After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy the horse of his dreams. He’s looking forward to a summer of exploring the Colorado mountain trails above Tucker Springs with Tsarina. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring Tsarina into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.
Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.
Despite their bad start, Nathan and Ryan soon become friends . . . and then much more. But with a couple of nasty breakups in his past, Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved—especially knowing that Ryan will never settle down. But since when do feelings ever listen to reason?
On my mind lately has been the question “what makes one romance just okay and another one where I can’t let go?” I am closer to figuring that out now. So many romances focus entirely on the two heroes, with too little interaction with the outside world. In a series like Tucker Springs where the reader has gotten to know so many wonderful characters, not seeing those people except for maybe two seconds, is a bit like going to the orchestra and only having the oboe play all night long. It might be good, but it becomes boring after a bit of time.
Even in a book that’s a standalone, I need those secondary characters, to see the heroes interact with other people. It rounds out the story and makes it sing. And it also gives the book subtext and more than one plot.
Unfortunately, as nice as After the Fall is, it was the oboe when I wanted the orchestra. I adored Nathan in previous books but to be honest, his personality felt different in this one—as if he wasn’t the same person. It took several chapters before I realized who he was. So much of the book was all Nathan and Ryan. Yes there were a couple small scenes with others, but not enough for me.
I still enjoy LA Witt’s writing and look forward to more of her work. I just hope she strikes up a full orchestra next time.
3 stars for After the Fall.