Breakfall

Breakfall

by Kate Pavelle

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ISBN-13: 9781627987745
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 06/27/2014
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Breakfall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cathydianeb More than 1 year ago
  Ok I am going to be painfully honest here.  There were times I thought about giving up. Several times in fact.  I can't say it's because the story is slow far from it. But, all the martial arts speak overwhelmed me.  I have to admit at one point  about 30 percent in, I thought about sending an email and saying id run the spotlight but drop the review.I talked to a friend that had read the book and she  urged me to go on and keep reading that I was almost at a turning point and that she knew my reading taste and assured me I was gonna really like this book. A lot. So I went on. at almost 40percent I still had my doubts then my mouth dropped open and my eyes bugged out.  A few more pages and I was crying. This is a good thing for me. I love books that make me cry. Yes, I am extremely glad I kept going. There became many twists and turns. some frustrating moments, some beautiful moments and some scary moments. I can't wait for the next book in this trilogy. If your a true MM romance lover, I urge you to read this. 
Books_on_Silver_Wings More than 1 year ago
Review posted on Books on Silver Wings blog. Asbjorn is still grieving Tiger's death when he meets the aikido instrutor, Sean. He pretends to be a martial arts beginner when he himself is a karate instructor in order to get into the aikido club and build connections. Sean is super confident in his martial arts and uses it to beat up a group of men ganging up on a kid in an alley. However, one of the men got away and comes back for revenge on him. Sean is a master at aikido but is ignorant of other martial arts. When he gets attacked in his own home, he feels defeated and weak.  All his years of studying aikido seems like a waste. Asbjorn forces Sean to accept help and branch out to study various fighting  techniques. At the end of the story, Sean gives the impression of being resilient and adaptable to changes in life. This story is action-packed with lots of fighting, drinking, and main characters acting macho. Neither of the MCs say they are gay, but they experiment and comfort each other in the bedroom. They gradually fall deeper in love, but don't know how to express it. Each of  them thinks the relationship would be easier if the other was a girl. At least then they would know how to act based on their  experiences and societal expectations. They love their independence but smothers the other with too much attention. It is interesting to  watch them struggle to find a compromise and figure out how to date a gay man. This story incorporates a lot of Japanese culture. The author uses some language specific to martial arts and describes traditional Japanese clothing. It adds more appeal to the study and I learned some new things about Japanese martial arts. Overall, the story is fast paced with the right amount of romance and action. I could do without the abrupt cliffhanger ending leading to  the next book in the series. If the ending is neatly wrapped up without hinting at the next book, it would have been perfect. Sean and Asbjorn are great characters with tough backgrounds and realistic personalities. I definitely recommend this story to fans of Japanese culture, martial arts, and a slow romance. *review copy received in exchange for an honest review*
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Breakfall [Book 1 of the Fall Trilogy] Author: Kate Pavelle Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review: "Breakfall" by Kate Pavelle..... What was this novel about? "Sexual assault doesn't discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the animal stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it's the last thing he does. Yet Sean's hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn's protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills." My thoughts from the read... I thought what a interesting book cover and when I went on to find out what this novel was about I thought this may be good so I read "Breakfall." And YES, it is about gay partners. I must say I did like the martial arts going on but I really wasn't able to follow it all due to all of the references and its sayings? However, I kept on reading and found the two main characters were definitely alpha males and after all that happens the main question will be will they be able to work it all out in the end? There will have to be a lots of giving of space for one of the characters and for the other one to back off some but isn't that what love is all about...being there for each other and the give and take? Will these stubborn alpha males learn how to love each other while maintain their individuality? Well, I will not give any of it away other than to say you will have to pick up this read "Breakfall" to see how this will bring it all out to the reader. You will have to wait and see because this author will leave the reader with a cliff hanger, so we will have to wait for the next trilogy!