When I Fall

Belinda McBride
When I Fall
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Loose Id
Release Date
October 2011
Book 2 of An Uncommon Whore
LGBTQ, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Sometimes revenge is a kinder fate than justice. – Helios Dayspring

As king, Helios Dayspring is desperate to secure the future of his people and their new homeworld. His memories are slowly returning, bringing with them danger and betrayal.

As the king's consort, Griffin Hawke wrestles with growing isolation from his lover. As Helios' secrets begin to come to light, he finds that he barely recognizes his lover anymore. Griffin is also haunted by his own secrets, as nightmares bring torture and death to his sleep.

When Helios and Griffin undertake a dangerous journey on behalf of their people, everything they fought for could be lost. Surrounded by enemies and allies, seductive aliens and dangerous operatives, Helios and Griffin find themselves tested to their physical and moral limits. Not knowing who to trust, they can only turn to each other.

Will you be there to catch me when I fall?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 09, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
334 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't everyone want to be royalty at one point or another? Power, money, the good life is what most people dream of when they think of royalty.

Helios Dayspring only knows the downside of royalty – responsibility, assassination and political strife. After his rescue from slavery, one would think he has it made. Instead, after a year, he is still trying to determine the traitors as well as recover the memories erased during his sexual slavery. Through all of this, Griffin Hawke is there to support and love him.

This second book in the series pulled me in just as much as the first one. Ms. McBride further builds upon the world she's created and I love it. I enjoy stories where rebel forces have to band together and start fresh in an undeveloped world. I love learning about the inner workings of a civilization. Some of the things we learn about Helios' people impressed me. It also surprised Griffin as he was also in the dark. The same threat they faced before now comes at them face on as Helios' people strive to be part of the galactic coalition.

WHEN I FALL moved at a fast pace for me. I enjoyed the sexual interludes between Helios and Griffin. They are hot and smexy. Something about two alpha males bringing each other off just turns me on lately. The way Ms. McBride writes it, I can see it clearly and it takes my breath away. None of the sex feels forced, which is a plus for me. Each time it actually feels quite loving and, from a voyeuristic point of view, touching.

Helios and Griffin have lost so much yet they still continue forward. Intermixed with the strengthened relationship and safety of their nation, we meet more characters. The Amwere were intriguing as were the other aliens who supported Helios. I'm interested and wish another book would follow this one, as I'm sure I'll devour it quickly. I recommend this book to m/m lovers who enjoy sci-fi/ fantasy twists.
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Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jan 09, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
322 people found the following review helpful
Long expected sequel to a memorable book caused the same stir many of the sequels do. Some readers expected the theme from the first book to continue, maybe for the romance to out shadow everything else, or just maybe, they disliked certain aspects of it and just couldn't get past them. Others went in unprepared and were pleasantly surprised, loved the world building and simply wanted more.

I'm probably in the middle but leaning toward the latter group. The first book was about a theme I very much like in m/m romance and if not for what I thought was an abrupt ending, I would have had it high on the pedestal as I do some other books. WHEN I FALL was very different in my eyes. There was a lot more information on the political side of things, many new characters and species emerged and some of the old secrets were put to rest.

Helios and Griffin's story continues some time after the first one ended. Helios is now a ruler to his people and daily carries the weight of leadership. His every step is questioned by the council and the constant pressure to do the right thing by his people is definitely taking its toll. Despite being on a planet with probably the richest treasures out there, they do not have the power to defend their own and are in constant fear of losing another home and more loved ones.

Both Helios and Griffin are aware of that so they keep quiet when it comes to their personal troubles, making the already difficult secrets between them a heavy burden and give their best for others. The best includes leaving their new home for a diplomatic visit to secure allies and support from other species.

At first I had issues with the story being from Griffin's point of view. I did like him as a character, but he honestly whined too much without doing anything to change the issues bothering him. Every time he could have said something, lessened his fears or bridged the widening rift between him and Lio, they would engage in sex. It formed a pattern which didn't much stray as the book moved on. But eventually, the plot of the story became too interesting, and while the insecurities were still there I paid them less attention because the action was in the making and I was dying from curiosity at what would happen next.

It is strange how the excessive political info dump at the beginning overwhelmed me, but later I swallowed every word and kept imagining about five other possible books set in the same world. I would definitely read all of them.

For those who are expecting a resolution of every little detail left unanswered in the previous book, I would warn you you're expecting too much. I got the feeling this book was more like an introduction into a more complex world where possibilities are endless and adventures well worth the wait.

This was another book from this author I really liked. The writing suits me, and the imagination stirs my own. For some this might be just another book in a series, but for me it was another part of the road in an exciting adventure.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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