Jun 26, 2016

Book Review: The Harder He Falls

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.

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I found THE HARDER HE FALLS to be quite the powerful love story and all about accepting the one you love as they are while helping them to spread their wings to fly.  This is a lesson that everyone needs to learn.

Grady is a runner.  Anytime things got to be too complicated or too tense, he would pack up his things and head out to another job.  Except this time because his cousin is in the hospital and Grady blames himself.  

Micah has some medical issues and while he is content with his life as a bartender, he doesn't foresee a future that contains a steady lover or love at all .  That is until he meets Grady at his cousin's bedside. 

I really enjoyed watching both Micah and Grady grow both into their relationship and their own skins.  Micah starts out as the more mature but he has his own insecurities that have to deal with his medical issues.  Grady needs to learn to trust others and himself.  

As both Micah and Grady are gay, there is a lot of nontraditional sex in this book such as man on man as well as some BSDM.  If that doesn't bother you, I highly recommend this book for its love story.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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