Author: Barbara Elsborg
Genres: Mystery, Dark, Romance
Part of Book Series: Fall or Break #1
Summary: 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.
Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.
I felt like reading an anxiety ridden book so I turned to Barbara Elsborg, knowing I’d get worried and sad and hurt, but also weeping with joy and hope. Only that I started reading and, yes, I felt sorry for the main characters, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought I maybe got used to it or maybe this book was calmer. Then it happened. Things went bad and I started to worry more and more about what’s coming, I wanted to hurt some of the characters really bad and was even more anxious about the sequel. It also didn’t help that I had to put the book down at some point and be productive, giving me enough time to wonder and worry about what’s next.
As usual, I almost instantly felt for the characters, both Malachi and Harper went through some horrid stuff and I’m glad I was spared some of the details, it would have only brought up sadness and rage in me.
I liked getting to know these two, Malachi’s sense of observation, Harper’s insecurities and paranoia (who can blame him?), Malachi’s unending blabber, Harper’s wishes and aspiration, his motivations, Malachi’s secrets and his big heart, Harper’s readjusting to this life thing, and so much more. But most of all I liked them together and I am so happy I got plenty of that. Having them happy and safe was more than I could have asked for.
The plot was so very complex and I love how Barbara Elsborg manages to divert the reader’s attention just enough to not figure out what’s going on too fast (or at all), but also create storylines and situations that make a lot of sense. She thinks about everything and I am a huge fan of that.
Needless to say I disliked Jessop (not even sure if I wrote the name right, but it doesn’t matter, the guy is scum) and Brian, Sarrah was okay, poor thing, Brady was awful through and through, and as for Conrad… I hope the sequel has him as one of the main characters. I disliked him a lot in the beginning, but as the story progressed and it was revealed why he acted the way he did, I warmed up to him. Just a little. He’s still a prick, and I kind of want to see him suffer, but I also want him to find his happiness.
Off I go to read the sequel.
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