Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review: Falling (Fall or Break #1) by Barbara Elsborg

Falling is easy. Landing without breaking your heart? Impossible.

Harper is no longer behind bars, but it doesn’t feel like it. Ten years serving time for a crime he didn’t commit have left him shut down, numb, and a frozen wreck over the simplest of choices.

He’s acutely aware of the dark-haired young man checking him out in the supermarket, but he’s too deep in panic mode to even meet the guy’s gaze. Afraid the slightest move will trigger a fall that will never stop.

Fresh off a long-term relationship with a controlling man, Malachi is stuck living with relatives who think he’s a waste of oxygen. The tall guy in the long, gray coat is the first bright spot he’s glimpsed in a long time…though the man’s unblinking stare at a bottle of shower gel is a touch alarming.

Hard experience tells both of them to turn away before lust turns to hopeless attraction, and inevitably to disaster. But once their sparks connect, the arc of electricity is too strong to deny. Even if the cost is too much to bear.

Warning: Contains an ex-con with disaster written all over him, a boy toy who’s trouble with a capital T, a damp old British house, compulsive meddling, and enough hot sex to cure the severe case of nervous babbling.

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What I thought about Falling

This is the story of two men who have had the more than their share of bad times and how their friendship and love changes their lives. When the story opens, we meet Malachi. He's jobless and living with his sister and brother-in-law under less than ideal conditions. He sees a man at the grocery that turns his head.

Harper has just been released from prison after ten years. Emotionally, he's a mess. His life has turned into a nightmare at the hands of others, and he's desperately trying to figure out how to live in this post-incarceration world.

My heart immediately went out to these two men, and when circumstances bring them together, Barbara Elsborg's writing shines a big beautiful light on what is so lovely about two people connecting, much in the same way she did in one of my favorite books from her, Strangers.

I've read some reviews of this title that thought this was insta-love, but for me, it wasn't. Maybe insta-lust is more accurate, after all these are two men that have been deprived of the human touch for some time, but the love-- I thought that took time to take seed and develop between these two and I loved how their relationship went from explosive sex to heart-wrenching feelings for each other.

There's a lot going on in this title, but central to the story is Malachi's attempts to prove Harper's innocence. Some reviews have said this plot line is hard to believe, but I didn't think so. It demonstrates just how mean and vindictive people can be, and I can get behind that. I thought it was a well crafted suspenseful plot line that could have ended in tragedy. Yes, there's lots of angst in this, starting with Harper's insecurities and ending with Malachi's beautiful heart and sense of rightness. Oh, and did I mention Malachi's humor? He brings a lot of light to what otherwise might have been a very dark story.

I really enjoyed Falling and found myself getting invested in needing to know what happens to Harper and Malachi. I'm not rating this 5 stars because I thought the sex at times took way from the tension of the story and once their relationship was established, I almost felt like a voyeur. A few of the sex scenes toward the end could have been cut to make things flow better for me. as I found myself skimming over them to find out what was going to happen next.

Overall, I would recommend this. Harper and Malachi are definitely worth the time.  

I'm off to read 
the second book in this series,
 releasing  July 28, 2015


Category: Contemporary Romance
Orientation: MM
Available 28th July 2015 with Samhain

Archer Hart is on the move before the man he’s just killed is found. When a bullet whizzes past his ear, he realizes hunter is now hunted. So much for his retirement plans. Someone wants him dead and all he can do is keep running.
Downed by a hit and run driver, barrister Conrad Black is certain the ‘accident’ was deliberate but he has no proof or support. In recovery, struggling to work out of partial paralysis, he has plenty of time to wonder who regrets not striking him harder. At this point, running anywhere is a distant dream.

The confidence, determination and stamina of two alphas males will mean little if neither is willing to bend—seize the love offered—and work together to understand why they’re suddenly both marked men. Not easy for either when Archer has broken the law in the worst possible way and Conrad is the law.

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About the Author

Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed that to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide. After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are much fun to read as they were to write.

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