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Autumn Dorey had no problem leaving her hometown of Newpine and the friends there who’d betrayed her. Everyone thought they knew what happened the spring night Autumn’s world fell apart. Vicious rumors about the incident circulated, and she had to be homeschooled the last year of high school to escape her tormentors. All she wants now is to get away from it all and start oAutumn Dorey had no problem leaving her hometown of Newpine and the friends there who’d betrayed her. Everyone thought they knew what happened the spring night Autumn’s world fell apart. Vicious rumors about the incident circulated, and she had to be homeschooled the last year of high school to escape her tormentors. All she wants now is to get away from it all and start over at Cook University. She leaves everything but the memory behind—something she swore she’d never forget—and sets off to rebuild what was broken.Blake Preston is precisely the type of guy Autumn wants to avoid. He’s gorgeous, arrogant and the college’s beloved football star. As much as she believes he’s someone she should steer clear of, avoiding him proves to be impossible. He shows up everywhere around campus, offering her a no-strings attached friendship. Autumn can’t deny Blake stirs up emotions she thought fled years ago. But things he’s been hiding begin to emerge and collide with her past, leaving her heart ravaged in their wake.Standalone New Adult Romance-Ages 17+ Due to Strong Language and Sexual Situations...

Title : Falling for Autumn
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ISBN : 9781496191830
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Number of Pages : 248 Pages
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Falling for Autumn Reviews

  • Anne OK
    2018-12-15 07:17

    This story begins with another “girl runs far away from home to a college campus trying to escape an ugly past.“ Even though this trope has been done numerous times in the New Adult genre, Heather Wood has managed to effectively invigorate new life into hers. Autumn Dorey isn’t looking for a boyfriend – much less a serious relationship with a sports jock when she meets the campus Romeo and football star, Blake Preston. However, it seems as if every time she turns around, she encounters Blake and they become study buddies and then good friends. Both are plagued by ugly secrets when they meet. But nothing stays secret forever and everyday is a countdown. What happens when those secrets are exposed? I applaud this author’s choice for the manner in which she chose to deliver a couple of elements to this tale. She kept a shocking and significant twist in the plotline close to her vest before revealing it late in the storyline maximizing the impact. And secondly, there was no insta-sex between Autumn and Blake and the slowly developing romance was portrayed realistically and meaningfully as well. This book stands on its own. There is no cliffhanger and readers should be very satisfied with the happy ending.

  • Book Crazy
    2018-12-09 05:12

    Autumn goes to a party and meets super hot football player Blake and I was immediately like:Autumn went thru some messed-up shit but once they find each other, I knew she would be ok:But then this happened:And I thought no way things would work out!!! Yet in the end....(view spoiler)[Blake and Autumn get their HEA (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Edna
    2018-12-07 12:05

    Stupid secret of doom was stupid. I saw it a mile away and it's so disappointing that Autumn didn't but that's how (most) NA books work. It's the same old formula. Blake was an asshole. What he lied (by omission) about, that was a deception of epic proportions. Hello, honesty, it's kind of a big deal. I couldn't even read those last pages once the reveal happened because I knew they'd make up and that would piss me off big time.

  • ChuCha
    2018-12-13 06:07

    Review Originally Posted at: Book FreakRating: 4.5 StarsAutumn Dorey didn’t want anything else but to finish her high school, and leave her hometown, forget her past and live a new life. Her life in Newpine was a total nightmare after her so-called friends betrayed her, and her boyfriend joined in a little later – taunting her even further, hurting her and humiliating her every single chance they got.It started one night during Spring when her world fell apart. Rumors were spread, people tend to believe what they tend to believe or what they chose to believe. It had toppled Autumn’s position from the most popular girl down to the bottom of the food chain. She was bullied so badly that she needed to be homeschooled to escape the people that have been tormenting her.She wanted to start anew at college, in Cook University. But nightmares kept on haunting her, she may have new friends but she was careful on whom to allow inside her walls. Until Blake Preston came along. He was the type of guy she needed to get away from – he was handsome, popular and a football star – she had bad experiences with athletes. But resisting Blake, or ignoring him would require a total effort as he seemed to be present everywhere she goes. He confused her. He can be nice at one point, and rude at some point. He can be sweet, then he would want her to get away from him. He wasn’t good for her, or so he says…She tries to avoid him, but to no avail. She was ready to trust again, to give her heart to the person who managed to break her walls and made her believe in love again – until his secret was out in the open and it managed to painfully collide with her past that have left her hurt, vulnerable, broken,She didn’t really believed him at first, me too. I think he was a great guy, he can be confusing at times – but I like him. But just like Autumn, he has some secrets too. Yes, the driving point of this book are the secrets. Secrets both characters have been keeping since the first chapters. I knew something bad happened to Autumn, I didn’t know the extent of it, until she was finally ready to spill it out, and when she did, it broke my heart. Knowing how it broke her soul, her spirit, her whole life – and how she blamed herself for it. As for Blake, I had inclinations of what his secret was, I was ready to bet on it, only to still be surprise. I didn’t see some of it coming…Falling for Autumn threaded carefully on issues that are still considered a taboo in our times. Issues that only a few could understand, and some people would easily throw judgment without first viewing facts. Although I didn’t like how Blake did it, but I was glad he was wise enough to dig facts rather than give his judgment easily. I fell in love with the characters, broke my heart when theirs did, and my heartbeat stopped for a while when the secrets were finally revealed. It wasn’t THAT easy to read, but every page was worth it.✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪More of my reviews at http://reviewsofabookmaniac.blogspot.com

