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“I was in free fall the moment we met, and I just keep falling.” Small town police officer Silas Sloane knows every resident of O’Leary, New York. He’s earned the love and respect of its citizens, though living under the small-town microscope grates on him. But though he’s good at his job, there’s one thing he’s not good at: commitments… Until Everett. Widower Everett Ma “I was in free fall the moment we met, and I just keep falling.” Small town police officer Silas Sloane knows every resident of O’Leary, New York. He’s earned the love and respect of its citizens, though living under the small-town microscope grates on him. But though he’s good at his job, there’s one thing he’s not good at: commitments… Until Everett. Widower Everett Maior, O’Leary’s newest citizen, came to the small town kicking and screaming. He never wanted to become primary caretaker for his grandfather and has no interest in living the provincial life. Snarky and superstitious, he’s proficient at keeping people at a distance... Until he lays eyes on Silas. Strange disappearances are plaguing O’Leary, though, even as Silas and Everett find their growing attraction undeniable. Can they find their way to a future together, even as ghosts from the past threaten to tear them apart?


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“I was in free fall the moment we met, and I just keep falling.” Small town police officer Silas Sloane knows every resident of O’Leary, New York. He’s earned the love and respect of its citizens, though living under the small-town microscope grates on him. But though he’s good at his job, there’s one thing he’s not good at: commitments… Until Everett. Widower Everett Ma “I was in free fall the moment we met, and I just keep falling.” Small town police officer Silas Sloane knows every resident of O’Leary, New York. He’s earned the love and respect of its citizens, though living under the small-town microscope grates on him. But though he’s good at his job, there’s one thing he’s not good at: commitments… Until Everett. Widower Everett Maior, O’Leary’s newest citizen, came to the small town kicking and screaming. He never wanted to become primary caretaker for his grandfather and has no interest in living the provincial life. Snarky and superstitious, he’s proficient at keeping people at a distance... Until he lays eyes on Silas. Strange disappearances are plaguing O’Leary, though, even as Silas and Everett find their growing attraction undeniable. Can they find their way to a future together, even as ghosts from the past threaten to tear them apart?

30 review for The Fall

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    I loved May Archer's The Way Home series and also enjoyed The Date, the prequel to the Love in O'Leary series, which introduced us to the town of O'Leary and featured Cal the baker and Ash the SEAL (two of the numerous secondary characters present in this story). I liked The Fall for the most part too. The small town setting was charming, and Everett's grandpa Hen was hilarious. Silas, who's a police officer, was a likable character. He said something stupid once and apologized, but he was under I loved May Archer's The Way Home series and also enjoyed The Date, the prequel to the Love in O'Leary series, which introduced us to the town of O'Leary and featured Cal the baker and Ash the SEAL (two of the numerous secondary characters present in this story). I liked The Fall for the most part too. The small town setting was charming, and Everett's grandpa Hen was hilarious. Silas, who's a police officer, was a likable character. He said something stupid once and apologized, but he was understanding and patient. Unfortunately, I didn't much like Everett. Ev lost his husband a year prior and thinks that being with Si is tantamount to cheating on his deceased spouse. This is such a tired trope. Some authors can pull it off, but it got old quickly here, especially since I never felt Ev's grief. He tells us he's devastated, but the emotion didn't come through in the writing. Ev was snarky and unwilling to commit, even though it was Si who was supposed to be the commitment-phobe (or so we were told; I never saw any evidence of this). There were far too many secondary characters (I couldn't keep track of all the hot O'Leary men), not a lot of steam, and a fairly obvious mystery surrounding the disappearance of a camper. Honestly, had it not been for the ridiculous resolution of the mystery, I might have rated this book 4 stars, but the whole thing was so far fetched, I couldn't even. Also, Cal's sister-in-law Karen has to go. She was obnoxious in the prequel and annoying as fuck in this story. Self-centered, bitchy women aren't funny. Let's move on, please. The Fall ends on a happy note, and there's a bonus scene that serves as an epilogue, but I'd call the ending a HFN. There wasn't quite enough relationship development on page for me to believe in a forever for these men.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shile

    2.15 bored into skimming stars - MCs got zero chemistry. -I kept forgetting who the MCs were, because too many characters were introduced on page with no introductions, its like i was supposed to know them already. -These people gossip and sigh like their lives depend on it. -There was a mystery here but i don't how it was resolved, looks like i skimmed through it. I am now a professional skimmer. I may or may not continue with the series. 2.15 bored into skimming stars - MCs got zero chemistry. -I kept forgetting who the MCs were, because too many characters were introduced on page with no introductions, its like i was supposed to know them already. -These people gossip and sigh like their lives depend on it. -There was a mystery here but i don't how it was resolved, looks like i skimmed through it. I am now a professional skimmer. I may or may not continue with the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This was a nice little story of healing from loss and finding love in unexpected places until the author decided to put on the her Mary Calmes crazypants and add in a total WTF subplot that hit its zenith and was resolved in about 5 seconds flat. That pretty much ruined the end of the book for me. Boo hiss.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer☠Pher☠

