Author: Meredith Russell
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/03/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance
Can missing a fatal flight be the wake up call Harrison needs?
When Harrison Kelley is banned from getting on Flight HA1710, it seems to be the perfect ending to a crappy couple of days. Not only did he wreck a wedding, but he’s drunk way too much and been on the receiving end of the groom’s brother’s fists. Being escorted out of the airport by security was just the icing on the wedding cake.
Elijah Pettifer has lusted after Harrison from afar for years but Harrison never sees him as anything more than a friend. If he ever saw him at all. While attempting to defend what little honor Harrison has left, Elijah gets caught up in the wave of chaos surrounding his teenage crush. But missing his flight home because of Harrison’s mess might just be the luckiest thing to ever happen to him.
With a 24 hour ban imposed by the airport, and having only each other for company, the two men grow closer. But will the fate of the airplane they should have been on be the push Harrison needs to walk away from the toxic relationship of his past? And can Elijah make Harrison see exactly what he’s been missing out on because of it?
Fallout by Meredith Russell is book four in the Flight HA1710 series. This story is a bit different to the first three in that the main characters don’t board the doomed flight.
Harrison Kelley has spent years loving his friend Anthony, too many years if he’s honest with himself. Anthony is philanderer, he flits from lover to lover boomeranging back to Harrison whenever he feels like it, and Harrison has never said no, always hoping Anthony would one day want to be with just him. And now Anthony is finally getting married, to Caroline.
Harrison has travelled from Chicago to the UK as part of the wedding group. He’s just about managed to work out how to get through the wedding but what he isn’t prepared for is to be propositioned by Anthony the night before his wedding. Harrison turns him down but Anthony falls asleep in his room anyway. When Anthony leaves the following morning he forgets his watch, a wedding present from Caroline. After the wedding Harrison spies Anthony coming back from a quickie with one of the waiters and he sees red. Harrison is furious, he’s also hurt and angry and he confronts Anthony handing him his watch in front of his new bride giving the impression they slept together the previous night.
Harrison leaves the reception where Anthony is attempting to explain his behavior. Everyone is blaming Harrison so he knows there is no point is staying around to be vilified. The only one who offers any comfort or support is an old friend of them both, Elijah Pettifer. Elijah has wanted Harrison for so long, ever since they were teenagers all hanging around together, but he pinned in silence knowing he couldn’t compete with the charismatic Anthony.
The following day Harrison stays away from the others. He spends the day just reflecting on his life and how he could have been so stupid over Anthony; he finally realizes how toxic their relationship was. He spends the day drinking himself into depression and when he finally arrives at the airport to catch his flight home Anthony’s brother Kevin confronts him blaming Harrison for Anthony’s infidelity. A fight breaks out and security has to separate the two men. Harrison takes the blame when it looks like Kevin will be barred from the flight. He leaves the airport with Elijah following. Elijah isn’t prepared to leave Harrison alone and travel home with the others. Not in the state he’s in.
Later that night Harrison is awoken by frantic calls from his family. Flight HA1710 has crashed in Ireland. As both men face the dawn of a new day with no news of the friends on the flight they both run through the ‘what ifs’, both men realizing how lucky they were. Maybe it’s finally time for Elijah to voice his feelings and for Harrison to take a chance on a different future.
I really liked this one. I think we’ve all been in a ‘what if’ scenario, I know I have, it makes you think about what you’ve done and what you would do differently given the chance. It takes the confrontation with Anthony at the wedding for Harrison to finally break free of the man. Add to that the close call of the crash of the plane he should have been on and Harrison realizes he needs to take a long hard look at his life. When Elijah lets slip that he likes Harrison and has for a long time Harrison starts to think that they might have something, but they need to go slow, he needs time to learn how to respect himself again, to be worthy of Eliajh.
I liked Elijah, no matter what he thought Harrison had done he wasn’t prepared to just leave him all alone with no one of his side, and while at first Harrison is hard to understand, especially how he could have let Anthony treat him so badly for so long I liked him more as the story moved on, as Harrison discovered his own worth. .
Fallout is an emotional rollercoaster, both before and after the plane crash, it’s also a beautifully written story of betrayal and friendship, and how sometimes only when things are really dark can you see the light and only then can you look at something with fresh eyes.
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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