Title: A Fallen Heart (Zero Hour #2)
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinners Press
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Genre(s): romance, mystery, suspense
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Natosha Wilson
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
After his last disastrous relationship, Joseph Ford has absolutely no interest in getting attached again. Concentrating on working as a trauma nurse and keeping his life as simple as possible are his only goals. Unfortunately, his plans could be derailed by the charming, sexy Nash.
Things are looking up for paramedic Ridley Nash when he transfers to Station 217. He gets along with the crew, likes his partner, and is finally on a team willing to accept him—gay and all. It’s everything he’s always wanted, but when he meets Ford, Nash knows his life is about to get very interesting.
As Ford and Nash find themselves stuck in the middle of a homicide case, things become more complicated. For the last year, the mutilated bodies of teenage boys have been showing up all over downtown. With no leads, the police are getting desperate. One of the victims is found alive, and he’s the best chance the police have to catch the killer—if only they can get him to talk.
Will Nash be able to catch Ford when he falls, or is there too much standing in their way to make it work?
Wow, this series just keeps getting better and better. I thought book one in zero hour was going to be hard to compete with because it was such a good book but I have to say that Cate Ashwood proved to be a marvelous author with book two in this series. I was blown away and now I will be waiting on pins and needles for book three to come out and too see what Cate Ashwood will be able to come up with to top the two previous books.
Ford is a nurse at Saint Joseph’s E.R. His life pretty much revolves are his work. He eats, sleeps, works, and then repeats. What little social life he has involved his best friend Sam and his partner Adam. Both of them know the stresses that Ford goes through on the day to day job because they both work for the hospital themselves. Ford is very Leary of getting involved again with anyone because of his previous relationship and how bad it turned out to be, he prefers to just stay alone and let his life revolve around his job.
Nash just transfered to the new EMT house that he is currently working at and he feels so much more at home there. His fellow co-workers are more excepting of his personal life and a few share the same sexual preferences as he does, including his new partner Adam. Nash and Adam have quickly formed a good working relationship and have quickly become friends also.
After a drop off at the ER one night Ford and Nash meet. Nash is immediately interested but Adam explains that Ford was in a bad relationship recently and may not be ready to move on with anyone else. But Nash does not give hope. Both Nash and Ford over time starts to become friends. One night one a particularly bad call for EMTs that friendship starts to change for both Ford and Nash. After yet another murder of a child, these two men start to become closer when both have to deal with the one and only survivor of these horrific attacks that have been plaguing the city.
As time goes on and Nash and Ford continue to get closer, Ford’s insecurities start to come out and Ford finally decides he is done with their relationship. Ford knows he made a mistake and that he is just scared of being hurt again but before Ford can tell Nash he made a mistake the killer comes after Ford. Now it may be too late to ever let Nash know that he is in love with him.
Cate Ashwood made this book so exciting from the mysterious murders to Ford fighting his feelings for Nash. But Cate was also able to make me cry while reading this book. I cannot wait to be able to read the next book in the series because after the cliff hanger that this book ended with, I know the next one is going to rock the boat even more. Such a great read and and an amazing author.