    Well, hello O’Leary! Yeah, I know this isn’t my first visit but it is for sure the most memorable. (I vaguely recall the first story from the Anthology and will probably revisit it since it is now a “book”.) Anyway. Hello O’Leary! I think I probably liked this book a lot more than I should have. It has things that are potential bothers but somehow I just kept going and wasn’t bothered. Actually I was pretty entertained and plain ol’ happy. There was something magical about the story that kept the t Well, hello O’Leary! Yeah, I know this isn’t my first visit but it is for sure the most memorable. (I vaguely recall the first story from the Anthology and will probably revisit it since it is now a “book”.) Anyway. Hello O’Leary! I think I probably liked this book a lot more than I should have. It has things that are potential bothers but somehow I just kept going and wasn’t bothered. Actually I was pretty entertained and plain ol’ happy. There was something magical about the story that kept the things that would normally have me shaking my head or rolling my eyes from happening. I don’t know how to explain it but the situations were done well and I wasn’t annoyed and I believed as well as wanted. I dunno. The stars just aligned for me with this one and I really, really enjoyed it. I am not a fan of the dead husband being replaced. I know that isn’t the way I should think about it but a lot of the time the “I’ve never felt like this before”, “we never communicated with a look like that” or other statements like that always feel like a replacement. Somehow, in this book, it didn’t necessarily feel like that. I don’t know if it is because Si just didn’t put up with that or let it happen or whether it is because I never really got a true feel for Ev's first husband so I didn’t have a connection to him. Whatever it was I wasn’t bothered by this story line. If anything I was totally rooting for them. My only real complaint with the book was the amount of characters and how many had the same first letter of their name. I just couldn’t keep track of who was who and it at times pulled me out of the story a bit especially since there was also a small mystery we were supposed to be solving (which I solved immediately, btw). This is not a huge deal I just couldn’t figure out who was who and who was friends with who and if they were young or old which matters because I kept trying to figure out who was getting the next story. Not a big deal. I really enjoyed pretty much everything else about the story and can’t wait to head back to O’Leary.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Meep

    This was AWFUL. Hated the way grief was dealt with, strong message of giving up the past and moving on. A year and Ev's ex was someone to move on from, had to be less so Silas could be more. How dare he get upset, had to apologise for that! While Silas 'doesn't do commitment' which is a cute quirk and doesn't mean he's immature at all. The book is full of interchangeable characters who either have books somewhere or will have, seriously, never known this many in a book; all thrown at the reader a This was AWFUL. Hated the way grief was dealt with, strong message of giving up the past and moving on. A year and Ev's ex was someone to move on from, had to be less so Silas could be more. How dare he get upset, had to apologise for that! While Silas 'doesn't do commitment' which is a cute quirk and doesn't mean he's immature at all. The book is full of interchangeable characters who either have books somewhere or will have, seriously, never known this many in a book; all thrown at the reader as if we're supposed to know them or care. They overwhelm. But joining the dots of who'll have a book with whom (the names blurr) was a relief to reading the actual couple together, that was mostly safer to skim. Forget the mystery part, the police certainly do. I did flick to the end in the vain hope that the blatently comedically obvious villain was misdirection, but yeah, well. It's all easily forgotten anyway, noone cares about the missing even if local. Ornery Hen's romance at least brought a smile, but it was fleeting. No mystery, no real romance. Too many invading characters. Immature, highly uncomfortable vibe.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rei

    I feel like Im watching a TV show but it was so boring 😹 Not really bad. I think it was an okay read. Gonna continue with the series

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    3.5 Stars I liked it -- BUT... the sheer stubborn lack of communication drove me nuts. This was a solid 4 stars until Ev and Si actually got together (but weren't "together"). It was rather frustrating from that point. They mystery was ... meh. Still, I enjoyed, at least somewhat, the overall story. I think I will check out the other books. 3.5 Stars I liked it -- BUT... the sheer stubborn lack of communication drove me nuts. This was a solid 4 stars until Ev and Si actually got together (but weren't "together"). It was rather frustrating from that point. They mystery was ... meh. Still, I enjoyed, at least somewhat, the overall story. I think I will check out the other books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Denise H.

    * This humorous yet deeply emotional tale is beautifully written. * We see two men suspended in time, holding back from truly living. Si/Silas, 38, is the law in O'Leary, and he's strong, muscled, plus tough but nice; and struggles to make sense of his brother's death, because his family won't let it go. Ev/Everett's husband died 1 1/2 years ago and now he's on his way to care for his Grandpa. He is 29, with curly dark hair; an artist/teacher who crashes before getting to town. We get a comical * This humorous yet deeply emotional tale is beautifully written. * We see two men suspended in time, holding back from truly living. Si/Silas, 38, is the law in O'Leary, and he's strong, muscled, plus tough but nice; and struggles to make sense of his brother's death, because his family won't let it go. Ev/Everett's husband died 1 1/2 years ago and now he's on his way to care for his Grandpa. He is 29, with curly dark hair; an artist/teacher who crashes before getting to town. We get a comical combination of wildly funny townsfolk with weird conversations and goofy suppositions. There is also the mystery of missing people. Amidst that, our two men find happiness and comfort in each other's company. They have a slow burn start and even after their steamy sexy times, they are holding back. Ev's talk with his Grandpa is very revealing, and then Ev and Si have a confrontation where true feelings are brought out. I loved this smooth, well paced tale of happiness found. There is good times, quirky ones, tears, missing folks and autumn events, which hold us turning and loving every page. Highly recommended. ENJOY ! =====

