Falling Like a Rock

Bonnie McCune
Falling Like a Rock
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Prism Book Group
Release Date
July 2014
Contemporary Romance, Western Romance

Unloved and unemployed. That's Elaine Svoboda, after she's sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock. Maybe he can help her find a job. Maybe they can become friends, even share romance. Sparks fly immediately, but major obstacles make a new life on the ashes of the old appear impossible. Joe's consumed with challenges like the dismal local economy and an impetuous sister. Elaine butts heads with him at every turn in the rocky road. Is the problem her bungling attempts to help? Or does she remind him of a greedy, selfish ex-wife? Before they can build a new life on the ashes of the old, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, and her own fears. She's smothering her hopes when a battle with a forest inferno illuminates their true feelings and desire. Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are "Falling Like a Rock," they learn surrender sometimes means victory.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Dec 19, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
94 people found the following review helpful
FALLING LIKE A ROCK is a contemporary romance between two damaged souls set in the beautiful and rugged mountains of Colorado.

Elaine Svoboda has been canned. Sacked. Pink slipped. Axed.

And so continues the string of bad luck that follows Elaine wherever she goes. Never quite smart enough, skinny enough, talented enough, Elaine makes a snap decision to head west to Falling Rock, Colorado, to stay with her college friend Merrill after discovering that her gorgeous boyfriend has a new gorgeous girlfriend (and it's not her). Elaine quickly makes friends with many Falling Rock residents, including the ruggedly enigmatic Mayor Joe Richter-Leon and his sister Rolina Rose, Merrill's girlfriend. After winning a grant that has her spearheading "Look Alive," a weight loss challenge for the community, Elaine finds herself questioning whether any of her efforts are enough, yet again.

Joe's not convinced that the pretty and prissy Elaine is here to stay, much like his beautiful ex wife who left him broke and miserable. Elaine's not convinced that Joe doesn't hate her. When the two of them have to work together both on the "Look Alive" challenge and the disaster relief of a wildfire that threatens the town, will Elaine's expectations of perfection and Joe's my way or the highway mentality clash?

FALLING LIKE A ROCK began decently, sweet and old-fashioned with a light humor woven into it. Then it turned into something else entirely. It felt almost as if this book was written in the early 1980's as a Christian romance and then revised for a modern yet chaste audience. Elaine's desperate obsession with perfection didn't feel relatable despite the fact that it's something many women strive for. At first she was portrayed as a sassy marketing guru who was let go because she was too blunt. However, as this story wore on, she turned into a woman afraid to speak her mind for fear of man judging her poorly. Almost every decision she made for herself was based on whether or not Joe would ultimately approve, and that is sooooo not the kind of heroine I can get behind.

Combine an irritatingly neurotic heroine with an faux alpha male mayor full of machismo and judgment and FALLING LIKE A ROCK had me wanting to drop my ereader like a rock. I found myself wanting to do just about anything else other than continue reading this long-winded and gut-wrenchingly slow book. The lack of chemistry between Elaine and Joe meant that this "romance" held little appeal to me, and despite a couple of chaste kisses, there was no real romance in this book since the two of them did nothing but judge one another harshly and speak negatively to each other. Every word out of Joe's mouth was insulting to Elaine, and Elaine acted timid and scared around him. The only thing that held my interest was the Colorado setting, which came alive with Ms. McCune's writing. Other than that, there's not much else I can recommend about FALLING LIKE A ROCK.
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