Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Cover Designer: Melissa Gill MGbookcovers
Have you ever sunk inside yourself to a place of darkness so deep you couldn’t see the light? Had no hope? Felt completely alone in a world filled with so many people?
I have. I’ve lived it, breathed it.
Because life hated me.
It disliked me from the moment of conception, despised me when I was born, loathed me when I bounced from each foster home, and kicked me in the gut when I watched the one thing that meant everything to me leave.
For years, I drifted, unable to find my footing, never knowing what the word stable meant. Then a single moment in time rocked me to my core, changing me and making that solid ground I so desperately craved crumble at my feet, causing me to fall farther than I’d ever imagined.
The darkness of the swirling tornado that is depression captured me, pulling me down to its depths, drowning me, suffocating me, owning me.
A depth so deep, I didn’t think I’d survive and didn’t care if I did. I only wanted peace. I wanted the pain to disappear. I wanted to be … free.
Needing to fall into the cyclone of darkness was the only way I could find the light.
**Warning: This book covers many tough issues—including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and abuse. It is a very highly charged, emotional read. 18+ Only. Please note: depression, PSTD, and other issues covered in this book take different lengths of time to combat—some take a lifetime. In this book, time is skewed and sped up to flow with the story line.**
Needing to Fall by Ryan Michele
Reviewed by Amy W.
I've read more than my share of stories featuring broken characters. With Needing to Fall, author Ryan Michele introduces a cast of characters that brings new meaning to the word "broken."
The kind of pain experienced by Reign goes much deeper than minor depression. Her character is probably one of the most complex I've ever encountered. It's important to note that this story handles some really tough issues that might be triggers for some readers. The author did a phenomenal job capturing the feelings of hopelessness and despair.
While the mental health field takes a lot of hits in the media, the author showed a vision of what a successful intervention would look like, complete with interaction with healthcare providers. The realism really shines during Reign's hospitalization.
The ultimate question focuses on whether Reign can climb out of the dark pit of despair that keeps getting deeper as she explores her past.
How do you heal someone who doesn't even know where to start? In this case, you pair them up with another broken person in hopes they can help each other. Lynx has his share of problems, but he creates an interesting contrast to Reign, demonstrating that pain comes in all shapes and sizes.
The end result is a story that is raw and gritty, yet completely captivates the reader. In spite of all the hurt and dark themes, I actually found it to be somewhat inspirational. Grab a box of tissues and prepare to enter a world of heartache. It's worth it.
Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.