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lelyana's Reviews

    This was actually a sweet story with some unnecessary plot at the ending, that made me ouch! Ev and Silas obviously happened for a reason. They are adorable together, but then, there's too many people with their problem, and not actually theirs, I felt cheated on. I felt like this book is too long. I liked meeting Caelan and Asher again, but not stealing the spot for Ev and Si, I hope. There's mystery but I don't think Ev and Si needed that. I don't know, I felt like there's something's missing in This was actually a sweet story with some unnecessary plot at the ending, that made me ouch! Ev and Silas obviously happened for a reason. They are adorable together, but then, there's too many people with their problem, and not actually theirs, I felt cheated on. I felt like this book is too long. I liked meeting Caelan and Asher again, but not stealing the spot for Ev and Si, I hope. There's mystery but I don't think Ev and Si needed that. I don't know, I felt like there's something's missing in this story. This is my least favorite of May's books. I hope the next installment would be better. Sorry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    This one was a hit for me I really liked this full length entry in the Love In O'Leary series from May Archer. The short novella The Date had been one of my favourites in the Heart to Heart anthology last year so it was good to see that continuing on. I'm not sure if the mystery element of it quite worked for me, but it also wasn't hugely wrong or distracting either, and it did make sense given the clues hinted at. I'd have liked a tiny bit more once Ev and Silas got themselves sorted out properly This one was a hit for me I really liked this full length entry in the Love In O'Leary series from May Archer. The short novella The Date had been one of my favourites in the Heart to Heart anthology last year so it was good to see that continuing on. I'm not sure if the mystery element of it quite worked for me, but it also wasn't hugely wrong or distracting either, and it did make sense given the clues hinted at. I'd have liked a tiny bit more once Ev and Silas got themselves sorted out properly but overall, I really liked their relationship and the town setting itself.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    I enjoyed the romance and Everett's relationship with his grandfather. What I didn't like was how the endless parade of side characters detracted from it. Too many to keep track of and not all of them were necessary to the plot. The murder mystery aspect was mostly simmering in the background until the kind of batshit ending of it. The biggest disappointment? (view spoiler)[ That the most irritating side character I've read in ages, Karen (no, really) wasn't either killed or the killer so we cou I enjoyed the romance and Everett's relationship with his grandfather. What I didn't like was how the endless parade of side characters detracted from it. Too many to keep track of and not all of them were necessary to the plot. The murder mystery aspect was mostly simmering in the background until the kind of batshit ending of it. The biggest disappointment? (view spoiler)[ That the most irritating side character I've read in ages, Karen (no, really) wasn't either killed or the killer so we could be done with her. She is mean and obnoxious, appears to have no redeeming qualities either in this story or the prequel, yet no one fucking smacks her either. If she is going to be a constant presence in this series it could easily stop me from reading. (hide spoiler)] I'm hoping that now that all the introductions are out of the way, the next story will be a bit more focused as I've enjoyed the two shorts The Date and The Note.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ambriehl Khalil

    ⭐️ [3.5/5 Stars] ⭐️ This was quite sweet and I love a good small town romance with some mystery thrown in there, however I feel like the chemistry between Si and Ev was severely lacking and Ev seemed to be very confused about his feelings and I don’t think he ended up resolving them in the end. I also don’t think there was enough attention paid to the mystery/thriller part of this and there should have been a bit more of a discussion after everything that happened. Anyway. Regardless, it was stil ⭐️ [3.5/5 Stars] ⭐️ This was quite sweet and I love a good small town romance with some mystery thrown in there, however I feel like the chemistry between Si and Ev was severely lacking and Ev seemed to be very confused about his feelings and I don’t think he ended up resolving them in the end. I also don’t think there was enough attention paid to the mystery/thriller part of this and there should have been a bit more of a discussion after everything that happened. Anyway. Regardless, it was still a short and sweet read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    Silas has never wanted a relationship as he hates commitment until he meets O'Leary's newest resident Everett. Everett doesn't think he could or should love anyone again since his husband's death. With the instant attraction between them will they follow their hearts? I love May Archer books they are always written really well. I love the alternate POV's and the snark that Everett brings. The secondary characters and the people of O'Leary bring so much humour. Another 5 star from me! Silas has never wanted a relationship as he hates commitment until he meets O'Leary's newest resident Everett. Everett doesn't think he could or should love anyone again since his husband's death. With the instant attraction between them will they follow their hearts? I love May Archer books they are always written really well. I love the alternate POV's and the snark that Everett brings. The secondary characters and the people of O'Leary bring so much humour. Another 5 star from me!

