Falling by D. W. Marchwell

Dreamspinner Press

Gay Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-935192-18-3

Reviewed by Cassie

 

   

 

Musician Scott Alan is horrified to hear his brother, Brian, was hurt in a logging accident.  He rushes to the hospital, only to find that Brian will be fine, much to Scott’s relief.  He also meets shy, uncertain Hank—the man the other loggers blame for his brother’s accident.  Scott goes out of his way to talk to Hank and befriend him, although he’s not quite sure why.

Hank’s the best tree topper in his crew, but he’s always getting in trouble with the boss for coming in hung over, and other infractions.  He’s determined not to get into any more trouble, but his choice to sleep in a tree after finishing his work for the day leads to the boss getting hurt.  He expects the boss’ brother to blame him, but the man seems to want to be friends instead.  Their friendship soon becomes more complicated when Hank finds himself attracted to Scott, who’s gay.  Can a logger from the country and a musician whose life is in the city find common ground?

Falling is an enjoyable story of opposites attracting and finding their true selves.  Scott, a musician and songwriter, cares a great deal about his brother, who is the only remaining member of his family.  He initially has a soft spot for Hank due to his painful uncertainty, but later discovers he truly likes the other man.  Hank, on the other hand, is a tough-guy logger who’s known for drinking and womanizing.  Being attracted to men isn’t completely new to him, but the intensity of his attraction to Scott surprises him, as does his desire to have a relationship.  He tries to get his act together at work, much to Brian’s pleasure, but some of the other loggers make things difficult.  The conflicts between characters, and within Hank and Scott, are realistic.  The secondary characters were interesting too, and I learned a few things about logging.  The only problems I had with Falling were some confusing point of view shifts that sometimes had me rereading sections to see whose head I was in, and the lack of fleshing out of Scott’s city life.  That angle of the story was never resolved.  Those are minor quibbles, however, and didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of Falling.

     

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