I was looking for my October Challenge, and he was right there, stripping in front of me.
And with that line right there, I was hooked. Learning to Fall has one of the most adorable meet-cute moments I’ve read in recent memory.
Steph is a book blogger (yes, you read that right) participating in monthly book challenge called Live Like Fiction. One challenge in particular sets up this adorable meet-cute perfectly. The challenge is to go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero who isn’t your type.
Enter Grayson Price. Grayson is the co-captain of the Addison Hill rugby team. Built and gorgeous but totally not Steph’s type, which makes him the perfect candidate for the challenge. And just like the fictional characters that Steph is so familiar with, life started to get a lot more complicated.
It’s been days since I’ve finished this book but I can tell you with certainty that, yes, this book made me swoon all over the place because Grayson Price, despite not Steph’s type, is certainly my type of hero. He’s sweet, loyal, gorgeous, and built like the rugby god that he is.
^^ Kinda of like that, yeah?
But gorgeous rugby, eye-candy aside, what made me enjoy this book more was Steph. Basically, she’s me and most of my friends who’s as crazy about books as I am. And she hit the nail right when in the head when she said this…
There was so much comfort in being friends with people who liked the same things. Believe me. I tried being friends with real people, but friendship offers stopped coming when I missed one too many dorm parties.
Steph is basically me and all my book friends. We are all Steph!!
I’m not usually a fan of books that mirror too much of what I do IRL because of the cringe factor but Mina Esguerra managed to make it authentic and funny and yeah, not cringey. The whole Live Like Fiction Challenge was cleverly woven into the story.
I also liked the straightforwardness of the romance between Steph and Grayson. These are two mature people, capable of handling their feelings. In other words, low-drama. I also really appreciate that even though Grayson was this hot rugby player, he’s not really written as the best player or even belong to the best team in the country. He failed miserably at some things. He had a chink on his hero armor, which made him even more endearing to me as a reader. And Steph is smart but sort of underachieves and lacks drive and focus. And like Grayson, she also failed at one point or another.
These are not perfect characters but that’s what I liked about them. Their flaws made them relatable to me.
This is the third book in the series. I didn’t read the first two but that didn’t affect my enjoyment because the book is a standalone. And while the previous couples were mentioned in the book, their presence had no affect on the plot whatsoever. So this one is safe to read as a standalone.