The Harder They Fall by Sandrine Gasq-Dion ~ Book Review by Caroline

25827854Title: The Harder They Fall

Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Publisher: Skull Blaster Publishing

Cover Artist:

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date:

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

WARNING: This book is part of a series. This book contains homosexual relations, crude language and violence. It is preceded by The Medicine and The Mob and An Eye for an Eye.

The Youngblood children have faced many crises in their young lives, including battling the danger and intrigue that come with carrying on the once-notorious Damon Santorno’s bloodline. But navigating love as teenagers has its own perils, especially when jealousy and revenge decide to crash the big dance. In other words, just another slice of Santorno life.

As the kids stumble their way through high school, it seems everyone has caught the love bug. Damon Youngblood is ready to commit completely and take the next step with Tyler Dion. Damon’s childhood friend, Mark Andrews, thinks he’s found love — until he gets sucker-punched when he discovers that his boyfriend has a pretty serious skeleton hanging in that closet he came out of. Enter Paul Greystone. He puts the ‘stud’ in student, and while Mark’s hormones scream ‘yes,’ his heart cautions ‘not again.’ Besides, getting through Paul’s defenses is like dealing with a raging bull with a suit of armor thrown in for good measure.

Well, they DO say, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

My View:

When the kids all grow up……….

I’ll admit to being a bit of a Sandrine fangirl but this whole series (plural really) that she has built up, the amazing world she has put together how can you fail not to be? Its epic, it’s convoluted, it’s dangerous and it’s completely addictive. If you are new to this author and series I would recommend you go all the way back to the start and begin with the Assassin/Shifter series but at the very least you need to have read the first two books in the Santorno series to keep up with the characters, and there are a lot of characters to keep up with!

The Youngblood kids are still coming off the high of rescuing their fathers. They are all becoming independent young adults, they all have raging hormones that are all over the place, and they are all starting to fall in love. For the life they have led and the notorious family background they have they actually well-adjusted kids starting out with their own lives. The little blips along the road are just part of the fun.

The young adult theme is not something I always drift towards but because this is a progression of a series so it felt right. Damon and Tyler are more in love than ever and are ready for the next phase of their relationship. Damon’s best friend Mark, almost an adopted Youngblood, thinks he has found his everything in Tanner but even the most perfect of relationships can carry secrets that you can’t get past. When Mark walks away it is straight into the arms of Paul Greystone, a cold young man with a past of his own that has left him lonely. Tanner was awful and a huge pain in the ass and certainly has a lot of growing up left to do.

There always has to be the person in the background that is jealous of the happiness around them and that is certainly true here. The boys get put through hell and only just survive but in the end their love and determination to stay with each other conquers all. On a happier note there is a baby, a proposal, a first time and a lot of love. This is a great third book and a great progression in the series.

Links

The Harder They Fall on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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