One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s greatest dangers: love. Who would you be if you had one night to be anyone you want? Volunteering in New Orleans was supposed to be a change, an escape from the total mess Julie left at home and from her brother’s losing battle with PTSD. But building houses surrounded by her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions has Julie feeling more trapped than ever. And she’s had enough. In a moment of daring, Julie runs away, straight into the glitter, costumes, and chaos of the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade—and instantly connects with Miles, an utterly irresistible musician with a captivating smile and a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. Together Julie and Miles decide to forget their problems and live this one night in the here and now. Wandering the night, they dance on roofs, indulge in beignets, share secrets and ghost stories under the stars, and fall in love. But when a Category Two hurricane changes course and heads straight for NOLA, their adventure takes an unexpected turn. And, suddenly, pretending everything is fine is no longer an option. Richly evocative to the heart-racing end, Even If the Sky Falls is a swoon-worthy debut to indulge in to the very last note.
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What worked: This is a fast-paced whirlwind romance set in New Orleans. The chemistry between Miles and Julie ignites right at the start. The thrill of being caught up in a sudden romance pulls readers along for one excitement packed ride.
I loved how Garcia doesn't slam readers with the pain that Julie is running away but rather slowly reveals it. At first readers see a girl that might just be reckless and impulsive while in fact her vulnerabilities come to light as the evening drags on. Not only does Miles push Julie outside her comfort/safe zone but she also helps Miles reveal his own vulnerabilities.
Miles is cute, appealing, and very charming. He's not the stereotypical guy that takes advantage of a girl but rather one that is not only kind but caring. He balances out Julie and brings out the best in her even if it's only in one night. I know I hoped they'd continue their relationship!
The hurricane that hits New Orleans is symbolic of the turmoil that rages within Julie. When the storm breaks? That's when Julie finally comes somewhat to terms with her past.
There's so much more than romance in this novel. There's adventure, suspense, and heart-felt reveals. Lots of feels! Oh, and of course adorable Miles!
Whirlwind romance in the heart of New Orleans with characters that decide to take a chance on each other with very satisfying results.
I really enjoyed the moments between Julie and Miles. His friends were awesome and added some hilarious moments to the night but the main focus was the developing chemistry between Julie and Miles. I liked their connection for what it was: two people who needed a night to just live and forget their baggage so they felt drawn to each other. It was done in a way that didn’t feel like insta-love even though they got pretty intense.
There was a good balance between the heavier scenes of the flashbacks and the hurricane and the lighter scenes of just having fun and being carefree. There was a bit of a mystery of what exactly happened to send Julie running to New Orleans and it was slowly revealed with each new flashback. The plot was one of those enjoyable ‘under the right circumstances this could happen to anyone’ types that provide an entertaining and quick read. It took me quite late into the night but I finished it in one sitting.