Review: The Effects of Falling by Mariah Dietz (The Weight of Rain #2)

Note: This ARC was provided by Southern Belle Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Effects of Falling is the second novel in author Mariah Dietz’s The Weight of Rain duet and it takes place several months after the events in the first novel. Here we get the best friends-to-lovers story of thirty-two-year-old former professional BMX rider turned photographer Summer Pierce and thirty-three-year-old BMXer and single father Kashton Knight. They’ve known each other for eleven years and have been the best of friends for almost as long. Kash lost his girlfriend and the mother of his daughter just weeks after they had Mercedes, and Summer has been there for Kash and Mercedes from the get-go. Summer has always been in love with Kash and she’s pretty sure he’s in love with her too. When they cross that proverbial line, things change, but not in the way that either one of them ever expected.

It was pretty clear in The Weight of Rain that Summer had a thing for Kash, but it seemed like a one-sided thing. Obviously, it wasn’t as one-sided as I thought after reading their love story here. There’s a lot of history between the two, who have been friends for more than a decade. Just like the book before it, this went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting and this allowed it to set itself apart from other books that have use the same trope. One more thing it shares with the duology starter is my feelings of frustration when it came to the lack of communication between these two, leading them to be more reactive. Seriously, these two couples would have benefitted from some couples counseling or maybe they should have simply listened to the people closest to them instead of wallowing in self-made misery.

I confess that I felt bad for Kash in this story. It was as if he was expected to be some sort of mind reader. Yes, Kash and Summer were so close that they often pre-empted one another, knowing what the other would say or do, but the fact is, they were both finding their footing after things escalated between the two of them. Dynamics change because that’s just reality. So, I think Summer should have given Kash some slack and done the mature thing and talked to him openly and honestly. I didn’t like how she treated Mercedes either and the whole thing with Tommy Chapman had “mistake” written all over it. The difference between Summer and Lauren Crosby is that Lo was twenty-two and Summer is a decade older. Personal feelings for Summer aside, I did like The Effects of Falling, which gets four stars. ♥

Date Read: 07 August 2016

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