Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – The Art of Falling for You by Maya Hughes

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The Art of Falling For You; Falling #1 
(#1 within a trilogy)

Publication Date: March 11, 2021

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/First Love/Secret Romance

Author: Maya Hughes

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



The Art of Falling For You is a beautiful, angsty story about falling in love for the very first time. This has to be one of the BEST books Maya Hughes has ever written!

I was transported back to my budding youth where new love is an emotion you’ve never experienced, much less understand how every touch, every look, every moment is a rush because it’s new. You yearn to learn everything possible about the person you can’t stop thinking about and you ache for their presence when you are apart. Maya Hughes wraps us in every single emotion that buds from this experience.

“My heart would never be the same. A piece would always belong to him and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to let him go.”– Bay

Both Bay and Dare have never known romantic love and they are both cautious about jumping into something that neither of them could, in a sense, come back from. They both sense whatever the draw is to each other, it’s more than just attraction, it’s something deeper.

Bay doesn’t trust Dare from the very beginning. He is a football god and she is basically invisible. When he starts talking to her Bay is continually waiting for him to reveal she’s being punked in some sort of horrible end of year school prank. Why would he suddenly, after 3 1/2 years notice her, it just doesn’t make sense.

Dare, on the flipside, is leery to bring anyone into his messed up world. He honestly has no idea if he has a future beyond high school and his abusive father haunts his waking thoughts. The thought of sharing any of the bad stuff with the one good thing he’s recently discovered in his life weighs so heavy upon him that sometimes he can hardly breathe.

The vulnerability between these two is so shattering while I felt emphatic for both. My heart continually ached, while I also sighed multiply over their young love. The ups and downs were beautiful and Bay and Dare enraptured me with their story. I had goosebumps so many times, and that was when my heart wasn’t racing.

Bay had ruined me for anyone who came after her, and I didn’t want there to be anyone else. It was like she’d been sent as a gift to me after so many years in the dark.”- Dare

Also, the title of this book couldn’t have been any better as I felt like I was falling into a  piece of artwork. A love story like they shared was similar to brush strokes on a canvas. Each color combining to make a beautiful picture, but one wrong stoke could change the entire composition.

While this is just the first leg of this overall journey, and my heart is aching for it to continue, I’m torn up for both characters. Their journey and their life is so touching, it is a must read for 2021!


He’s the kind of guy my dad would’ve warned me about.

“Are you stalking me?”
“We live right next door to each other, New Girl.”

Bay Logan aka The New Girl is my new neighbor. Glasses, stage crew black clothes and a knack for fading into the background.

She’s probably the only one who rolls her eyes when I walk past instead of cheering on my last touchdown play. But before I can shove her into the recesses of my mind filed under “Not my problem” she lands herself smack dab in the middle of my dreams.

I catch her singing with a voice unlike any I’ve heard before that tapa into feelings I shouldn’t have for the girl who avoids me at all costs.

With three months until graduation, the final play is on. Only it’s not for more points. It’s for Bay.

Unlike my success on the field, this win is anything but assured. But I can’t stop myself from taking the risk.

There’s no flashing scoreboard.
There’s no cheering crowd.
There’s only her and me.

The countdown clock is ticking. The only thing scarier about finding my first love will be losing her.

This is a girl next door, secret tryst romance, The Art of Falling for You releases on March 11th!

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