Bethany reviews ‘Destined to Fall’ by Louisa Mae. Self-published on January 20th, 2017. 204 pgs.
Why I read this book: This week is angst week and while looking through our review list this sounded like it would be the perfect amount of angst for me.
NOTE: We were provided a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
There are parts of our lives which are predestined, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t change what will happen — what must happen. Andrew Manners understood that better than most, but it didn’t change how he felt about his past or his desire to change it.
Even angels have regrets, and after living two mortal lifetimes in his angelic form, and with countless other years ahead, he would give it all up to be with the man he’d loved and lost for just one short lifetime together.
“Everything has a price. Every journey has an end.”
The price Andrew paid when his journey ended was immortality. A gift, some would say. A curse, others would whisper.
He’s walked the earth for almost one hundred years, putting aside all selfish needs while caring and offering comfort to others. When he finds a dying man on the streets of London, he’s unprepared for how it will change his life.
“I never knew how my life could change in such a short space of time, or how one decision would affect the outcome in such a monumental way.”
Josh is inconsolable after losing his partner, and as Andrew guides the grief stricken man through his pain, he’s forced to recall his own mortal life and the lover he left behind. Looking back allows him to see what he could find with Josh, but such a strong bond shouldn’t exist between a mortal and an angel, and Andrew struggles with the demands of his angelic duties and what his heart needs.
“I found out it was possible to love, and be loved in return, only to face losing it all.”
Knowing a relationship can only bring them both heartache, and unable to explain his angelic form, Andrew believes he will spend an eternity mourning what could have been.
“The true measure of love is what you’re willing to give up for it.”
With the terrifying prospect of living forever without the man he loves weighing heavily on his soul, Andrew seeks out a different path, one which could lead him into the hands of the demonic creatures which now hide in the shadows around him, or lead him into the arms of his soulmate. The risks are great. Andrew’s very soul is in danger. But what good is a soul without its mate?
Falling in love was easy. Falling for love would be the hard part.
Wow, thats about how I am feeling right now after finishing this book. Just WOW. So, this week was angst week, and I am not a huge fan of major angst. I need to be in the mood for angst. After looking through our review list, I kept coming back to this one. First off, the cover is amazing. I was immediately drawn to it, and I think that was a big reason I kept coming back to it. And after reading the blurb I thought, it would be perfect for this week. When Marc suggested I read it, I knew that it would be the book for this week.
I read almost the entire thing in one sitting. Angels and demons are not a theme I read a lot of. I typically stick to contemporary, but the blurb really intrigued me. The writing pulled me in, and really didn’t let me go ever. The way this author portrayed Andrew, and angels in general, was fascinating. She really made it her own, and I can appreciate when an author can take a theme a do something different with it.
Andrew and Josh meet in a truly tragic way and it broke my heart having to read it. But this couldn’t be called my angst book for the week if there wasn’t some angst in it. LOL. And it wasn’t just how Josh and Andrew meet that was angsty; no, there was quite a bit in this one that pulled at my angst button. Times that I wanted to scream and curse at someone cause it was painful to read. But, it was all of the pain and angst that made this book a really enjoyable read. Their journey to get their happy ever after was a hard earned victory.
The one issue I had with this book was the speed at which Andrew and Josh got together. I won’t say more because it will give too much away of the book, just that I wished that part had been done a little differently. Oh my goodness, the ending of this was brilliant. I did NOT see it coming, and I love it when an author can surprise me like that. It gave me chills and left me wanting more of THAT. I don’t think I will be forgetting this book any time soon.
All in all though I really enjoyed this read, it was the perfect length with the perfect amount of angst for me. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a book with Angels and angst.
Born and bred in the the vibrant city of Leeds in the North of the UK. I’ve always loved reading, and one of my fondest memories from childhood was the weekly visits to the library with my beloved dad. It always seemed such a magical place to escape into through the books I read on a weekly basis.
I’d not really thought about writing in my adult life until I was introduced to the world of Fanfiction and after reading so many I found myself making friends through this new media. My friend, Lori, told me to have a go at writing one, and I did. That work took on a life of its own and opened my eyes to the possibilities. This allowed me to get used to plotting a story and while making the characters my own. I also started to beta/pre read for others and discovered, that much to my surprise, they valued my opinion and input.
Making the move to write M/M or slash as it’s known, took me a little longer. After becoming good friends with a wonderful lady from Illinois who told me (repeatedly), “You should write slash, I think you’d be good at it.” I shied away from the idea for so long, but the seed was firmly sown in my mind and soon took root and a life of its own. I decided to write a short piece as a surprise gift for Angela’s birthday that year. Emailing it to her, given the time difference between the UK and US this meant I was desperately waiting for her to see in and I think I heard her delighted scream. Thanks to this, and working on writing group competition, I soon found that I preferred writing M/M to M/F.
In 2013 fate intervened and I lost my job. Through my new one, I met Nicole Colville, and the rest, as they say, is history. This marked the start of a beautiful friendship. She encouraged me to make the switch to writing original fiction, and I signed up to Nano Wri Mo 2013, but due to changing jobs I couldn’t commit the time needed. In 2014 I signed up again, and smashed the 50K word goal in 30 days, with a story I love and am proud of.
I’ve been beta/pre reading for Nicole over 17 books now (including the 10 shorts in Knights) and the confidence she inspires in me has been invaluable in my joining this anthology and publishing my first work.