Monday, September 25, 2023

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Review Tour A Fall of Light by LJ Greene

Contemporary M/M Romance


LJ Greene brings to life one of her most compelling characters: the sensitive, eccentric, bass guitarist, Greg Van de Meer. A Fall of Light weaves together the strands of Greg’s private and public lives—a shattering personal history, a love affair with potentially disastrous consequences, and family bonds that are stretched to their breaking point.

It’s been fifteen years since Greg was outed by his fundamentalist father at age sixteen and sent from home, with devastating consequences for both he and his younger brother, Asher. Now unlaid ghosts from the past are stirring. With his band’s success on the world stage, Greg’s life takes a complicated turn when he develops a friendship with Louis Angel, an ex-Marine with a secret of his own, and finds himself facing familiar threats from an unexpected source.

Strained loyalties, a private affair, and Greg’s own guarded history collide dangerously until a visit from an old foe forces him to confront past wounds and present beliefs. Allegiances are called into question and he must decide whether the secrets he’s fighting to protect are worth the life he’s finally ready to have.

Greg looked down at his hands and realized they were clenched into fists, his fingernails digging viciously into the flesh of his palms. “No,” he whispered to himself, and opened them, exposing the angry moon-shaped marks. “No.”

He took his phone from his pocket, opened up his texts, and looked at the photo again. He remembered it all; remembered the joy of opening his eyes and seeing Louis standing there, the shock of being pulled against his firm body, and the warm mocha taste of his mouth. He remembered the absolute, utter relief of it. The rightness, now made wrong.

He set the phone down, bracing himself on the counter’s edge, his head hung low. He was just now realizing exactly the magnitude of the gift Louis had given him. He had been the only one in the world who knew Louis’s secret—the only one—and suddenly he felt the weight of that trust heavy and warm in his heart. And then it turned cold.

Rage and sorrow battled for mastery in his gut.  This was his fault, he told himself. It was Louis’s association with him that put Louis in this situation; it was his recklessness that had brought the wolves to his door.

But if they thought for a moment that Greg would bow easily to intimidation . . . He realized he was clenching his fists again, and opened them. “You are grossly mistaken,” he said softly, to the rain.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Fall of Light is a MM rockstar romance, but there's so much more to it than that. This is one of the sweetest rockstar romances I've come across. Greg and Louis are so darn cute together. I guess if I had to pin it down, I'd call it a sweet rockstar romance with a touch of heat. Except that the story does have some darkness to it as well, especially when Greg's past is addressed. That's when the story feels really raw and hits you right in the heart. I don't know how anyone could read Greg's story and not be affected by it. My heart broke for the boy who endured so much and cheered for him and how far he's come.
The emotion of this one is where LJ Greene got me. Her writing is so good, and her characters are so well-drawn that they feel real enough to leap off the page. Greg and Louis had me from the minute Greg meets Louis' eyes. Their chemistry is great, but even more than that, they have a kind of camaraderie that you don't often see in romance these days.
The only drawback for me is I felt the absence of Louis' POV. The story is told entirely in Greg's POV, which is fine, but there were times when I really wanted to know Louies' thoughts. That's not a huge thing, just something I noticed as I read.
So, if you enjoy MM romance with a touch of heat and loads of story, I'd definitely recommend A Fall of Light. It's a well written and engaging journey of the heart that you don't want to miss.  

LJ Greene is a self-professed obsessive multi-tasker who writes boring stuff by day and lets her inner romantic fly by night.  This California native is married to the most amazing man and has two beautiful children, now old enough to read her books but still not interested because of the ew, gross factor. She’s an avid reader of all genres with an embarrassingly large ebook collection, and a weird penchant for reading the acknowledgements at the end of a novel.  She’s also a music lover with no apparent musical talent, a travel enthusiast, and a cheese connoisseur. 


Twitter: @authorljgreene





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  1. We appreciate you featuring and reviewing this book today.

  2. What a fabulous way to start a Monday! Thank you so much for taking the time to read A Fall of Light and provide such a thoughtful review A Fall of Light. I love these characters, too, and loved how kind they are to each other. We all need more of that in the world, don't we? And I agree with you - it's a funny thing about Louis's POV. I started to write this book in a dual POV format, but realized quickly on that some of the things Louis would naturally share, particularly given where he is in his journey, are probably things better left to the domain of an LGBTQ writer. I feel a bit sensitive about that, and tried instead to let his questions to Greg speak give insight into where he emotionally was and how he was processing things. I'm so grateful for your hosting me on this tour and for your support of indie authors like me. Many, many thanks. xo

    1. Thank you for sharing Greg and Louis with me!

  3. The excerpt sounds good. I like the cover.


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