Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Faller by Daniel de Lorne – Warmest Wishes

Being caught with another man sends Charlie Young fleeing his family to the forests of southwestern Australia to scrape together steamer-passage to the big smoke of London. But life as a timber faller isn't easy and it’s made worse when the men he works with are brash, bigoted, and often brutal. All except Jack Tapper, who’s the kind of gentle giant that sets Charlie’s heart racing.

While the other men head into town for Christmas, it’s just Charlie and Jack and acres of forest. But trees tell no tales and a few days alone is the perfect opportunity to indulge a bourgeoning passion. When the men return and find things not as they once were, Charlie and Jack have to make the hard decisions about whether to stay where they are or run for their lives.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
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Charlie is caught with another man and for that, his father throws him out and threatens his life. Knowing that he needs to get out of dodge, he heads for the only job he knows will pay well and get him to his end destination, which is London. But Charlie is HORRIBLE at being a timber faller and despite wanting it more, he just can't seem to get his technique down.

Jack is the loner in camp. He is amazing at being a timber faller and everyone envies his technique and quickness. Despite being the best, he lost someone years ago and hasn't really gotten over it. When he sees Charlie in camp, he knows that he has to stay away. Charlie is too tempting.

When the other timber fallers are away on holiday, Jack and Charlie find each other – kindred spirits. They are blissfully happy for a few days before everyone comes back. But prejudices and hatred come back to camp with everyone else and Charlie and Jack have no other choice but to run from them if they want to be happy. This is a quick read about finding yourself and not letting someone else dictate your happiness. It was sweet.

For a short story this had a lot of detail which set the scene in the woods really well. And whilst the roles may be more from 1912, the situation sadly could have been from 2012.

Charlie is trying to raise the funds to leave Australia and the family that rejected him behind. To do this, he is hidden out in a forest making railway sleepers with a group of rather hard men. One of them, Jack, stays behind when the others go to celebrate Christmas in town. Somewhat unexpectedly, Jack and Charlie are kindred spirits and pass the festive season enjoying each other.

Some rather dramatic events led to an ending which gave us hope for their future together, but I would have loved to know what happened next!

Daniel de Lorne goes for the heart. Whether it’s irresistible vampires, paranormal paramours, or hot everyday men, he promises stories with a magic trifecta of ruin, romance, and redemption. In love with writing since he wrote a story about a talking tree at age six, his first novel, the romantic horror Beckoning Blood, was published in 2013.

In his other life, Daniel is a professional writer and researcher in Perth, Australia, with a love of history and nature. All of which makes for great story fodder. And when he’s not working, he and his husband explore as much of this amazing world as they can, from the ruins of Welsh abbeys to trekking famous routes and swimming with whales.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Warmest Wishes: The Faller by Daniel de Lorne to read and review.

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