Review: Accepting the Fall by Meg Harding


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Signal Boost Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Meg Harding is a new-to-me author, though I have come across her titles on Goodreads, most of which have gotten pretty good ratings on the average. Her latest release, Accepting the Fall, is a second chance romance between thirty-four-year-old marine turned firefighter and single father Zander Brooks and thirty-three-year-old kindergarten teacher Cole Whitaker. Seventeen years ago, Cole spent eight months falling in love with Zander only to have his declaration of love thrown back in his face. The last person Cole expects to enter his classroom more than a decade and a half later is Zander, who just happens to be the father of Cole's troublesome and possibly troubled student Savanah. Seeing each other again brings back a myriad of feelings for both men, but while Zander is contemplating asking Cole for another shot to be with him, Cole doesn't know quite how to handle having his not-quite-an-ex around, especially not with Cole having an actual boyfriend who should be occupying his thoughts more than Zander is. Is this their second chance at being together or just a chance to finally get needed closure?

Zander wasn't the most likable person. His treatment of Cole when he ended their non-relationship (though Cole seriously saw it as something more) was callous and cold-hearted and then there was his detachment when it came to his own daughter, which wouldn't have earned him any Father of the Year awards early on. However, he does develop as a character and learns a thing or two about why he is the way he is and how he needs to change in order to be a better parent and potential partner. Cole, on the other hand, seemed to be more evolved, although the nonchalance in which he handled his relationship with Patrick didn't sit all too well with me. He also went through a traumatic experience but it was more of a blip than a boom. Quite a number of the peripheral characters served their purpose for one or two scenes and then disappeared completely, with only Savanah remaining as the most meaningful and memorable. Overall, Accepting the Fall was a pretty good read, but I lacked that complete connection with the main characters that would have made me more invested in them, so I'm giving this 3.5 stars. ♥

Date Read: 16 June 2017

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