My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was received from Net Galley. This did not affect my review in any way.
Falling Hard by J.K. Coi is the story of rocker Gabriel Gunn. Gabriel’s rough start in life led him to the stereotypical rocker lifestyle of drugs and women. He’s finally getting his life back to together, and his band is doing well out on the road. Its after one such show that Gabriel’s life changes forever. A mysterious man with a sword appears, and if it wasn’t for a mysterious woman, he’d be dead. What Gabriel doesn’t know is that Amelia has been watching over him since the day he was born.
Amelia is full of secrets concerning Gabriel, and while she’s guarding him he starts to learn some of them. Amelia is an angel, but these angels aren’t the holy, protect humanity kind of angels that we usually think of. After a war among the angels many years ago, the archangels decided it best that all angels stay out of the human realm and that all emotions be stripped from them. Unfortunately for Amelia, being around Gabriel is letting those feelings come out, and this might keep her from doing her job when the time comes. Her other secret - Gabriel is holding the soul of Lucifer inside him. If the Fallen’s soul is allowed to rise, it will open the angel realm back up and allow them to re-enter the human realm. Amelia’s job - stop the Fallen’s soul from taking over Gabriel, even if that means killing him. This is why Amelia’s newly found feelings are very dangerous.
I really liked Falling Hard. Gabriel is no do good hero; he’s a tortured soul who has taken the blame for anything and everything that has happened in his life. He doesn’t feel deserving of the the love of others. Add the Fallen’s soul to this and you have a rather volatile combination. Gabriel isn’t perfect, but he really grew on me as the story went on. Its also interesting to see Amelia’s development throughout the story. We get to see her first emotions in thousands of years! She tries hard to keep these feelings from building, but being around Gabriel makes it very difficult. One would think a relationship between Amelia and Gabriel would be impossible, and until the very end you’re unsure how the author is going to pull this one off. I really hope there is going to be a second book, as I would love to see more of Gabriel and Amelia.
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