Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/07/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance
Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.
Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.
Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.
The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?
Trigger Warning: Suicidal thoughts
If you have read the blurb and paid attention to the desolation on the cover I think you may have a pretty good idea of what’s to come in this newest release from Eli Easton. This is a story that hurts and it hurts for a long time but just as Josh must persevere so too must the reader and it will all be worth it in the end.
I read this just as the election results came out so had a double whammy of angst. Josh is the kind of character that you will start rooting for as soon as you meet him. You don’t know what his past is initially – just that he had one, it wasn’t all that great and he is now living on the streets. Being homeless isn’t the worst thing Josh has going for him though – he’s lost the will to live and has set his plan in motion. He’s making a trip to see the leaves before he joins his mother.
Mark is lost in his own way but isn’t suffering from the sheer helplessness that affects Josh. He’s slightly older, has seen more of the world and he has a family that loves him even if they don’t really know him. He’s left the Marines and is hiding out in a cabin about an hour away from his family, working odd jobs and trying to work out what he’s going to do with his life. The young man he finds asleep under the bridge will have a profound effect on his life and Mark will become a reason for Josh to change his plans and take a chance.
This is a slow burn romance intertwined with first pain, then grief and lastly growth. It’s a powerful story with an equally powerful message and some very poignant parts – the message in the snow will break your heart. I highly recommend Eli’s Falling Down.
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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