Falling Down - Eli Easton
Release: November 9 2016
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
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 an ex-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 expected that he’d 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 fall?
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*
Josh is all alone in the world after his mom passes away and the one thing he wants is just to let go of his loneliness and stop fighting.
Mark moves to Gainsville to start his own contracting business and to escape from having to tell his family that he's gay. Joining the Marines was also a way to do that and to make his father and brothers proud of him. He's fighting his guilt over not being able to help one of his friends while on tour and when he sees Josh, he recognizes the same numb, dead look in him and offers Josh a job, hoping to help him get over his depression.
They build a friendship as they work and live side by side, that slowly gives way into more, but Mark is not out to his family and an unfortunate event sends Josh spiralling back into depression.
I loved both Mark and Josh and wanted to cuddle them both and make it all better for them, especially Josh. He'd gone through so much at 18, more than some people go through in their whole lives, that it was no wonder he was so numb. I loved seeing him bloom with Mark's attention and help and how natural the progression from friends to lovers was. Their chemistry was sizzling and sweet and I just loved them together.
I had no doubt I was going to love this book, after all, Eli Easton is one of my favorite authors, and I wasn't disappointed. Ms. Easton crafted a heartwrenching tale that just pushed all the right buttons. It's angsty, but not overbearingly so, it has tridimensional characters, both principal and secondary, that you can root for and love with all their virtues and flaws and it has a heartwarming epilogue. It's not perfect, but it was amazing. Emotional, fantastically written and full of heart, this is a book I'll most certainly read again. Very recommended!
Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.
Eli currently publishes with Dreamspinner Press and has a few self-pubbed titles as well.
She also publishes thrillers under Jane Jensen.