Falling Into Love (Susan’s Review)

Title: Falling into Love (Family Found #1)
Author: Nell Iris & Kris T. Bethke
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: September 1, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 112
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5


Liam O’Donoughue is happy with his life. He runs V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, his chosen brothers, and gets to spend his days hiking in the gorgeous Adirondacks. What’s not to love? But when he meets Austin on a hike, he thinks he’s found something he didn’t even know was missing.

Austin Jock is content with his work as a radiology tech and playing bass in a cover band. Someday he wants to find his forever person but doesn’t believe in romantic fireworks and isn’t sure it’ll ever happen. Then Liam comes crashing into his life, igniting sparks. Huge, life-altering sparks.

The connection between the two men is instant, and things move fast. But Austin isn’t sure what to do with everything he’s feeling inside. Can Liam convince him falling in love is the easiest thing in the world?

I requested this ARC because I usually love Nell Iris or Kris T. Bethke, so I was sure a book of them both would be a total winner. And it was not.

The blurb basically mentions all that happens. Liam is a wildlife adventure guide and Austin a radiology tech. They meet, they go on a date, Liam has some weird friends, they have sex, fall in love. Aaaaand, that’s it.

Some short books can set a scene with one sentence. Sometimes I feel like I really know the characters right from the first page. Here it was the exact opposite. I felt like I should know all the people in it, but I didn’t. I checked to see if I was starting in the middle of a series, but nope, that wasn’t the case.

This starts with a lot of name throwing on the first page. I couldn’t figure out what was going on and it was confusing as fudge. And it continued to be that way. There were all these people doing things, but I didn’t know them, so I wasn’t interesting in what they were doing.

There was no depth to any of the characters, no real background. All I knew of Liam was that he was accident prone and that he started a wildlife adventure company. And all I knew of Austin was that he was a radiology tech and that he had a best friend, Sophie, who apparently was also an ex.

I was also very confused why Jackson, one of Liam’s friends, was so against Austin. He was afraid Austin would hurt Liam, but there was no reason for him to think that way. It was overbearing, and just weird.

There was nothing about this story that appealed to me, and that saddened me. I was quite looking forward to this story since I love the authors so much. But the lack of depth really bothered me here. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters because of that and the entire story felt so bland.

Too bad, it could have been a good one.

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