the second book in melissa west's allowed series, no falling allowed, follows the story of grace and noah beginning with a spark-filled meet cute at an event that grace has planned and noah worked. from there, try as they might, these two can't keep away from each other.
we were briefly introduced to grace in no kissing allowed, the first book of the series. but it was nice to have an expanded glimpse into what makes grace tick. she's the daughter of a famous billionaire, and pretty much the one thing everyone knows about her is that she is very, very rich. and she's always enjoyed the perks of her lifestyle. she's never had to struggle financially and she is grateful for that. but all the money in the world won't fix the dysfunctional relationship she has with her parents and the insecurities that have been ingrained since childhood.
part of the attraction to noah is that he is a guy from the wrong side of the tracks so to speak, but also he doesn't treat her like a princess. he has no idea who her father is or what her bank account looks like, he just sees a beautiful woman who has hidden depths he wants to explore. even though his life isn't conducive to taking things further with a woman with whom he doesn't share a zip code. noah has responsibilities that keep him close to his home base of cricket creek, sc. a weekend in new york wasn't supposed to result in him being unable to think of anyone else but grace. especially since he's his younger brother's guardian and he feels that responsibility deeply.
unlike no kissing allowed, the story unfolds in alternating viewpoints. so we get to see both grace and noah's side of things and we get to see how they deal with and get past some of their issues. the romance between them moves pretty quickly, and part of me wishes there had been a bit more time or more scenes that showed the deepening feelings between the two. you never doubt their attraction to each other, but they pretty much tumble into love without spending all that much time together.
i made a point to read no kissing allowed first and i'm glad i did, because no falling allowed does give us an update on cameron and aidan. it also provides clues to what the i assume next book might be about--it's definitely about lauren and it sounds like she's due for some angst and romance. this is really an enjoyable new adult series and i can't wait to see where it goes next.
**no falling allowed will publish on july 18, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing in exchange for my honest review.