  14. 5 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    I really enjoyed this! I missed having things to read by this author, and I can't wait for the next book in this series. O'Leary is a small town in New York - so small that basically everyone knows everyone and their business. But they also don't have the usual small town mentality (homophobia, racism, sexism). Not to say it doesn't exist in the town, just that the majority of people are good about it. Mostly with the gay couples, they treat them like straight couples - when will they get marrie I really enjoyed this! I missed having things to read by this author, and I can't wait for the next book in this series. O'Leary is a small town in New York - so small that basically everyone knows everyone and their business. But they also don't have the usual small town mentality (homophobia, racism, sexism). Not to say it doesn't exist in the town, just that the majority of people are good about it. Mostly with the gay couples, they treat them like straight couples - when will they get married, have kids, the whole shebang. Everett heads there to look after his crotchety old grandpa after his mother asks him to, mainly to get out of the rut he's been in since his husband died 15 months prior to the start of the book. Silas is a cop in the town - one of about three - and has his own pain (his brother having died in a car accident 12 years prior) to deal with. He is ready to have a hook-up in the next small town over when he gets a call from the town dispatcher about something happening in the woods, this camper going missing. And Everett happens to be on the road leading to O'Leary that night, having been driving and then swerving to avoid what he saw is a man (but who looks so much like Adrian he thought it was just a hallucination). So when Silas goes out there, he finds Ev's car and a little bit down the road, Ev himself. Their connection is instant. Love at first sight? No, because Silas is "commitment-cautious" and Ev is still grieving. But they can't deny that there is attraction, something there. And they can't get each other out their heads after that. But It's only been a little over a year since Ev's husband died, and he's scared of going there with anyone - thought he might never go there again. But he finds himself falling for Silas, but at the same time he's scared he's being disloyal to Adrian, forgetting him or replacing him (which he's not). Silas, usually a casual sex kind of a guy, falls head over heels in love with Ev, only it takes him a bit to realize it. But once he does, he's almost all in. He tries to take his time with Ev and everything, but at the same time he can feel Ev pulling away at times, never getting too close. One foot out the door, type of deal. While I understood Ev needing time, I also agreed with Silas. There's going slow, and there's not even truly trying because of fear. There's going slow to get to know each other and build a solid foundation, and there's pulling away all the time. So while it's understandable that Ev needed to go slow, Silas was also right in that it seemed like Ev wasn't really all the way in, because of his fears. How could Ev and Silas really build something - even if it's a slow build - if one of them isn't even all the way in it? So things happen, which I won't say because spoilers, but I felt it was the right amount of drama and climax for a small town, and seeing how Ev and Silas get their happy ending was awesome. There is sex in this, but since Ev is grieving for most of this, full anal sex doesn't happen until the end (and it was worth it, although I do wish it had gone on longer ;)). I loved Ev and Silas together, I loved their chemistry, and I felt them falling in love, even if it was fairly quickly. Two thumbs up from me for this book, I loved it. Definitely recommend :D

  15. 5 out of 5

    fleurette

    This is a really nice story. The main characters are Silas and Everett. Over a year ago, Everett's beloved husband died of cancer and Ev has a hard time living without him. The focus point of this book is Everett's grief over the loss of his husband and how it affects his current life and relationships with other people. Such as, for example, with Silas, whom Everett, to his amazement, is very attracted to. I didn't quite feel all the feelings that should be in this relationship. Maybe it's becaus This is a really nice story. The main characters are Silas and Everett. Over a year ago, Everett's beloved husband died of cancer and Ev has a hard time living without him. The focus point of this book is Everett's grief over the loss of his husband and how it affects his current life and relationships with other people. Such as, for example, with Silas, whom Everett, to his amazement, is very attracted to. I didn't quite feel all the feelings that should be in this relationship. Maybe it's because between the moment Ev and Si decide to be together to the moment Si notices problems in their relationship, several weeks pass, but we don't see them. We only learn about them from what Si says. I guess this could be a problem. I understand that they are fascinated by each other, Si apparently is slowly falling in love with Ev, but I haven't been able to fully see the depth of their feelings. It also made me think Ev was a bit too quickly getting serious about his relationship with Si. At the beginning of the book, he is seriously heartbroken after the death of his husband. But in just two or three months, he confesses his love to another man. Their relationship developed a little too quickly for me, and I lacked proper insight into their developing feelings. Comparing with other books, the grief after the death of a loved one was presented quite delicately. Unless you are super sensitive to this theme then you won't have a problem. There is a tiny portion of suspense in the background. But there's really nothing to talk about. Si is conducting an investigation, but it is not described in the pages of this book. The murderer reveals himself at some point. On the one hand, I was hoping for something more, on the other, I am not angry that it was not, probably because I did not really expect so much when it comes to this part in this book. Despite some issues about which I wrote above, I think it's a good story. I really liked the main characters. Although the picture of small town life where everyone is constantly gossiping was a little exaggerated, it was a fun part of the story. I will probably read another book in this series as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I liked this but didn’t love it. At least not as much as the short stories I’ve read by this author. Things felt a little too contrived and cutesy in places. I’m also not always into small town stories. I can be if the townspeople aren’t too kooky and weird just to be weird. I think that’s one of the reasons I held off on trying these for so long. Luckily, the people in this town weren’t too precious and quirky. They come close though. Unrelated side note: I think that’s why I haven’t gone back I liked this but didn’t love it. At least not as much as the short stories I’ve read by this author. Things felt a little too contrived and cutesy in places. I’m also not always into small town stories. I can be if the townspeople aren’t too kooky and weird just to be weird. I think that’s one of the reasons I held off on trying these for so long. Luckily, the people in this town weren’t too precious and quirky. They come close though. Unrelated side note: I think that’s why I haven’t gone back and read the rest of the Lavender Shore books. The couples were good but the town drove me nuts! Maybe this is why I never finished Gilmore Girls too. 😂 Well this is all a rant for a different time and place. I didn’t really feel the connection between Ev and Silas. It felt forced and, as cute as they were, I never fully took to them. I’m trying to keep this spoiler free but Silas also was way too pushy, considering the circumstances and considering how anti-commitment he was at the beginning. The mystery was resolved awkwardly. All of this being said, I’m not trying to bash this book, I swear. I did like it. It just didn’t amaze me. Now, some friends with similar taste love this series. And there have also been plenty of series where I haven’t liked the first book as much. So even though I wasn’t crazy about it, I’ll at least try the next one or two. Because I do see potential.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bitchie

