Title: A Fallen Heart (Zero Hour #2)
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 29th 2016
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 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?
Cate Ashwood blows my mind with this series! I really liked A Forced Silence but I absolutely loved A Fallen Heart. This is the story of Nash, the paramedic who came to replace Adam’s partner, and Ford, an ER nurse and Sam’s best friend. Every little thing in this book worked so well for me:
Nash is pretty much the perfect boyfriend. He’s patient, passionate, protective and possessive. He cares about Ford, and he’s all in, although he tries not to be pushy. BUT he’s not a doormat either. Ford, on the other hand, struggles. I really understood where Ford was coming from. You know the kind of unhealthy relationship, where you put up with a lot of crap ending up losing yourself in the process? Ford just got out of one. And he just can’t risk it again. The characters in this book are amazingy well sketched, and their actions resonated with me a lot. And by the end, Ford really sees the light.
Not a lot of slow burn, but a lot of heat! Despite that and the mystery plot, this story is relationship driven. It’s a quiet type of romance where the characters come together early on because they can’t keep their hands off each other, and try to work things out from there. The steam was just right and I LOVED when Nash went all growly on Ford. Like…
“If you don’t want this, you’d better speak up now,” Nash growled, “because six seconds from now all bets are off, and thirty-two seconds from now, I’m going to have your cock buried in the back of my throat.”
Yes, this growly…
I rarely care about suspense subplots in my romance but this one has gripped me by the throat. It’s a huge part of the book, but it never takes over. Honestly, though, it’s so well done that I ended up caring about it almost as much as the romance itself! There are a handful of surprises regarding the mystery that I never saw coming! I love plot twists that surprise me that way.
- Who is behind the killings? Is it a drug and prostitution ring? No serial killer, then? Why do they carve up the victims? What’s happening with Adam’s brother? Is he gay too? Ok, that last one wasn’t about the mystery but Jack intrigues me!
It’s Third Watch again!
Although I’m no expert and can’t vouch for the accuracy of the scenes, I just love the EMT, police and ER action, and the camaraderie among colleagues.
The story ends with a cliffhanger in regards to the mystery aspect, NOT the couple. Nash and Ford get their HEA.
I suppose this can be read as a standalone but I’d strongly suggest that you read A Forced Silence first. Highly recommended and straight to my “2016 favorites” shelf.