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Review: The Deeper I Fall by Erika Kelly

He’s a rough and rugged hockey player. She’s a posh British princess. To win an enormous inheritance, they’re forced to live together.

This is not going to go well.

When his former hockey coach passes away, Declan Cadell is shocked to learn the man left him a cattle ranch. Well, not exactly. He’s got one little hurdle to jump first. He has to win a trivia contest against the man’s estranged daughter. Oh, and there’s a caveat: he’s only in the running if he lives and works with the spoiled princess who blew off one of the greatest men he’s ever known.

As if it wasn’t hurtful enough that Seraphina Crutchley’s biological father replaced her with a bunch of sweaty hockey boys, now he’s forcing her to vie for her inheritance with one of them. Worse, the guy clearly can’t stand her because if—no, when she wins the contest—she’ll sell the land and return home to London. Why on earth would she keep a cattle ranch in Wyoming?

But Seraphina comes to learn the contest is about so much more than a ranch. It’s about learning who her father was and why he stopped asking to see her. It’s about falling in love…and finding the courage to fight for it.


I really love Phinny and Declan’s story. It’s sweet, unique and a lot of fun to read. They’re both so confused to find out about the contest, each wondering why me. Declan wants to preserve the ranch exactly as it is to carry on Kurt’s family legacy while Phinny has no connection to that part of her family and just wants to sell it. She belongs in London after all, it’s not as though she’s going to move to Wyoming to live on a ranch. But with each passing day in Calamity Falls, Phinny falls in love with the town with it’s quirky ways and she’s falling for Declan, too.

Declan has a tragic past but Phinny’s is tragic in it’s own way so they bring each other comfort. We watch them go from strangers to enemies to friends to lovers but everything about them is so different and their lives are so far apart. Declan can’t exactly move to London because there’s no hockey there. This is a cute story about family and forgiveness and broadening your horizons and I loved it. The author is new to me but I can’t wait to read more Calamity Falls because I fell in love with the town as much as Phinny did. I received an ARC from Grey’s Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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