  • Sheyla ✎
    2018-12-04 12:24

    Autumn Dorey ran away to college. She left her town behind and the awful rumors that tormented her. She was tired of dealing with what happened in the last few years before she finished high school. Her friends and boyfriend had turned on her and she had become an outcast. However, this girl is determined to reinvent herself and dedicate her school years to study. She especially wants to stay clear from the football gods.Blake Preston is the football running back star for Cook University. He is not only a football god but he is also the hottest guy that everyone wants. When he meets Autumn he seems to be angry at her but later on he is always wanting to spend more time with her.It doesn't take long for them to discover they want more than friendship but secrets have a funny way of resurfacing when you least expect it. The question is can their relationship survive it?“Things from before that I can’t tell you. I should tell you, but I don’t want it to ruin everything. Because it feels like what we have is fragile and the more you get to know about me, the more likely it will all shatter.”Autumn is a very interesting character. She has been hurt and bullied to the point of rock bottom. I like that she had an open communication with her parents to what happened to her. Both parents were very supportive of her and her mother's advise at the end really surprised me. It made me like her even more.Blake was a loyal guy despite having an awful mother. I could see the struggle he faced and even though, I'm not happy he kept the secret for too long, I understood why he was so frightened to reveal it.I loved when Blake dealt with the high school bullies especially Autumn's ex. A fist pump was in order.I'm very happy with the ending and there was no cliffhanger.“I love you and what we have is stronger than anything I felt before. We have something real and I never want to let you go. I see you smile at me when you wake up in my arms and I want that every day for the rest of our lives. I want to be the kind of man that gives someone as incredible as you a reason to smile.”4/5 FangsComplimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About ItFacebook

  • Jo Michaels
    2018-11-14 13:02

    I was chomping at the bit when I heard Heather was releasing another book. Boy, was I in for a surprise. I'm not a romance fan, and was astonished to find she'd written something along these lines. Once I learned the genre, those niggling little doubts began to form in the back of my head: Would I like it? Should I read it? So, I bit the bullet and snagged a copy on Amazon. I'm so glad I did. Enough of my rambling, let's move on to the good stuff.From a Reader's Perspective:I hate bullying. Let me begin by saying that. This book re-created some of the true-to-life teens I had to deal with in high school and it really struck a chord with me. I felt for Autumn, and could see myself in her shoes. Though I made different choices about who my friends ended up being in the long run, I understood why she made the decisions she did. I read through this book in two days. Usually I'm pretty good about being able to see where the story is going, but I missed the mark big time on this one. Blake was your typical ladies man who was misunderstood, but that's what the genre calls for. I liked him. He reminded me a lot of my husband. Pacing was fast and the plot was a great one. I loved the scenes where the author showed Autumn's past and didn't shy away from getting inside her head or giving the gritty details about the incident. I do have a favorite quote (this is also very odd for me) which I'm sharing with you now: "There was no phoenix that could rise out of the ashes left behind by his betrayal." *swoon over the language*From an Editor's Perspective:I found a couple of little things; but nothing that threw me out of the story and the errors weren't super troublesome. Probably not things the normal reader would even pick up on.Rating:+1 Star for giving me a main character I could relate to in so many ways+1 Star for pacing+1 Star for holding my interest so tightly, I read the book in just two days+1 Star for the rich language that made me favorite a sentence+1 Star for lack of errorsOverall, 5 out of 5 stars. Wow. Highly recommended for anyone who's looking for a wonderful, captivating read.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-19 08:30

    OK, just so you know...I'm not good at writing reviews but I will try.. SIGH! Now I just have bad luck when I pick the books I read...This is the third book I read where I feel a half missing. :(Half of the book is slow in a bitter pattern.. then... what happend? The end? WTF?Autumn is cute, but I do not like people who make themselves the victims .. Not that much .. I've been through my share of very nasty life events. Therefore, I also attracted to read books with a lot of heart behind them.I want a warm pretend world to get lost in when I read.Unfortunately, I can not relate to Autumn through major parts of this book. She makes sense, but at the same time to bitter and to much "I'm a victim" mindset. Blake is a total stereotype, but he works, no more no less. Unfortunately I got no relation to him either.The story works but personally I missing something ... something important.I skim past some background history, It doesn't make me feel more for Autumn. I am totally impartial to how things happen in the book. Pity. SO sorry I can not give the book a good rating .. I need to relate and FEEL the characters in the books I read ... this ... does nothing for me.

