Title: The Harder He Falls
Author: Lynda Aicher
My Rating: A-
Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: Kick #1
Main Characters: Grady and Micah
Release Date: June 2016
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Sexual Intensity: erotic
Working at a leather bar, Micah meets a lot of guys, but Grady’s different—and he seems to feel the same way. The trouble is, anything beyond casual sex is too risky for Micah. He’s got secrets he doesn’t know how to share, secrets that would make any relationship a battlefield. No man, even one as compassionate as Grady, would stick around for that kind of trouble. And yet, as physical desire melts the walls they’ve put up, Micah and Grady discover that trusting each other is the most exhilarating adventure of all.
Oh, wow. What an emotional entry for the first book in this new series from Lynda Aicher.
I adore Micah and Grady. They both have such deep serious issues.
Grady has a huge case of survivors guilt. He was in charge of a river-rafting trip that left one guide dead and his cousin, Finn, in a coma. He's lost and overwhelmed, suspended from his job while they investigate the accident, and floundering at what to do now. Everything that he is is tied up to his life as a river rafting guide. That saved him when he needed an escape from his abusive father and it's his escape when life gets to be too much. But it was that aspect of him that caused someone to die. Grady isn't waiting for the determination from the boards about whether he was at fault. He was in charge. Someone died because of him. Case closed.
Micah has other issues. When he was 23, he was in a coma caused by an infection in his brain. That infection left lingering issues that has caused Micah to be considered disabled, although he's learned how to deal with his issues for the most part. But to deal, he has to lead a very regimented, limited life. Something that doesn't work within Grady's outdoor adventuring world.
Add in they both are borderline kink. Because of his issues, Micah has to have complete control during sex. Yeah, he's a take charge kind of guy. For Grady and his upbringing, he was taught way early in life to bow to the needs of others. He really needs someone else to take charge, although he fights that need with everything within him because he sees it as something that makes him weak. So, yeah...although they work so well together, there are lingering issues about that, especially for Grady.
This was an emotional read. Both guys have aspects about them that make them damaged and they have to work through those issues. It isn't easy, but that's what makes this book so good to read. And in the background is Finn, who's languishing in his coma with no end in sight making everything more difficult, especially for Grady.
I really enjoyed the book. I loved both men and loved the whole dynamic of Kick. Kick is the outdoor adventure company started by Finn and Chris (the guy who died in the river-rafting accident), but the company has multiple partners. Most of them are former Marines who just also happen to be gay and kinky. Tell me that doesn't sound fun? I'm looking forward to see where Lynda Aicher takes the series, because already I'm sold.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.