Author: Kate Pavelle
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Fall Trilogy: Book One
Sexual assault doesn’t discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the predator stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it’s the last thing he does. Yet Sean’s hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn’s protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills.
Breakfall is an interesting and, at times, exciting story of Sean reclaiming his self-confidence and safety after he’s the victim of sexual assault and stalking. He’s able to do so with the caring of karate sensei Asbjorn, who soon falls for vulnerable Brad.
The coupling of Sean and Asbjorn is supportive and loving, and their chemistry is sweet. However, I find the prolific use of terminology and detailed descriptions of the varied aspects of karate bothersome. As someone who is not familiar with karate (nor particularly interested in it …), this was quite honestly somewhat distracting to the story of Sean and Asbjorn’s relationship. Nevertheless, the intriguing mystery within this story is its strongest aspect. This portion of the story line is quite compelling and leaves the reader sitting at the edge of their seat as Sean acts as bait to capture his predatory stalker. It is also interesting to see how protective Asbjorn deals with Sean’s willingness to put his life in jeopardy in his quest for justice.
Overall, Breakfall is an exciting story of two men who together overcome pain and hurt to create a happy future together. Also, I love the cover art – very original!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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