Fallen From Grace

Fallen From Grace

by Laura Leone

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BN ID: 2940012128300
Publisher: Blonde Trifecta
Publication date: 01/31/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 315,657
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Laura Leone, author of more than a dozen romance novels, is the pseudonym of an award-winning fantasy writer. You can find her on the Web at LauraLeone.com.

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Fallen from Grace 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
BJWVA More than 1 year ago
This book was thoughtful, tender and very sensual. It's the story of a prostitute who is rescued from a life of meaningless sex. Old story? This story is about a MALE prostitute. He goes through life without love or friendship until a woman shows him what sex with love can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very romantic. Instant attraction, but the couple get to know each other before jumping into bed. More than a lust story. Ryan is a stand up guy and Sarah is a strong, positive, thinking heroine. Fights for her man. Lots of drama but not over dramatic. They make each other better people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
fruitopia More than 1 year ago
Great Story This story is about a Sarah and Ryan/Kevin.  Sarah is 35 and she is a writer and she recently lost her book deal.  So to save money she sold her Condo, and moved into a Victorian house Apartment. Sarah shares the balcony with her neighbor Ryan/Kevin, there is an immediate attraction, but Sarah feels as though she is not the type of woman that would interest him, because she is older and she figures someone like him would not be interested in her.  After all he is a model (underwear). A friendship develops between Ryan/Kevin and Sarah.  Sarah is having lunch with her sister one day and the subject of Ryan/Kevin comes up, and Miriam (sister) makes a comment that maybe he is gay that is why he never made a move on Sarah. Ryan/Kevin has a secret, and if Sarah ever finds out his secret she would not want someone like him to touch her. What I liked about this story is the chemistry that these two people shared, I actually felt as though I knew them.  It is a love story, and the love between them was real and intense.   I rooted for this couple, I wanted things to work out between them, but obstacles were being thrown at them.   This is one story that I will remember
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good guy dealt a crappy life and a women who sees all his good qualities and never gives up on him. A love story i would recommend to everyone.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Mystery award winning author Sara Diamond cannot believe her career seems over at thirty-five as her publishing company has dumped her for lack of sales growth. Steady reasonable profit means nothing in this industry. To save money, she sells her house and takes an apartment in nearby San Francisco.

Her new neighbor Ryan Kinsmore is a hunk ten years her junior, but both are attracted to one another at first sight. As she makes covert overtures, Sara wonders if her kind neighbor is gay or is too polite to tell her she is too old for intimacy with him. The truth is that Ryan desires her as much as she does him, but refuses to touch her. He fears that once she learns the truth that he is not a model as he told her, but instead works as an escort, a euphemism in his case for male prostitute that will destroy their friendship let alone any romance.

Readers will feel the sexual tension shooting between the lead couple, but also understand that Ryan cannot allow anything to happen between them because of his job. It is interesting the way the two protagonists have a common subplot and distinct separate subplots that all blend together into a powerful character driven story. Whereas Sara is more typical of the genre, Ryan is a unique player who must find a way to rise once he falls from grace when his beloved learns the truth.

