Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pre-Release Review ~ Falling (Fall or Break #1) by Barbara Elsborg with Guest Post & Giveaway

Falling

Barbara Elsborg is with us today! We are so excited! …and it gets better, she’s talking about SEX! As HUGE fans of this author here at Sinfully it almost came to fisty cuffs when this book came up for review, our Lisa came out the winner and if you read her review, you will see exactly why the rest of us are still sulking at having to wait patiently for release day… 3 more days and counting! Go check what Lisa has to say and don’t miss out on the giveaway. Barbara is very generously gifting an ebook from her back catalogue to one lucky commenter, so please leave a comment at the end of the post for your chance to win.

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A Word from Barbara Elsborg

Sex sex sex sex sex sex sex

That should have got your attention! Oh do I have problems with sex. No, not with you husband, you can go back to cleaning the grout. He actually is cleaning the grout. What a saint! Back to the subject. Sex. The writing it is a challenge every flipping time. You’d think with so many books under my belt I’d find that part easy but no, I don’t. I think part of the problem is the difficulty in making sex scenes fresh and different. I know I tire of those pages in stories when it’s just the same thing played over and over, so I do like my guys ( or girl and guy, or two guys and a girl) to enjoy themselves and find something to laugh about.

Poor Harper in Falling has been without a partner for many years. So that first time with Malachi, I had to imagine how desperate he’d be and yet anxious about not being too pushy. The scene had to be full of energy, brimming with raw passion but sensitive to the backgrounds of both men.

I don’t mean in any way to diminish the seriousness of sexual assault, but my thought for this story was – what if the guy didn’t do it? What if no one believed him? What would his life afterward be like? What would he feel like when he made love for the first time since his release? I rewrote that scene umpteen times before I was happy with it. Having said that, I write every sex scene umpteen times before I’m happy with it.

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Falling (Fall or Break #1) by Barbara Elsborg

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Publisher ~ Samhain Publishing

Due for Release ~ 24th March 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Falling is easy. Landing without breaking your heart? Impossible.
Harper is no longer behind bars, but it doesn’t feel like it. Ten years serving time for a crime he didn’t commit have left him shut down, numb, and a frozen wreck over the simplest of choices.
He’s acutely aware of the dark-haired young man checking him out in the supermarket, but he’s too deep in panic mode to even meet the guy’s gaze. Afraid the slightest move will trigger a fall that will never stop.
Fresh off a long-term relationship with a controlling man, Malachi is stuck living with relatives who think he’s a waste of oxygen. The tall guy in the long, gray coat is the first bright spot he’s glimpsed in a long time…though the man’s unblinking stare at a bottle of shower gel is a touch alarming.
Hard experience tells both of them to turn away before lust turns to hopeless attraction, and inevitably to disaster. But once their sparks connect, the arc of electricity is too strong to deny. Even if the cost is too much to bear.
Warning: Contains an ex-con with disaster written all over him, a boy toy who’s trouble with a capital T, a damp old British house, compulsive meddling, and enough hot sex to cure the severe case of nervous babbling.

Lisa’s Review

“Falling is easy. Landing without breaking your heart? Impossible.”

BE

Falling by Barbara Elsborg is book one in her new series entitled Fall or Break. I am a huge fan of this author and her witty and unapologetic writing style. This was definitely one of the more somber, emotionally angsty and darker books by this author. It was also absolutely gripping right from the start. This is a book about two individuals who are both scarred in different ways and, frankly, both are in some pretty desolate circumstances. It’s about how they embark on a journey that changes the scope of their landscape forever.

“He couldn’t switch off ten years of anxiety just because he was free.

Free. Yeah, right.”

“His life had been wrecked by lies and he’d be falling forever because there was no one to catch him.”

“Maybe that was how he should start over, get rid of everything and begin again, rip out his memories and begin again, rip out his heart and begin again.”

