Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Fall
Author: Kate Sherwood
Series: The Fall #1
Heroes: Scott Mackenzie & Joe Sutton
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 16, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Every relationship leaves something behind. Dumped by his sugar daddy, part-time model Scott Mackenzie somehow ends up owning an abandoned church in rural Ontario. He dreams of using it for gay weddings, even if he’ll never have one of his own.
Joe Sutton is trying to keep his family together after his parents’ deaths. Between the family ranch, his brother’s construction company, and commitments around town, he doesn’t have time for a relationship. But Mackenzie is hard to ignore.
As both men fight their growing attraction, challenges to Mackenzie’s business threaten their relationship. If he can’t make it work, he’ll have to crawl back to the city in defeat. But the only solution involves risking the ranch Joe loves, and each man has to decide how much he’ll sacrifice for the other.
After being dumped by his rich boyfriend and being forced to leave his pampered life, Mackenzie decides to make a life of his own with buying and rebuilding an old church in a small country town. Little did Mackenzie realize just how different life in the country is from the city. Joe Sutton is just a quiet rancher who likes his life the way it is but when Joe’s brother, Will, makes him help with restoring Mackenzie’s church, Joe’s life gets way more complicated than he likes especially when he tries to fight the attraction between them. Both men have issues but are their problems big enough to ruin what little relationship they might be able to create?
Well, I will admit, that is probably the crappiest attempt at summing up a book I have ever done. Unfortunately, I just don’t know how to adequately describe it! What I can say is this was the type of story that kept me up late at night. Once I started it, I didn’t want to stop. In fact, once I finished it, I couldn’t stop myself from immediately going onto another of Ms. Sherwood’s books. I just loved this one.
Mackenzie was the kind of character that tugged on my heartstrings. I felt so bad for him. He’s a sensitive soul and while he is a little spoiled, he’s got a big heart and even bigger dreams. He’s a charmer and really sweet and soooooo adorable! Joe is the tall, dark and silent sort. He’s very quiet and doesn’t talk unless it’s necessary. I adored him just as much as I did Mackenzie because he’s a family man and while he might seem stoic and stubborn, he loves his family and will do anything for them. The two together are not only hot but sweet. I couldn’t get enough of them! And Joe’s nephew, Austin, was just the cutest thing ever!
The story revolves around Mackenzie and Joe who try to work through their own problems. Mackenzie is trying to deal with having no money and no friends around while Joe is dealing with a lot of family issues. On top of that, Joe does his hardest to push Mackenzie away because he knows Mackenzie will go back to the city one day so he doesn’t want to give into temptation in case that happens. Thankfully, he pulls his head out of his ass and falls to Mackenzie’s charms and that just creates a whole other set of problems! LOL
I adored this story. Mackenzie weaseled his way into my heart just like he did Joe’s but I did have a few issues. Mostly with how immature Mackenzie seemed at times, such as when he was around his city friends and his complete disregard for Joe’s feelings. Also, I wish Mackenzie and Joe would have taken that extra step and talked instead of assuming things.
In the end, this was a lovely book. The characters grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I loved experiencing their journey to an ending that fits them (although I’m totally expecting more and thank God the sequel is coming out soon!). I adored this story, its characters and the conflicts they had to face, together and separately. I just love Ms. Sherwood’s writing! Definitely recommended for those looking for a good contemporary with witty characters and hot fun!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*