Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Farther I Fall by Lisa Nicholas (@BerkleyRomance)

Gwen Tennison got out of Afghanistan alive but scarred--and then got stuck on her sister's couch. When she's offered a job managing the U.S. tour for rock music's hottest, most troubled star, it seems like just the thing to snap her out of her post-injury funk. Her instructions are simple: start the shows on time, and keep him clean.

But Lucas Wheeler may be more than she can handle. Though he's drug-free, he still feels the need, and his gorgeous, capable new tour manager is a challenge he can't ignore. Fame and infamy have forced Lucas to protect his heart, but soon he finds himself craving Gwen's touch, and yearning to give her control. And Gwen might feel the same way.

But it's not just the mutual heat between them that is keeping Gwen on her toes. Someone is following Lucas from city to city. With more than just her job on the line Gwen must decide how much she's willing to risk to keep Lucas safe.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 (eeking towards 3.5) out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Cover: 1 out of 5--pretty uninspiring. Glad I overlooked it b/c it was an excellent read

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Oh but I was feeling some mad love for The Father I Fall! Nicholas totally knocked her debut book out of the park. I couldn't put this one down and was totally captivated by a sexy rocker and his tough as nails love interest who is former British Army and now tasked with keeping him in line as his tour manager. With some strange happenings and some creep-tastic letters showing up it was both hot and sexy and a little unnerving as these two figured out how to deal with both each other and the things happening around them.

Oh man. Where to start!? These two! I seriously loved them. They were so different than most heroes and heroines. Rocking some heavy duty issues and attitudes but managing to be so damn intriguing and likable at the same time.

"He likes to push buttons, especially with women. He can be a cad. We've lost some good people from this tour because they couldn't cope."

"I thought he was gay."

Same gave her a wry grin. "He doesn't like to limit himself."
 Lucas is a recovering druggie who is on rocky grounds with the music company he works with. He's dealing with living sober, with temptation, frustration and now a woman sent to keep an eye on things and,well, he could act like a petulant little shit. But...somehow...the bastard managed to be lickable and sexy and almost weirdly endearing at the same time. And lordy once he stops being a putz...whew boy! Yeah. He's potent.

And Gwen? She was an awesome heroine. She's on medical leave from the Royal Army Medical Corp and pretty much floundering until her sister makes her take a job as a tour manager. Keeping calm under pressure and problem solving are her thing so this will be good for her. I really liked her. She's smart and while dealing with trauma and some light PTSD she doesn't give up, plugs through and is solid through and through.

"Sorry, am I making you uncomfortable?"

"Nothing I haven't seen before."

"Oh, well in that case." The towel hit the carpet. She rolled her eyes, but she looked anyway, as he meant for her to--and forgot to breathe.
The two together. Ho-ly crap. They had a rather rocky start and some moments as they head off that made even ME feel awkward and embarrassed for them. But it just made their romance even sweeter once they fought through it. The tension and spark between them was fantastic and when they do finally fall into bed it's just a little edgy and has some daring moves for a mainstream contemp. She's a little more dominant and he's liking that but can give it right back. They're a little dirty and man alive it was freaking HOT.

There's a little mystery/suspense with someone stalking Lucas and while I did figure things out before the big reveal it was nicely done and for a while kept me curious and wondering who on earth was behind it.

All together The Farther I Fall was just a captivating rockstar romance that was unique, daring and  so full of life. I loved their struggles, the sweet moments, the scorching ones and the awkward as hell ones that made it feel more real. Nicholas is definitely one to keep an eye on. And I am so ready for book 2. Please! Please tell me there's going to be a book two. Cus I'm really gonna need one. And I'm not above doing some naughty things to get it. *nods*

***Note*** This is marked as New Adult on Goodreads. I have no idea why. Both are in their early-mid 30s. So they're well good and grown.

Have you read this one? What did you think?
Do you have a favorite rocker?

Do you like when characters have imperfections and are battling real life issues like addiction?


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