Saturday, August 27, 2016

ARC Review: A Fallen Heart (Zero Hour, #2) by Cate Ashwood

After his last disastrous relationship, Joseph Ford has absolutely no interest in getting attached again. Concentrating on working as a trauma nurse and keeping his life as simple as possible are his only goals. Unfortunately, his plans could be derailed by the charming, sexy Nash.

Things are looking up for paramedic Ridley Nash when he transfers to Station 217. He gets along with the crew, likes his partner, and is finally on a team willing to accept him—gay and all. It’s everything he’s always wanted, but when he meets Ford, Nash knows his life is about to get very interesting.

As Ford and Nash find themselves stuck in the middle of a homicide case, things become more complicated. For the last year, the mutilated bodies of teenage boys have been showing up all over downtown. With no leads, the police are getting desperate. One of the victims is found alive, and he’s the best chance the police have to catch the killer—if only they can get him to talk.

Will Nash be able to catch Ford when he falls, or is there too much standing in their way to make it work?

Jewel's rating:

Oh, how I love this series! A Fallen Heart is every bit as good as A Forced Silence. In fact, I think I might have liked A Fallen Heart just a touch more, though I would have to go back and reread book 1 to know for sure. A Fallen Heart is fast paced and the heat level more than satisfying. I do actually really want to reread A Forced Silence now, but I will probably wait until book 3 is about to release and reread both. I loved them that much, plus I'm sure I'll want a refresher on the plot because -- cliffhanger (with the mystery, not our MC's)!

The murder mystery plot line is continued from A Forced Silence and it does not get resolved here (did I mention the cliffhanger?). It's gruesome and makes my heart hurt so much. Because of that plot line, A Fallen Heart does not work well as a stand alone.

I loved Nash and Ford together from their first kiss. Their chemistry is off the charts hot and they were so amazing together in and out of bed that I couldn't help but love them both.

Ford is a stubborn bastard, though, and tries tries tries to resist Nash's many charms. Ford is perfectly fine with sex, but he wants to keep things casual. Or so he says. His actions speak differently, though, so he does send some mixed signals to Nash, who is thankfully ever patient. Ford seriously struggles with his feelings, because he just doesn't trust himself or his judgement and that makes him run scared. His last boyfriend really did a number on him and I'm totally with Nash in wanting to do that man some serious harm for being so shitty to Ford. So Ford just needs time to figure out that the feeling of changing when in a relationship doesn't have to be a bad thing. That good changes equal growth and that's a win for everyone.

Nash, conversely, is steadfast, patient and very very passionate. I found myself fanning myself with my Kindle on multiple occasions, like a certain scene that took place in a supply closet (oh, my word, was that hot). Nash felt really real, to me. He's not perfect. While he is ready to settle down, he understands that Ford is going to need more time. Nash isn't a pushover, though. He fights for what he wants and he does show his temper a time or two, when pushed.

I need book 3, like, yesterday! There are questions I really really want the answers to. And not just about mystery plot. 

So, Ms. Ashwood, please get us book 3 soon. I know I am not the only one dying here!


ARC of A Fallen Heart was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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