Author: Barbara Elsborg
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Falling is easy. Landing without breaking your heart? Impossible.
Harper is no longer behind bars, but it doesn’t feel like it. Ten years serving time for a crime he didn’t commit have left him shut down, numb, and a frozen wreck over the simplest of choices.
He’s acutely aware of the dark-haired young man checking him out in the supermarket, but he’s too deep in panic mode to even meet the guy’s gaze. Afraid the slightest move will trigger a fall that will never stop.
Fresh off a long-term relationship with a controlling man, Malachi is stuck living with relatives who think he’s a waste of oxygen. The tall guy in the long, gray coat is the first bright spot he’s glimpsed in a long time…though the man’s unblinking stare at a bottle of shower gel is a touch alarming.
Hard experience tells both of them to turn away before lust turns to hopeless attraction, and inevitably to disaster. But once their sparks connect, the arc of electricity is too strong to deny. Even if the cost is too much to bear.
Warning: Contains an ex-con with disaster written all over him, a boy toy who’s trouble with a capital T, a damp old British house, compulsive meddling, and enough hot sex to cure the severe case of nervous babbling.
There is not a lot of sunshine and happiness in this first book of a new series from Barbara Elsborg. If you have previously read anything by this author you will know there is a high chance of a lot of angst. Malachi and Harpers story also delves into some pretty dark subject matter. It’s not all doom and gloom though as underneath all the heartache is a slow and beautiful romance built on learning to trust again.
The only reason that Harper Shaw is still alive is his innocence. To have ended it all would have made people presume his guilt even more and to the shattered and broken man that was not acceptable. Harper is probably one of the most broken men I have read about in a long while. Fresh out of a prison after serving 10 years for a crime he didn’t commit he is anxious, scared and alone and living with demons he has no idea how to quell. The crimes he was wrongly found guilty of ensure that the rest of society is unforgiving and the task of rebuilding his life seems impossible.
Malachi’s life as a young teen fell apart suddenly through no fault of his own but left him and his sister in care and his brother dead. He feels guilt, sadness and anger at what happened and never more so than when his life has hit rock bottom. Living in his sister’s boxroom with a homophobic brother in law is not how he saw his life going but the alternative is an overbearing boyfriend who he has run away from.
When the two first see each other it is lust at first sight but not until they are thrown together when Harper is refurbishing his house do they get to know each other.
With so many secrets and so many rules it is a wonder that they even start a relationship together and with the difficulties that follow it’s an even bigger wonder that they stay together. Harpers life is full of restrictions due to the nature of his conviction but Malachi seems to just want to add a bit of happiness to his life. For every step they take forward it seems something or someone knocks them back. There is the ultimate bad guy in the story, and although it is obvious from early on as to what has happened, proving it will be far more difficult. Malachi with his investigative nose sets off to clear Harper’s name but the results prove almost deadly. A deal with the devil helps with the case but changes the course of things for Harper and Malachi and neither of them are left happy.
This is a melancholy story with plenty of twists and turns but the star is definitely Malachi. His inner dialogue and often inappropriate commentary will have you smiling all the way through.
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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