    3.5 stars. Could have gotten the round up to 4 stars, but I felt the story didn't really tell us enough about Everett's dead husband, Adrian. When the main plot of the story is about getting over a lost spouse, and the guilt you feel for moving on, I would think that person would figure into things a bit more. I had so many questions, that just never got answered. How old was Adrian, was he older than Ev, or younger? How long were they together? How long was he ill? What was he like? In the end, 3.5 stars. Could have gotten the round up to 4 stars, but I felt the story didn't really tell us enough about Everett's dead husband, Adrian. When the main plot of the story is about getting over a lost spouse, and the guilt you feel for moving on, I would think that person would figure into things a bit more. I had so many questions, that just never got answered. How old was Adrian, was he older than Ev, or younger? How long were they together? How long was he ill? What was he like? In the end, all we ever learned was his name, his illness, and his job. NOTHING about his personality, and I just think I would have connected to Everett's grief more, if we had been allowed to learn even a little bit about Adrian. I also thought the mystery sub plot could have been handled a bit better. Here, you have one, and then two people going missing, in this very small town, but Silas, an actual police officer in said small down, was never really shown to be working on things, other than that one hiking trip. If you're going to stick a mystery bit in there, play the notes, or don't bother. It didn't add anything to the story at all, IMO.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Picky. Judgey. Critical.

    I like everything I’ve read by May Archer, I really do. The book is written and characterized well with alternating POV’s, there’s humor and lots of folksy residents to create the small-town atmosphere. Suspense with strange disappearances occurring in the nearby woods added interest, although that doesn’t figure in much until near the end. It simply didn’t work for me and I know lots more people will like this better than I do. There’s nothing wrong with the story or the writing, it’s just the I like everything I’ve read by May Archer, I really do. The book is written and characterized well with alternating POV’s, there’s humor and lots of folksy residents to create the small-town atmosphere. Suspense with strange disappearances occurring in the nearby woods added interest, although that doesn’t figure in much until near the end. It simply didn’t work for me and I know lots more people will like this better than I do. There’s nothing wrong with the story or the writing, it’s just the impressions and feelings I got weren’t those the author intended. I will admit the mourning widower trope isn’t one I’m fond of. Everett’s conflict and Silas’ resistance ended up overwhelming me with too much turmoil and negativity. Everett is understandably not on an even keel after losing his husband just over a year before. Silas is commitment phobic, actually stemming from abandonment issues. Everett also thinks his grandfather dislikes him for being an artist and gay and his grandfather is also a major curmudgeon. Between the three of them, there were too many disagreements, long emotional diatribes and internal monologues after the arguments. The romance didn’t feel paced well, going back and forth too much as Everett and Silas took turns offending each other and denying their feelings. They made up a bit in-between but there wasn’t enough of that shown; it was mostly parts where they hurt or pissed each other off. Not too much heat to help either. It is well written overall and I kept reading but mostly in hope that Everett and Silas would reach a peaceful stage together. That didn’t happen until the very end of the book, too brief to balance the emotional turbulence of the rest. It was a happy ending though.

