Falling by Suki Fleet ~ Book Review by Queue

FallingSukiFleetLGTitle: Falling

Author: Suki Fleet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/03/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Blurb:

Josh’s idea of a romance is curling up alone and reading a novel with a happily ever after. He’s made his flat a safe haven where the walls are covered with beautiful words and his living room ceiling is a map of the universe.

Angus may be shy and inexperienced, but he’s incapable of hiding anything, especially his attraction to his older neighbor.

When Josh admits to Angus that he’s gay, he doesn’t expect Angus’s reaction. Angus’s obvious interest terrifies Josh. For years he’s managed to keep the world at arm’s length and avoid getting too close to anyone. Well, anyone except Eleanor, Angus’s mother, who helped Josh rebuild his life after he was hospitalized for depression. But Josh still thinks he’s broken. His past has left scars he thinks are too deep to heal. Despite Josh’s defenses, Angus begins to mean more to him than just the cute boy next door. If Josh can take a risk and let someone into his isolated world, he might have a chance for a real-life happy ending.

My View:

Another amazing novel by Suki Fleet. Falling is an incredible tale of two emotionally damaged young men who can only feel complete by being with each other.
Josh is anti-social and lonely, but scared to open up to anyone, either romantically or just as friends. Angus is the son of Josh’s agoraphobic neighbor. They forge a tentative friendship dealing with Angus’ mother and Josh tries to deny his attraction to Angus.
The book deals with a subject matter that isn’t seen in many m/m romance novels—depression. I understand why it isn’t used often, it can be difficult to show and fully express what the character is feeling. As a person who suffers from depression, I identified with Josh. I understood why he wanted to do nothing but sleep for days at a time—regardless of his work and other responsibilities.
Josh and Angus’ first romantic event is nothing more than a kiss. And it freaks Josh out. He pulls away for reasons even he isn’t truly sure. He’s convinced Angus is better off without him, despite signs to the contrary. This was one of my niggles with the book—the time it took for Josh to pull his head out of his ass and admit he cared for Angus.
There were times I wondered why Josh was so convinced he shouldn’t be with Angus. However, from an emotional standpoint I did understand. Josh had to deal with certain things emotionally before he could open himself up. Really, I just wanted them to be together and that’s the sign of a talented author. I cared about the characters (hell, I loved them) even if I wasn’t exactly sure why Josh was doing what he was doing.
The slow build to the relationship was well worth it, however. Once they got together it was a-freakin’-mazing. The sex scenes were beyond hot with Josh taking the lead for virginal Angus.
You absolutely should read this book whether you’ve read Suki Fleet before or not. She has quickly become one of my auto-buys.
4.5 stars

Links

Falling on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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