Author: Lynda Aicher
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/07/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Gay Romance
Expert whitewater-rafting guide Grady Kelley lives for that rush of adrenaline: at work, as the newest employee of a Portland-based outdoor-adventure sports company, and off the river, where liaisons with anonymous men keep him satisfied. Grady prefers no drama and no strings attached, but when tragedy strikes, fate leads him to Micah Swaine. He’s hot, masculine, distracting—and offers the kind of deeper connection Grady has sworn off, no matter how badly he craves it.
Working at a leather bar, Micah meets a lot of guys, but Grady’s different—and he seems to feel the same way. The trouble is, anything beyond casual sex is too risky for Micah. He’s got secrets he doesn’t know how to share, secrets that would make any relationship a battlefield. No man, even one as compassionate as Grady, would stick around for that kind of trouble. And yet, as physical desire melts the walls they’ve put up, Micah and Grady discover that trusting each other is the most exhilarating adventure of all.
If I was asked to give you one reason to read this book it would very simply be – Micah.
The Harder He Falls is the first book in the Kick series which is about an extreme sports company set up and run by a group of mainly ex marines. The company is also called Kick and was originally set up by Chris and Finn – Finn is currently in a coma and Chris is dead after a rafting accident that Finn’s cousin Grady believes is all his fault.
Grady has only been with the company for about a month when the accident occurs. He is now suspended from work until the accident investigation is concluded so has a lot of time on his hands to drown in the guilt he feels. He visits Finn regularly, begging him daily to wake up, but he is avoiding the rest of the men at the company as he is sure they all blame him.
Micah is a barman at a local BDSM club that most of the guys from Kick attend. For me Micah was pretty much a perfect character and his story, his recovery and the subsequent difficulties he still lives with are both fascinating and scary. He is also a volunteer at the local hospital where he sits and reads to coma patients – knowing all too well how it feels to be trapped inside your own body.
Neither of these men are looking for a relationship. Neither of these men are in an ideal position to pursue a relationship. Both of these men are up for a quick one night of rough and dirty though even if they both find it difficult to walk away the next day. Micah and Grady could have been excellent together but in the end they were only good. Micah has the patience of a saint with Grady as he constantly flits back and forth between what he wants and what he can have. For a large chunk of the story Grady has what can only be described as a ‘whiny’ voice – in respect to the guilt he feels over the accident, to what has happened previously with a Dom and to his attitude towards being seen as submissive.
There is comfort, there is healing and there is a HEA – for a lot of the book it is very one sided but I would recommend you reading it as it does a good job of setting up a new series and as I have mentioned before – Micah.
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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