Blog Tour: 4.5 Star Review of this new release – The Effects of Falling by Mariah Dietz

Title: The Effects of Falling
Series: The Weight of Rain Duet #2
Author: Mariah Dietz
Release Date: Aug 2, 2016

I have loved my best friend for eleven years. 

Eleven years of celebrations.

Eleven years of victories and losses.

Eleven years of inside jokes and shared smiles.

Eleven years of helping him raise his daughter as a single father.

He smiles at me and my world brightens.

He ignores me and I forget how to function.

He holds my hand and takes more of my heart.

He leaves and time stops.

We have both lost too much, but am I willing to risk the effects of falling again?

My Review:

4..5/5 Stars

What a beautiful book this was!

The Effects of Falling is book 2 in The Weight of Rain duet. It can be read as a standalone, but there are many references to things from book 1.

Kash is a champion BMX rider who lost his fiance eleven years ago leaving him alone to raise his baby daughter. He’s not alone, though. He has his brother, his brother’s girlfriend, a family friend and Kash’s best friend, Summer. Summer is a former BMX champ who quit riding after a gnarly injury left her unable to compete. She has been Kash’s best friend and right hand woman for eleven years and she’s been in love with him from the moment they met.

The Effects of Falling isn’t just a love story, it’s a story of self-discovery. Summer loves Kash, but she doesn’t know who she is without him. There are some great interactions between Kash and Summer, including a pivotal moment in the first third of the book that really sets the rest of the book in motion. The rest of the book is Summer’s journey of self-discovery and it is honest and unforgiving and real.

There is really a dual romance going on here – Summer and Kash’s relationship (which has a perfect HEA) and Summer’s relationship with herself. I appreciate Mariah Dietz’s writing this as more than just a fluffy romance. This would not have worked nearly as well as just another friends-to-lovers trope. Instead, she writes this and THIS is really great!

The Weight of Rain (#1) – Released Oct 27, 2015
One night changed my life-one that I barely remember.
When I close my eyes, my mind paints a picture of his smile and shades the contours of his hands, the deep scar around his bicep.
I’m an artist, yet my hands are unsteady. With his presence, he has unknowingly broken that something inside of me that makes me who I am.
Being around him is like standing in a rainstorm. First the drops tickle my skin, and then they coat me, refusing to be ignored. Finally, they soak into me, reaching parts of me I don’t think anyone has ever touched.
When dreams turn into reality, will the picture in my mind transfer to paper?
Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.

 

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