Accepting the Fall (Lili’s Review)

Title: Accepting the Fall
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Oceanside Press
Release Date: June 8th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5


Cole Whitaker is happy. He has the job and boyfriend he always wanted. His heart’s in no danger of being broken, and he can’t ask for more from life. As a kindergarten teacher, he sees it all; however, one troublesome student has him reaching out to the parent, wanting to help. There’s something about Savanah that tugs at his heartstrings.

He never expected her father.

Zander Brooks hasn’t had an easy life, and he’s made some mistakes. Freshly retired from the military and working as a firefighter, Zander thought he’d left Cole in the rearview mirror. He’s not expecting him to appear in St. Petersburg, Florida, of all places, teaching his daughter’s kindergarten class. Suddenly, his biggest mistake is being shoved in his face.
This is Zander’s chance to close a door he’d never fully shut, but time with his former flame might change his mind.

Accepting the Fall by Meg Harding is the second chance of Zander and Cole. They met as teenagers and were each other’s firsts. Zander though he had strong feelings for Cole broke his heart. Fast forward into the future, and the two men meet again, Cole is now Zander’s daughter’s teacher. Zander’s daughter, Savannah, has some behavioral problems at school that Cole makes Zander aware of. From the moment they laid eyes on each other again, they both knew there were still feelings there.

My thoughts on this one… there were some good things here.

    -Developed characters
    -Savannah, Zander’s daughter. She was my favorite character.
    -No contrived drama
    -Dual POVs
    -The epilogue- which was the best part of this book! It was wonderful.

Why didn’t I rate higher? The story fell flat. The writing was there, but I didn’t feel any of the build up; I didn’t feel any butterflies (except for the epilogue). And worst of all-I didn’t feel the connection between Cole and Zander. Reading the book felt like just going through the motions.

I think this is likely the case of me and not the book and would suggest giving this book a try. 2.75 Stars.

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Galley copy of Accepting the Fall provided by Meg Harding in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant