2 hearts · New Adult Contemporary

How Not To Fall by Emily Foster

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Synopsis

In her witty and breathtakingly sexy novel, Emily Foster introduces a story of lust, friendship, and other unpredictable experiments. . .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

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Personal Thoughts

Received a Copy from Netgalley for an Honest Review 

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When I read some review about this book, I was excited for it. The first few chapters caught my attention right away and I really enjoyed the dynamic between Annie and Charles, but once we got about 35% into it, all the sudden it turned into an erotica, which I was not expecting. I didn’t find any reviews that mentioned the amount of sex and graphic detail that is portrayed in this book. When I expect a Contemporary Romance, yes I know there is going to be sex. I am no prude, I have read my share of novels as such, but this one I wasn’t expecting. The first few scenes were as expected, but then the book continued on in EVERY chapter about their sex life. Their relationship at the beginning of the book was friendly with intense chemistry. Once they allowed to have a physical relationship it was like opening Pandora’s Box.When we got about 80% through the book we started getting more back story of Charles and Annie. We learn of their tragic history. Their upbringings, their family dynamic, etc. To me it was like “FINALLY, here is the meat of the book.” Besides the constant sex scenes the overall story and premise was good.

Do you remember “Doogie Howser” from the 80’s and 90’s? Well Charles is a type of Dr. Howser, which is pretty cool. I enjoy the over analytic guy that thinks too much before every situation. Be warn this is a nerdy book in the sense there is a lot of science’y talk. I am no science person. Heck, in high school I had to take my second semester of Biology 3 times just to pass. In college my roommate was a science T.A and tutored me. She was the ONLY REASON I Passed! (Thank you Nancy). So needless to say some of the jargon I was confused by. Which doesn’t hurt the story, but I think I would have caught a few more jokes or overall concepts when they spoke in science terms.

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Charles,

He is our Doogie Howser brain with the hotness of Jude Law. Every college girls dream. He keeps to himself, and hides under his Cambridge blue T-Shirts. He is considerate and patient with the undergrad students. He is in Indiana working on his fellowship through the School of Medicine at Indiana University. He rock climbs, which ends up being a type of symbolism through the book. He is 26 and has had his Degree since 23. The guy has a lot of baggage which we don’t find out until about oh 70% into the story. Literally I was twiddling my thumbs waiting for the ball the drop, and when it does it is a kind of eye-opening.

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Annie, too smart for her own good. A dancer by hobby, passionate, and talented. She teaches dance classes while in college. Her best friend and roommate, Margret, is in the Psychophysiology program with her. She has had a major crush on Charles for about two years and is now biting-the-bullet to try to have some type of romantic relationship with him. She is very innocent when it comes to physical relationships with men. She learns many things through Charles. Think of Ana Steele from FSOG, but a science nerd instead of a book nerd. Very similar in some accepts, but Annie is a little more outspoken and willing to put Charles in his place compared to Ana and Christian dynamic.

This book has many similarities to our FSOG. Both characters start with the same first letter in their name. 

  1. Annie – Anastasia / Charles – Christian.
  2. Sexual tension and exploration
  3. Male character becomes a control freak in the bedroom.
  4. Female character is about to graduate with her undergrad and is a virgin.
  5. There is a cliff hanger at the end.
  6. The girl has self-esteem obstacles. 

The list can go on, and from other readers I can see I am not the only one that feels this way.

What I did enjoy about the book was the Rock Climbing. It was liberating to see the two characters do different type of physical activity that required them to exercise trust, and mental/physical strength.  This was the only redeeming thing in the book. Honestly if you are a Fifty Shades of Grey fan, you “may” like this book.

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