Title: Reeling Through The Fall
Author: Zarah Detand
Publisher: Self- Published
Release Date: April 7th 2014
Page Count: 115
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Three years. It’s been three years since Sven made the mistake of falling in love with his best friend’s little brother. He’s paid the price, picked up the pieces and managed to move on, forget about Leo and all those secret touches, kisses, smiles. Well, mostly.
Leo showing up at Sven’s place of work, though? That wasn’t part of the plan.
First time with this author and it was such a weird experience. On one hand, the plot and the way the story unfolds irritated the bejesus out of me, but, on the other hand, I really like the author’s writing and the MC’s inner voice. Can you see my dilemma here?
The third-person single POV worked great here, and Sven (the narrator) is funny as hell. His inner monologues and the way he saw things was hilarious. The story is not without feels, though, and there were some pretty emotional scenes too. There is also heat and the steam is just right.
What didn’t work at all, is the conflict of this story. It’s all big misunderstanding y’all! A stupid moment of miscommunication, utterly unbelievable and eye roll-inducing that happened a few years back and doesn’t get resolved until the 63% mark of the book. Until then, the characters act like immature 5 yar-olds, pinching, tripping, elbowing or sabotaging each other at work! Who the hell does these things?
All these stupid things took too much page time, and the things that truly mattered (like Sven reconsiling with his friend, Julie) were mentioned in passing.
Bottom line, the story had heart, I liked certain elements, and I would read something else by the author. But I can’t rate it higher because it was all based on contrived and irrational drama.
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