#ReleaseDay Blitz • The Hardest Fall • Roadmap To Your Heart #3 • by Christina Lee
The Hardest Fall
ℛ𝓸𝓪𝓭𝓶𝓪𝓹 𝓣𝓸 𝓨𝓸𝓾𝓻 ℋ𝒆𝓪𝓻𝓽 • ℬ𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝟑
Lee trades country ballads for show tunes in the next standalone book of her M/M series, Roadmap to Your Heart.
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.
Sebastian is trying to do a favor for an old school friend who has passed away by delivering some old letters and photos to a past lover. He’s torn and often fights with his own heart over the right path to take. Find the person and hand over the envelope or throw it away and forget it existed.
Finding the past lover, Tate Sullivan, wasn’t hard to do, and as he watches him perform as Frieda Love on the stage at Ruby Redd’s he is hypnotized by her beauty and charisma. So much so that one visit is not enough and he continues to go and watch from the back corner. However, Frieda notices the dark eyed man and can’t help but wonder what his story is.
Tate has just recently moved back after being gone for a few years after his last break up that ended badly. He still has trust issues and he’s not looking for anyone to date, but he does get lonely. On stage as Frieda Love he is loud and proud and takes no crap and he is trying to be more like that as Tate also.
Sebastian is a loner and has never really had any friends so going to Ruby Redds, realizing he is attracted to Tate, as well as Frieda, are all new things that he is dealing with plus the dreaded envelope that continues to haunt him. I really liked his character, and I loved his honesty and his genuine personality and I loved that he had no reservations about approaching Tate once they started talking.
I loved Tate and I loved Frieda and I loved that Sebastian wanted Tate for the whole person not just when he was in drag. I think the author showed great character development with Sebastian realizing that he was Bi and probably always had been and just had not realized it until he met Tate.
Tate and Sebastian are both broken in their own ways and as different from each other as they are they really complement each other very well. They both make mistakes along the way, they both miscalculate each other’s feelings and more or less have to go to separate corners and find their bearings. I would have liked to have seen Sebastian come clean a little sooner with the envelope or either trashed it altogether but he was trying to honor his friends wishes and I understand that too.
I think the secondary characters were just as crucial in the development of the story as the main characters. Annie was the voice of reason and wisdom for Sebastian and it was nice to see him finally start to open up and allow her into his life and heart and Tori, Tate’s best friend, often helped him figure things out, as well, and was a sounding board of reason. I loved the video sessions with Tate and his moments of vulnerability when his mask came off and he was speaking from his heart to the screen.
The Hardest Fall can definitely be read as a standalone, although I definitely recommend reading the first two books in the series. Both Sebastian and Tate have big hearts and caring personalities so it’s easy to fall in love with both of them. The author shows sides of both characters that until they found each other neither had a chance to heal from past issues. They understand each other on an intimate level, as well, and it became very personal between them. Something they both needed. Another great story by Christina Lee and a recommended read. ❤
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author *
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Once upon a time, Christina Lee lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. She spent her days getting in cabs, shopping for photo shoots, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at her favorite hangouts.
Now she lives in the Midwest with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. She’s been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until she wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that she realized she could turn the fairytales inside her head into the reality of writing fiction.
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