By Tqwana B.
3 out of 5 stars ★★★☆☆
Expert whitewater-rafting guide Grady Kelley lives for that rush of adrenaline: at work, as the newest employee of a Portland-based outdoor-adventure sports company, and off the river, where liaisons with anonymous men keep him satisfied. Grady prefers no drama and no strings attached, but when tragedy strikes, fate leads him to Micah Swaine. He’s hot, masculine, distracting—and offers the kind of deeper connection Grady has sworn off, no matter how badly he craves it.
Working at a leather bar, Micah meets a lot of guys, but Grady’s different—and he seems to feel the same way. The trouble is, anything beyond casual sex is too risky for Micah. He’s got secrets he doesn’t know how to share, secrets that would make any relationship a battlefield. No man, even one as compassionate as Grady, would stick around for that kind of trouble. And yet, as physical desire melts the walls they’ve put up, Micah and Grady discover that trusting each other is the most exhilarating adventure of all.
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
The Harder He Falls isn’t quite what I was expecting. If your tastes in romance steers more toward a bit of melodrama, then you will love this book. I wanted more of of the outdoor adventure than we got. If you make it a part of the character description and put it in the synopsis, then let it be an actual part of the character. We see only a hike or two and then nothing until the end. Micah being the type of person I assume he is strikes me as someone who would want Grady to get back into the sports he loves.
Yes, I know. The tragedy. It’s part of the plot, etc. Like I said, if this is your type of romance, then this is a great book. Pick it up.
Don’t get me wrong…it’s hot. The scenes at Dane’s are well-worth the read. You won’t be disappointed on that front at all. And Micah is the type of hero any guy or girl could easily fall for. Dominant, but not an alphahole.