Title: A Fallen Heart
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Cate Ashwood
After his last disastrous relationship, Joseph Ford has absolutely no interest in getting attached again. Concentrating on working as a trauma nurse and keeping his life as simple as possible are his only goals. Unfortunately, his plans could be derailed by the charming, sexy Nash.
Things are looking up for paramedic Ridley Nash when he transfers to Station 217. He gets along with the crew, likes his partner, and is finally on a team willing to accept him—gay and all. It’s everything he’s always wanted, but when he meets Ford, Nash knows his life is about to get very interesting.
As Ford and Nash find themselves stuck in the middle of a homicide case, things become more complicated. For the last year, the mutilated bodies of teenage boys have been showing up all over downtown. With no leads, the police are getting desperate. One of the victims is found alive, and he’s the best chance the police have to catch the killer—if only they can get him to talk.
Will Nash be able to catch Ford when he falls, or is there too much standing in their way to make it work?
A Fallen Heart is the second book in the Zero Hour series by Ms. Ashwood. This story will pull you in from the beginning, and those who have not read the first book will find themselves wanting to grab A Forced Silence by the time they finish. In this new book the author has brought an EMT and a Nurse into the forefront.
Joseph Ford is a nurse at one of the local hospitals. He’s trying to put his life back together after a recent split so the last thing he needs is to feel attraction for another person that may not even be gay, or is in the closet. He can’t seem to help himself however when it comes to Nash, the new EMT at Station 217.
Ridley Nash has always thought working in a fire station would be like having a big extended family. That was the furthest from the truth in his first house, especially after finding out he was gay. He gets a second chance when he transfers to Station 217. There he meets men who become the family he looked for; he also meets Joseph after taking a patient to the hospital.
The attraction between the two men is evident from the beginning, but each of the men has a past that makes them leery of starting anything new. I liked that after a rough start the two become friends before moving on to lovers. But something other than attraction holds these two together.
Nash brings in a young boy who has been brutalized. While he shows all the signs of being a victim of the serial killer that was introduced in the first story, he is too traumatized to talk. Meanwhile, Joseph feels a strong connection with this young man and can’t help becoming emotionally involved.
I don’t want to give anything more away, so let me just say that there are many twists and turns in this story. Not everyone is who they seem to be, and while it is easy to guess some of what may happen; there are more twists that will surprise the reader.
I got hooked on this series with this book alone, and cannot wait to see what the author has planned next on both the romantic and mystery front.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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