Title: The Harder He Falls
Expert whitewater-rafting guide Grady Kelley lives for that rush of adrenaline: at work, as the newest employee of a Portland-based outdoor-adventure sports company, and off the river, where liaisons with anonymous men keep him satisfied. Grady prefers no drama and no strings attached, but when tragedy strikes, fate leads him to Micah Swaine. He’s hot, masculine, distracting—and offers the kind of deeper connection Grady has sworn off, no matter how badly he craves it.
Working at a leather bar, Micah meets a lot of guys, but Grady’s different—and he seems to feel the same way. The trouble is, anything beyond casual sex is too risky for Micah. He’s got secrets he doesn’t know how to share, secrets that would make any relationship a battlefield. No man, even one as compassionate as Grady, would stick around for that kind of trouble. And yet, as physical desire melts the walls they’ve put up, Micah and Grady discover that trusting each other is the most exhilarating adventure of all.
Author: Lynda Aicher
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Bonds of Denial, Penalty Play, Champagne Kisses, The Deeper He Hurts
Series: Kick #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Deeper He Hurts, The Farther He Runs
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: June 7th 2016
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Romance, M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance, Romance
Pages: 224 pages
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Grady is a whitewater rafting guide. Highly skilled, travelled all over the world, traversing down the most challenging rivers, he knows how to handle challenges. When he attempts a challenging river at the beginning of the season with his cousin, Finn and their new outfitter rafting company employees, tragedy strikes which hits Grady to his core. One loses his life and Finn is in a coma. To say he has guilt is putting it lightly. He’s literally drowning in guilt. He also has a tragic past that he lets define him, so this ends up being another block on top of the mountain of self-pity he is living under.
Micah is a volunteer at the hospital and reads to coma patients. When Grady finds him reading erotica to Finn, he’s drawn in. When they meet, its awkward, but Grady is also curious about this man. He can’t seem to stop thinking about him. Micah on the other hand, is afraid his disabilities to be a downer for everyone. He does, however, want to talk to Grady about being in a coma to hopefully give him hope about Finn reawakening.
I really liked how Micah and Grady met. It was very nonchalant, but packed a punch with each other. Micah stole my heart! I felt bad with what he endured on a daily basis. Grady helped center him and I liked that he let Grady in. Grady on the other hand, was harder for me to like. He was adversarial from the get-go. Yes he had a nasty past, and he was overwhelmed with guilt, but I felt he could’ve been a little more forthcoming with Micah. He left too much unsaid and that’s where miscommunications occur. He was generally a bastard to Micah-who didn’t deserve it. How he didn’t annoy Micah despite everything Micah did for him was beyond me. Obviously you could tell I wasn’t his greatest fan. He had such a hang-up with understanding he liked to give up control during sex. He refuses to be labeled a sub-an issue from his past. Micah is a strong top and doesn’t consider himself a Dom. He seems to be just what Grady needs, even if he doesn’t realize it at first.
Despite the issues both men have, this was a story of love found when it’s least expected. Yes there were a lot of obstacles to overcome and barricades to break through. What I really didn’t enjoy was all the conflict and fighting the entire story. I was so stressed, I was glad when it finally ended. Grady finally flipped his switch and we do get the HEA we are looking for-it just takes time getting there. The Harder He Falls is book one in Lynda Aicher’s new Kick series featuring gay, marine, Doms. If that isn’t enough, the fans of angsty-type stories will love this one!