Title: Falling Down
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Pinkerton Press
Characters: Josh and Mark
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.
Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.
Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.
The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?
Falling Down is an angst driven romance that kept me on my toes. As I read this story, I couldn’t help but fall in deep adoration with these two heroes and I loved the story they had to tell.
Ms. Easton truly gets to the heart and soul of her characters. I’ve read many books by her and I’ve enjoyed them all. She seems to have a true knack of writing romantic tales told by unique and interesting characters and really live and breathe off of the written page.
From the moment Josh begins to tell his story, it is obvious he is a gentle, but very lost soul. He has struggled most of his life by being homeless with his mother, to experiencing the crippling loss of her. My heart cried out for him as he continues his journey and his determination to give up on hope, love and life. He really broke my heart and there were times I wanted to crawl through the pages and give him a hug. I thought the loss and pain of losing his mother felt real and it was easy to empathize with him…while hoping he sees some kind of light in his lonely and desolate life.
Mark has his own issues he must deal with. He’s been living with the denial of his sexuality and the fact that he’s lived his life and made choices to please others instead of himself. He is trying to work at building a business while living for himself, when he meets Josh.
From the moment these two men meet, Mark instinctively knows Josh is a lost soul and all of his protective instincts come out. He hires Josh and offers him a place to live in return for helping him with his business. I really liked how these two men learn to lean on one another and loved how their relationship developed as the story progressed.
If you are looking for perfect heroes who make all the right choices in life, then this book is not for you. As a reader, I appreciated how realistically human these two heroes were and loved how through a lot of friendship, hope and love they were able to find a way to be together.
Falling Down is a emotionally driven love story that will live with you long after you finish reading it. It will pull at your heart strings, make you weep and eventually soothe your spirit with the power of love.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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