  • Melissa Jen
    2018-12-02 12:20

    What if the man you fell in love with had a secret awful enough to destroy every thing you thought you knew about him? Could you still love the man and make it work? Blake was such a great guy and even though readers don't get to hear his p.o.v., I could still sympathize with him. I liked the message of love being more important than any thing else. The characters both learn to love the one person they know they shouldn't.

  • Christine
    2018-12-01 05:09

    Loved the premise, but in the end, I felt like the story fell flat and the characters annoyed me. It was a story about serious matters, but the revolutions felt out of place - ridiculous. It also could have been cut in half. Autumn annoyed me. Casey her friend was a bit of a flirt even though she had a boyfriend. Autumn wanted to leave her hometown. She sought popularity and parties until something happens and she changes her tune. There are flashbacks to what went on and how her friends and boyfriend turned their back on her. (view spoiler)[The heroine claimed that a teacher attacked her. This teacher was a very loved person in the community. (hide spoiler)]Now she wants to live a quiet life without parties and boys. However, she catches the attention of the college's most beloved football player. She fights her attraction to him and tries to avoid him, but he does not quit pursuing her. They play this game where she avoids him and he tells her that he is the kind of man that one day she will hate, but he can't stay away or something like that. (page 64). Like I said, by the time I got to the end, it felt ridiculous.I also felt that it dragged. I was thinking "let's get to the point already!!"This may work for you, but it did not work for me. I am not telling you not to read it. The above review is my opinion.

  • C.
    2018-11-23 11:29

    *I received this book free from Heather Topham Wood in exchange for an honest review*Heather Topham Wood has written a wonderful and sad story (which kept me up to all hours of the night crying) about a girl who overcomes her fears from the past with the help and love of the guy she met at college. Their love story as woven itself into my heart - sweet, innocent (well until the last chapter ;) if you get what I mean), beautiful, and most importantly true.I found myself wishing that there was a guy out there that I knew that was just like Blake, who did have his secrets, but couldn't stop himself from falling in love with Autumn. Their love wasn't rushed, and it wasn't instant love... if anything they both wanted to stay away from each other when they first met. Autumn was kind-hearted and grew so much through the story and finally was able to fully deal with what had occurred in the past. This story was not only about the love that Autumn shared with Blake, but there was also a very strong message about the loyalty of friends, displayed through the actions, thoughts, and words of her two friends that Autumn had just met that year. Friendships that were stronger than any of the friendships that she had had throughout high school.

  • Katharina
    2018-11-18 06:23

    The book had potential and while it was poorly written, there was something about the story and its development that had me engaged and wanting to find out more.Unfortunately the author fell into the pattern of most of these NA or YA self publishing authors and stayed away from any sign of real conflict.Whenever things got interesting she abruptly stopped the story and then let the heroine retell the subsequent actions in retrospect.That made for an unsatisfactory read.Story wise, well call me naive, but I didn't see the big turn coming; it was a deal breaker for me and I did not like the ending/it destroyed the book for me.It's a shame that so many of these authors write in a similar fashion and it proves that while most of us could write a book, only few of us have the skill to masterfully execute a story.

  • Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***
    2018-11-25 11:28

    This book was a great read it was pretty emotional and you really felt for Autumn and the things she had, had to go through. Autumn was the popular girl in school on the cheerleading team hung around with the "in" crowd and had the hot boyfriend to boot she had everything she had ever wanted then one day everything changed and Autumn found herself all alone and been home schooled for her last semester. She moves away from her hometown to attend collage, here she meets Blake at first she try's to keep away from him but they become friends and eventually one thing leads to another and they find themselves falling for each other. But is Autumn's past and future about to collide and if so will she be able to deal with it, move on and find happiness with Blake.I definitely shed a few tears while reading this book and will be looking out for more work from this author.

  • Poppy Flowers
    2018-12-11 13:28

    This book was very different than a lot of other NA book I have read. It started out similar but Blake's secret really gave it an intriguing twist. Autumn was a great MC, sweet and nice without being a total Mary Sue. Blake was incredible: hot and funny and I liked he was the school's star football player. The end resolved everything nicely but left room for spin off books if the author chooses to go that route.

