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The Harder He Falls

Book 1, Kick - Kick

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RITA Award finalist Lynda Aicher fires up a thrilling series featuring rugged men who play hard for a living. When it comes to one another’s hearts, they never back down—because behind closed doors, the games they play are very different.
Expert whitewater-rafting guide Grady Kelley lives for that rush of adrenaline: at work, as the newest employee of a Portland-based outdoor-adventure sports company, and off the river, where liaisons with anonymous men keep him satisfied. Grady prefers no drama and no strings attached, but when tragedy strikes, fate leads him to Micah Swaine. He’s hot, masculine, distracting—and offers the kind of deeper connection Grady has sworn off, no matter how badly he craves it.
Working at a leather bar, Micah meets a lot of guys, but Grady’s different—and he seems to feel the same way. The trouble is, anything beyond casual sex is too risky for Micah. He’s got secrets he doesn’t know how to share, secrets that would make any relationship a battlefield. No man, even one as compassionate as Grady, would stick around for that kind of trouble. And yet, as physical desire melts the walls they’ve put up, Micah and Grady discover that trusting each other is the most exhilarating adventure of all.
The Harder He Falls is intended for mature audiences.

Praise for The Harder He Falls

“[Lynda] Aicher’s character development is really excellent. . . .  This is a nice start to what looks to be an engaging series.”—Joyfully Jay

“A sizzling, insightful romance with two powerful, wonderfully human protagonists.”RT Book Reviews 

The Harder He Falls is sexy, angsty, and features two wonderfully flawed heroes.”—Wit and Sin

“Smoking hot.”—Gay Book Reviews

“A solid read . . . The story kept me engaged the entire time, and I was completely invested in these guys and their journey.”—The Novel Approach

“A highly fulfilling read.”—Queserasera Book Blog

This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 05, 2016 – With this spicy, heartwarming tale, Aicher (the Power Play series) launches a new male-male romance series featuring Adrenaline Kick Adventures, an outdoor adventure company in Portland, Ore., run by kinky queer men. New employee Grady, a white-water raft guide, fears losing his job if found guilty of negligence in a rafting accident that left a colleague dead and Grady's cousin Finn in a coma, a trauma for which he feels culpable. He was disowned by his father and abused by his dominant first lover, and he also fears his employers will discover his sexually submissive inclinations. Micah, a non-dominant top who has lingering physical side effects from his own coma experience, volunteers to read to comatose patients and bartends at Dane's, a gay leather bar frequented by Kick's owners. Micah and Grady, fearful of intimacy but drawn together by a strong sexual attraction, discover mutual respect and kindness: "Holding not confining. Supporting not judging. Helping not saving." Readers will love this uplifting, satisfying romantic adventure about sympathetic protagonists finding strength to leave their comfort zones and risk a committed relationship as both friends and lovers.

Customer Reviews

When he falls

Micah and Grady meet in Grady's cousin's hospital room. Micah is reading to the man who cannot respond. Grady is instantly attracted and not sure what to do about it.

Grady has had so many bad things happen in the last while - he has stopped looking for the good. Micah helps him to see what he has to be grateful for. He also helps him see what the love of a good man can be.

Together they help each other navigate the tougher waters of life. They are good for one another, in more ways than one. I was impressed with many of the subjects covered in this book. Though, with this terrific author, I should not have been surprised. I cannot wait to read the next installment in the new Kick series.

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher for an honest review.

Passion, Pain & Love

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were so full and rich, so special that I was totally drawn in from the first moment. I thought the portrayal of the pain and fear that Grady experiences was harsh and realistic. There wasn't anything over the top or overly dramatic and unbelievable about it, it was true, deep and heartbreaking. Then in walks Micah and WOW! what an awesome character. He was so deep, so beautifully written, so real. They both had so much that they had to move through emotionally as well as physically. They were intense and deep and when they got together they brought out the best in each other, even if they weren't ready for it. This is the start of the Kick series and we got brief introductions to some of the other characters and I can't wait to read more!

Two wounded men = one emotional story.

Two wounded men = one emotional story.

This is the first book I’ve read by Lynda Aicher but it won’t be the last. The Harder He Falls contains some BDSM elements but that is not exactly the main focus of the story. While working as a whitewater-rafting guide, Grady Kelley was involved in a tragic accident which left his cousin in a coma. While Grady walked away unharmed he was not left undamaged – he is filled with guilt.

Micah Swaine works as a bartender at a local leather bar. On the surface he appears to have it all together but all is not as it seems. Micah was in a coma five years ago and it left him with problems not readily visible to other people. He visits coma patients in the hospital and reads to them.

Grady meets Micah when he stops to visit his cousin and hears someone reading an erotic story. Grady’s taken aback by what he hears – it brings back memories he’d rather forget – and he’s pretty much a dick to Micah. Once Micah explains Grady backs down a bit and Micah tells him that he was once in a coma and agrees to answer question if Grady will come visit him where he works.

This was a very emotional read for me. I cried for both Grady and Micah; both of them have suffered so much and Grady has so much to figure out about himself. Ms. Aicher’s writing was very compelling; once I started reading The Harder He Falls I didn’t want to quit. Micah and Grady both have huge obstacles to overcome if they are to have any kind of relationship and she tells their story with compassion and a lot of heat. I can’t wait to find out who the next book will be about.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review. Review will be posted to Xtreme-Delusions dot com on or after release date.

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The Harder He Falls
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  • Category: Erotic Romance
  • Published: Jun 07, 2016
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 233 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Kick
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