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Title: A Fallen Heart (Zero Hour, Bk 2)
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: 08/29/2016
After his last disastrous relationship, Joseph Ford has absolutely no interest in getting attached again. Concentrating on working as a trauma nurse and keeping his life as simple as possible are his only goals. Unfortunately, his plans could be derailed by the charming, sexy Nash.
Things are looking up for paramedic Ridley Nash when he transfers to Station 217. He gets along with the crew, likes his partner, and is finally on a team willing to accept him—gay and all. It’s everything he’s always wanted, but when he meets Ford, Nash knows his life is about to get very interesting.
As Ford and Nash find themselves stuck in the middle of a homicide case, things become more complicated. For the last year, the mutilated bodies of teenage boys have been showing up all over downtown. With no leads, the police are getting desperate. One of the victims is found alive, and he’s the best chance the police have to catch the killer—if only they can get him to talk.
Will Nash be able to catch Ford when he falls, or is there too much standing in their way to make it work?
Cliffhangers–Yay or Nay?
Thank you so much to the crew at Prism for hosting me today! I am so excited to be here to talk about my new book, A Fallen Heart. It came out a couple of days ago and is the second book in the Zero Hour series.
When the first book was released, I was surprised by how many people commented on the ending. There were some polarized views of the cliffhanger’s place in romance. Some people loved it and said they couldn’t wait for the next installment, and others were… well… not so happy.
When I was writing A Forced Silence, it had never occurred to me that people would be upset about the ending. I still don’t consider it a true cliffhanger. There were dangling details with the mystery aspect of the story, but since the book is first and foremost a romance, I thought wrapping up the main relationship with a HEA would be enough of a conclusion to satisfy readers.
The suspense portion of the story I considered to be like the season finale of a TV show… there are unanswered questions, but the main story arc for that season is complete. The second book ends in a way I hope provides enough closure for readers in terms of the main relationship. I believe it is a satisfying ending to their personal story arc, but there are still details about the murder investigation readers will need to wait for book 3 to discover.
What are your thoughts on cliffhangers? Are they a deal breaker for you? Comment below and let me know what you think!
“WHO WAS that?” Nash asked once Ford disappeared down the dim hallway.
Adam turned and looked at him, puzzled. “Did I not introduce you thirty-six seconds ago?”
“Yeah. I didn’t mean his name. I meant who is he? How do you know him? What’s his deal?”
“Quit being an asshole. You know what I mean.”
Adam took a sip of his coffee, drawing it out, a smirk firmly in place as he swallowed. Nash waited. He could be patient. When Adam lowered his cup, Nash saw the shit-eating grin plastered to his face. Nash crossed his arms over his chest.
“Joseph Ford, trauma nurse and general pain in the ass. I’ve known him for years… met him when he was a newbie starting out, deer in headlights on his first weekend night shift in the ER. I think I laughed at him and he threatened to clock me, and we were friends from that moment, but he and Dex are best friends, so we’ve gotten closer since Dex and me got together.”
Nash processed the information before asking the next question.
“I think so. Why? You interested?”
“I dunno. Just met the guy. He’s hot, though,” Nash admitted. Honestly, hot didn’t begin to cover it. At the risk of sounding like his eighty-year-old grandma, Ford was positively fetching. There was something about him, even crumpled and tired, his scrubs stained and his jaw dusted with stubble, something almost magnetic about the bright blue eyes that shone beneath a fan of lashes only a shade or two lighter than his jet-black hair. He’d only been at the coffee cart for a few minutes, but Nash couldn’t take his eyes off him.
They walked back toward the truck, and Nash glanced through the windowed door into the ER to see Ford standing behind the desk at the nurses’ station, talking to a pretty blonde in lavender scrubs. They were standing close, and she had her hand placed affectionately on his arm.
“You only think he’s single? I thought you guys were friends,” Nash asked.
“His situation is complicated. I don’t like to pry where Ford’s love life is concerned. He had a guy, apparently, but no one knows who it was. Closeted I think, not that I of all people can be one to judge. Things ended, and from what I gather, it was messy. It’s probably for the best. Between you and me, he didn’t seem all that happy when they were together.”
“Maybe at first. He didn’t really talk much about it.”
“But he’s not with anyone now?”
“As far as I know, there hasn’t been anyone since the mystery guy. He seems to be a bit jaded about relationships.”
“So not the best time to be asking him out to dinner, then?”
“I guess it depends on how attached you are to your balls.”
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