Book Reviews

Falling (Fall or Break 1) by Barbara Elsborg

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-July-2018

Book Blurb

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, grey 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.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2015.

Book Review

Two men. One spent ten years in prison, for a crime he didn't commit. The other wasted too many years on a controlling, dominating man, who left him feeling worthless. The blurb pulled me in, but it's Barbara Elsborg's writing that kept me turning the pages. This could have been a sad, pathetic, and sorrowful story. And yes, there are moments of that, but there is an overwhelming feeling of hope, trust, and rebirth.

Malachi thought he had it all. A man he believed loved him as much as Malachi loved Connor, all the material things he never had growing up in an abusive family, and a job at a newspaper. When Connor shows his true colors, Malachi realizes that he deserves more from life, so he leaves. Unfortunately Connor is a powerful man, and shortly after, Malachi loses his job, then his apartment, and practically everything he owns. He thinks he has fallen as far as he can, until he sees Harper in the grocery store.

Harper, having just been released after ten years in prison, is trying to figure out how to make decisions for himself, and how to put the past behind him. Wrongfully committed, Harper will spend the rest of his life with a societal stigma he doesn't deserve, unable to continue in the profession he had devoted himself to. Hope and trust are two things he lost a long time ago. Until he meets Malachi.

Another incredible and amazing story by Ms. Elsborg. She took me in a few directions I wasn't expecting, and kept me riveted to every page. I'm now beyond interested in the prospect of book two in this series, because I'm fairly certain I know who one of the main characters will be, and since, in this book, I went from disliking him to being horribly intrigued by him, I can't wait to hear his story.

"You are what’s important in my life. Freedom tastes like you. Without you, I’m nothing. With you, I’m everything.”

Thank you, Barbara, for a beautiful love story.





DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by the publisher for the purpose of a review.

Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 343 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-March-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.00 paperback
Buy Link