Review – Free Falling by SE Jakes

Free FallingPublisher: Riptide
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: eARC from publisher

Blue’s a thief who lives for adrenaline and danger. When he meets Mick, a mercenary and a hitter, he feels an immediate attraction. But Mick reneges on a bet they’ve made, leaving Blue pissed and confused.

When they meet again a year later, Blue’s in terrible danger after having walked into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Mick saves him, and although the two men have fallen for one another, they have no idea how to handle that kind of intimacy that’s been forced on them.

But when Mick goes missing on a job, Blue’s the one to go after him, determined to save the man he loves no matter the cost.
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I adore SE Jakes writing, so when I got the chance to be a part of the blog tour for her re-release of Free Falling, I couldn’t resist.

Blue loves his life as a thief; it gives him a chance to get the adrenaline rush he needs, and the money to care for the only family he has left. Meeting Mick on a job was a rush, as Mick was the only man to capture Blue’s attention and hold it firmly. But getting involved with someone is something a thief doesn’t do, at least according to Blue’s mentor.

Mick has tried to stay away from Blue, but when he ends up in the middle of Blue’s investigation, he doesn’t have a choice but to save the man he can’t get out of his mind. The pull between Blue and Mick is intense, but before they can figure out what they want from one another, Mick’s job turns sideways and Blue is determined to save him, regardless of the bullets that are flying.

It wasn’t until I was a few chapters in that I realized I’d already read this book before. But it was fun to go back and revisit these characters. I found that I enjoyed it more on the second read, and really liked Blue and Mick and their romance.

Blue was such a great character. A total adrenaline junkie, and although he’s been thief for years, there’s an inherent goodness about him. He has a fun and playful attitude toward life and Mick. The scenes where he was staying with Mick and laying low were my absolutely favorite. I loved that Blue pushed back against Mick’s overbearing ways, and found ways to do it in a fun and non-threatening way.

Although I didn’t fall for Mick as soon as I did with Blue, I did end up really enjoying his character. He was so stern and serious, yet every time he got around Blue, he allowed some of his walls to drop and let himself enjoy life a bit. He was so tender and caring with Blue, and for that I adored him even more. When Mick realized that he was trying to change Blue, and made an effort to accept Blue for the thief and danger junkie he was, I wanted to do a big happy dance for them both.

The romance between these two was great. I loved the fact that although they were intensely attracted to each other, they also took their time getting down and dirty. And their sex scenes were intense, not just because of their relationship, but because of the circumstances of their situation. I loved the way they took the time to deal with everything they experienced, and didn’t just jump into the deep end right away.

All in all, I’m really glad I took a second look at this book, because I enjoyed it much more the second read. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but I’m definitely going to go back and find the others. I loved all the characters, even the secondary ones. Jakes does such a great job writing strong, Alpha heroes that are willing to bend over backwards for love.
I give Free Falling a B

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