  19. 4 out of 5

    DarienMoya

    The Story: 3 Pants Off The Narration: 4.5 Pants Off

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    4 stars for the narration, 3 for the story. I've not read or listened to anything by this author before - as usual, the draw was the narrators (Iggy Toma and Alexander Cendese). The Fall is a mostly simple, undemanding story in which a still grieving widower goes to the small-town of O'Leary in order to take care of his crotchety grandfather, who's broken his leg. On the journey, Everett Maior (Ev) is startled by something - someone - running out into the road in front of him, swerves off the road 4 stars for the narration, 3 for the story. I've not read or listened to anything by this author before - as usual, the draw was the narrators (Iggy Toma and Alexander Cendese). The Fall is a mostly simple, undemanding story in which a still grieving widower goes to the small-town of O'Leary in order to take care of his crotchety grandfather, who's broken his leg. On the journey, Everett Maior (Ev) is startled by something - someone - running out into the road in front of him, swerves off the road and into a tree, totalling his car. He's limping along the road when an off-duty cop pulls up and takes Ev into town and helps him get settled. Silas Sloane has a long line of one-night-stands behind him and is widely known to be completely averse to commitment. But meeting Everett Maior throws him off his stride; he hadn't been prepared for the strong, sudden attraction he feels towards the other man and doesn't quite know what to do about it. He just knows that he wants to get to know him better, and it seems they're on the way to becoming ... friends, at least, when Ev suddenly pulls back, leaving Silas wondering why. It's a decent enough - if familiar - story and I liked the relationship that developed between Ev and his cantankerous grandfather. The small-town thing, where everyone knows everyone else's business is nicely handled (and gently poked fun at), although it's a bit of a stretch to believe there are so many gay guys in such a small place! The mis-communication between Ev and Silas goes on a bit too long (and is mostly unnecessary), although I did like them as a couple for the most part. There's a thread running through the story about a missing hiker, but that takes an out-of-the-blue turn into crazytown towards the end, so I knocked the content grade down a bit. The narration was solid - as I'd expect of two such experienced performers - but Alexander Cendese's portrayal of Hen kinda stole the show!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    I wanted to give this a higher score and I wanted to like it more than I did, but alas! 'twas not the case. For starters, I thought it was a bit of an odd choice to have Everett's husband pass away from liver cancer, as the average age for liver cancer is ~63yrs, is uncommon under the age of 50, and usually happens as a result of cirrhosis. But, Adrian's age wasn't mentioned, so maybe he was considerably older than Everett, and maybe he had Hep C. But, for all intents and purposes, it could have I wanted to give this a higher score and I wanted to like it more than I did, but alas! 'twas not the case. For starters, I thought it was a bit of an odd choice to have Everett's husband pass away from liver cancer, as the average age for liver cancer is ~63yrs, is uncommon under the age of 50, and usually happens as a result of cirrhosis. But, Adrian's age wasn't mentioned, so maybe he was considerably older than Everett, and maybe he had Hep C. But, for all intents and purposes, it could have just been said he died of cancer, not specifically liver cancer, colorectal or testicular would have seemed more realistic... not that cancer can't happen at any age. Then there is the glaringly obviousness of who is behind the missing people and the (view spoiler)[not so accidental deaths of Matt and Molly 12 years ago (hide spoiler)] . I don't know if it was supposed to be as obvious as it was, but almost as soon as that character made an appearance, it was obvious that they were the only choice. And of course, there is the fact that Silas is a dick. Here we have a 38 year old man, who has never been in a relationship and is "commitment-cautious". He is instantly attracted to Everett and they hit it off on day 1. Then they don't talk for the better part of 2 weeks. They they have their romantic "let's go look for a missing hiker" blowjob walk. And then Silas makes his public asshole statement and they don't talk for another week. Silas finally decides to apologize for being a dick, Everett delivers the confusing/poorly edited line "I-If you forgive me, I'll apologize." (which makes no sense as Everett isn't the one that needs to be apologizing), and then all is forgiven. Silas, who tells Everett that it is okay to take it slow, gets pissed off when after 3 weeks, Everett isn't 100% committed and wanting to move in with Silas due to having only lost his husband 16 months ago and feels guilty to be moving on. Not to mention, Silas is the first man that he has had any interest in whatsoever since Adrian's death.... but Silas is too much of a self-absorbed asshole to actually realize how much of a dick he is. But "I'm sorry" seems to negate all that. And then there is the whole broken arm thing. Like, the pain is blinding but it's just a hairline fracture and healed in 3 weeks, it didn't seem to cause any issues with painting the canvas, and there was no atrophy. And overall, I didn't like the pacing. Everett moved to O'Leary in late August. 