Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review: Fall by Karina Bliss

(Solid #2)
by Karina Bliss
Release Date: Nov 15, 2016

Keep Rage together at all costs...

Powerhouse PA Dimity Graham is off her game. Her career is everything to her and she never lets anything personal mess that up. So how can she explain getting busy between the sheets with Rage's nice-guy drummer Seth Curran? She's supposed to be keeping this band out of trouble, not getting into it.
But before she can put everything back where it belongs, Seth needs her help.

Faking a relationship seemed like a good idea that night, right before they fell into bed together. But standing on New Zealand soil, facing the people he disappointed to pursue his dream, Seth doubts he and Dimity will convince anyone they're hot and crazy for each other. To his surprise, Dimity is working her magic on everyone and they're all convinced this is the real deal. The problem is, he's almost convinced, too.

It had been almost 2 years since I read Book 1 Rise, luckily my memory of the series is still relatively fresh, thanks to Zander's unique characteristic. He is definitely one of those hero that is fall in the unforgettable category. I hope Karina can write faster for the next book in the series, 20 months is a tad too long.

In Fall, we have Mr. Nice Guy, Rage's drummer, Seth Curran. He had been moping around ever since being dumped by his childhood sweetheart and with her recent news of engagement, he decided to drown his sorrow in booze and some sex. In addition with his fall out with his dad who never approve of his career choice, Seth is not a happy camper, despite his goody guy demeanor. 

Dimity Graham is a ball buster of Rage's PA. She had a close relationship with Zander and will go all out to help revive his career and reputation. Due to her independence upbringing and an absentee parents, Rage is Dimity love child and all she had. When Zander decided on a drastic career move, Dimity was at a lost and unable to deal with the upheaval of her professional routine. 

Seth is an honest, upfront guy, what you see is what you get. It looks like he was mooning over his ex-girlfriend in the beginning, and I for one dislike reading such plot about hero pining after someone else. But fear not, this story isn't even remotely angsty. Once Seth got his closure, it was a non-issue and I was able to invest into his and Dimity relationship development.

Dimity is like a mother hen, trying to take care everything and everyone in order to feel useful. When she find out about Seth's problem, she decided to help him win back his girl. Honestly, it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it mostly turn into comic relief and she didn't do much beside acting as his new girlfriend. 

I would say Dimity is a flawed character. She seems like a tough chick and a total man-eater. She hates feeling mushy over anything and the last thing she needs is to develop feelings for Seth after their unfortunate one night stand. Usually I find such heroine hard to relate to and will often frustrate me to no end, but getting an insight into Dimity's POV, you knew that she is a walking contradiction and a total mess. Add on with her Zander-related stress and coming up with all sort of plan to manipulate the people around her, you might even want to hate her a little. However, if you decided to give a chance to redeem herself, she might surprised you. I can definitely see how her character grow throughout the page. 

Although Seth and Dimity sounds like your usual pair of opposite attract individual and their relationship isn't fill with big drama, it was fun and heartfelt, especially while we are waiting for Dimity to come to her senses. The only complaint I had was I miss seeing the lovey dovey side of them after they become official. For the most part in this book, they are just scratching an itch and refuse to commit. I hope Karina will give me more of them in future books. However, what makes this book work so well for me is the incorporation of all the supporting characters and side plot. I always love reading books about big family and friends.

I know this is suppose to be a rockstar series, but please note that in this installment there isn't any actual rock n roll concert or music development going on. The Rage is still dealing with the aftermath of Zander's condition in the previous book. 

In order to enjoy this book, I would recommend reader to read Book 1 because the previous hero, Zander is still a prominent character in this book. Dimity and Seth's romance only took up about 50% of the plot, while 30% is about Zander's crisis and 20% on Seth's family issue. As someone who love Zander and Elizabeth, I'm glad I got an opportunity to catch up with this two lovebirds.