Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Never Fall Again by Lynn H. Blackburn

Posted March 12, 2024 by meezcarrie in 5 stars, Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Lynn H Blackburn, mystery/suspense, romance / 41 Comments


Never Fall Again book review

Never Fall Again by Lynn H. BlackburnNEVER FALL AGAIN by Lynn H Blackburn
SERIES:
Gossamer Falls #1

GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2024
PAGES: 352

Landry Hutton has spent three years rebuilding her life behind the secure gates of The Haven, an exclusive resort on the outskirts of Gossamer Falls, North Carolina. As the artist-in-residence, and with her pottery prized by The Haven’s guests, Landry is finally ready to settle in permanently. She wants to give her daughter, Eliza, a safe home to grow up in and hires former Marine Callum Shaw to handle the construction.

Cal grew up in Gossamer Falls and always knew he would someday join his family’s business. He longs for a family of his own but has almost given up on that ever happening. Landry is funny, gifted, and everything Cal could ever want in a partner, but he vows to keep his distance. Landry has a daughter and a past. Cal has been down that road before and barely survived when the woman he loved left, taking her two sons with her. He can’t bear to lose like that again.

Before construction on the house can begin, Landry’s pottery is destroyed in a suspicious fire. It soon becomes clear that Landry and Eliza are in grave danger–but because of whom? But, after losing one relationship, he is hesitant to try again.


Pardon me for a minute while I just sit here and keep grinning over how much I loved this book. In fact, I haven’t stopped grinning besottedly since I finished reading Never Fall Again, and I’m not sure how in the world I’m going to wait for book two because I want to immediately be back with these characters.

Landry and her adorable daughter Eliza are immediately likable, and the blurry glimpses we’re given at first of their complex backstory just drew me in even further. I wanted to know what had happened to make Landry feel like she had to keep looking over her shoulder, and as the danger begins to ramp up in the second half of the book I was completely invested in figuring it out to keep them safe. (As though I could do anything to help her, considering she’s a fictional character in a book that’s already been written & not by me… but still LOL) Landry’s personality is engaging and warm, and my favorite moments were when she was teasing Cal and even through the pages you can picture her whole face lighting up.

And then there’s Cal …. blissful smitten sigh. Cal is a former Marine, baby of the family but all man, flirty, bighearted, and protective. Has a gorgeous smile (which he uses often) – “one that reached his eyes and hid nothing” – and loves Jesus, his dog (the fabulously sweet Maisy whom I also loved) & his family. His big, crazy, hilarious, boisterous, loving family who I fell head over heels with just as easily as I fell for Cal. One of my favorite types of romance heroes is the one who suddenly realizes that, despite his best intentions to the contrary, his heart is now completely spoken for. Oh how I adored watching that happen to Cal, watching him fight unsuccessfully against falling in love with Landry and Eliza only to concede defeat. (And I very much enjoyed his family and crew realizing it before he did.) Once his walls are down, have mercy! And this sentence – “Cal kissed like it was his mission and failure wasn’t an option” – still has me fanning.

Bottom Line: My first trip to Gossamer Falls, on the pages of Never Fall Again by Lynn H. Blackburn, is one that will have me coming back to visit again and again. I loved the main & supporting characters so much that I can’t quit smiling about them, the romance between Cal & Landry is all kinds of swoony, and the suspense (though it doesn’t ramp up until the last few chapters) is riveting. Blackburn brilliantly sets up the rest of the series by giving us hints of romantic tension & complicated histories for several of Cal’s extended family, and I can’t wait to see where these relationships go next. This will easily be one of my fave reads of 2024, and I highly recommend it for your next read, too!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / still grinning

KissingBook Level: 4 / keep those fans and fainting couches handy

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Lynn H. Blackburn

Lynn H. Blackburn is the award-winning author of Unknown Threat, Malicious Intent, and Under Fire, as well as the Dive Team Investigations series. She loves writing swoon-worthy Southern suspense because her childhood fantasy was to become a spy, but her grown-up reality is that she’s a huge chicken and would have been caught on her first mission. She prefers to live vicariously through her characters by putting them into terrifying situations while she sits at home in her pajamas. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Connect with Lynn at her website

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Never Fall Again giveaway

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41 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Never Fall Again by Lynn H. Blackburn

  1. Roxanne C.

    First, I love the name of the place setting, Gossamer Falls. The main characters sound so congenial and caring, the kind you’d want as lifelong friends.

  2. Sandy Avery

    Thank you for your review. It sounds like I must immediately put this book on my list to read ASAP! And even better that it starts a new series to look forward to.

  3. Cathy

    I, too, love to read of the romances that catch one of the characters unaware and despite their vowed intention of disinterest! And the humorous realization of family members that the relationship is taking hold anyway! Add in the suspense and danger that throws them together and I’m hooked! Sounds intriguing!

  4. marti

    I’ve been meaning to read this author for a while, and this looks like the perfect book to start with!

  5. Bea LaRocca

    Your awesome review makes me want to read Never Fall Again and I love the cover art and synopsis, I am adding this one to my TBR pile

  6. I’ve heard of Lynn Blackburn, but until now I’ve not read any of her books. It looks like I’ve been missing out. AND I too love the line: “Cal kissed like it was his mission and failure wasn’t an option”

  7. Regina

    Carrie, I always look forward to reading your reviews. I have discovered so many good books because of them. I’m definitely adding this one to my TBR! 📚😊💗

  8. Perrianne Askew

    A new series by Lynn Blackburn? Yes please! I love suspense and love starting a series with the first book. I have a bad habit of buying books out of order.

  9. Lexi Henegar

    I recently read my first books by this author – the Dive Team series. And they were wonderful! Couldn’t put them down. I know I”ll love any suspense book that she writes!

  10. Colleen Hudson

    I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read by Lynn Blackburn and I can’t wait to read this one!

  11. Nancy

    I would like to read Never Fall Again by Lynn H. Blackburn because it sounds like a great book.

  12. Paty Hinojosa

    I love Christian romantic suspense and I still have to try Lynn’s book! The cover and blurb is intriguing!

  13. Kay Garrett

    An awesome author, fabulous sounding book, and a great review by Carrie all add up to this book being on my TBR list and me having a great desire to read it. Can’t wait for the opportunity to do just that!

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