  • Mancho283
    2018-12-09 11:30

    3.5 ในความคิดเราคือ เนื้อเรื่องก็ตามสไตล์ NA พระนางต้องมีปมปัญหาอะไรสักอย่าง แต่เรื่องนี้ค่อนข้างเด็ก(คิดว่างั้นนะ) แต่ก็น่ารักดี อ่านเรื่อยๆสบายๆ ประมาณสองบทแรกรู้สึกว่าน่าสนใจมาก แต่กลางๆเรื่องจะเรื่อยๆไม่ค่อยมีอะไรตื่นเต้น อาจจะเป็นช่วงพัฒนาความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างกัน ส่วนตอนท้ายคิดว่าจบได้โอเคเลย เนื้อเรื่องโดยรวมเราว่าสนุกดี ชอบตอนท้ายด้วยที่ทำให้เรารู้สึกว่ามันมีอะไรมากกว่าเรียบๆเฉยๆ

  • Paula
    2018-11-26 13:22

    There are those few authors where you know no matter what they write, it won't disappoint. It will be simply excellent. Heather Topham Wood is one of those authors and "Falling For Autumn" was an excellent, heart-wrenching and tender read.What I really love about the stories and characters Ms. Woods writes, is how realistic they are. She writes life - including the pain and the heartache, the love and the bliss, the coincidences and tragedies that most of us face at some point in our life in one way or another.Her heroines are amazing. They aren't just sweet and nice girls that only do the right thing and take the moral high-ground. They are flawed and have edges. They make mistakes and learn from the consequences. The can be weak one moment and strong in the next. They don't always react perfectly, but definitely with lots of emotion. They are strong and beautiful in their own way. They are very human. Autumn is no exception.She has made some poor choices in the past - both when it comes to people as well as her own behavior. And after an incident that left her crushed and broken, she wasn't only blamed for what happened but called a liar. Regardless that what happened to her wasn't her fault, people chose her as a scape-goat. Instead of sympathy and compassion, she was bullied, harassed and her life became a living hell - to the point it broke her spirit and her will to fight.Now in college, she tries to rebuild herself and her life in the safety the anonymity at college provides. Making friends and trying to enjoy life while not repeating her mistakes, she still feels a prisoner of her past.Then she meets Blake Preston - college football star and the type of guy she knows just means trouble. Mainly trouble for her heart that she doesn't give away easily - not anymore. Same goes for her trust. But Blake manages to win both - despite his odd behavior at times and despite the fact that he has secrets. Autumn knows how it feels when stuff you are hiding is too ugly to be revealed, therefore she doesn't push him to share his secret. But when Blake's secret comes to light, it could destroy everything in its wake - everything including Autumn. Will she be able to look past the betrayal and accept the ugly truth?Blake, a guy that seems to have it all, is the perfect example that not everything that glitters is gold. Appearances can be deceiving and the guy that appears like the typical jock that has all the luck in the world, has quite the burden to carry. Past events have left his family in shreds and dealing with the consequences isn't easy. Instead of enjoying college life to the fullest, Blake is weighed down by responsibilities that put a great amount of pressure on him, while his whole belief system is in ruins. When he meets Autumn, his whole life turns upside down and he needs to question what he believed to be the truth. Learning that things and people aren't always what they seem, he slowly and reluctantly falls head over heels for Autumn. But the things he hides from her have the power to destroy. Will he be able to hold onto the woman he loves or will he lose her forever?Their love story is sweet and tender. Fueled by an instant attraction, they start out as friends until they cannot deny their feelings for each other. It was really touching. And the secrets that were revealed - holy mac, I felt like someone slapped me in the face. Subtly, and yet clearly, the books shows that judging people due to rumors or their outside appearance can be not only hurtful but devastating. Not giving someone a chance to prove who they really are, won't only make their life hell, but might make you miss out on a life-changing friendship or love. It is a beautiful and important lesson. Unless you've walked a mile in that person's shoes, don't believe you know and don't let a happy face convince you a person doesn't feel pain.Also, this book shows that one person's horrendous crime or act does not only affect the direct victim. It reaches out like a disease and affects lives of both families, friends and the community.I can't recommend this book highly enough.5+ thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and heart-melting stars.

