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?
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!