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

March 19, 2015 Review 0

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.

Title: Falling
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Talking Trouble, Breaking, Give Yourself Away
Series: Fall or Break #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Breaking
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Author
Published: March 24th 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
Pages: 335
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-flames

I’ve fallen into a pattern of reading M/M romances that are devastatingly sad. I really was looking for something happy but when I came across Falling, the cover and the blurb grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I HAD to read it. I’ve never read anything by Barbara Elsborg before so I’m not sure if books full of angst is her normal writing style. If it is, she certainly has it nailed in the head. Falling took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions from sadness to laughter.

It was the cover that first caught my attention. It screamed to me someone is in pain. That is the perfect picture of Harper. Serving 10 years for a crime he didn’t commit and getting out of jail to continue paying the price. He is certainly someone who needed a hug. Harper and his situation broke my heart. How do you pick up the pieces of your life after it’s been ruined? How do you live with the rage of the injustice you’ve endured for years? How do you learn to trust again? It would take a special person to take that broken soul to make him whole again.

Malachi seems to be the perfect person to fit that bill. His lack of filter on his mouth give me quite a few laugh out loud moments. However is not without pain of his own. At first I thought it was all about his failed relationship with his former lover (Of seven years no less) but I was wrong, so very wrong. His personal story with his family is tragic. Holding his pain in yet appearing happy on the outside. His sense of humor is less of being a smart mouth and more of a coping mechanism.

There’s a lot of pain between these two and as they come together you can see how they are able to heal each other. The sex was at times hot hard and intense and other times sweet and loving. Neither are without their flaws and they both have a tendency to allow past situations to cloud their judgments and cause them further pain. Better to hurt themselves then allow another to do it for them. Human nature can be a terrible thing which make the few secondary characters that interact and cause further pain to Harper and Malachi much easier to hate. There’s a lot of sweet highs and crushing lows thorough this book that keep the whole story rolling along. All the unexpected twists all come to a climatic ending that is very satisfying and left me smiling.
Here it is in a nutshell. I really liked Falling. It’s a great M/M romance filled with pain and suffering with the possibility of hope and healing. It wasn’t what I was looking for to read but I’m glad I did. A great book for anyone who enjoys NA romances. I look forward to the next book in the series.





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