Title: Falling Down
Author: Eli Easton and Michael Stellman (Narrator)
Publisher: Pinkerton Road LLC
Release Date: April 17th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Josh finds himself homeless at 18, 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
Falling Down is a lovely audio, a nice listen, and it’s a great story. Probably not one I should have listened to during a week where a woman who was like a mother to me died, but something about Michael Stellman’s steady pace coupled with his beautiful, emotion-filled performance soothed me. Listening to this, I was comforted. I am just so thankful because this helped me get through a truly awful week.
Michael Stellman is one of the few voice actors I listen to who doesn’t do character voices, but somehow still expertly conveys, using only changes to his tone and pitch, which character is speaking.
For the sticklers: There are some glitches in the audio, there are also some repeated words, and (this wasn’t a problem for me, but I have seen it mentioned by other reviewers, so just a heads up) some chapters are told from both POV and the way this is denoted is by Stellman taking a 3-5 second pause.
Falling Down is a slow burn friends to lovers romance, with some angst and deeper tones that Stellman masterfully performs, a lot of hope, some heated but not too explicit passion, and a wonderful HEA.