Today is the release day of Meg Hardings awesome book Accepting the Fall, a stand alone former friends to lover gay romance novel.
Check this post out for an excerpt and a cool giveaway. Also you don’t want to miss who is also participating in the blog tour. So, have a look at the fabulous other blogs. 🙂
But first enjoy my review of the book. Happy reading. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
What are you doing when your former boyfriend is standing in front of you and you recognize you have his daughter in your class?
This question is Cole dealing with when he met Zander again.
The feelings for the hot, burly guy who break his heart years ago are still there even when he doesn’t want to feel this way.
Zander is equally shocked when he met Cole again but he is now a father and has to deal with other things than former lovers… at least it should one of his focuses. But his feelings aren’t cold, as it seems and the tension is simmering deep and really hot between them.
What I really love about Meg Hardings books is the natural way of writing mixed with humor and a little angst. This stand alone novel is a great book full of clenching heartache, bittersweet memories and sweet, sexy scenes.
Besides it is a great book about a guy who is a single-living father and what is means to be gay. With the help of Cole they are such a sweet couple and Zander and his daughter are ready to vanish their problems step by step.
I really liked the flashbacks and the events in the past which were revealed and mixed with the present aspects. They give the story its depths and because of the great character development and showing the two sides, of how Zander AND Cole are hurting from the seperation, it makes the book even more touching.
The realism, spiked with the humorous, sweet and sometimes really hot scenes makes the book to a great read and it is 5 stars worth. Maybe I am a bit biased because I have a high opinion of Meg Harding’s books and her writing and the topics she chose in this book (single father, kid, kindergarden teacher, former friends turn into lovers) but it is really a perfect read in my eyes. See the excerpt to make your own opinion.
RELEASE BLITZ + REVIEW TOUR
Title: Accepting the Fall
Author: Meg Harding
Genre: M/M, Romance
Release Date: June 8, 2017
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Lenght: 61.000 words
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Confronting the past is never easy.
Cole Whitaker is happy. He has the job and boyfriend he always wanted. His heart’s in no danger of being broken, and he can’t ask for more from life. As a kindergarten teacher, he sees it all; however, one troublesome student has him reaching out to the parent, wanting to help. There’s something about Savanah that tugs at his heartstrings.
He never expected her father.
Zander Brooks hasn’t had an easy life, and he’s made some mistakes. Freshly retired from the military and working as a firefighter, Zander thought he’d left Cole in the rearview mirror. He’s not expecting him to appear in St. Petersburg, Florida, of all places, teaching his daughter’s kindergarten class. Suddenly, his biggest mistake is being shoved in his face.
This is Zander’s chance to close a door he’d never fully shut, but time with his former flame might change his mind.
Time had done nothing to dull Cole’s memories of Zander Brooks, though he wished it had. His stomach rolled, and he had to lock his knees to keep upright. Breathe, Cole, you’re being dramatic. Of all the places for them to see each other after nearly two decades…. It was some consolation, a very small amount, that Zander appeared equally as shocked to see Cole. He stood in the doorway, unmoving and silent, his lips parted. Cole could feel Zander,s gaze on him like a physical touch. It made his skin prickle, his heart skip a beat. He was supposed to be over this.
Cole needed to find his words. He was a professional, and whatever personal history they’d had, it was just that. History. It was irrelevant in this room. He played pretend with his class sometimes. He could do that now. He cleared his throat, feeling a bit like a cat with a hairball. “Hello, Mr… Emerson?” It was less confident than he’d been going for, but it would have to do. Zander took a minute to noticeably reorient himself. He walked into the classroom slowly. His pace could even be considered hesitant. Cole tried to ignore the observation, the nagging surge of satisfaction that he wasn’t alone in being off kilter.
From behind him, Savanah snorted. Cole glommed onto the excuse to look away from Zander and turned to her. Savanah’s pert nose was scrunched. “Can I play outside?” she asked, gaze darting between Cole and her father.
Jesus. Zander was a father. Zander was the father who Cole had been wanting to meet. If Cole didn’t regulate his breathing, he was going to have a full blown panic attack. He’d been in love with one of his student’s fathers. He’d had his heart broken for the first time by him. Seventeen years later and it somehow still stung. “No, but you can use one of the stations,” he said, hoping he didn’t sound too strangled. He ran a hand over the back of his neck, damp from sweat. He thought it was possible he’d had a nightmare like this before.
Savanah pouted but went in silence to the reading corner. She made sure to scuff her shoes over the carpet on the way.
“It’s Mr. Brooks,” said Zander, sounding much closer. His voice was the same, deep and smooth like velvet. It sent parts of Cole’s insides fluttering in a way he hadn’t experienced in years.
Cole retreated under the guise of picking the workbook and pencil off the floor. Savanah had Goldfish crumbs littered around the legs of her desk. “Ah, I see. My apologies.” He aligned the book and pencil symmetrically on the scarred desktop. A few of the workbook’s pages were crinkled now, folding in on themselves. He tried to smooth them down and noticed in the process that Savanah had been working ahead. He made a mental note of it.
He was going to have to stop delaying and face Zander eventually. Could he play this off like he hadn’t recognized Zander or was that cat long out of the bag? “Why don’t you take a seat? I’ll be right with you.” He cupped his hand at the edge of Savanah’s desk and used his other to sweep eraser crumbs into his palm.
“Uh.” Zander coughed, shuffling his feet and rustling his jeans in the process. “Here?”
Cole managed to look at Zander at last. His lips even twitched into a half-smirk of their own accord at the picture of Zander squeezed into a child-sized seat. The smirk didn’t last long. Zander was too close. Cole could make out the nearly golden striations in his irises, could see the slow progression of his pupil taking over the brown. He had a scar at his temple now, a jagged slash from hairline to the arch of his eyebrow. Stress lines looked to be permanently etched in the dark brown skin at the corners of his eyes and mouth. If Cole didn’t know better, he’d have said he was staring at someone in their forties. The years they’d been apart had not been overly kind to Zander.
Strangely the realization left Cole with a hollow feeling, a tinge of… disappointment, maybe. He’d been angry with Zander with every fiber of his teenage being, but buried underneath had always been a quiet hope that Zander would figure out how to be happy.
Clearly he’d not.
Be sure not to miss what the other blog participants say about the book.
June 8 – BooksLaidBareBoys, Engaging Secrets, Mikku-chan
June 10 – Out Of My Head
June 12 – MM Book Addicts, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews, Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books
June 14 – BookLove, Keysmash, Making It Happen
June 16 – Dog-Eared Daydreams, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Bayou Book Junkie, Padme’s Library, Sarandipity, Book Lovers 4Ever
Author bio – Meg Harding
Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF, and recently completed a masters program for Publishing in the UK. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.
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