Contemporary Romance

Review: Falling Hard

Falling Hard
Falling Hard by Pamela Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A deeply felt and amazing addition to Pamela Clare’s collection.

Sometimes keeping promises is nearly impossible. It’s been three years since her husband died in combat but Ellie Meeks isn’t interested in moving on. She spends her time working and taking care of the twins her husband never got to meet. But when the good Samaritan that helps her out in the middle of a storm turns out to be her very sexy neighbor, he reignites her desire to live to the fullest.

Ex-army Ranger Jesse Moretti wanted to escape the horrors of war by putting all his efforts into helping people through the Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue Team, the Ski Patrol and extreme sports. But it’s hard to do when the woman he finds himself attracted to is connected to the past he’s trying to put behind. Can he overcome his guilt and fears in order to embrace the love and happiness Ellie has to offer?

“It takes courage to face your emotions. It takes even more courage to get help.”

I got completely swept away with this book. The longing, the heartache, the OMG thrilling moments Pamela Clare is well versed in giving us, and the inevitable surrender between these two characters that deserve to be happy together. Falling Hard has it all, as we visit the small town of Scarlet Spring where everybody knows everyone and the sense of community is heartwarming.

“The only way to find out where this would go was to keep moving forward. It was like climbing. You kept going up and up, not knowing where your next handhold would be until you got there.”

Even though they have been neighbors for a couple of years, Jesse and Ellie’s lives cross by chance on a stormy night when Ellie needs a hero. Theirs is a slow burn story in which they need to overcome guilt in order to embrace a happy future because Ellie loved and lost and couldn’t fathom looking for, much less engaging in, any kind of romantic relationship until the sexy adrenaline junkie who devotes his life to helping others keeps helping out. Before long Ellie and Jessie are incapable of ignoring their growing attraction and emotions, but getting over the past is not as easy as it sounds.

I loved Ellie’s twins almost as much as Jesse did. My ovaries exploded witnessing this tough as nails man fall for them as much as for their mother. He was a perfect hero, with some dings and dents that made me feel for him, but also with a huge, giving heart.

“You are a miracle, Ellie. You’ve pulled me back from the brink in more ways that you know.”

I also loved all the supporting characters –from past heroes and heroines to the guys and gals from the Team and even Bear– that gave the story an added and welcome layer of goodness.

He’d sent a photo, this one of the breathtaking view of the Indian Peaks Wilderness –Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni Peaks gleaming under a bright blue sky. A message followed.

It’s impossible not to love a book that brings out all the feels. There are so many things to talk about this story, from small details to all the big emotions that gave it so much depth. Needless to say, I smiled and swooned, cried and tried to slow my heart from the sexy hotness and excitement. Pamela Clare has a wonderful way of delivering a story that grabs me from the start and has me entranced throughout.

Falling Hard is book #3 in the Colorado High series by Pamela Clare. It is a standalone contemporary romance. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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