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by M. L. Rhodes
Category: Erotica/Erotic Fantasy/Fantasy JERR Gold Star Award Winner
Description: An Amazon.com #1 Best Seller in Gay Erotica!!! As the leader of an elite British group that hunts criminals of the magic world, Christian Wetherly comes to the U. S. undercover, posing as a British cop, to investigate a series of murders he suspects have been committed by a dark mage. He never expects, however, to find himself intensely attracted to the American police detective in charge of the case. Christian has long struggled with his hidden desires and hasn't admitted them to anyone. But Alec Anderson stirs something deep within him that's difficult to ignore. Still...even if he could master his fear of coming out, Christian's dedicated himself to protecting the world from magic terrors. It's a dangerous life an ordinary human could never understand or accept. And to complicate matters, Alec's emotionally vulnerable, still grieving the death of his previous lover, a fellow cop killed in the line of duty. So Christian's determined to keep his true occupation and powers hidden from Alec. Neither man can deny the powerful chemistry that burns between them, and both realize they're falling hard for one another, yet with so many secrets and complications, a relationship seems impossible. When the two men become the target of the dark magic, however, and clues about an ancient legacy come to light that indicate Alec may not be exactly what he seems, can they find the strength to tear down all the barriers between them and risk their hearts in order to save each other's lives? [Genres: Gay (M/M) / Fantasy / Witchcraft / Magic / Paranormal / Psychic Phenomena / Suspense / Thriller / Action / Adventure ] JERR Gold Star Awarded!
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2007
eBookwise Release Date: March 2007
323 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [387 KB]
Reading time: 241-338 min.
"Gold Star Award! ... Rated 'O' for 'Orgasmic'!...I loved this book. If it isn't the first of a long series, I will be heartbroken. I had to read it again as soon as I'd finished, because it was just that good. I fell in love with Christian and Alec, as well as several secondary characters. Such supporting characters as Alec's mentor, Chris' housemates and top agents are well-developed and endearing. They help move the plot along at a fast but steady clip, without even the suggestion of a lag. Christian and Alec's characters are so well developed I felt I knew them personally. They are both handsome, sexy, sensual men who are noble, strong, dependable heroes who came alive for me. Their relationship is enviable and that without even taking into consideration their sensuously described, luscious sexual encounters that left me panting and squeezing my thighs together. There are some rocky spots, too. Alec has grown up believing in only what he can see, touch and prove. Chris hasn't come out yet and fears the reactions of his mother and friends. I was delightfully entertained, stimulated intellectually and sexually. I began thinking as though there really are mages who live among us. I found it was enlightening and titillating to see inside a man's feelings and responses to sexual stimulation with a loving partner. That part was scorching hot, but I would have been intrigued by this story even without the very enjoyable and explosive sex, which is what I love in any good book. Although the male love story theme may be considered controversial subject matter for some and I usually avoid them, I found that it did not detract from this novel. In fact, the outstanding male on male sex was so carnally passionate, so tenderly loving, that I felt touched right down to the depths of my soul. There were no editing mistakes that disrupted the flow of my reading. The author's voice is superb. The plot is leagues above and beyond the average book; Falling is one of the best I've read. There are several plot twists in Falling that left me on the edge of my seat. Because the plot was so efficiently developed, I never found myself confused or annoyed, and the magic and action filled scenes left my heart palpitating in excitement. For all these reasons, I believe this book is deserving of the Gold Star Award."--Karen Haas, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
"4 Angels! ... Sizzling heat ... M. L. Rhodes takes a well-crafted plot, adds some interesting and tight secondary characters, and creates a story with intrigue and excitement that breathes life into the pages."--Linda, Fallen Angels Reviews
"4 Cups! ... A very well-told story of love and magic that had me hooked from the get go. Alec and Christian make a great couple, each complimenting the other, and surprises that will delight the reader are around every corner ... Definitely a keeper!"--Matilda, Coffee Time Romance
"5 Stars!...A must-read M/M romance writer! The backdrop of Falling is an adventure/fantasy involving mages, not the type of setting I would have envisioned for emotional story-telling, which is Rhodes's strength. I am proved wrong as the plot of magic and villians is very much secondary to the emotional build-up and interplay between her two characters. The love is so real, the emotions intense and the characters amazingly well developed and believable. Rhodes's men are such sensitive and vulnerable characters and Christian and Alec are no exception. Each man has his own ghosts to overcome, but when they do acknowledge the attraction, their romance is sizzling and their sex intimately hot. Just look at the cover! I love Rhodes's writings. I also strongly recommend the lovely The Professor's Secret Passion and the deeply emotional Souls Deep, her two other M/M romances under Amber Quill Press."--R. Parklane, Amazon.com
"With a story line reminiscent of a certain wizard series mixed in with that fantasy trilogy about a ring that rules them all, Falling is an addictive, thrilling adventure, chock full of evil villains and handsome heroes. Christian and Alec are a great couple and a fabulous duo. Truly noble, both are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the other and the world from a terrible tyrant. Be prepared to stay up all night because you won't be able to tear yourself away until the very end!"--Isabelle Spencer, Romance Reviews Today
"5 Roses! ... While I'm not unfamiliar with gay stories, most of the ones I've read have had a more dominant/submissive type flavor. How refreshing to read one in which both men are equals and aren't interested in games or in being in control! Both of these men are strong and sexy. The sex scenes are fun and loving and, in one particular scene, quite imaginative. Whether M.L. Rhodes writes male/female or male/male stories, she does so with an intimacy and sensuality that leaves you breathless!"--Jackie, A Romance Review
"Are you ogling my ass?" Christian asked, looking back over his shoulder as he entered the big kitchen. He pointed a finger at the fireplace, did some kind of small movement with it, and a fire whooshed to life.
Alec chuckled. "I am. Got a problem with that?"
"Yeah, I do, since I'm not getting to ogle yours, too."
Alec shrugged. "Next time don't be Mr. Macho Leader and rush off to be the first in line. Sometimes it pays to hang back. The view's better."
"Oh, I don't know." Christian stopped and turned to face him. "I'm not really complaining about the view from here."
Even with the flickering flames the only light in the big room, Alec could see every contour of Christian's nude body, including his hardening shaft.
He padded up to Christian and kissed him. "You keep looking at me like that and there's going to be less eating of food and more testing uses for kitchen utensils."
Christian's blue eyes grew heavy-lidded and dark with desire. "Keep talking like that and I'm thinking I'll gladly wait for the food."
"Food. Hmmm. That could be interesting, too," Alec said with a grin. He opened the freezer side of the huge, stainless steel refrigerator and pulled out a large plastic container full of ice produced by the icemaker. He picked up one elongated cube and, giving Christian a come-hither teasing look, sucked on it.
Christian's gaze grew even more passionately intense.
Alec chuckled, knowing he shouldn't tease, but it was so worth it to see that expression on Christian's face.