Author ~ Eli Easton
Published ~ 9th November 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M 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?
4 “An embarrassment of riches!” Stars!
Falling Down is author Eli Easton’s latest literary creation. It is no secret that I have become a fan of this author with her fun and heart-warming books that leave you clenching your heart, laughing out loud, and happily sighing. This story was no exception. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between our two protagonists who are so vastly different and yet find something special with each other.
Josh Rivers has been on his own since the death of his mother. Now, at the age of eighteen, he’s ready to stop fighting so hard just to live life. Josh is numb, has no one, he’s homeless and he’s simply tired of dealing with all the struggles that come with living a transient lifestyle. Just as he’s about to embark on a new adventure, Josh decides last minute to head north to New England to fulfill one of his mother’s dreams of seeing the beauty of the fall there. It seems like the right thing to do before the winter comes and Josh can finally let go.
Twenty-four year old Mark Sullivan is a former marine who is somewhat lost as to the direction his life should go in now that he is no longer in the Marines. He is renting a cabin in Gainesville, New Hampshire away from his family. After all, Mark believes that he has never quite measured up to his four older brothers in the eyes of his father so there is no point in being surrounded by all of them and feeling suffocated. When a young man sets up camp under a bridge near Mark’s cabin, there is no way he can just stand back and not intervene. He can’t, in good conscience, allow this stranger to continue sleeping out in the cold elements. Mark invites him to stay with him and offers him a job. What ensues is a new beginning for both men.
Josh agrees to stay with Mark and work for him to complete this big painting job. Both men soon strike up a tentative friendship as they begin to spend time with one another. Josh and Mark soon find themselves actually eating with one another and getting to know each other. Yes, they are vastly different but there is no denying the spark that begins to blossom. But, Mark is older than Josh and he feels like he can’t take advantage of the younger man who is his employee. As the pair become more profoundly connected they discover that their connection has given both a whole new sense of purpose. Can their relationship last beyond this one job that is slowly coming to an end? Will either one of them open up and take a chance on a blossoming love?
This was a beautiful love story. I absolutely loved how Josh and Mark started off as friends and their feelings developed slowly and organically from there. They truly enjoyed spending time with each other. The inner struggle that both men go through with respect to their internal struggles had a very melancholic feel and was very well written. The personal journey both protagonists go through was amazing to watch as they grow into better versions of themselves, stronger versions. Both Josh and Mark choose love… and they have to fight for it. Nothing short of heart-wrenching goodness.
All in all, Falling Down is a wonderful read. I love how this book was so much more than a simple love story. It was about to men finding their way, not only to love but also finding their way to a better life for themselves. It’s about embracing life beyond one’s circumstances. Highly recommended.
"I love you, Josh," Mark whispered.
"Always," Josh whispered back.
And that was all and it was everything.
Meet Eli Easton
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.