Thursday, March 12, 2020

After the Fall by L.A. Witt

After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy Tsarina, the horse of his dreams, and he's looking forward to a summer of exploring the mountains above Tucker Springs with her. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring the mare into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.

Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.

A tentative friendship forms, and a strong attraction grows. Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved, though. Not after a couple of nasty breakups and especially knowing that Ryan doesn't stay in one place—or relationship—for long. It's only a matter of time before Ryan drifts out of Tucker Springs and out of Nathan's world.

But since when do feelings ever listen to reason? Now it’s Nathan who’s about to shy away, unless Ryan can ease his fears... assuming Ryan doesn't bolt first.

This previously published book is #6 in the Tucker Springs series, and can be read as a standalone.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the sixth book in the series. Each one deals with a different relationship, but there are inevitable links across books, seeing as they all live so close to each other.

Here we get Nathan, Mike's receptionist's story. He has finally saved up enough to buy a horse and plans on spending the summer training her for dressage. Unfortunately, his hopes are dashed by an accident caused by the horse startling at a motorbike on the same trail. Be prepared to wince at the injuries sustained – but also possibly chuckle at how his hand is hurt! Fate, however, has meant that the man who caused the accident is someone of great integrity and who offers to help ride Tsarina.

Ryan is a bit of a nomad and has no expectations of settling down any time soon – but the time he spends with Nathan definitely starts to make him question his next move. As we watch them both dance (or stumble) around their no-strings "friendship," it is both amusing and frustrating. However, fans of Witt will know that there will be the very ending we wish for, even if not in the way that we might have expected.

Another lovely addition to the series – I recommend it to you.

This is a sweet addition to the Tucker Springs series. It’s the story of two quite ordinary young men who meet when Ryan’s motorcycle spooks Nathan’s horse. The fall causes Nathan serious injuries. As Ryan does his best to help Nathan through his recovery process, attraction simmers between the two men.

As several authors have reclaimed rights to the Tucker Springs books, I’ve really enjoyed revisiting a much-loved series. This is one of the gentler, more vanilla books in the series. Ryan and Nathan are both young and fairly innocent, and their relationship is a bromance caught fire. It’s an easy, comfortable read that made me smile but it lacks the depth, the grit, and the kink of Witt’s more recent books. Most of Witt’s recent heroes have been older, so I quite liked the almost new adult focus of this story.

Fans of L.A. Witt will enjoy this story but fans who find the author’s more recent books a bit too dark or a bit too kinky will also get something out of this book. It’s a quick, easy, and entertaining read. I read it years ago but it was definitely worth a re-read.

I have only read one book in this series but I feel like you can read this book on its own and be okay. The blurb grabbed my attention and I couldn't wait to read this book. Unfortunately, the blurb was the best part. I found myself bored at times because things were moving too slow for me. I also felt like the story was told to me, I didn't feel the connections, I didn't feel like I was in the story. I felt unconnected. I wanted to love Nathan and Ryan, but I felt no attachment or connection.

L.A. WITT and her husband have been exiled from Spain and sent to live in Maine because rhymes are fun. She now divides her time between writing, assuring people she is aware that Maine is cold, wondering where to put her next tattoo, and trying to reason with a surly Maine coon. Rumor has it her archnemesis, Lauren Gallagher, is also somewhere in the wilds of New England, which is why L.A. is also spending a portion of her time training a team of spec ops lobsters. Authors Ann Gallagher and Lori A. Witt have been asked to assist in lobster training, but they “have books to write” and “need to focus on our careers” and “don’t you think this rivalry has gotten a little out of hand?” They’re probably just helping Lauren raise her army of squirrels trained to ride moose into battle.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of After the Fall (Tucker Springs #6) by L.A. Witt to read and review.

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