Falling Down – Steph’s Review

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Title: Falling Down
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 2999 kindle locations
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.13 stars out of 5

Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.

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 a former 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 expects that he’ll 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 begin?

Trigger Warning: Suicidal thoughts

I really do like reading Eli Easton’s books; truly I do. All her books I have read so far, I have enjoyed. And what do you know? This book did not disappoint! This is such a sweet, heartfelt story about two men that eventually find the strength they needed in one another.

Josh is a young man whose life has been a little rougher than others. Unfortunately, after his mother passes away he no longer has the energy or emotional support needed to help him through the bumps he encounters in life. That is until he crosses paths with Mark.

Mark has his own problems that he is trying to sort out after being discharged from the Marines. Trying to find out where he belongs, who he’s suppose to be and what he’s supposed to do. Then Mark happens to spot a young man walking along the side of the road with a bag over his shoulder going in the opposite direction. What he notices the most about this stranger is his eyes; how resigned they look.

Fate brings these two together at a time in their lives when they both need it the most. It starts off a bit slow, but both Mark and Josh start having feelings for one another. Then something happens that shakes things up between the two of them. However, in the end both Josh and Mark find the peace that they were looking for. Not to mention their well deserved HEA.

This was such an emotional read for me! My poor cats that had to deal with my crying episodes. Eli Easton did such a wonderful job writing this book. I really felt connected to both characters. The way Mark protects and cares for Josh is so genuine. How the chemistry between the two characters is slow and needy, but when it happens sparks fly and there is no turning back. How Josh is this wonderful caring person that has so much yet to offer. I for one cannot wait to see what you have in store for us next.

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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.