Sunday, September 2, 2018

ARC Review: Falling into Love by Kris T. Bethke and Nell Iris

Liam O’Donoughue is happy with his life. He runs V Wilderness Adventures with his best friends, his chosen brothers, and gets to spend his days hiking in the gorgeous Adirondacks. What’s not to love? But when he meets Austin on a hike, he thinks he’s found something he didn’t even know was missing.

Austin Jock is content with his work as a radiology tech and playing bass in a cover band. Someday he wants to find his forever person but doesn’t believe in romantic fireworks and isn’t sure it’ll ever happen. Then Liam comes crashing into his life, igniting sparks. Huge, life-altering sparks.

The connection between the two men is instant, and things move fast. But Austin isn’t sure what to do with everything he’s feeling inside. Can Liam convince him falling in love is the easiest thing in the world?

Dani's rating:

I am all about relationship-focused stories, but Falling into Love was perhaps too simple.

Liam and Austin are 30 years old but act younger. Much is made of Liam being a klutz. He's a wilderness guide, but he's constantly tripping, falling, and spraining or breaking something.

This was supposed to be funny, but honestly I was slightly alarmed. If you're going to lead people on a hike through the forest, you need to be more cautious and safety minded. Liam was about the worst wilderness guide ever.

Austin is an X-ray tech (that's where he originally met Liam) and plays in a cover band. His best friend is his ex-girlfriend. Austin is scared of falling for Liam and moving too quickly.

There is a lot of butt wiggling and happy dancing, and Austin says things like, "Oh, poop" and "fudging." I found this supremely irritating and childish.

The relationship was all surface, and I never really believed in the connection between the men. Even the sexy times fizzled for me.

The first couple chapters served as an introduction to the series. Liam and his four besties run a wilderness company together. We have Liam, plus Drew and Ev and Jackson and Wade. I honestly couldn't keep them all straight.

This is a feel-good story. The MCs are nice, uncomplicated guys; there is a big focus on family you choose; and the ending is a tentative HEA.

I was antsy for the story to go somewhere, but it never did. I would still read the second book in the series; I'm fairly certain it will focus on Drew and Ev.

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Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
~Harper Lee

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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