3 weeks of no talking puts us in early/mid September. 3 weeks of dating puts us in late September, early October. 3 weeks of a broken arm puts us at the last week of October. So, by the end, Ev and Si have been together 6 weeks and are already living together. P.S. Silas is rather obtuse and does virtually no policing in this book, which is lame, as he is a police officer and there is a serial killer on the loose. I may continue with the series. I did forget to read the prequel first, so I'll go back and read that and if it fares better than this one, I'll probably give book 2 a shot.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Okay read. First, I'll admit, I've never particularly enjoyed the 'small town' trope. I've heard of small towns like these, but as somebody who grew up in a small town, the overly nosey, gossipy, frankly creepy involvement in everybody's lives was not my experience. This book wasn't as bad as many I've read, but it generally has me rolling my eyes. There were SO many secondary characters I couldn't keep them straight, and there were at least three couples the author was obviously setting up for f Okay read. First, I'll admit, I've never particularly enjoyed the 'small town' trope. I've heard of small towns like these, but as somebody who grew up in a small town, the overly nosey, gossipy, frankly creepy involvement in everybody's lives was not my experience. This book wasn't as bad as many I've read, but it generally has me rolling my eyes. There were SO many secondary characters I couldn't keep them straight, and there were at least three couples the author was obviously setting up for future books, which I think is kind of a tacky practice--why don't you focus on getting us to care about the couple your writing about instead of trying to shove in characters for future books? Second, I'm not generally a fan of the dead lover trope, as it's so very rarely done well. I actually appreciate the fact that the author did try and address the complexities of Ev's past relationship, but they fell into one of the traps I loathe which is feeling like they need to diminish the intensity/love/passion of the previous relationship so as not to ~overshadow~ the current one. I fucking hate this. You don't have to made Ev's relationship with Adrian to be lacking in passion and connection to justify him moving on. Frankly, it was a major turn-off. And it felt even more off because this was right alongside what we're told is Ev's overwhelming grief for Adrian, but I never felt like we really saw this, we were just told. It all felt very forced. Third, I honestly just wasn't really feeling the connection between Ev and Si. Felt like it developed too quickly, and I just wasn't invested in their story. Si is supposedly afraid of commitment but jumped straight to forever. Neither of them gave the other a break, and the chemistry just wasn't there. I seriously cared more about the Hen/Diane side-story, which is not a great sign. Forth, the mystery was not great. Super obvious, the pacing was atrocious, and the ~climax~ had me rolling my eyes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 2.5 stars From the start, this book didn’t work for me. While Everett and Silas are said to be falling for each other, I never could fall for either of them, the many secondary characters throughout the book, or the small town in which this story is set. Everett arrives in town to help his grandfather, who he hasn’t spoken to in years. He is able to rent out his home and obtain a short-term job in town within moments. Everett meets Silas as soon as he arrives in town when he A Joyfully Jay review. 2.5 stars From the start, this book didn’t work for me. While Everett and Silas are said to be falling for each other, I never could fall for either of them, the many secondary characters throughout the book, or the small town in which this story is set. Everett arrives in town to help his grandfather, who he hasn’t spoken to in years. He is able to rent out his home and obtain a short-term job in town within moments. Everett meets Silas as soon as he arrives in town when he witnesses a strange occurrence. The occurrence then gets worked into the rest of the story, but not well. Everett doesn’t know how to move on since his husband died and Silas never wanted a serious commitment and I didn’t really particularly like either of their stories. There are a lot of characters in town and, at one point, Silas lists a bunch of them by first and last name and I felt they might have been connected to another series and the list-like delivery of names didn’t fit in here. Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tiash .

