The Harder He Falls

The Harder He Falls

by Lynda Aicher

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ISBN-13: 9780425285121
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Kick , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 233
Sales rank: 36,694
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lynda Aicher is a RITA Award finalist who loves to write emotionally charged romances. She spent years traveling as a consultant, implementing computer software into global companies, until she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is the only limitation on where she can go, and writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner, and mediator.

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The Harder He Falls 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
4.25 ~ >A Solid Start to the Series ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third-person Grady is a new whitewater rafting guide at an extreme adventures company where his cousin, Finn, is a founding partner and the others all seem to be retired Marines and Doms. This initially made Grady shy away, having had an abusive experience with a proclaimed Dom, but the pull to the only accepting family he had left drew him in regardless. On an early exploration of the new season, the rapids present a tragic turn to Grady and those aboard, leaving him shaken to his core. Micah's a bartender at a leather club. His experience with coma patients brings the two together. They both have a ton of baggage, but somehow, they work together well. There's a light BDSM and/or kink theme, but nothing heavy. As Micah states, he's a strong top but not a Dom. Grady insists that though he likes to cease control during sex, he's not a sub. Navigating their relationship is a rocky battle, but both men are worth the investment in the end and I'd love to read more of this series. The men are only given a vaguely implied HEA, so I hope their story continues playing in the background of future installments of the series or I may be mildly disappointed. Overall, a great cast of characters that I look forward to reading more of! . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.25 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I won a copy of this book from Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Grady is a wilderness EMT who were guiding a raft down some rapids when he had an accident and one of his friends died and his cousin resulted in a coma. Although nobody has blamed him, he can’t get rid of the guilt. Micah is a bartender in a club. He once was in a coma due to a virus in his head and he is still suffering the side effects. I had problems since the very first page; I couldn’t connect with the story. The dialogues are poor and confusing and I had to keep going back to see who was speaking. The characters are not likable at all. However, I have to say that I liked Micah. He was the best in the book as he tried to get a solution for his problems and at the same time help Grady. I didn’t like Grady at all. He is so self-centred in his problems and insecurities that most of the time, he didn’t think about Micah. I’m sorry about the two stars, but I’m just being honest.
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
Few things I couldn’t seem to get over,around in this story. I understand it’s book one, but I kept feeling like I was missing pieces? Maybe we have a prequel. I really disliked Grady. I never did warm up to him, and for me that’s a huge issue. Micah, was okay, but again just kinda blah. So together… I liked that both of the people feel like they can help each other through these issues, not sure how healthy that is, but it is fiction after all. Even though, Finn seemed to take a back seat while while Grady and Micah got there BDSM groove on, and they certainly did that. It was nice to see we did get a reappearance at the end with him waking up. Overall, not my favorite read, less sex to fix our problems, more Grady being less of a jerk. And getting to the story. I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviewers
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Micah’s bout of viral encephalitis when he was younger left him with permanent memory problems, exacerbated by stress (including sexual release). When in that type of situation, his brain reacts by shutting off the recognition center of his brain, so that he feels lost even if he’s in what should be a familiar place. Though he does regain his equilibrium eventually, it’s a fact of life that he has to deal with on a sometimes daily basis. He worries about being involved with anyone, as his last relationship ended in disaster when his boyfriend at the time couldn’t deal with his health problems. He’s hesitant to put his trust in another person as a result, especially with the potential for something really bad to happen to him. But Grady’s obvious distress over the situation with his cousin makes Micah want to soothe and care for him in any way he can, even if that means through sex to help Grady forget, if only for a short time. The downside is that it’s going to mean he has to trust Grady with his problem. Grady is also a really interesting character. Besides feeling guilty over the accident that resulted in death and injury on his watch, his sexual nature is a problem he’s not quite sure how to deal with. As a teenager, he fell into a bad relationship with an older man with whom he had an abusive sexual relationship, one he eventually escaped from. In his previous job, he was ridiculed for having a submissive sexual nature, and the fact that all the leaders of the outdoor