  • Ashleyjo
    2018-11-27 08:05

    Why the hell do authors take sex, rape, and alike mature content and dumb the writing down to a junior high reading level and make the character voices sound like hormonal 15-year-olds on repeat?! ?!? This read like a horny, emotionally screwy teenagers' diary of pissing and moaning and angsty bs on repeat. The book talks you to death. It's like that ditzy friend that annoyingly smacks her gum and twirls her hair as she chatters in your ear for hours about the importance of liquid vs gel eyeliner. Female MC ...Josh is sweet and cute... Josh is sweet and cute... Josh is sweet and cute.... But, he's just a friend & don't make my toes curl like Blake...Blake is a friend... Blake is just a friend... Blake doesn't feel anything romantic for me... Blake is a friend... But, my God is he hot and makes my toes curl at the thought of kissing him. F it I want him. Oh, no I'm just a friend. I'm just a friend. Boo hoo. But he's so hot...,My hs friends betrayed me... College was a new start... My hs ex is an ass. My hs friends are asses. I should forget hs cuz college is a new start. Oh, my god that reminds me of hs. I don't want to talk about hs. My hs friends betrayed me. My hs ex was so sweet until he wasn't. College is a fresh start and I don't want to think about hs. I'm a virgin... I was slut shamed... I was betrayed... I'm a virgin.. I don't date... I want Blake... I'm a virgin... I want to have sex.. I was hurt in hs and betrayed.. I was slut shamed... Did I mention I'm a virgin and that Blake's toned body is yummy? Did I? Yes? Well, let me digress some more and tell you I'm a virgin, Blake is toned, hs was a nightmare, and I'm trying to move on by not talking about anything high school related even though I mention some reference to high school every other sentence. Plot Nonsensical moves, unbelievable plot points. True love overcomes all obstacles. I'd argue that true love here just threw in the towel and said 'do wtf you want if you'll just shut the f up.' The mystery of Blake's moods. Well, that took a damn genius to figure out, right? Not! Wasn't believable. Didn't even make sense! She was a cheerleader. Step dad was high school football coach. He's superstar football player that everyoneknows in college. Yet, he not only didn't play at his step dad's high school but never went to any of the games, was never big talk for her to know who he was in high school? Okay, yeah that's believable. Not! She's f'ing frantic about her home town shunning her and her family after what happened to her. She doesn't want Blake to know about it. So, when he wants to go to her hometown and take her out on the town, she, of course, jumps at the chance. Okay, that makes a lot of sense that she's bring him to ground zero and expect her secret to stay a secret. Meh, ehh. Bottom line Listen, I'm not trying to be mean, but some stories just shouldn't be written, some authors should be refused pen and paper, & some reviews need to be blunt. The writing was bad, the story was horrible, & the characters were torturous. I mean it's bad when an author can take such an emotional & jarring subject as attempted rape and bullying and make such an ass out of it as for readers to just not even give a shit; yeah, that takes some serious doing!!

  • Stephanie Marshall
    2018-12-15 12:20

    Autumn was beyond ready to leave her past and her home town behind her and begin a new chapter at college. Little did Autumn know that fate had a different plan for her and it was only a matter of time before she would see what was to come?Autumn thought she had it all in high school. She was a cheerleader, dated a jock, had friends and had fun. During her junior and senior year that all changed. She suffered not only a gruesome attack, but ridicule and bullying at its worst. This caused her to completely close off herself from life and build a wall around her heart. She swore she would never let anyone in again or be naïve and trust anyone before she truly knew them.At college Autumn continued to have panic attacks and kept herself sheltered, but she did begin to understand what a true friend was and could be in her roommate, Lexi and their friend Casey. Autumn had no idea that one chance meeting at party would change her direction and help her start to lower her wall that she had been building.Blake was the star football player and all around big man on campus; everything that Autumn despised. When Blake ended up being in Autumn’s Art History class, he was determined to get to know her better and create a friendship, ‘study buddy’ relationship. Overtime Blake and Autumn’s friendship grew and stronger feelings were beginning to develop. But Autumn continued to feel like there was a part of Blake’s life that he was holding back, she had no idea that by finding out the truth could send her whole world into a tailspin.Autumn is a tortured soul, who had to grow up way to fast. No one should ever have to be made to feel bad for being the victim, or have to face such horrible bullying from people she felt were her friends. This book is a great illustration of what can happen to slowly destroy a young person through bullying; the hurtful words, the inappropriate groping, the horrible things posted on social media to paint Autumn in a bad light. These are things that happen every day and should not be allowed.The connection witnessed between Blake and Autumn is undeniable. Blake demonstrates to Autumn what it means to have a true friend, not only through words but through his actions. With the support of family and her friends from college, Autumn was able to see after all the dust settled exactly what she needed to do for herself to be happy.This book is an emotionally charged read, that was difficult to read at times due to the struggles that Autumn had to endure. But in the end we were able to see how much stronger Autumn is becoming and how she is working to reclaim her life and her future. The Author wrote a heart wrenching , lovable, emotional charged, tale of young adults working to find happiness after coming face to face with extreme tragedy and grief.

