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The Fall #1
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, LGBT, Romance
BLURB: Sexual assault doesn't discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the animal stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it's the last thing he does. Yet Sean's hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn's protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills.
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My Review: Let me say in advance that although one of my pet peeves is a cliffhanger ending, I was not upset at the one in this book. Firstly, because I suspected there would be one as it's part of a trilogy but secondly, and more importantly, the book was too good to get upset over that minor detail.
Asbjorn and Sean were both very powerfully written characters. Sean in particular came across as a well-balanced and strong person who coped well with being bait for the stalker. I really loved how the author wrote both the attack and the aftermath in an insightful and matter of fact way that brought home that anyone can be a victim of such a crime but not everyone need be a victim for life because of it.
I liked the martial arts aspect of the story but could have done with a little less of the full on information about it. That said, it played a big part in the characters of both men and the way they interacted with each other with neither willing to be considered weak and girlish.
If I have one complaint about this book, it's that the author used a lack of communication between the men to add tension and drama to an already excellent story.
Taking all these points into account, I give this book a 5*. Generally a well written story and worth the read. I highly recommend it to any reader who likes Martial Arts, stubborn guys, realistic drama or just a great romance story.
About the Author
Just about everything Kate Pavelle writes is colored by her life experiences, whether the book in your hand is romance, mystery, or adventure. Kate grew up under a totalitarian regime behind the Iron Curtain. In her life, she has been a hungry refugee and a hopeful immigrant, a crime victim and a force of lawful vengeance, a humble employee and a business owner, an unemployed free-lancer and a corporate executive, a scientist and an artist, a storyteller volunteering for her local storytelling guild, a martial artist, and a triathlete. Kate’s frequent travels imbue her stories with local color from places both exotic and mundane.
Kate Pavelle is encouraged in her writing by her husband, children and pets, and tries not to kill her extensive garden in her free time. Out of the five and a half languages she speaks, English is her favorite comfort zone.speaks, English is her favorite comfort zone.