Fall or Break Series Spotlight


Falling is easy. Landing without breaking your heart? Impossible.
Harper is no longer behind bars, but it doesn’t feel like it. Ten years serving time for a crime he didn’t commit have  left him shut down, numb, and a frozen wreck over the simplest of choices.He’s acutely aware of the dark-haired young man checking him out in the supermarket, but he’s too deep in panic mode to even meet the guy’s gaze. Afraid the slightest move will trigger a fall that will never stop.Fresh off a long-term relationship with a controlling man, Malachi is stuck living with relatives who think he’s a waste of oxygen. The tall guy in the long, gray coat is the first bright spot he’s glimpsed in a long time…though the man’s unblinking stare at a bottle of shower gel is a touch alarming.Hard experience tells both of them to turn away before lust turns to hopeless attraction, and inevitably to disaster. But once their sparks connect, the arc of electricity is too strong to deny. Even if the cost is too much to bear.Warning: Contains an ex-con with disaster written all over him, a boy toy who’s trouble with a capital T, a damp old British house, compulsive meddling, and enough hot sex to cure the severe case of nervous babbling.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23521523-falling

WOW!

Once you start, you won’t stop until you turn the last page.

And then you’ll want to jump into book two even though it’s 2AM and they aren’t really related and you have to be up at 6AM.

Well Done, Barbara Elsborg!

What an amazing, compelling, brilliant, sweet, frustrating, convincing, tale. Mainly focused on Harper, who just got out of jail and Malachi  who has been living with his sister and bastard of a brother in law after leaving a very intense and toxic relationship.

Harper and Malachi are just perfect together, Malachi is this ray of sunshine that has a hard time keeping a filter on between his mouth and his brain. And Harper being in prison for ten years is reserved and un-trusting.

The way people treat Harper, with out knowing him or the situation is heartbreaking. Even though we find out in the end what really happened the lead up is amazing the guessing and second guessing. The way the system treats him like a second class citizens. The way he resigned himself to this life. And Malachi jumping in and making in all right at the ultimate cost.  True love.

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Breaking
Archer Hart is on the move before the man he’s just killed is found. When a bullet whizzes past his ear, he realizes hunter is now hunted. So much for his retirement plans. Someone wants him dead and all he can do is keep running.Downed by a hit and run driver, barrister Conrad Black is certain the ‘accident’ was deliberate but he has no proof or support. In recovery, struggling to work out of partial paralysis, he has plenty of time to wonder who regrets not striking him harder. At this point, running anywhere is a distant dream.The confidence, determination and stamina of two alphas males will mean little if neither is willing to bend—seize the love offered—and work together to understand why they’re suddenly both marked men. Not easy for either when Archer has broken the law in the worst possible way and Conrad is the law.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16
Second in the series but can be read and stand alone.
This one comes along after Conrad has let Malachi out of his life and is trying to start a new chapter when he is hit by a car. He suspects it’s done on purpose, but with out any hard proof and no one to tell or to believes him. Conrad decides to take himself to the coast to heal. Little did he know that one simple act would change his life forever.
Unlike the first book, this one has a much more grown up feel to it. If that makes sense? The charaters are older, the level of deceit and intrigue is far deeper. And the suspense is heavier.
You’ve got two very strong alpha males on two sides of the law, running for there lives, both willing and unwilling to to do the whole give and take thing. And don’t forget about one extremely CUTE doggie!
These two together, just worked. Even though they are both Alpha’s you can feel that at this point in there lives they both could use a shoulder to lean on, someone to help out, so they don’t have to be so tough all the time. Especially Archer,  you know he never expected anyone else to understand or want him after the kind of life he’s lead.
The second story lines and how they flow into the main story is brilliantly done.
Great second book, hoping maybe we get a third?

5str

Having loved the first book in this series I jumped at the chance to review Breaking and did so without realizing that the Conrad in the blurb was Malachi’s Conrad from Falling. I was already hooked on the book within the first few pages, but once I made the connection as to who Conrad was…well there was no stopping me then and I read the book in one sitting. While Breaking is a romance, there is far more action and suspense in it than I expected and this added to my need to devour the book. And I LOVED Deefor! He was a great addition to the “cast” who enhanced the relationship between Conrad and Archer without drawing attention away from them with his antics. Such a good boy!

 

I found the relationship that developed between Conrad and Archer intriguing. While I realize that in the beginning Conrad had no idea of who Archer actually was, it seemed unfathomable that two men whose worlds were so diametrically opposed would have any chance of a relationship. And yet Elsborg makes a plot that sounds fantastical feel realistic. The idea of an honest-to-a-fault barrister and a former special forces sniper turned hitman meeting under the circumstances they do, learning to trust one another, building a relationship, and falling in love seems undoable without painfully contrived situations, but at no point did the scenes feel forced. Our world is full of spies so it would stand to reason that there are ex-spies who retire and settle down in our communities with us none the wiser. The idea of an attorney being targeted by a dissatisfied client or their family member is not fiction. This is what made Breaking believable for me – I don’t have to know such people personally to know they exist. Yet despite them both being targeted by outside forces, they still had “normal” relationship issues they had to work through, especially as both men have rather dominant personalities.

 

The romantic suspense element of Breaking keeps me from talking specifics, but I can say that I enjoyed how Archer’s unusual skill set helped save Conrad’s life, just as Conrad’s sense of right wouldn’t allow him to sit by and watch Archer drown despite his own injuries. The combination of losing Malachi in Falling and the car accident had Conrad questioning his life and set the stage for him to be more open to Archer than he would have been otherwise. For me, the author was able to make Conrad more vulnerable than he was previously without changing his overall personality – he was still the intense barrister but at the same time he was able to give up control sexually to Archer. This crisis of self also made his shift back to his “typical” personality as he healed and became more confident of his relationship with Archer believable. I was enthralled with how the pieces of Archer and Conrad’s life intersected and played out over the course of the novel and loved the ending. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Fall or Break series and cannot wait to see who it’s about.

5str