  • Alexa
    2018-12-13 07:04

    I was in pain the entire time I was reading this book. I had to force myself to finish because I simply hate leaving books unread and a part of me hoped that the ending would smooth out the plot holes and ridiculous characterizations. First, the book was not edited in the least. Many times I encountered obvious grammatical errors and missing or repeated words. I don't know if it is self-published, but simple continuity errors could have been avoided. When Autumn talks about the night of her assault, one paragraph mentions her Toyota being the only car in the lot and a few sentences down it says she unlocks her Honda. Things like this are easy to fix and not terrible mistakes to make during he editing process, but drive readers insane in published material. Another thing I found overbearing was whenever Autumn psychoanalyzed herself or her friends or Blake. This was even done in the dialogue. It was like the author took an Intro to Psych class and tried to fit every single topic into the book. It made it hard to like Autumn because I felt like she was reciting a Psychology for Dummies book. And speaking of dialogue, I was rolling my eyes whenever someone opened their mouth. Not only was the book mostly summary which makes for a very passive conflict and lack of urgency, the dialogue was long and dragging making it unrealistic and really boring. Rather than actual dialogue, it was almost like reading consecutive soliloquies. The plot had potential, but the writing did not live up to the possibilities and stunted the story. Even though the story seemed to be about Autumn overcoming her trauma (which also lacked believability), it ended up being solely about her relationship with Blake. There should have been an established balance between personal growth and romance rather than a dependence on Blake to fix her. Also, the stakes were too low; there was no pressing issue to build up urgency. Other than her constantly mentioned virginity, that is. Seriously it was like a badly written Victorian novel with how much her virtue came into question. Every other sentence mentions her virginity. I wasn't sure what he author was aiming for with that, to be honest. That it's okay to go to college and still be a virgin? Or to value your virginity above all else? I'm really not sure what that had to do with anything. But it was so repetitive that I just wanted Blake to put her out of her misery about a third through the book and give her what she obviously wanted.This is the second worst book I read in 2014, out of the 80 I've finished. I was hoping for a better read to finish out the year.

  • books are love
    2018-11-16 09:20

    amazing book. Did i way amazing okay i mean it truly an amazing book. You feel for Autumn and Blake with the demons of their past and how they are continuously hurt by them and constantly having to face them down.Autumn runs to Cook University to get a new life and education. Hoping that all will change and her high school experience can be a thing of the past. Vowing not to date and learn to be strong and found out who she really is after all the pain and hurt of the past, she meets Blake.Blake is running from things as well. His mom is using him, his sister is all he has that is good and he runs into Autumn the young lady that supposedly crushed all dreams for people. Blake though want to learn the truth but knows Autumn won't tell him if she knows who he is. As he gets to know Autumn he sees she is more than just what is told to him. More than what people think. She is a kind, loving, scared young lady who wants to start over and has a heart of gold. Blake falls and falls hard no matter how hard he tries not to. Lovin me some Blake let me tell you. Love love love this guy. So he keeps wanting and trying to tell Autumn the truth but it doesn't happen well not the way he hoped. When it finally comes out though bang it is a fire explosion. Autumn feels betrayed by him and that he is like his stepfather. Doesn't think about anyone but herself and her own preservation. Doesn't think of what he and his sister went through. Anywhoo she kicks him to the curb and he listens. All the while it crushes him and he continues to love her. While she is off licking her wounds and thinking the worst of Blake, he is standing up to his family and being crushed by his sadness and love lost for football. The only thing that finally gets Autumn to see reality is her mom. She plays devils advocate and gets through to her. You go mom. that got her brownie points in my book. Heck to get this stubborn girl to see that she isn't the only victim from her past. I mean Blake did beat up her ex and his friends and treated her with reverence. But okay regressed. So mom gets her to realize that others were victims and that if she loved Blake she should listen and see who he is. Autumn goes back to school and we do have a HEA. A book on letting go of the past and seeing that even if you are hurt from it others may have been as well. Learning to listen and love without prejudice is what Autumn learns for Blake was trying to learn the truth and form his own opinion. And a story on how love and support and bring us forgiveness. a amazing and beautiful story.

  • Angel
    2018-11-14 12:05

    I was sucked into this book almost immediately. I can't wait to read the next installment of this New Adult series! Autumn is attending Cook University in order to leave the nightmare of her past behind. One night, while at a party she didn't really want to go to, her friend, Casey, points out that Blake Preston is staring at her. When Autumn makes eye contact with the star football player, she finds an unwarranted look of irritation on his face. She then steps outside to get some fresh air. A moment later, Blake joins her and demands to know what she's doing there. She calls him out on his rudeness, causing him to apologize. A couple of days later, when she enters her first class, she hears someone call her name. She looks up to see Blake, saving her the seat across from him. Reluctantly, she takes the seat, but she didn't have anything to worry about because Blake now seems to want to be her friend. They start having breakfast together, with Blake making it clear that they are just friends. Which is fine with Autumn because she's not ready to be involved with anyone...until she starts to have feelings for him. The closer they get, the more she tells Blake about herself and the incident that marred her past. But she realizes that he's not opening up about himself. He's harboring a secret that could destroy every ounce of trust between them, but Autumn has no clue and she's given her heart to him. This book took up my entire night. I loved it! Blake brings Autumn back from the brink just to push her over the edge by withholding the truth from her. Against all odds, they try to make their relationship work. I love these stories about the guy who tries to make the girl stay away because they are not good enough for them, then they end up being exactly what the doctor ordered. As with most New Adult books, there are troubled pasts to overcome, tempers that flare, and jealously rearing it's ugly head. It all fits together so well in Falling for Autumn. Highly recommended read! Falling for Autumn was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cerian
    2018-12-13 11:22

