By Pamela Clare
A Gold Star wife alone…
Ellie Meeks promised her pilot husband that if he was killed in combat, 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.
Ellie is a single mother to soon-to-be three-year-old twins (Daniel & Daisy) after her husband died in Iraq while she was pregnant. She has a wonderful support system not only in her family, but in the small town where she lives. I liked her a lot and thought her hesitations about dating again were realistic, though I did feel that her reaction to Jesse’s “secret” was a little irrational. In fact, her reaction was the only part of the entire story that I didn’t like.
Jesse is an incredibly nice guy and I really enjoyed getting to know him. He’s been living next door to Ellie for over two years and although they have never met, he knew about her husband and helped her out anonymously whenever he could. He has saved many lives throughout his careers, but he focuses on the ones he couldn’t save, which affects him badly. While he willingly jumps into frozen lakes without any hesitation, he hates the spotlight and doesn’t think of himself as a hero, which of course only makes him more likeable.
I have read all three books released in this series so far, and I have to say that this is the first time I’ve really gotten a feel for the small town. When tragedy strikes, everyone in the community comes together to do and give whatever they can to help. I don’t remember having that feeling in the first two books, but in this book that feeling was front and centre.
FALLING HARD is told in dual POVs, and quite often the POV would switch several times within a chapter. While I did find that slightly annoying, I was grateful that the switch was marked by a symbol which made the change easily identifiable. While FALLING HARD is part of a series, it can most definitely be read as a stand-alone. The HEA is beautiful and sweet, but also achingly sad. The final chapter took me the longest to read because I had to keep stopping to wipe my eyes. Even re-reading it while I composed this review had me tearing up again.
FALLING HARD is the third book in the Colorado High Country series and is my favourite. Any book that can draw out my emotions like this one did deserves the highest rating.
Falling Hard (Colorado High Country # 3)
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