Title: Afraid to Fall
Author: W. Ferraro
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2014
Jaded and hardened by the ultimate of betrayals, Clearwater Falls Sheriff Gage Dennison is content with his simple, detached life. With only his loyal dog at his side, Gage has successfully maintained the walls he’s built around his life and heart for eight years. From his secluded house at the end of a private road, to the solitude of a small town sheriff, he has no trouble keeping everyone just where he wants them – at a distance. But Gage soon learns his walls are not as solid as he thought them to be. Despite all his efforts, and against his will, Gage’s new neighbor Delaney Collins threatens to crack his once-impenetrable walls.
Unprepared for the constant verbal sparring, and growing physical attraction to Delaney, Gage is suddenly fighting an internal war he never expected. His brain and reason insist he keep his distance, but his body refuses to listen. Especially when the lure of her warm, willing body soothing his bruised and battered soul is too much to resist.
As the demons of his past are revealed, will Gage crumble under the weight of his fear? Or will he find the strength necessary to tear down his walls and hold on to the only woman that offers him a second chance at love?
I am writing this review a couple of hours after finishing the book. I am still a little pissed about it to be honest. Before the last 25% I would have given the book a five star rating and the review would be about how good the book was. But Delaney started to get on my nerves after that point.
First of all, sometimes she was a big hypocrite. It's ok for her to focus on one of the ten things Gage says, but when Gage does the same to her, she is all "Is that the only thing you heard?! I don't believe you!". I didn't like that, nor I agree with that attitude.
Gage has scars and I get that. I wasn't so mad at him as I think I should have been, but towards the end of the story Delaney was a bigger source of anger. I got mad at her because she kept from Gage and us that she was still having contact with Richard. Not once did she mention him other than when she talked to Gage about Jacob's father and yet later it is revealed that she was talking to Richard during the events of the book. I couldn't blame Gage for getting angry when he found that out. Delaney knew he had issues and yet she didn't breath a word. I know that it was her business what she did, but she could have said a word and not let everyone think that she had no contact with anyone from her city life.
To be fair Gage was not an angel. He has some big issues that he hadn't solved and they were getting in the way of his relationship with Delaney. He wasn't acting all the times, rationally and he was getting the worst kind of possessive. Both characters have their issues, but they work them out together.
Delaney, Gage and Jacob were a very sweet family together and I can't wait to see them in the next books been a happy family. I loved the Dennison family and I will be reading their books when they are released. I am starting to ship Molly and Hunter so I want their book next. I am pretty sure they are going to be the next couple to get their happy ending.
The thing I loved the most was the ending when Delaney came back to Gage and he didn't have to chase her. Ok, he tried to fix things with her first, but for me what Dalaney did counted more that anything. That's what stayed in my mind when I finished the book.
I am recommending this to all the romance readers. Sometimes I feel like an old lady who complains constantly. The book is very good and well written. Delaney is a great mother and Jacob is too cute (at least in my mind). The romance is good, but you should know that Gage tends to push people away.
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Author W. Ferraro
I live in New England with my young family. I’m a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. I’ve always been a big reader, and I happy to say my children have fallen in love with books, this is one proud Momma.