Wow, this story had SO MUCH HEART!!
A war widow alone…
Ellie Meeks promised her pilot husband that if anything happened to him, she would live her life to the fullest. Three years later, she is still alone, raising the twins he never met. She has no interest in dating or meeting men—until one snowy night when a stranger helps her get her sick kids safely home. That stranger turns out to be a former Army Ranger and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He’s also tall, rugged… and irresistibly sexy.
All it takes is one kiss…
Jesse Moretti came to Colorado to get Iraq out of his head, using the adrenaline of extreme sports and high-risk mountain rescues to keep his mind off the past. But getting involved with Ellie might be the riskiest thing he’s ever done. It’s not just their explosive chemistry. There’s something about Ellie that gets inside him, opening him to feelings he’s tried hard to ignore.
When passion ignites…
Ellie feels alive in Jesse’s arms and happier than she ever thought she’d feel again. But their relationship comes at a price for him, and soon Ellie sees that she must help Jesse fight the demons of his past to protect the love of a lifetime—and save the heart of a hero.
I love books about patch-work families. I think the idea of a happily ever after not only for the adults but for the kids as well is so heart-warming.
Falling Hard by Pamela Clare was not my first book by this author, but it’s my first book since I’ve read her (I-Team, #1) series. And to my shame I forgot how much I liked her writing.
On a snowy night Ellie Meeks and her almost three year old twins needed a hero and Jesse Moretti was willing to fill that role. He had know idea that it would envoke feelings in him that he had never felt before.
Jesse wasn’t a relationship kind of guy. He was outdoorsy, liked his extreme sports, he was a former marine, and a mountain rescue team member. He never thought about kids, or having a steady relationship. Meeting Ellie and her twins on that fateful evening, changed his perspective. It didn’t happen overnight, but gradually he realized he liked to be around them, he needed more.
After her husbands death more than three years ago, Ellie had only her kids on her mind. There was no time nor desire to be with another man – until she met Jesse.
He was tall, muscular, and tattooed.
Good-looking, ripped and just the total package.
And he was the first guy that spoke to her intimately.
As it turned out they were neighbors, and that snowy night broke down walls and consequently opened a path to something Jesse didn’t think was possible.
A family, love, and belonging to someone.
Jesse and Ellie took it slow. Both had fulfilling and sometimes heart-breaking jobs. Good days as well as bad days were common for both of them. But they loved their professions and they found time to meet in the evening to “talk” but kept it on the low.
They didn’t care who know, they just took it slow.
Jesse was such an amazing character. He was dependable, supportive, genuinely kind but a bit damaged as well. He carried with him a case of survivor guilt that made him wake up in cold sweat. Ellie was perfect for him. She was such a strong women, kind, compassionate, but a bit afraid of letting go and moving on.
The last 20% of the book were heart-wrenching. I felt every up and down, the fears as well as the hopes – it was an emotional rollercoaster ride. Nothing in this book was predictable. It kept me engaged and emotionally connected to all of the characters but especially to Ellie and Jesse.
The fantasy scene was making me smile so HARD. ♥♥♥♥♥♥
I truly forgot how wonderful Pamela Clare’s books were. Falling Hard was fast paced and had amazing characters that were complex, interesting and genuine. The author kept the developing relationship natural and consequently never felt rushed or disconnected. All in all Falling Hard was a very satisfying read. I’m looking forward reading more in this series.
The only complaint I have is that I just wish they would stop those cheesy covers. I’m so tired of seeing those bulky tattooed muscles.