Accepting the Fall by Meg Harding
Publisher: Oceanside Press
Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 8, 2017
Refresh Tour dates: April 23 – 30, 2018
Length (Print & Ebook): 62k
Subgenre: Contemporary Romance
Buy link: http://amzn.to/2HrrgSX
Confronting the past is never easy.
Cole Whitaker is happy. He has the job and boyfriend he always wanted. His heart’s in no danger of being broken, and he can’t ask for more from life. As a kindergarten teacher, he sees it all; however, one troublesome student has him reaching out to the parent, wanting to help. There’s something about Savanah that tugs at his heartstrings.
He never expected her father.
Zander Brooks hasn’t had an easy life, and he’s made some mistakes. Freshly retired from the military and working as a firefighter, Zander thought he’d left Cole in the rearview mirror. He’s not expecting him to appear in St. Petersburg, Florida, of all places, teaching his daughter’s kindergarten class. Suddenly, his biggest mistake is being shoved in his face.
This is Zander’s chance to close a door he’d never fully shut, but time with his former flame might change his mind.
Author Meg Harding’s take on Accepting the Fall: “Not everything is perfect, and it’s not always going to go right the first time around. It’s not any less special because it was flawed.”
Praise for Accepting the Fall: “A character driven, second-chance romance. Recommended for anyone craving a low-angst, tender, contemporary story stuffed to the brim with feels and sweetness.” – Piper Vaughn
It was softness and warmth, the slide of their noses bumping, their chins scraping, their lips relearning the feel of one another. Zander held Cole steady, tilting his head for a better angle. With his tongue, he traced the curve of Cole’s lips before venturing into his mouth. Cole met him push for push, and what had started out gentle turned heated quickly. Their tongues tangled together as Zander and Cole teased and chased. Cole tasted sweet and sugary, and vaguely like strawberries.
The air between them was damp and heavy, neither willing to pull away. Zander felt as if the oxygen was being sucked from his body, and he hadn’t the slightest inclination to do anything about it. The world would end if the kiss stopped. He didn’t need anything else but the slick glide of their tongues and the dull graze of teeth as they fell into their own private world.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ + half a star 🙂
This was the second ‘second-chance’ trope book I read…In a row. But it was very different from the first one. Since this one features a teacher, I almost had to like it. And the images of adorable kids.
Cole, a kindergarten teacher has probably had to have dealt with numerous children. But after this particular children comes and causes problems, his past will catch up with him. He is in a committed, if a little boring relationship, but Savannah’s father comes around and might wreck it all.
Zander has had his daughter dumped on him by her unnamed mother. Having been raised by an abusive father in the military, who also had those preconceived notions about what boys are supposed to be like, Zander has loads of problems dealing with his daughter. It gets worse considering the trauma Savannah has been through.
I like how Cole and Zander eventually reconnect and re-establish relationship. They have a lot of catching up to do, obviously, but they go slow-ish and do not jump into it too much. I also liked how Cole’s mother defended him and was suspicious of Zander, still remembering how he broke her son’s heart.
Another huge plus of the book have been the animals. Cole has a big estate and a variety of animals. He helps shelters and wants to foster animals, but gets too attached to them to let them leave again, so he has a lot of them.
The minus thing, why the book was knocked to 3.5 stars instead of 5? The ending felt a bit, what I say Harry-Potter-ish. We leave the family when Savannah is still about 5 years old and suddenly, it’s 13 years later. It was a bit of a meeh moment for me and I’m not really fond of those kinds of endings.
About Meg Harding: Meg Harding is a sucker for things on four legs and works as a pet sitter when she’s not writing. She’s an editor and a lover of fanfiction. She enjoys the theatre, concerts, and lazing about in front of the TV. Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF and Anglia Ruskin, with a bachelors in Psych and a masters in publishing. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.