The Way We Fall Teaser & ARC Giveaway #1

I’m so excited to share the first ARC giveaway for The Way We Fall. This is the second teaser released. If you’d like to read the first teaser, you can join the Facebook discussion group where it was posted. Today’s teaser is from Rory’s POV.

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Giveaway Instructions

Today, I will be giving away TWO digital ARC’s of The Way We Fall (to be delivered via email on or about February 9th). To enter the giveaway:

  • SHARE the link to this post on Facebook and/or Twitter.
  • POST A COMMENT below answering the question at the bottom of the teaser.


I will announce the winner’s name on Saturday, January 17th, on my Facebook fan page so make sure you click the LIKE button on my page.

The winners are:

  • ARC Winner: Melissa Krehley
  • Signed Paperback Winner: Ashley Graham

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Now onto the teaser…


Five years ago, April 5th

My head twitches to the left, but it takes me a moment to realize what’s happening. There’s something on my face. I let out a piercing shriek as I try to bat away whatever spider or fly is perched on my eyebrow. Then I hear soft chuckles.

I open my eyes and Houston begins roaring with laughter. “Was that you?”

“Sorry. I was just brushing your eyebrow to wake you up,” he explains, trying to keep a straight face.

“You jerk. What time is it?”

“It’s 6:30.” He holds his arms out and beckons me to come closer. “Come here. You don’t have to get ready for class for another hour.”

I scoot in next to him and drape my arm across his solid chest. “Is it really 6:30?”

“Yep. Are you still tired?”

“I haven’t slept that well in… months.” I trace my finger down the center of his chest and marvel as goosebumps sprout over his skin.

“I’m glad you slept.”

“I’m sorry about the things I said yesterday. I didn’t mean it.”

He kisses the top of my head. “No need to apologize… Sometimes… Sometimes I get angry with her, too.”

“She doesn’t deserve that.”

“No, she doesn’t.”

I trace a heart shape over his firm abs and smile when I see his erection rising beneath the sheet. I lightly rake my fingers over his ribs then back up to his chest. Then I trace the letters of the tattoo that stretches from one side of his chest to the other: LOYALTY. His only other tattoo is on the inside of his left forearm: Remember. Followed by the date Hallie died. He got both tattoos within the last six months.

Though he almost always avoids talking about Hallie, I know he hasn’t forgotten her. And I know he’s dealing with this in his own way. I shouldn’t have accused him of avoiding the issue. But I do hope he’ll open up to me at some point. I don’t know if it’s realistic to hope for something like that.

“Remember that time Hallie got an iPod for Christmas.”

He lets out a soft puff of laughter. “Yeah, and she gave it to your grandma.”

“I didn’t even notice until my grandma left the day after Christmas and she was wearing headphones when I went to hug her goodbye.”

“She was always way too mature for her age.”

“My grandma?”

He laughs again, squeezing my shoulder as he plants a kiss on my forehead. “Remember when we used to go to the public pool and I had to discipline that fucking eight-year-old kid for staring at her.”

“She was thirteen and too pretty for her own good, but she loved the attention. I, on the other hand, hated the pool. All I wanted to do while I was there was watch you, but you never paid me any attention. No matter what bikini I wore.”

“Maybe that was the problem. I would have noticed you if you weren’t wearing a bikini.”

I shake my head as I slide my hand under the sheet and wrap my fingers around his erection. A grin spreads across my face. I finally got all I ever wished for during those summers at the pool. But my smile quickly disappears when I realize it was at the expense of my best friend’s life.

I slide my fist down the length of his erection and his breathing quickens, but he reaches down and pulls my hand up.

He lifts my chin so I’m looking up at him. “I’m sorry.”

“For what?”

“For never noticing you. If I had known… maybe everything would have turned out differently.”

“Different isn’t always better.”

GIVEAWAY QUESTION: What do you think happened to Hallie?

Make sure you click the SHARE buttons at the bottom of the post to share the teaser on Facebook and/or Twitter to enter the giveaway.


The Way We Fall

Maybe we shouldn’t have fallen so fast and so willingly.

Maybe we shouldn’t have moved in together before we went on our first date.

Maybe we should have given our wounds time to heal before we tore each other to shreds.

Maybe we should have never been together.

Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he took her in. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal.

Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever.

Once again, Houston is left with a choice between the truth and the only girl he’s ever loved.

From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a passionate love story that pushes the boundaries of loyalty.

The Way We Fall is the first book in the The Story of Us Series. More information will be available shortly. Please bookmark this page and sign up for Cassia’s newsletter to find out more information like release dates and giveaways as soon as they’re available. You can also join the discussion group on Facebook for exclusive news and teasers.


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  1. Patricia Maia January 11, 2015 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Hallie died… maybe in an accident and I think Houston have something to do with it…

  2. amccalli January 11, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I think Halle died from a terrible accident that has left those she loved deeply scarred. I have shared this post on Facebook and Twitter. This sounds like a wonderful story.

  3. medepriest January 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Re tweeted I think Hallie killed herself and Houston was there when it happened.

