Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Refresh Tour & Giveaway - Accepting The Fall by Meg Harding

Accepting the Fall by Meg Harding

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Publisher: Oceanside Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 8, 2017

Refresh Tour dates: April 23 - 30, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): 62k

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance

Book blurb:

Confronting the past is never easy.

Cole Whitaker is happy. He has the job and boyfriend he always wanted. His heart’s in no danger of being broken, and he can’t ask for more from life. As a kindergarten teacher, he sees it all; however, one troublesome student has him reaching out to the parent, wanting to help. There’s something about Savanah that tugs at his heartstrings.

He never expected her father.

Zander Brooks hasn’t had an easy life, and he’s made some mistakes. Freshly retired from the military and working as a firefighter, Zander thought he’d left Cole in the rearview mirror. He’s not expecting him to appear in St. Petersburg, Florida, of all places, teaching his daughter’s kindergarten class. Suddenly, his biggest mistake is being shoved in his face.

This is Zander’s chance to close a door he’d never fully shut, but time with his former flame might change his mind.

Author Meg Harding’s take on Accepting the Fall: “Not everything is perfect, and it’s not always going to go right the first time around. It’s not any less special because it was flawed.”

Praise for Accepting the Fall: “A character driven, second-chance romance. Recommended for anyone craving a low-angst, tender, contemporary story stuffed to the brim with feels and sweetness.” – Piper Vaughn

What Cole had said while in the hospital was true—Zander was a good person when it came down to it. It might take him time, but Zander eventually came around to what was right. He’d never tolerated injustice, and he’d always tried his hardest. But he was a stubborn ass, and if he deemed something was in his way, it wasn’t going to be there for long.

Cole did not want to be the obstacle in Zander’s path again. One time was more than enough, thanks very much.

So, as Cole took the seat beside the bane of his existence, he tried not to think about the body heat Zander was generating. He told himself not to obsess over the way their legs were brushing through their jeans—unavoidable with the way Zander sprawled—and their shoulders knocked. Every minute shift of Zander’s body shouldn’t have pinged on Cole’s radar. The contact shouldn’t have left Cole holding his breath and reciting numeric tables in his head.

Zander’s presence created a tangible buzz under Cole’s skin, an awareness of the other man that was all consuming and completely absurd. Without consciously paying attention, Cole could tell anyone who asked that Zander had sighed twice since Cole had sat down, he’d scratched his stubbled jaw five times, licked his lips three, and he smelled like warm cinnamon and fresh detergent.

A glance at his phone showed Cole it had been a whole five minutes. Just eighty-five more to go.

Reviewed by:

I thought this was a cute second chance romance featuring a newly single father and his first love, and daughter's teacher, Cole.
I liked the reluctance in Cole towards Zander, but it wasn't SO much that it took up the entire story. He did the dates and they took their time, seeing as how Zander tore his heart up the first time. 

Now, now... don't hate on Zander too much. He had a bit of daddy issues and attachment issues due to being an army kid. 

My favorite part of this story was Zander's 5 year old daughter, Savannah. Poor girl got dumped on his doorstep by a mother who didn't want a child and a dad who isn't quite sure how to handle being a dad, on top of being a firefighter and having odd hours.

 Zander gets an awakening when he is to meet with her teacher. He is shocked to see who it is and vice versa. This almost, ALMOST, makes it easier for Cole to give him the news as to what is happening with Savannah and the advice for what Zander should do about it. I think if it had been anyone else, Zander may have taken offense or maybe not as seriously. 

My second favorite part is all the animals that Cole fosters and ends up keeping. He is such a sweet guy and he loves all his "kids" and it couldn't have worked out any better for Sav, because she looooves all the animals. 

Regardless, there are some ups and downs and old hurts, there's a teeny bit of angst, but it isn't overly dramatic. Things turn out just fine for this family

About Meg Harding:  

Meg Harding is a sucker for things on four legs and works as a pet sitter when she's not writing. She's an editor and a lover of fanfiction. She enjoys the theatre, concerts, and lazing about in front of the TV. Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF and Anglia Ruskin, with a bachelors in Psych and a masters in publishing. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.

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