally brought to light.
While there were a few parts of the story that seemed to repeat themselves, it made sense- because it was Aurora recovering her memory. K.K. Allen's writing was so well thought out, so detailed, so full of emotion. Everything had a purpose. The woods, the falls, the art, the time away, the longing, the love, the pain, the healing...All of it combined to give me a book that was as gripping and intense and it was tender.
About the Author
K.K. Allen is an award-winning author and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences graduate from the University of Washington who writes heartfelt and inspirational Contemporary Romance stories mainly about “Capturing the Edge of Innocence.” K.K. currently resides in central Florida, works full time as a Digital Producer for a leading online educational institution, and is the mother to a ridiculously handsome little dude who owns her heart.
K.K.’s publishing journey began in June 2014 with the YA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy, The Summer Solstice. In 2016, K.K. published her first Contemporary Romance, Up in the Treehouse, which went on to win the Romantic Times 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best New Adult Book of the Year. With K.K.'s love for inspirational and coming of age stories involving heartfelt narratives and honest emotions, you can be assured to always be surprised by what K.K. releases next.
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