adventure group he’s working for now are practicing Doms makes him wary of them, and what could happen to his job if they found out that he's a submissive. For these reasons he is used to hiding his true desires. When he and Micah end up alone together in a playroom at the club, he can’t resist Micah’s controlling nature and finds immense pleasure in letting Micah help him forget his troubles. But he’s very insistent that what happens between them not be revealed on the outside. Coupled with Micah’s reluctance to reveal the extent of his memory issues, it’s only when they spend more time together that they start to open up to each other. Grady naturally fears getting into another abusive D/s relationship, and it takes time for him to believe that Micah, while enjoying control in the bedroom, is not interested in taking that control anywhere else and is looking for an equal partner. Trust is the key here, and eventually they find their way to a satisfying happy ending. I did expect to see more scenes dealing with the outdoor adventure company, and I felt like that aspect of the story wasn’t really fleshed out, other than to introduce the characters. Grady’s bosses, Rig and Ash both came across as compassionate and strong men, dominant in nature, but definitely not the same as Grady’s previous employers. Overall, this was a really entertaining read, with some super sexy scenes, interesting characters and a unique plot. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Grady is a 28 y/o out gay man who's grieving for his cousin, Finn, trapped in a coma, and his friend Chris who died. Both men were hurt on a Class 5 rapids ride that Grady had led in the California mountains, as part of his new job at Kick, an outdoors-adventure company Finn began with Chris and several of their ex-military friends. Each day Grady spends hours by Finn's bedside, willing him to wake. That's how he meets Micah, coma-survivior and volunteer on the coma ward. Micah comes to read to the patients; he knew Finn personally through his day job of bartending at a leather bar. Grady is immediately drawn to, and afraid of, Micah. He's attractive but burly, and Grady had an abusive Dom several years ago--and never wants to go back in that direction emotionally or sexually. Still, the allure of talking to a man who's been in Finn's place is too much, and when they meet at the bar, Grady knows he wants what Micah can give him: release. Micah isn't a Dom, but he is a dominant lover. He's able to ground Grady with his forceful loving but that brings on a temporary amnesia for time and place--a side effect of his previous brain injury. To his surprise, Grady never ridicules Micah regarding his spatial memory issues, and that's more compassion than he's experienced since his recovery. Perhaps these two men are meant to heal each other. Perhaps not. Grady's terrified his superiors at Kick will think he's a sub, because they are all confirmed Doms and he won't be ridiculed as weak again, not like he was before with his previous Dom. Also, Grady's got a strong penchant for running. The only reason he's still in Portland is Finn; he can't abandon the only member of his family who still speaks with him. Plus, he's still under investigation for the accident, and can't take another job until he's cleared of charges--if that's the outcome. So, he and Micah spend more and more time together and they are both scared of falling too hard for a man who may not be there in the morning. I liked this book, though I had some real issues with the medical side of things. I know all brain injuries are different, and lingering effects are varied, but the descriptions given regarding Micah's injury/recovery really seemed far off the realm of possible--for me. I have a lot of experience in neurophysiology, however, and it probably won't be a deterrent for most readers. More problematic for me was Grady's complete angst over being seen as weak, or a sub. He's all about run first ask questions never...and that got tiresome and felt juvenile. He could never let himself feel happy or satisfied, and I got that he was tied in emotional knots regarding Finn, but he lashed out in ways, and with dialogue, that didn't make sense. Like trying to pressure Micah into performing a public scene for the benefit of some Kick partners--to prove he wasn't a sub. Uh, come again? His fixation on labels was aggravating and it took me a long time to bond with Grady as a result. Though, I will admit, I really dug the second half of the book. I felt like Micah was a great character, and I liked how Grady and he interacted. This is the first book in a series, and we'll likely see the rest of the Kick family getting the subs/partners of their dreams in books to come. Also, I look forward to observing Finn's recovery! I received a review copy via NetGalley.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Micah and Grady meet in Grady's cousin's hospital room. Micah is reading to the man who cannot respond. Grady is instantly attracted and not sure what to do about it. Grady has had so many bad things happen in the last while - he has stopped looking for the good. Micah helps him to see what he has to be grateful for. He also helps him see what the love of a good man can be. Together they help each other navigate the tougher waters of life. They are good for one another, in more ways than one. I was impressed with many of the subjects covered in this book. Though, with this terrific author, I should not have been surprised. I cannot wait to read the next installment in the new Kick series. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher for an honest review.
