Christina Lee has done it again with the newest installment in her Roadmap to Your Heart series! The Hardest Fall has two of the most lovable MCs I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
Everyone will adore Tate. He’s lovely, fun, and fierce–I fell in love with him immediately. He reminded me of so many other twenty-somethings who are unsure of their place in this world and are doing whatever they can to make a life for themselves.
But Sebastian ran away with my heart. He was harder to get to know, but dear Lord was the effort worth it. He’s wonderfully complex and a natural caretaker even if he’s usually too reserved for most people to realize how amazing he is.
I loved all the great women in this book too. Tori, Tate’s best friend and roommate, was perfect at giving him kicks in the pants when he needed it but also had her own life so she wasn’t just around to be Tate’s support. She was a real, fully functioning person.
Then there was Annie. She worked for Sebastian for years but as he grew more confused and unsure of himself, she became a real friend and confidante.
The unusual circumstances that led to their meeting means there’s a delicious element of slow burn to their relationship. Sebastian is dealing with these new feelings plus his guilt over not telling Tate what actually led him to Ruby Redd’s.
There is so much to enjoy about The Hardest Fall. Engaging, funny, and sexy, I couldn’t put this book down! While technically part of a series, you can definitely read it as a standalone–I did. Though I will be running to read the rest as soon as I can.
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After licking his wounds from a painful relationship, Tate Sullivan is ready to move back home. He picks up where he left off as drag queen extraordinaire Frieda Love in a West Village bar in New York City. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the mysterious man with the dark eyes who shows up to every single performance–flirtatiously eyeing Tate one second and disappearing on him the next. Why mess around with a guy who is clearly giving him mixed signals?
Sebastian Clark is on a mission the first night he shows up at Ruby Redd’s. He doesn’t anticipate his plan being flipped on its head by the charismatic drag queen and even more so by the mesmerizing man beneath the makeup. But the more he learns about the vibrant and brash Tate Sullivan the more intrigued he becomes. So he pushes aside his guilt about why he sought out the bar in the first place in order to get to know the guy behind the stilettos.
They’re opposites on many levels, but as Tate spends time volunteering with Sebastian at the shelter, he begins to feel good about himself in ways he hadn’t before. For Sebastian, Tate represents a sense of fun and freedom that is completely fresh and invigorating. Before they know it, their easy companionship catches fire, and Sebastian is kissing a man for the first time, while Tate is opening his heart to new possibilities. But Sebastian is still keeping a secret, and Tate will have to decide if he can trust again, or if the betrayal he feels from Sebastian’s confession is too much to overcome.