    Originally given 4.5 hearts at Rookie Romance.This is one heck of an emotional rollercoaster, with a satisfying and heart-warming ending. I loved it.Autumn has moved away from her hometown and is looking for a fresh start in college, away from a past that still haunts her. Whilst she can escape the town, she can't escape the memories. Nevertheless, Autumn possesses a strength that keeps her going even when the past threatens to overwhelm her. Through the story she learns to overcome her fears and doubts, and place her trust in the people close to her.Blake is such a sweetheart. He befriends Autumn and even though there's always an undercurrent of attraction between them, he's determined to keep her at arm's length. I loved how hard he works to earn her friendship and trust. Blake clearly has demons of his own that he doesn't want to share with Autumn because he fears that she will hate him he reveals his secrets.I loved the relationship between Autumn and Blake, and its progression. Considering what Autumn has been through, their relationship is believable and realistic. They start a friendship which suits both of them and establishes a trust between them, before they inevitably give in to their burning attraction. This leads into a very sweet and slow romance.I loved watching the relationship between Blake and Autumn unfold, but I also loved Autumn's friends and how strong their friendships proved to be at a time when she desperately needed them.Honestly, this book is a total sobfest. I mean, this is a kind of sweet, sweet torture. I couldn't take my eyes away from the pages and I was utterly transfixed to the last page. It's beautiful, sad, sweet and uplifting.I'm very much looking forward to reading this from Blake's perspective in Finding Autumn!*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!

  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    2018-12-02 11:17

    I have read almost all of Heather Topham Wood's books and I think this might be her best yet.I loved Autumn. Despite what she'd been through in high school and the relentless bullying that followed, she didn't let it break her. She went to college looking for a fresh start, but she couldn't really get away from her past. I thought I knew where the story was going when she met Blake, but it surprised me.Autumn and Blake have an uneasy friendship at first, but there is attraction on both sides. Blake backs off from her more than once, and I started to get annoyed because I hate the "I'm no good for you" storyline. So when Autumn makes and move and Blake shuts her down again, I totally loved it when Autumn called him out on it. Basically saying, fine, you are no good for me, you are a douchebag, lose my number. Go girl! Way to stand up for yourself!From there, it's a long road for Autumn and Blake, but I enjoyed the ride. Autumn's reactions to all of the turmoil that was thrown at her felt dramatic, but authentic. Autumn stepped up and became a strong woman who could stand up for herself. Her friends and her parents were all great supporting characters. I wished it was a little longer, I would have liked a little more after Autumn started her second year of college, it felt a bit rushed at the end.Many of the New Adult books I read sometimes feel overly angsty or lack any sort of believability. This one didn't feel that way. I look forward to the next book Ms. Wood writes.

  • Anny hernandez
    2018-12-03 13:22

    I was provide a copy of the book by the Author for an honest review.I just finish reading this book, and I love it, I love the characters, and love how the book turn out to be, I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.The story begging with Autumn, her two friends Lexi, and Casey, drag her to a party that it was on the football house, while they where staring around, one of her friend told her that Blake, one of the football player was staring at her, Autumn as them who Casey was surprise, that she did not know who Blake was, when she look around the room, she end up locking eyes with Blake, that's when she saw that he looks mad, she decide to go outside, after a few minutes of being outside, she heard the door slam shut behind her, that's when she saw that Blake was standing right next to her, after some exchange words, she left him outside, Autumn when through so much in high school that she end up being home school, now that she is in collage she still have nightmares, would she let Blake in or would she let her past get in the way.I really love and enjoy reading this book, I love the way how Blake is with Autumn, I did not want to finish reading this book, love it Author Heather Topham Wood THANK YOU for introducing me to this awesome characters and this amazing book love it.

  • J
    2018-12-15 11:20

    3.5 stars. Parts of this romance book were 5 stars all the way, parts were DNF and skipped over. Autumn was a college freshman who was bullied and sexually harassed in high school to the point she had to be homeschooled her senior year. One of her abusers was a teacher that she successfully testified against and put in jail.At a party in a fraternity house on campus, she attracts the attention of Blake, a star football running back at the college. Autumn has turned off guys since her terrible experiences but Blake is gorgeous, outgoing and persistent. At first he seems to know her, but then starts to ask her questions about herself seemingly with the intent to get to know her. Blake is a sweetheart. He learns the truth about her past and begins to help her heal and bring her back to being capable of having a real relationship again.I think the 5 star parts starred Blake, and then Blake and Autumn together. The skipped over parts happened when the story dealt with her past. It felt forced and weird to me. And then, there is a huge Blake secret that comes out toward the end. That secret also felt really, really weird that Autumn never new about it. The book was nice but not great.(view spoiler)[Yes, there's an HEA. (hide spoiler)]

