When Fate Falls Short

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Title: When Fate Falls Short
Author: Brooke Edwards
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 3, 2016
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 64
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Childhood sweethearts Nathan Maxwell and Sean Adams took ten years to realize they belonged together, followed by ten years of bliss. When it is snatched away, Sean is left alone with the aftermath. Lost and grieving in a world that doesn’t make sense without Nathan by his side, he struggles to keep himself afloat… until he meets Jesse Lawrence.

The shadow of a congenital heart defect has hung over Jesse like a dark cloud all his life. Nathan’s death saves Jesse’s life by providing the heart Jesse needs to survive, and a chance encounter between their best friends plants Jesse in Sean’s orbit. But how well can a love triangle between a dead man, his grieving lover, and the one with his heart beating in his chest possibly turn out? Real feelings and pure intentions might not be enough.

Warning: Contains spoilers….

Well, 17 tissues later and munching on Stay’s pita chips I am finally done with this book. I am one of those rare creatures that don’t mind not having an ETA or HFN. Sometimes I prefer what can happen in real life. Let me say this is one of those books. So, stop right now if you only read HEA’s and/or HFN; this book will not be for you.

I thought from reading the authors blurb and from the title of the book, that the only heartache would be from Sean’s lost of Nate. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This is not a kittens and rainbows type book. It’s life, and as we all know it can be messy.

A six-year-old Nate and a five-year-old Sean, first meet one another while standing in line at an ice cream shop. Nate decides to share his ice cream with Sean, because “sharing means more”. From there we are whisked through their lives, giving us only a few glimpses of how their friendship evolves into something more. Then we see the downward fall, the meting of Jesse and how their lives entwine and then split.

I did really enjoy this book, even given the outcome. However, I would say that the start of the book was a bit rough and choppy at times. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a play with stage directions. Maybe this could have been solved by making the story a bit longer. However, it finally started to flow a bit better around the 23% mark. The book is written like we, the reader, are sitting down and watching a highlight reel into Sean’s life. The ups and the downs; nothing left hidden. We are then brought to the present, while still only getting highlights. At the need of the book I kept tapping the kindle to turn the page wondering why the page wouldn’t turn. It took me a while to realize I was already at the end of the book.

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I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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