    Everyone has different definition of love. But It's also essential that You're in a same page as your partner. The Fall is an insanely cute story of a guy dealing with grief and finding new meaning of love and commitment. It's also the story of Silas's exploring serious relationship for the first time, finding out the boundaries and approaches. May Archer has always been one of my fav mm romance authors. She knows how to give words to emotions, family bonding. But this particular one is a bit sl Everyone has different definition of love. But It's also essential that You're in a same page as your partner. The Fall is an insanely cute story of a guy dealing with grief and finding new meaning of love and commitment. It's also the story of Silas's exploring serious relationship for the first time, finding out the boundaries and approaches. May Archer has always been one of my fav mm romance authors. She knows how to give words to emotions, family bonding. But this particular one is a bit slow. And one step forward and two steps back kinda thing stretched the story Redundantly at some points. Not too steamy. But SILAS and EVERETT are too good for each other and their cuteness pays off well! Looking forward to read next books in this series! Instagram

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heike

    A year after Everett (29) lost his husband to cancer he reluctantly moves to New York state small town O'Leary to take care of his grumpy grandfather and teach art classes at high school. When he crashes his car close to town, police officer Silas, well known as a hookup guy and with a commitment phobia, picks him up to bring him to his grandfather's home. They feel attracted to each other, but when Silas starts to pursue Everett, he shuts him down. I enjoyed the slow burn and Silas realizing tha A year after Everett (29) lost his husband to cancer he reluctantly moves to New York state small town O'Leary to take care of his grumpy grandfather and teach art classes at high school. When he crashes his car close to town, police officer Silas, well known as a hookup guy and with a commitment phobia, picks him up to bring him to his grandfather's home. They feel attracted to each other, but when Silas starts to pursue Everett, he shuts him down. I enjoyed the slow burn and Silas realizing that he sees more than a hook up in Everett. It kept the story flowing very well, but at some point I got sick and tired of Everett fighting his feelings because he was still hung up on his dead husband. 50 pages less would have done the story some good, IMHO, at the end I only thought: get the [email protected]@@ over it, Everett! But mostly the book gave me a fuzzy good feeling despite the tragic death surrounding it – that means something – and I am sure I want to read more by May Archer! Humor: 2 stars – It had a touch too much drama to be funny General writing style: 4 stars Story line idea: 4 stars Story line execution: 5 stars Plot: 3 stars (big showdown) Annoy factors: Get over it, Everett!=3 stars R-rated content: One short (couple pages) and two longer (~5 pages each) descriptive encounters Narration: 1st person alternating Everett and Silas Main Location: contemporary small town in New York State Main protagonists ages: Everett 29years art teacher, Silas late 30 police officer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    as in many dead ex romance books, you get the feeling that character is not really over it and you don't feel the chemistry with the current love interest... meh!! 2,5 stars as in many dead ex romance books, you get the feeling that character is not really over it and you don't feel the chemistry with the current love interest... meh!! 2,5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    I was drawn to this book by the cover for obvious reasons. (I mean... I have eyes.) Then I read the summary and was intrigued - small-town romance? Sign me up! And having read it... Well. I'm honestly struggling for words here, but it's safe to say that The Fall is a very, very solid romance. Like, super strong. The two love interests have such an interesting dynamic which is informed by Everett's grief: you see, he's still grief-stricken after the death of his husband a year prior. Silas unders I was drawn to this book by the cover for obvious reasons. (I mean... I have eyes.) Then I read the summary and was intrigued - small-town romance? Sign me up! And having read it... Well. I'm honestly struggling for words here, but it's safe to say that The Fall is a very, very solid romance. Like, super strong. The two love interests have such an interesting dynamic which is informed by Everett's grief: you see, he's still grief-stricken after the death of his husband a year prior. Silas understands grief, as his brother had died tragically a decade earlier, but with a lack of relationship experience, he experiences his own problems as he falls for Ev. Plus, there's a mystery simmering in the background as people keep disappearing in the woods surrounding O'Leary, New York. I think what I appreciate the most about this book is how great the writing is. I love May Archer's writing style; the voices of the characters are at turns hilarious and heartbreaking. The development of place is terrific: O'Leary and the road leading in are solidly built and realistic enough that I could believe they are real places. I also enjoy (not to sound trite) the examination and gradual acceptance of grief stemming from the death of a loved one. To sum it up, this is a great book and I really hope the rest of the series is (roughly) the same quality. If they are, I think Archer may just become a new favorite m/m writer. Recommended for fans of small-town romances; (light) mysteries; reformed playboys; explorations of grief; great writing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Teacups & Tropes)

    4✨ I read Off Plan by May Archer before starting the Love in O'Leary series and honestly, I'm kind of glad I did! I didn't get much in the way of the citizens of O'Leary in that book, but it made these books that much better to read. The Fall follows the story of Silas Sloane and Everett Maior. Silas is one of a handful of members of the O'Leary PD and had no interest in commitment until he picked up Everett and his cat, Daphne, on the side of the road. Everett, who lost his husband and who was fo 4✨ I read Off Plan by May Archer before starting the Love in O'Leary series and honestly, I'm kind of glad I did! I didn't get much in the way of the citizens of O'Leary in that book, but it made these books that much better to read. The Fall follows the story of Silas Sloane and Everett Maior. Silas is one of a handful of members of the O'Leary PD and had no interest in commitment until he picked up Everett and his cat, Daphne, on the side of the road. Everett, who lost his husband and who was forced into taking care of his grandfather in little O'Leary, NY, was less than pleased with his situation and the man who was thrusting himself into Ev's life. Following a cast of cute af couples, some mysterious disappearances, a stranger in the middle of a winding road, and teenage antics in two grown men, this was a fabulous introduction to Archer's world of O'Leary! And Ev's grandfather, Henry Lattimer, will totally grow on you. Damn, he's such a cute, grumpy old man. Heh.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Aislin

    It was okay. I didn't love it, I didn't hate. I liked the small town setting, I liked the tiny dose of mystery even though this subplot was pretty vague and undeveloped. I like the writing; it was witty and sharp and the dialogue was funny. It's just that, except for briefly in the beginning, Everett and Silas never really seem to get along. They're fine one second, and then one of them offends the other, they make up, and then the whole cycle repeats a couple more times. Because of this I never It was okay. I didn't love it, I didn't hate. I liked the small town setting, I liked the tiny dose of mystery even though this subplot was pretty vague and undeveloped. I like the writing; it was witty and sharp and the dialogue was funny. It's just that, except for briefly in the beginning, Everett and Silas never really seem to get along. They're fine one second, and then one of them offends the other, they make up, and then the whole cycle repeats a couple more times. Because of this I never really felt the emotional connection between them. There were also so many characters that I couldn't keep everyone straight. At one point I was so confused as to who was who, they were all just one person by then. 3 stars overall, I think.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Airy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay. So this book actually had a lot of potential. The story is good (grieving widdower meets comminmentphobe police officer) but there war so much wrong with it. This book was SOOO long but nothing happened, and then suddenly it happened all at once. In the meantime we were introduced to 20.000 people, who where related, had nothing to do with the story and had similar names (there is Julian, and James and Constantine and Cale) I kept mixing them up the whole time, because they had no major ro Okay. So this book actually had a lot of potential. The story is good (grieving widdower meets comminmentphobe police officer) but there war so much wrong with it. This book was SOOO long but nothing happened, and then suddenly it happened all at once. In the meantime we were introduced to 20.000 people, who where related, had nothing to do with the story and had similar names (there is Julian, and James and Constantine and Cale) I kept mixing them up the whole time, because they had no major role. The relationship between the MCs was complicated and frustrating.

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