Review: After the Fall by L.A. Witt

Friday, October 25

Title:  After the Fall*
Author: L.A. Witt
Series:  Tucker Springs #6
Genre:  Contemporary MM Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Format:  print & ebook
Date/Year:  September 2013
Reviewed by:  Andrea

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

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?

My Musings:

This is part of a series, but could easily be read and enjoyed as a stand alone.

Tucker Springs is one of those series which is loosely focused on the people living in a fictional city.  They’re all linked, but the books don’t really build on one another.  The books have been written by a variety of authors.  This is the third one written by L.A. Witt.  I have read the entire series, but I’m not sure that was helpful.  I say that because I had a very different idea of Nathan going into this book.  It threw me at first because I had to dissociate from the guy I thought I was reading about and focus on a completely different Nathan.

AFTER THE FALL tells the story of Nathan and Ryan.  Nathan is the office manager at the local acupuncture clinic.  The first book in the series, WHERE NERVES END, was about his boss at the clinic.  Nathan has been a minor character in the series since the very beginning.  I was excited to get to know him better.  I had always thought of him as more of a cute, twink, party boy.  The Nathan of this book wasn’t like that at all.  He commented about being like that in his younger years, but he is much more settled now.  He has been working and saving to afford his dream horse.  On his very first ride, Ryan comes blazing through on his motorcycle.  The horse is spooked and throws Nathan.  It’s not the best initial meeting for Ryan and Nathan.  Ryan feels responsible for the horrible accident and offers to step in and help Nathan.  It was a disastrous meeting, but they moved beyond that fairly quickly. 

I was a little put off by Nathan at first, but I ended up liking both him and Ryan.  I love seeing opposites come together.  Nathan has lived in Tucker Springs his entire life, while Ryan is a nomad.  Nathan has a vast sexual history and is jaded by his past.   Ryan is not very experienced and is completely genuine.  That made for an interesting combination.  Their biggest similarity is that they are good guys and they deserve to find love and happiness.  They made a quick transition from strangers to friends, but the move from friends to lovers was much slower.  The slow build up of their relationship was what really pulled me in.  I became invested in their relationship and wanted them to be together. 

There was only one thing I didn't care for, and that was the focus on the horse.  That issue has nothing to do with the book, it’s all me.  I’m not a horse person.  They’re an attractive animal, but I don’t see why anyone would want to own one and put that much effort into caring for it. It was easy to follow, even for someone completely clueless when it comes to horses.  I understood it, I just wasn’t interested in all the horse talk. 

Running alongside the horse thing was my lack of belief in Nathan.  I went into the book thinking I had the right impression of him.  The Nathan of this story was completely different.  I felt like the Nathan I knew was transformed to fit into that role.   Have you ever watched a tv series where a new actor takes over a character halfway through?  It’s disconcerting, and that’s how I felt about Nathan. 

Both of those things were minor problems, but continued to bother me throughout the story.  Unfortunately, they had an impact on my enjoyment of the story.  I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had been reading it as a stand alone because it is a well written book with great characters and an interesting romance.


Overall:  3.5 stars
Sensuality level:  3

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