Series: Colorado High Country, #3
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Amazon Publishing, Pamela Clare on February 21st 2017
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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.
What I really love about Pamela Clare’s Colorado High Country series is the ease of getting into the book and just how angst-free (or at least that’s kept to a minimum) it is. ‘Falling Hard’ is Jesse Moretti’s story, a war veteran who has a made a new life in Scarlet Springs as he licks his war wounds and deals with his PTSD. But no coincidence is too great when he finally finds out that his neighbour of 3 years is war widow Ellie Meeks, whose husband was a Hawk pilot whom he’d sort of known.
Clare’s new series isn’t suspense at all (her I-team series is one of the most outstanding suspense series for me), but I realised I do like her personal take on what contemporary romance should be. The small, fictional community of Scarlet Springs that Clare has based her books on means that characters from other books make constant reappearances and I enjoyed seeing Lexi, Hawke and the rest again.
There are clearly obstacles that both Jesse and Ellie need to get past – and one of them is the clearly the taboo of getting together with a fallen war vet’s partner – but they do. But Clare’s mature handling of both characters won me over from the very start: mistakes are made, yet apologies follow swiftly, with both Jesse and Ellie actually talking things out like the adults they are.
There aren’t exaggerated moments where conflict is created for the sake of creating one; no one flies into a temper for the sake of it and no one opposes a relationship simply because it added yet more difficulties for Jesse and Ellie to overcome. There are very hot, steamy scenes of course and a lot of children-centric conversations/scenes that I wasn’t able to relate to, but that didn’t matter in this case because Jesse’s and Ellie’s journey is a emotional, poignant one that would draw any reader in.