Thirty-four year old Harper Shaw has spent the last ten years behind bars paying for a crime he did not commit. He’s angry, fearful, numb and is simply a forsaken wreck of a man. The man he once was is long gone replaced by a hallow individual who no longer is able to deal with even making the simplest of choices, afraid that anything could set off a fall into oblivion that he would never be able to stop. Twenty-four year old Malachi Jones’ life is looking bleak. After ending things with his long-time boyfriend who was as controlling as he was intense, Malachi finds himself having to live with his sister and a brother-in-law who thinks he’s no better than the dirt on his shoes. Malachi is desperate to find a job so that he can start fresh. Both men first see each other in a supermarket and feel this instant pull; however, hard experience has them turning away from temptation.

When Harper and Malachi meet up again there is no denying the spark between them and the men form a tentative and fragile friendship. It does not take long for something more profound to begin developing between Malachi and Harper; however, will Malachi run when he discovers the truth about Harper? Will the pair be able to withstand the constant bombardment of obstacles that seem to keep appearing and standing in their way?

I loved the romance between Malachi and Harper. I loved how it developed slowly and organically. Despite the uncertain and horrible circumstances both men were in, they seemed to be exactly what the other needed. A shining light in their drab and murky worlds. Regardless of the darker undertones to the overall story arc, the actual love story was truly sweet and heart-felt. Malachi’s loyalty towards Harper made him such an endearing character that I could not help rooting for. The fact that he made a choice to help Harper intentionally sacrificing his own happiness simply showed just how deep his feeling for the other man ran. Harper was hesitant to start things at first considering his trust issues as well as how he felt he would be unable to bring anything to a relationship. After all, he was an ex-con with an array of emotional and psychological hurdles to overcome. Malachi’s persistence, strong-headed demeanour and good nature does eventually win him over.

Both Malachi and Harper are these complex characters and this author does a wonderful job stripping away the layers and intermixing it with some heavy steam and a suspenseful storyline. The mystery surrounding Harper’s imprisonment as well as Malachi’s ex-boyfriend were well done. It kept me turning the pages completely engulfed in all that was happening. Further, as in most Barbara Elsborg books, we get quite a few hot and heavy scenes. I loved how passionate Harper and Malachi were with one another as they explored all that was between them.

Once again Barbara Elsborg has penned a captivating and moving tale with Falling. The ending had me happily sighing and feeling very satisfied. The next book which is due out in July 2015 will be about Conrad, Malachi’s ex. What an intriguing character he turned out to be and I will be anxiously awaiting his story.

“You are what’s important in my life. Freedom tastes like you. Without you, I’m nothing. With you, I’m everything.”

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Meet Barbara Elsborg

Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide. (Try saying that fast)

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop. Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, sometimes two bad boys for each quirky heroine, and more recently two bad boys all on their own. She hopes her stories are as much fun to read as they are to write.

You can find out more about Barbara and her books at www.barbaraelsborg.com, catch more of her scintillating wit at her blog on the same site, and if you want to tell her how much you love her books, please, email her! bjel@btinternet.com

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Giveaway

I’d like to offer one commentator an ecopy of any book from my backlist. And if you’d follow me on Facebook, I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

72 comments:

  1. Excellent review!

    I am so looking forward to this one. I can't remember where I read the blurb, but I think I would have overlooked this one because I'm not drawn to the cover.

    I can imagine it's hard to keep sex scenes fresh after writing so many of them! It's not a job I envy, that's for sure.

    Angie

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Angie. I know some writers find the sex scenes easy but I do have to be in the perfect mood!!!

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  2. I have heard some good things about Ms Elsborg's books. New to me author. Thanks for the opportunity fo win a copy of one her back list titles

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  3. havent read any of barbaras books yet but sound really good

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    1. If you don't win, I hope you'll give me a try, Jodi!

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  4. Thanks for the post and review! I have this book on my wishlist already. Thanks for the great giveaway chance as well!

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  5. I'm looking forward to reading this - I like Barbara's books.

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  6. Great blurb and great review as usual...And as for writing sex scenes,I understand you. I read couple of books (well,more than couple) which involved damaged (sometimes abused) characters,but when it came to sex scene it was like reading a porn o.O. Probably because sex sells,but there's gotta be a line somewhere... Anyway,congratulation on your release,I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

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    1. Thank you, Milica. Yep, sex does sell but walking that line is tricky!

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  7. I really liked With o Without Him and especially Barbara Elsborg's writing, I'm looking forward to the chance of reading more books from her. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Elle! I'm glad you liked With or Without him!

