Blog Tour, Review, & Exclusive Excerpt: Fall From India Place: Samantha Young

Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street#4)
Samantha Young
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Expected June 3, 2014

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….


We sat there a while, just laughing and joking and catching up on each other’s lives. Some time had passed when I began to feel a burn on the left side of my face. Skin tingling, I turned my head to look across the room. My eyes moved over the guests, not recognizing anyone. Don’t know him, don’t know her, don’t know her, don’t know him, Marco, don’t know hi

My eyes dragged back, my heart suddenly in my throat as my gaze connected with Marco’s.
I felt as if someone had just swung a bat at my chest. I couldn’t breathe. It was Marco. He was older, more filled out, if that was even possible, but I’d know that face anywhere. It was hard to mistake.
“Hannah?” Cole’s concerned voice tugged at me and I glanced back at him in shock. “Are you okay?”
“I’m f-fine,” I stammered, slowly rising to my feet. “I’m just . . . I need to nip to the ladies’. I’ll be right back.” I shot out the side door near our table into the cool air of the hallway. I inhaled deeply in an effort to get some of that air inside me.
I studied the hallway a little stupidly, looking for signs for the ladies’.
Finding one, I followed the arrow, my brain on overload with questions.
“Hannah.” His deep, gravel-rough, accented voice drew me to an abrupt halt. It was him. It really was him. He was here somehow.
Slowly, I turned around to face the guy I had pined over for so many years, my eyes greedily drinking in the sight of him even though I tried to resist. He wore suit trousers and a shirt that stretched nicely across his broad chest. He’d always been athletically built, but he’d put on bulk, his biceps clearly much larger than they used to be. His face had filled out a little too, but was no less angular, his cut jawline and sharp cheekbones such a contrast to his exotic eyes and sensual lips. He was utterly striking.
I wanted to hate him.
“What are you doing here?” I asked sharply.
When he didn’t answer me, I studied him more closely and only then realized how stunned he was to see me. Finally he cleared his throat and took a step toward me. I took a step back. Something like annoyance flashed in his eyes as he noted my retreat. “Andrew is a colleague. We work construction together. Real estate mostly.”
It occurred to me that meant he’d probably worked for Braden. Good thing I’d told neither him nor Adam of Marco’s existence. Marco D’Alessandro wasn’t really a common name in these parts.
“I meant in Scotland,” I said flatly. “Last time I checked you’d gone back to Chicago.”
Marco nodded and my heart pumped harder as the surrealism of the moment dissipated. He was really in front of me. Really there. Touching distance. “For a while. But I came back.”
My stomach flipped unpleasantly as a question came to mind and quickly spilled from between my lips. “When? When did you come back?”
He shifted uneasily. “A year after I left.”
This revelation winded me.
Five words and the betrayal he’d dealt me quadrupled in size. “You’ve been back for four years?” I asked incredulously, unable to keep the anger out of my voice. “You never thought to call?”
He took another step toward me. I took another back. Marco rubbed his hand over his head in that way he did when he didn’t know what to say. His gaze bored into mine, almost pleading with me. “Back then you were better off without me, Hannah. After what I did . . .”
Disgusted, I suddenly stopped retreating and took a few steps toward him. “Better off? You bet your arse, I am.” Unable to take one more second in his presence, I moved to stride past him, only to be surprised by the warm curl of his hand around my bare arm. He halted me and I stared up at him in shock, ignoring the intriguing spice of his cologne and the fact that he was the only man who had ever made me feel feminine and fragile.
I used to like that feeling.
Not so much anymore. I tugged my arm, but Marco pulled me toward him.
“Let me go,” I bit out.
“Hannah, at least talk to me.” He bent his head toward me and I felt that traitorous flutter of butterflies as I looked into his eyes. “It’s so fucking good to see you,” he whispered, his expression soft on me.
I shook myself out from under the spell he was trying to cast over me. “Pity I can’t say the same. Now let me go.”
“Is there a problem here?” Cole’s voice made me sag with relief. I looked over my shoulder to see him glowering at Marco.
 Posted by arrangement with New American Library, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Samantha Young, 2014.

We know a little about Hannah's teenage crush on Marco from previous books. They were friends, it turned to something more, and then he broke her heart and changed the way she faced the world.

Now she is a twenty-two year old probationary teacher. She has a good life and supportive family and friends. But she has hardened her heart against romance. She is closest to Jo's younger brother, Cole who is her best friend and closest confidante. And even he does not know all that she went through. 

But when Marco reappears in her life, it blindsides her. She has armor up fueled by her trust issues and past pain. But Marco is determined to get a second chance. He seems to be everywhere and really works for it. His efforts really made me smile and I could not help but like him.

But Hannah does not make it easy. He finally begins to wear her down and she begins to slowly let him in and rebuild a sense of trust. But they both still have secrets. And just when there is a glimpse of happiness, the past and secrets come back to rock their fragile foundation and put any hope of a future at risk.

I have to say that even though Marco made mistakes, I could still understand his reasons and felt for him. He did not have an easy life and it bled into his decisions. I admired his tenacity and trying to make things right. He was protective, sweet, loving, but also strong. But his one remaining secret was a big one.

Hannah really frustrated me at times. I liked her in the previous books, but this older Hannah had changed due to her experiences. She was so crippled by her fears and past, that she pushed him away at times and was afraid to really live. She had  a lot to work through, but gave out mixed signals and held so much back.
It was quite angsty and dramatic with a lot of back and forth. They each took turns making mistakes, failing to effectively communicate, and hurting each other. It alternated between sweet and sexy, to tense, frustrating, and emotional. 

But they both had to face their demons, fears, and insecurities to be able to move on. And both were really stubborn. I liked that trait in Marco as he was trying to bring them together, but gritted my teeth at Hannah as she often pushed him away. And they not only had to deal with the past, but there were also challenging situations in their present.  It all boiled down to trust, taking risks, knowing when to let go and when to hold on.

All of the crazy crew from the previous books are back and enjoying their happy lives: Hannah's older siblings Braden and his wife Joss(On Dublin Street), Ellie and her husband Adam(Until Fountain Bridge),  Jo and Cam(Down London Road), and Liv and Nate(Before Jamaica Lane) along with all of their offspring. This series has really become a family affair as they are all maturing and progressing in their lives and relationships. And now we are moving into the younger siblings' stories with Hannah being the first. I am glad she announced that  Jo's brother Cole will get his own book. He was sweet and protective even when he was also a troubled teen, but he has grown into a supportive, caring, charismatic man. I loved his close friendship with Hannah. And Hannah's younger brother, Declan is quite opinionated and unfiltered. I have a feeling we might see more from him in the future too. 

This one was told in Hannah's point of view in the present and flashbacks, but Marco was vocal enough for us to get a good feel for him. As all of Samantha Young's books it was well written with multi-faceted characters and indepth plot lines. This one started out a bit slow for me as I was reintroduced to a lot of the characters and back story, but I got sucked into Hannah and Marco's present relationship and found myself anxiously awaiting to see how it would all play out. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

On Dublin Street(#1): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N
Until Fountain Bridge(#1.5): Goodreads
Down London Road(#2): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N
Castle Hill(#2.5): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's review
Before Jamaica Lane(#3): Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's review

New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young is a 27 year old book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh.  She lives in Scotland.  

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