Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review:The Hardest Fall by Christina Lee

The Hardest Fall
Roadmap to Your Heart, Book 3
M/M Romance

RELEASE DATE: 06-23-16

Lee trades country ballads for show tunes in the next standalone book of her M/M series, Roadmap to Your Heart.After licking his wounds from a painful relationship, Tate Sullivan is ready to move back home. He picks up where he left off as drag queen extraordinaire Frieda Love in a West Village bar in New York City. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the mysterious man with the dark eyes who shows up to every single performance—flirtatiously eyeing Tate one second and disappearing on him the next. Why mess around with a guy who is clearly giving him mixed signals?

Sebastian Clark is on a mission the first night he shows up at Ruby Redd’s. He doesn’t anticipate his plan being flipped on its head by the charismatic drag queen and even more so by the mesmerizing man beneath the makeup. But the more he learns about the vibrant and brash Tate Sullivan the more intrigued he becomes. So he pushes aside his guilt about why he sought out the bar in the first place in order to get to know the guy behind the stilettos.

They’re opposites on many levels, but as Tate spends time volunteering with Sebastian at the shelter, he begins to feel good about himself in ways he hadn’t before. For Sebastian, Tate represents a sense of fun and freedom that is completely fresh and invigorating. Before they know it, their easy companionship catches fire, and Sebastian is kissing a man for the first time, while Tate is opening his heart to new possibilities. But Sebastian is still keeping a secret, and Tate will have to decide if he can trust again, or if the betrayal he feels from Sebastian’s confession is too much to overcome.
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What I thought about The Hardest Fall

If you've been following this series, The Hardest Fall features Tate from The Deepest Blue, the previous book in this series. He's Dean's flamboyant friend, and he's now living and working in NYC as Freida Love, drag queen.  One night he's drawn to one of the customers who he dubs "Dark Eyes."  Intrigued by this man who stares at him during his act, he approaches his mysterious fan.

Sebastian is in a tough spot.  He's supposed to be at Ruby Redd's to give Frieda Love a package from his recently deceased friend, who happened to be married and having an affair with Frieda.  Sebastian is shocked because he never saw his friend Alan in this way, but Sebastian's sense of honor has him seeking Frieda out.  Only one problem...Sebastian finds himself intrigued by Frieda and very attracted to Tate. 

There's a lot of questions in Sebastian's mind, especially since he hasn't been attracted to men that way before (or at least he thought).  But the more time Tate and Sebastian spend together, the deeper their connection and attraction becomes. It's really quite lovely how their relationship builds.  Tate is super-patient with Sebastian as he figures out what he wants. I liked the slower build to their relationship very much.

But Sebastian is also keeping a secret from Tate that threatens to ruin everything that they've been building.  I wasn't expecting everything that came with the telling of the secret, and I really loved how Sebastian saw that his love for Tate was so very different than the relationship Tate had with his former lover Alan.

There are some nice secondary characters to help the story along, and I loved the roommates and coworkers that helped these two men get together.  There was a lot of love in this book and it wasn't just between Tate and Sebastian.

I also appreciated and applauded the volunteerism theme in The Hardest Fall.  I loved how Sebastian opened up Tate's eyes here.  

Overall, I really loved this story. It works nicely as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the previous books in the series to enhance the story. The Hardest Fall had a ton of emotions on every page, but didn't drag things out.  Sebastian's journey of discovery was interesting as was Tate's comfort with who he was. So much to like in this.

ARC provided for review.


Once upon a time, Christina Lee lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. She spent her days getting in cabs, shopping for photo shoots, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at her favorite hangouts.

Now she lives in the Midwest with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. She’s been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until she wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that she realized she could turn the fairytales inside her head into the reality of writing fiction.

She’s addicted to lip balm and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.



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