Falling into Love (Belen’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 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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?

Liam, along with his four (chosen family) brothers run a wilderness tour company. Liam is constantly hurting himself by being very accident prone. He’s wound up many times on Austin’s imaging table for x-rays at the local Urgent Care.

When Austin goes on one of Liam’s trail hikes the two get to know each other a little bit, make a date, and quickly fall head over heels for each other.

Overall this was cute, and I sped through reading it.

I did have some small issues, like the characters being quite immature for men pushing thirty (highlighted in part somewhat by Austin using “swear words” like “poop” and “oh fudge” and “Holy Tortellini!”), Liam being so accident prone (Yes, I realize that Liam loves the outdoors, but someone as straight up klutzy as he is should probably be in a much safer environment of work. I sure as hell wouldn’t want him leading one of my hiking tours.), and the time jumps.

I also would have liked a better introduction to the guys. I feel like the surface was barely scratched introducing Jackson, Everett, Drew, and Wade. I wanted more background, more depth.

I do feel like this was possibly originally written to be a young adult or new adult story but sort of morphed as it was being written (hence the dirty talk and super sexy times) to a more adult romance and the start of a series, and they just forgot to go back to mature the “younger” characteristics. I don’t know, but the juxtaposition of the hot and sexy with the blushing and aw shucks! attitude seemed odd to me.

Regardless of those little niggles, I did enjoy the story. It’s a cute, (sort of) insta-love romance with dual POV, no angst, and a sweet happy ending.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the series develops.

Family Found Series

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future