  4. Sam Kozbial January 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Hallie must have died and the death happened at/near a pool?

  5. Kristina Longoria January 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I think she died in some sort of accident. Can’t wait to read this one!

  6. Corinne Regan Bridges January 11, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    I think Hallie died, maybe even drowned as the pool was mentioned in this teaser. Can’t wait to read this!!!

  7. rroutzon4 January 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I think she committed suicide because of something that happened with Houston.

  8. Stacie Elliott January 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I think there was some sort of accident and Halle died. Houston feels guilty because he was involved somehow, but he is afraid that Rory will find out and leave him. Retweeted, Thanks for the chance to win!!

  9. Sarah Griffin January 11, 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I think maybe she killed herself. Can’t wait to read the rest of the story!

  10. Evelyn Beaton January 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I think hallie died by some accident. I don’t think at the pool as they have fond memories of the pool. But I think some accident and Houston was there when it happened maybe even had something to do with it. Since he can’t tell Rory as he is scared it will make her hate him.

  11. Tonya Bunch January 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Think she died in a tragic accident. Sounds like a great read.

  12. Krehley's Kindle January 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I think Hallie might have died and either one or both of them had something to do with it.

  13. Lynn Lewis January 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Hallie died and Houson feels guilty about it

  14. Sarah January 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I think she drowned and Houston was there.

  15. Jennifer Hamilton January 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    By the synopsis, it seems that Houston had something to do with Hallies death. But by the teaser, it’s got to be an accident. He has a tatoo and the reminisce like the good times so it doesn’t sound more than an accident.

  16. Danielle Kincaid January 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Hallie died in a drunk driving accident. She was drunk.

  17. Whitney McGregor January 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I think she died in an accident that the three of them were all involved in. Something perhaps that made Houston finally notice Rory.

  18. Cara Nicole January 11, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I think Hallie was killed in a robbery and Rory blames herself, maybe she was supposed to be there and instead left after an argument. Tweeted!

  19. Mindy Ison January 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Hallie died or maybe committed suicide…… Sounds like a great book,

  20. Ashley Graham January 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I think that Hallie died in a horrible accident at the pool one summer. Maybe Houston and Rory weren’t paying attention and she drowned maybe?

  21. Sandy Montemayor January 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I think they were in an accident and Houston saved Rory first and Hallie died. Shared on Facebook and Twitter.

  22. Coleen Devlin Leszczynski January 11, 2015 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Hallie was killed in a horrible car accident and Houston was driving the car. Can’t wait to read this book!!

  23. Beth Hurley January 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Shared on FB and I think Hallie died in a terrible car accident…..Can’t wait to read this book it sounds amazing like all of your other stories….I have read all of your books and love them….

  24. Tess H January 12, 2015 at 3:45 am - Reply

    OMG! Love the teaser!!! ♥ Shared on Facebook and Twitter 🙂 I’m guessing Hallie’s death is indirectly caused by Houston? Maybe he cheated on her (hence the LOYALTY tattoo) and she threatened to kill herself but by some sick twist of fate, she actually did kill herself accidentally? I can’t wait to read it and get some answers!

    p.s. Please don’t enter me as I’m just joining in the fun! 😉

  25. Lisa M January 12, 2015 at 5:18 am - Reply

    hmm, I think she must have died but that just seems so obvious … I am very curious now! 😉

  26. Ashley Blackwell January 12, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I think her and Houston got into a fight and then maybe he shoved her and she got hurt.

  27. Linda January 12, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I think she drowned. I think the boyfriend couldn’t save her.

  28. Melissa Mason Clem January 12, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I think maybe Hallie and Houston were dating, while Rory was the best friend. Hallie died in some type of tragic accident that left both Houston and Rory searching for answers and comfort, thus drawing them to each other and then ultimately apart again. Houston feels that it’s his fault Hallie died and is keeping this secret hidden deep inside from everyone, most especially from Rory.

  29. Tatianna White January 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately, I think it could have been suicide or maybe really bad depression that led to it. Shared on FB and Twitter.

  30. Denise Bolds January 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    A terrible tragedy leaves Hallie dead and so much sadness in those who love her. This sounds like a great story! A ring of fire one must pass in order to love.

  31. Julye Ann LaComb January 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I think Hallie and Houston broke up and Hallie had issues with it and she committed suicide

  32. Catharine Bozeman Barrack January 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I think Hallie killed herself and Houston was the reason.

  33. francesca January 12, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I’m pretty sure Hallie died…tragic accident or possible suicide…sounds like a heartbreakingly beautiful story. Can’t wait to read this.

  34. judy robinson January 13, 2015 at 4:26 am - Reply

    I think Hallie died and Houston was to blame.

  35. Robin The Book Nerd January 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Maybe Houston had a wreck that killed Hallie. (shared on FB and Tweeted) Can’t wait to read this new troilogy!

  36. Melanie J January 13, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I have a feeling she died in an accident.

  37. Cassie Geary January 14, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

    An accident in which Houston was somehow involved….

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