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
I have never read Linda Aicher before, but after reading this book, I hope I can continue reading her books for years to come. I am so impressed with her writing in this book. The characters are so well developed and real and beautifully flawed and the storyline is one that I will not soon forget. This book hooked me very early on and I did not want to put it down. Grady and Micah, who are both dealing with their own demons, are thrown together by chance. Can these two beautiful men heal each other's souls and find love in the process? Their journey is one of both self realization and self acceptance as well as a path to the realization that each character is worthy of giving and receiving love. Overall, I found the book to be provocative, captivating, poignant, intriguing, sensual, and completely enthralling. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a riveting and moving read. * I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Grady has emotional issues from his past. Micah has some emotional but more physical barriers. The two struggle to find the correct path to each other's hearts. I liked the story and how they tried to help each other accept who they were. I even had tears as everything fell into place for the two of them.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for a copy of this book. This is book 1 in the Kick series and it seems as though it's going to be a good series! Grady Kelley is a new rafting guide that is involved in a fatal accident. He's escapes injury but Finn is left in a coma while Chris has lost his life. The guilt is unbearable and Grady continuously blames himself the accident. Micah is a bartender at a club and volunteers his time at the hospital reading to patients and that's how he meets Grady. This was a deep story! Both men had some serious issues. But, can they work past it and have a relationship? They clearly need each other!! 3.5 stars from me on this one.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. The Harder He Falls by Lynda Aicher and is book one in the 'Kick' series. This is the story of Grady Kelley and Micah Swaine. I actually didn't mean to get the book for my review list but once I did, I thought it was good. Grady and Micah are both strong men that seem to have casual affairs. They both try to do so with each other but they are both finding it hard to not go further in their new relationship. We watch as they struggle to overcome past issue and become more than what they everything they could have.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were so full and rich, so special that I was totally drawn in from the first moment. I thought the portrayal of the pain and fear that Grady experiences was harsh and realistic. There wasn't anything over the top or overly dramatic and unbelievable about it, it was true, deep and heartbreaking. Then in walks Micah and WOW! what an awesome character. He was so deep, so beautifully written, so real. They both had so much that they had to move through emotionally as well as physically. They were intense and deep and when they got together they brought out the best in each other, even if they weren't ready for it. This is the start of the Kick series and we got brief introductions to some of the other characters and I can't wait to read more!
NadineHunter More than 1 year ago
This was a great start to a new series by Lynda Aicher and I cannot wait for the second book! Kick is an outdoor adventure company that is run by former Marines, Grady has been brought in by his cousin Finn to become a guide for them and possibly a partner in the company. But then there is a horrible accident when Grady is guiding Finn and Chris in a white-water adventure in a new area they are looking to expand their adventures to. Finn is left in a coma while Chris has tragically lost his life. To say that Grady is in a bad place after this would be an understatement. Micah is a bartender at a leather club and he also volunteers his time at the hospital to read to patients and that is what he is doing when he meets Grady. Micah is reading to Finn when Grady comes for his daily visit. I would like to say that it was love at first sight but it really wasn't it was more of an attraction...but neither of them are looking for anything serious. Grady and Micah are two guys with a lot of baggage but they are perfect for one another. This book had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I wanted to wrap Grady in a big hug and tell him everything was going to be ok one minute and then smack him up the back of his head the next. And Micah, oh boy he was just a big softy and every time he had a "brain blip" or got "Lost" my heart broke for him. Rig and Ash are two interesting Partners in the company and I look forward to reading each of their books., but after reading the epilogue there is one person in particular I would really like to know more about. The Deeper He Hurts: A Kick Novel and The Farther He Runs: Kick are the next two books in the series and if they are half as good as this one was we are all in for a treat. ***I have received this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through netgalley in exchange for my honest review***
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A seriously hot m/m read and the start to what should be a great series. Grady Kelley likes his adventures fast and furious and his men hot and temporary. Life is going great with Grady working as a whitewater rafting guide for Kick until a terrible accident has his life spinning out of control. That's when he meets Micah Swaine. Micah touches something deep in Grady's soul and offers the very thing Grady has been running from. Real relationships aren't for him. Not anymore. Staying away doesn't seem to be an option though. There is something about Micah that says he needs Grady as much as Grady needs him. A fabulous read with just a hint of bdsm. I definitely recommend this one.