Thursday, June 1, 2017

Book Review: The Hardest Fall (Roadmap To Your Heart #3) by: Christina Lee

Release Date: June 23, 2016
Goodreads | Amazon

"Lee trades country ballads for show tunes in the next standalone book of her Roadmap to Your Heart
series.

After licking his wounds from a painful relationship, Tate Sullivan is ready to move back home. He picks up where he left off as drag queen extraordinaire Frieda Love in a West Village bar in New York City. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the mysterious man with the dark eyes who shows up to every single performance—flirtatiously eyeing Tate one second and disappearing on him the next. Why mess around with a guy who is clearly giving him mixed signals?

Sebastian Clark is on a mission the first night he shows up at Ruby Redd’s. He doesn’t anticipate his plan being flipped on its head by the charismatic drag queen and even more so by the mesmerizing man beneath the makeup. But the more he learns about the vibrant and brash Tate Sullivan the more intrigued he becomes. So he pushes aside his guilt about why he sought out the bar in the first place in order to get to know the guy behind the stilettos.

They’re opposites on many levels, but as Tate spends time volunteering with Sebastian at the shelter, he begins to feel good about himself in ways he hadn’t before. For Sebastian, Tate represents a sense of fun and freedom that is completely fresh and invigorating. Before they know it, their easy companionship catches fire, and Sebastian is kissing a man for the first time, while Tate is opening his heart to new possibilities. But Sebastian is still keeping a secret, and Tate will have to decide if he can trust again, or if the betrayal he feels from Sebastian’s confession is too much to overcome."

My Thoughts:

The Hardest Fall is one of those books that manages to perfectly balance sweet and sexy and angsty. Both Tate and Sebastian are likable characters that you will root for from the get go. This is definitely a case of opposites attract and I loved that dynamic between the two.

While I enjoyed The Hardest Fall overall, it wasn’t my favorite of the series. A big aspect of the story is this secret between Sebastian and Tate. This is always a tough sell for me in books and it kinda drove me nuts in this one. The secret keeping just dragged on forever. There were a million chances to get the secret out in the open, but somehow they always got distracted by something they should not be distracted by. It was even tougher for me because it was the kind of secret that could have easily been discussed without trouble early on but wasn’t. It’s just tough for the reader to know the secret, and watch the character continue to not spill. If I was also unaware of the secret it might have worked better, but because I as the reader was in on it, well it was a slow wait to finally have it all out in the open.

Other than the secret keeping though I did enjoy the book. I loved Tate and Sebastian together and they had great chemistry. I also loved the NYC setting. Christina Lee did the setting well. I live in NYC and so many times it is clear the author has no clue what it is really like living in the city, but I never felt like that with this book. She really captured the setting and vibe well.

Overall The Hardest Fall is a good read and if you’re already a fan of this series you don’t want to miss this story. It was nice seeing Dean and Callum briefly and it was nice getting to know Tate better. He is so funny and witty, but he also has a soft and vulnerable side. All in all a good read.

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, I love the whole opposites attract aspect. Even though it wasn't your favorite of the series, I'm glad you still enjoyed it! It's the worst when an author tackles a location you're familiar with or your profession, etc. and doesn't get it right so I love that this author did a great job for you with the setting. Great review <3

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