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mom2lnb on LibraryThing 20 days ago
¿..... romance readers want a good story more than they want a safe one.¿ This is a portion of the dedication in this book, and I can honestly say that while this story is anything but safe, it is indeed exceptionally good. I've read so many romances over the years that it is extremely difficult to find one that I can truly call unique, but Fallen From Grace turns traditional romance on it's proverbial ear, with nary a cliché to be found. It has an older heroine (by nine years) with a younger hero, a multi-cultural relationship between a heroine who is Jewish and a hero who was raised Catholic, a heroine who essentially rescues the hero, and most surprising of all a hero who is a prostitute (yes, you read that right;-)). While all these elements might make this sound like the oddest of stories, in fact, everything worked together to create a very fascinating and compelling novel that was a pleasure to read. Ryan and Sara developed a very strong bond of friendship long before becoming lovers, which I found to be incredibly beautiful. They exhibited a depth of trust in one another that is a rare treasure. Ryan initially hid his real profession from Sara, but I was shocked at how quickly even that was revealed. Aside from that one thing, they always communicated with stark, naked honesty, never really holding anything back from each other which I found utterly refreshing. They share many scenes together that are laced with emotion and sexual tension, and when they finally do make love, those scenes were so incredibly sweet and sensuous, they made my heart do flip-flops. All in all, I thought they were a perfectly matched couple.I never would have thought that a prostitute would make a good hero, and while Ryan was certainly not the typical romance hero, he was a very appealing one in spite of his profession. He was an extremely complex character especially in an emotional sense, but it was easy to see why Sara fell in love with him. Outwardly he had to project a certain toughness to survive and he definitely had a strong, courageous spirit that was his [book:saving grace|130916] through all the horrible things that happened to him over the years. Inwardly though, he is a deeply wounded individual who sees himself as not good for or at anything but sex. There were a few times that Ryan was relating things to Sara from his past or things that he had to do for survival, where he seemed almost dispassionate, and he exhibited the same attitude towards sex with his clients as well. This bothered me at first until I realized that for him, these things had become ¿normal.¿ It was Sara who shook up his life and showed him the kind, compassionate, intelligent man he truly was. When Ryan finally took his life in hand and confronted his pimp, it was a very poignant moment and I was cheering him on all the way. I also loved that Ryan took in homeless, abused and neglected animals, and demonstrated the patience of Job with all of them, especially his psychotic bird. He later also befriended a homeless teen who had lifted his wallet. No one may have rescued Ryan (until Sara), but it didn't stop him from spreading kindness in the world by rescuing others. The amount of growth that Ryan went through from the beginning of the story to the end was phenomenal. He was probably the most atypical hero I've ever read, but one that has definitely made a lasting impression on me.With Ryan being a little ¿softer¿ than most romance heroes, one might think that he would need a spitfire heroine to balance him out, but that was not the case at all. Sara had plenty of spunk, but at the same time was one of the most gentle, nurturing and understanding heroines I've ever read. Every time I thought that Ryan had disclosed one sordid thing too many, Sara always responded with grace and dignity. At times, it took her a while to process some of the bombs that Ryan dropped, but she always came back still loving him unconditionally. She also sometimes had angry
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Although some might find the idea of a romance involving a male escort to be an oxymoron, I found this story to be quite interesting and romantic. The male lead in question, Ryan/Kevin, was a very interesting character, being a mix of streetwise and damaged while still maintaining an aura of innocence. The story itself was well told and the romance was steamy without being overly graphic. Starting out I also liked Sara, the female lead, although as the story progressed I found her character to be increasingly abrasive. She was a bit sanctimonious and self-involved...but this was done deliberately. I guess in a way Ryan's character needed her to be a bit of a pious hardass to get him out of his situation LOL I also liked that the author allowed Sara to have her faults, but to also give hope that she would at least try to move past them (mainly with her sister).Overall I liked this story, which is unusual because contemporary romance isn't my usual choice. This isn't at all "Pretty Woman" in reverse as I thought it might have been but still very enjoyable.
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Loved it!! Wonderful book!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Without giving too much of the book away, let me just say that at first I was wary to read a book about a male prostitute, but after thinking it over for a while, I decided to try it. I'm so glad I did. This was one of the most poignant stories of unconditional love, friendship, and forgiveness that I have ever read. The redemption of the hero's character is something unlike I've ever seen in a romance novel. Any of you out there who know anything about writing romance know that CONFLICT is where it's at. Every writing seminar I've even been to has pushed me to ask myself 'How can I up the stakes?', 'How can I make it EVEN worse for my characters?' The end is so much more satisfying when we do that. And Laura Leone's book does it in spades. She pens for us a beautiful story of one man's struggle to become worthy and the woman who knows he already is. Simply beautiful, and so worth the time it takes to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a read that will pierce your sense of morality versus romance. At times I thought this should read, `Fallen From Social Grace¿ because it deals with the side of life that many of us have not personally experienced yet do empathize with those who overcame growing up on the rough side of the tracks. The main plot is a romance story of an apparent washed-up writer and older woman, Sara, and a handsomely sexy younger male prostitute and truly tortured hero, Ryan. The subplot deals with a distressing look at the dark humiliating actions inflicted by successful people who exploit less than fortunate males (particularly for this story) who are in dire need to survive on the dangerous streets of San Francisco. Ryan was one of these young males: a runaway who would do just about anything to obtain money to eat. However, sadly enough, one night after performing a `highly paid¿ intimate act on a man, his `trick¿ brutally rapes him and leaves him for dead in a dark alley. Alas, his only true friend comes to his rescue ¿ a high class female ¿solicitor¿ who takes personal interest in grooming him for a career in prostitution; thus, giving him the name of ¿Kevin¿. Years later Ryan meets a new next door neighbor, Sara. During the beginning of their budding relationship, Sara believes Ryan is a professional ¿model¿ and is away from home so much due to his photo shoots. Eventually Sara finds out his true occupation, Kevin, and is morally and emotionally challenged to accept or reject him. She is in an emotional whirlwind because now a family secret is about to be revealed, which will cause her to struggle even more with or compromise her deeply rooted social beliefs and unconditional love in acceptance of others. This is an emotionally stirring and compelling read vs romantic. Although it was a tear jerker for me, it has a happy ending which ties together both of the main characters rather nicely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Ms. Leone for breaking the mold on the 'safe,' light-hearted romances so prevalent in the market today and giving us a meaty, moving read filled with deep, genuine conflict which both characters must overcome to find love. This book approaches serious issues and recognizes that life is not always pretty, but that love can shine through the dark clouds in one's life. Thank you, Ms. Leone, for a gripping, very moving story!