ARC Review: How Not To Fall by Emily Foster


How Not To Fall
Author: Emily Foster
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: June 28th, 2016
Published By: Kensington
ISBN: 1496704185

WHR Synopsis

Data, research, scientific formulae–Annabelle Coffey is completely at ease with all of them. Men, not so much. But that’s all going to change after she asks Dr. Charles Douglas, the postdoctoral fellow in her lab, to have sex with her. Charles is not only beautiful, he is also adorably awkward, British, brilliant, and nice. What are the odds he’d turn her down?

Very high, as it happens. Something to do with that whole student/teacher/ethics thing. But in a few weeks, Annie will graduate. As soon as she does, the unlikely friendship that’s developing between them can turn physical–just until Annie leaves for graduate school. Yet nothing could have prepared either Annie or Charles for chemistry like this, or for what happens when a simple exercise in mutual pleasure turns into something as exhilarating and infernally complicated as love.




How Not To Fall is the debut fiction novel by Emily Foster. That being said, I’ve obviously never read anything by this author before. My initial thoughts as soon as I put this book down? Please, give me the next book! I was hugely impressed by Ms. Foster’s work, writing, and plot line.

This book probably won’t be for everyone. It’s seemingly straightforward, but then again it’s not. It is full of drama, angst, moments that will make you laugh, smile, cringe, want to shake the characters and it is so full of steam that it will melt your Kindle. Approaching this book, I didn’t think it would be a sex driven as it was. When you get into the plot, if you get the plot, you’ll realize why this is. (Hopefully, you will.)

I have seen reviews all over the scale for How Not To Fall. Sometimes I think it’s due to people not getting the plot. People not understanding what was happening within the plot. People wanting an HEA. Well, folks, let me just tell you, there is no HEA here. This book isn’t a cliffy, but then again it is. You could walk away from this book and never read the next one and still get something hugely profound from reading the plot of the first one if you understood the stance behind the plot. If you did, you’ll be like me, dying for the next book.

Firm facts about How Not To Fall. It is written in first person and the story is told from Annie’s point-of-view. (Trust me, I would have loved to delve into what Charles was thinking through some of this.) Again, not an HEA but it does end on an intriguing note. The characters are great and exceedingly well written. They have a lot of depth to them. Fun fact, you may need to use your Kindle’s dictionary, I did for somethings. The book is roughly 320 pages.

This is one of those reads I would fully recommend if you can wrap your head around it. It starts slow but definitely has a burn to it. Full 5 stars here! I can’t wait for the next book to come out.


5 star

NetGalley ARC post


2 Comments Add yours

  1. It sounds intriguing. Straightforward but nor straightforward, the book isn’t a cliffy but it is… Your review really piqued my curiosity. I’ll check it out. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amber says:

      I’d wait awhile, honestly. If you’re like me, you’re going to want the next book as soon as you finish. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

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