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  8. Congrats on the new release, Barbara. Can't wait to get my hands on it. :) I must say, I am very happy with the sex scenes in your books. Keep up the good work. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I have been told I've enhanced a few sex lives. LOL!!

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  9. Congrats on the great review! The blurb sounds so interesting and can feel for poor Harper.

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    1. Thank you, Jbst! I do make Harper suffer!

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  10. You a new author to me, Reading the review this looks like a book i would love to read. Thank you for the chance.

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    1. Thank you, Clare. I hope you'll give me a try if you don't happen to win!

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  11. I'm glad that you put effort into making sex scenes fresh! I've read a few books where I come to yet another sex scene and just start to skim. But fortunately I read lots of really good ones in between! :D

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Ashley - I skim a lot of sex scenes. It's really hard to make them fresh. I do it through humour when I can!

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  12. Great review. Congratulations to Barb on the new release. Followed on FB #1135

    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm so looking forward to this book.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Tamika!!! I hope you enjoy it.

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  14. I'm looking forward to reading this!

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I really hope you like it.

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  15. I'm a big Barbara Elsborg fan! I read Strangers first, which is M/F and absolutely loved it. Since then I've read three of her M/M books and I can not wait for this new release!

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    1. Wow, Judy - you ARE a fan!!! LOL Thanks so much.

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  16. I love the sound of this book. The review was great.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie!! I hope you'll give it a try.

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  17. Following FB & Twitter!
    Gosh, I've loved all the books I've read by Barbara! Thank you so much for the chance to win this!

    arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Loveless - ooh what a name! Could be one of my characters. I'd have to prove them wrong though!

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  18. sounds great! please count me in

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. The blurb sounds really good. I haven't read any of Barbara's books yet, but this one goes straight to my TBR list. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you'll give me a try!!

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  20. This blurb sounds great and I am definitely adding it to my TBA list. I haven't read any of her books yet but I am looking forward to!

    cguidroz2@cox.net

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    1. Thank you Crystal. I hope you'll like my writing.

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  21. I have never read one of your books but Iove the blurb and am adding it to my list.

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  22. It sounds like a great one!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  23. Thank you so much for this review and giveaway! I fell in love with Babara's writing since I first read Every Move He Makes back in 2013!

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    1. Thank you, Ree. I hope you like this one!

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  24. Love the review. I really like the way two people can find love even with past issues cropping up.

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    1. Thanks so much. I do like to make my characters suffer before they find the one!

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  25. This sounds like a really good book. I like the cover. I've read a few others by Barbara and always perk my ears when I see a new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you, Renee. I like the cover too!

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  26. wow this book sounds so interesting can't wait to read it,shared this post on all my friends

    jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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    1. Oh, that's so kind, Jeanine!! Thank you very much!

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  27. Thanks for the review and post. I do appreciate when an author makes the sex scenes different and pertinent to the character and/or story development. I really liked Every Move He Makes.

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    1. Thank you, Jen. I'm glad you liked Every Move He Makes!!

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  29. Read the book & loved it. Can't wait for Conrad's story! :)

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    1. Thank you, Purple!! I really enjoyed writing Conrad's story once I had my head around the difficulties of writing about two alpha males.

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  30. Thanks for the intro to your work. Falling sounds wonderful. I went to your website and the backlist looks huge! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Barbra. I DO have a huge backlist but it's a mix of MF, MMF and MM.

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  31. I've been looking forward to seeing another release by you since I've read With or Without Him. So looking forward to this. Thank you for the great post and review!

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    1. Thank you, HB. There is another MM of mine called Bloodline - out with Loose- Id that came after With or Without.

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  32. This sounds like a very good book and I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry!!! I hope you like it.

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  33. Hi, thank you for talking about your new release, sounds great!!! mevalem258 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Thank you, Loren! The book is out today!!

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  34. This is a new author for me, but I am excited to read from her because of this post. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. I hope you'll give me a try!

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  35. I've never read anything by you but this book sounds really good and I'm always looking for new (to me) authors that may offer something different than what I can already find. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  36. And the winner is - Clare Flack! Let me know what you'd like, Clare. bjel at btinternet dot com

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