  • Tia Bach
    2018-12-02 10:23

    Autumn Dorey is trying to start a new life away from the trauma of her past, although it's something that still affects her everyday life. When Blake enters her life, the last thing she's looking for is a relationship. Blake has his own secrets, but he can't resist his growing feelings for Autumn. Unfortunately their two worlds collide. Will their love survive?A great read is all about the characters for me, and both Autumn and Blake are well-developed and memorable. After everything she's been through, Autumn is finding her strength and facing her fears while Blake is trying to figure things out for himself and come out of the shadows of his family. My heart ached for Autumn and Blake as both were caught in unfair situations. Although their love wasn't simple, it was believable. They had many obstacles to overcome, but I believed they could and should. Plus, I loved the pacing of the romance--not too fast or too slow.I highly recommend Falling for Autumn to readers who want romantic heat, emotional depth, and amazing characters. Rating: 4.5 starsNote: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Amanda Gill
    2018-11-30 08:10

    I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it in one short day and was left reeling form how great of a story this was. Heather did a fantastic job on this one leaving us guessing along the way and trying to figure out Autumn and Blake's respective secrets. Autumn is a lovable heroine who is trying to recover from questionable events from high school now that she's in college. For a good portion of the book we are left guessing what happened to her, which in my opinion added a wonderful dose of intrigue and suspense to the story. Blake is the campus hot shot/football star whom suddenly shows up everywhere and has an odd new found interest in Autumn. Autumn knows she isn't looking for a relationship, but for some reason she can't help being intrigued by Blake and his uncanny way of inserting himself in her life. Little does Autumn know Blake is hiding a big fat secret of his own that will turn Autumn's world upside down. You have to read this book to fall in love with these two and see the fantastic twist that will leaving you open mouthed and shocked. I promise if you like NA Romance you will LOVE this story. The story wraps up in the end so I believe this will be a stand alone novel.

  • Sandra Love
    2018-11-21 13:23

    ***Received copy for her blog tour*** I was completely blown away, this book is a MUST read. I was intrigued on page one. I love this characters and storyline so believable. It is a fast pace book I read it in one day. This is the first book I have read from this author and I LOVE HER. I will defiantly be reading more of Heather’s work. Thank you Heather for writing an awesome book!! My heart went out for Autumn, being bullied the way she did in high school was just plan harsh. All she wanted to do was make a fresh start at college. She suffers from anxiety from the things that happened to her in high school. She meets some really good friends and even a great guy Blake. She had her secrets and Blake did too. Her secrets came out when she went back home and Blake went to visit her. I felt so bad for her. Will her secrets destroy the relationship, will his secrets also? This book is packed with emotions and you have no choice but to fall in love with Blake and Autumn. Also her friends, I love her roommate Lexi, she is always there for Autumn when she needs her. What happens when her past is resurfaced will Blake and Autumn survive? Well you need to read this book .

  • Silver Lining
    2018-11-18 10:32

    Thanks Heather Topham Wood : it was not what I expected. (Believe me : it is a good thing.)I thought it would what I like to call a "typical scenario". An easy going, unsurprising though still interesting storyline.Thank goodness, I was wrong.It was a well-written, surprising book. Although some characters were not developed enough for my taste, the plot was great. Unsurprising at times, and amazingly surprising at others. That's what turned a four stars into a five stars.Autumn has been hurt. And she still feels it.Everywhere she goes, it is with her. Because something horrible happened to her, two years ago. And because she lives in a small town, her life couldn't be normal anymore after that. Until she came to college... But now she doesn't know how to behave. She is not the same girl she was.Then she meets Preston and it becomes even more confusing. They become friends and turn into more...However, she still is who she is. What she doesn't know is that her secrets are not the only ones with enough power to destroy them both...

  • Sarah-Jane
    2018-11-22 09:17

    This was a 5 star story for me it had lots of heart in the story. You had two very different people from very different background but both were harbouring secrets that were killing them deep down but only one of them had the power to destroy the other.This book was an overall great story! I read it in one day while sitting in the garden.... Yes I'm now totally sunburnt from being preoccupied from by the book. The story had flow, it didn't drag at all, you got autumns past in flash back dream like state and that have you her background which gave me goose bumps but the moment she found out what it was Blake was hiding broke my heart. I never saw this coming AT ALL!! It didn't click with me what it was he was hiding at all. I was shocked to say the least!!! A fabulous 5 stay read!!Check my full review at http://abbycook30.wix.com/abbys-book-...

  • MaryAnn
    2018-12-05 13:31

    Falling for Autumn was a wonderful read! Foolishly, I started this book at around 9 p.m. and yep, you guessed it, I finished it between 3 & 4 a.m. sometime. No sleep for me, but this book was so worth it!The characters were so well rounded, personable and just plain likable that I was drawn in right from the very beginning. While capturing the fun and heartache that is often experienced during college, the book also dealt with Autumn's struggle to put a very unpleasant experience behind her. Wanting to see if Autumn could move on and what would happen kept me turning pages late into the night.I highly recommend this book with the warning not to start it late at night unless you have the will power to put it down before you finish!