Friday, January 10, 2014

Fall Hard by JL Merrow ~ Review and Giveaway

Fall Hard

Title: Fall Hard

Author: JL Merrow

Publisher: Samhain

Released: 17th September 2013

Genre: M/M (Contemporary)

Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Eight months ago, British academic Paul Ansell lost his lover—and all the memories of their time together—in an accident at Iceland’s Gullfoss Falls. Returning to the misty island country to resume his study of the bloodthirsty Viking Egil Skallagrimsson is tough as he struggles to pull his life back together.

First, there’s his colleague, Mags, who treats him like glass, and summer student Alex, who peppers him with discomforting questions. Then there’s Icelandic jet-boat driver Viggo, a tattooed, modern-day Viking who won’t say much about how they know each other. Leaving Paul to wonder if their volcanic attraction is fuelled by a desire to make a fresh start, or desperation to forget the past.

As more fragments of his lost memories fall into place, Paul is unsure if he can trust himself, much less anyone around him. And he begins to suspect his accident was nothing of the kind.

Warning: Contains a modern-day Viking whose boat has V8 engines for oars, and a harsh land of hot springs and hotter passions that won’t forgive any false steps.

 

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Mark’s Review

 

What happens when you can’t remember a thing and have to piece the past together? Well, this is the case for Paul who loses his memory after an accident at Gullfoss in Iceland. Not only does he lose his memory but also his lover Sven. Upon returning to work in Iceland he eventually puts the pieces togethertans unravels some things that he wished he could have forgot.

I must say the first thing that I found totally refreshing about this book was the fact it wasn't set in America or the UK but in Iceland. Nice to read about a totally different country and backdrop. J.L. Merrow's writing brings the country, scenery and nature alive. Although I have never been to Iceland myself I feel like I'm already familiar with it's scenery, lore and traditions. It really makes me want to go and visit now. Sounds like an absolutely fascinating country. I ended googling the places mentioned for the visual aspect and wasn't divined the all exist and the pictures are as breathtaking as the author describes them. Either JL Merrow's has been to Iceland herself or the research was meticulous.

Paul is an academic specialising in Icelandic lore and returns to his postion of lecturer at the university after recooperating after his accident whilst staying with his sister Gretchen. Although he hasn't lost his memory on the academic aspects, he has lost his mmemory totally about his life while he was in Iceland. This is written about beautifully and you can feel the angst and frustration that Paul has not knowing the people he had worked with or known while he was there. He is greeted by Mags at the airport and taken to his new flat. She tells him that all his possessions are in storage and have been waiting his return. This turns out to be a key factor in putting the puzzle together as he unpacks the boxes.

When he is there he meets a someone at the Rekyvik pride day called Viggo. Paul is immediately attracted to the man, but has a serious feeling of déjà vous! As he is constantly second guessing his non-existent memory he goes with the flow and falls for the Icelandic hunk. However, even when Paul asks him if they knew each other before Viggo constantly avoids his questions. Again adding to the mystery of this sexy modern day Viking. But Paul constantly keeps asking himself if he is being unfaithful to the memory of his deceased lover Paul. Viggo was a great character, thoroughly loved him.

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Well, needless to say Paul regains memory, a revelation due to an USB stick he finds that holds a book his deceased partner was working on and his world is first of all turned upside down by jumping to conclusions. When the light is shed on everything from Viggo. I really liked the way JL Merrow's builds up the suspense and keeps you thinking exactly what role did Viggo play in Paul's past and the fatal accident. It gives the relationship an extra edge to things, like someone who's playing with fire and shouldn't be. As for what happened when he regains his memory well that would be giving away too much here!

I loved the whole idea of this book and it kept me totally enthralled from beginning to end. The plot and the setting were both very original and the characters felt real and tangible.

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About The Author

JL Merrow is a very English writer of (mainly) m/m fiction who finds writing the only way to stay sane, except of course when a plot is driving her crazy. Having grown up on an island, she can’t remember a time before she could swim and prefers to remain close to water at all times. Luckily, the weather in her native land being as it generally is, this is not difficult.

I’m that rare beast; an English person who refuses to drink tea. I’m a writer of (mainly) m/m or f/f romance, mostly contemporary or paranormal, but with a fickle muse that occasionally ambushes me in dark alleyways and drags me off, cackling, to write historical or science fiction.

Some might call all this pillar-to-posting tragic evidence of a short attention span; I couldn’t possibly….er, what were we talking about, again?

I enjoy reading, martial arts, and surprising people who judge a book by its cover.

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Giveaway

JL Merrow will be giving away one ebook copy of Fall Hard.

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51 comments:

  1. I <3 JL Merrow's stories, so this one is on my TBR-list, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

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    1. Then Northern girl bump it up on your TBR list. You won't regret it ;-)

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  2. I love JL Merrow stories and this one sounds just as interesting as her others. Count me in please :)

    ~ Penumbra

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    1. This one has a real good intriguing twist to it Penumbra.

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  3. I love J. L. Merrow's books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I loved this book! In fact, I'm going to go and re-read it. (Don't count me in.)

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  5. I must have missed this one when it came out. Sounds really good.

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  6. I'm so far behind on my tbr; books are releasing quicker than I can read! Luckily I have a tbr and wish list lol

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  7. Sounds great! Thanks for the wonderful review

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  8. New author for me and this book sounds amazing. Going on the TBR pile now. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. This sounds great. Always ready for a new M/M book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. It's onmy TBR lis now, souds fantstic

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  11. Added to my TBR list! Love finding new to me authors!

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  12. I didn't know about this one and I enjoy Morrow's books. The setting in Iceland appeals to me too. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. OH I want to get this one when I can afford it. but put it on my tbr.

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  14. would love a chance to win it ;)

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  15. This sounds great! I can't wait to read it!

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  16. A modern day viking and an academic? Sounds really as something I would enjoy. It is already in my TBR list!

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  17. JL's stories are always so distinctive--can't wait!

    --Trix

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  18. This looks interesting, thanks for the chance to win one.

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  19. I've been eyeing this book ever since it came out, but this has definitely pushed me over. I must read it!

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  20. I love the characters of Paul and Viggo and the story line is new and exciting!

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  21. This book sounds awesome. I've added to my Goodreads TBR!

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  22. Looks like a great book. Jennie LovesBooks

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  23. New author. Sounds like a great read.

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  24. Haven't read anything by this author but this sounds pretty good!

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  25. Love m/m books, this one sound great!

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  26. This sounds like a really great story and I can't wait to check it out! Thanks for another great review!

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  27. Iceland is a country that I'm not too familiar with and I would enjoy reading more about in the story.

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  28. I don't think I've read a book based in Iceland and can't wait to read the visuals, plus who wouldn't love their own modern day Viking to keep them warm?

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  29. This books sounds very intriguing, can't wait to read it!

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  30. new author for me! sounds like a great book

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  31. Caught my attention that's for sure.

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  32. Looks intriguing! Added to my TBR!

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  33. This one is going to be a heartbreaker, I think. On my TBR. Thanks!
    terrihawk66@yahoo.com

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  34. This book sounds great and will definitely find a home on my TBR list!

    cguidroz2@cox.net

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  35. Sounds intriguing. Putting it on my wishlist. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you. :)

    marsh10@netzero.com

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  36. Sounds good. Would enjoy reading

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  37. Thank you for the giveaway

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