Afraid to Fall
By: W. Ferraro
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2014
Jaded and hardened by the ultimate of betrayals, Clearwater Falls Sheriff Gage Dennison is content with his simple, detached life. With only his loyal dog at his side, Gage has successfully maintained the walls he’s built around his life and heart for eight years. From his secluded house at the end of a private road, to the solitude of a small town sheriff, he has no trouble keeping everyone just where he wants them – at a distance. But Gage soon learns his walls are not as solid as he thought them to be. Despite all his efforts, and against his will, Gage’s new neighbor Delaney Collins threatens to crack his once-impenetrable walls. Unprepared for the constant verbal sparring, and growing physical attraction to Delaney, Gage is suddenly fighting an internal war he never expected. His brain and reason insist he keep his distance, but his body refuses to listen. Especially when the lure of her warm, willing body soothing his bruised and battered soul is too much to resist. As the demons of his past are revealed, will Gage crumble under the weight of his fear? Or will he find the strength necessary to tear down his walls and hold on to the only woman that offers him a second chance at love?
Delaney Collins is probably one of my favorite characters. She is a strong woman, but she balances it with being truly kind. Delaney was horribly used by a man who she didn't know was married until the day she told him she was pregnant. Mistakes were made on her part and hoping to do right by her son she held out hope that his declarations of love and he was leaving his wife were true, until a phone call confrontation with his wife set her straight. Not wanting her little Jacob to grow up having to live with her mistakes she decided to start over living in the cottage her Aunt Millie left her. She moved to Clearwater Falls, New Hampshire for a new start after the birth of her son.
Gage Dennison is a hard one to love but also one you want to love. He is a broken and bitter man after his divorce. You don't find out the ugly details until later in the book and it just makes you feel even worse for him. His only true friend is his dog Remington. He is well respected and loved in the community, and by his family. But he wont anyone become close, not again.
When Gage rescues Delaney on the side of the road he can't stop thinking she is just city folk wanting to play at being rural. When he learns she is moving into the cottage across the road from his, his perfectly miserable existence implodes. She causes him to have wild thoughts and elicits feelings he hasn't had for a woman in a long time. She is the first woman to rile any kind of strong reaction out of him in a while. Delaney is just as drawn tot he grouchy Sheriff, and can't help but try and draw him out or be her usual sweet self. Gage is hooked and is fighting it harder than a man should when he wants something as bad as he obviously does. After a kick in the pants by one of his brothers he finally decides to take the scary step and try for something he wants so badly. They have an amazing relationship... until his past and his insecurities work very hard to screw it up. He is tested and so is their new found love. But can it withstand such strong trials.
This book made me laugh, cringe because of his stupidity, and dang near ball my eyes out. Finding a book that completely undoes me like this before lifting me back up is a great find! W. Ferraro certainly has a gift. I loved this book so much I will be waiting for the story to continue by telling Gage's brother's stories. Fantastic characters, great flow, and did I mention you will cry? Best read this week.
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Author W. Ferraro
I live in New England with my young family. I’m a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. I’ve always been a big reader, and I happy to say my children have fallen in love with books, this is one proud Momma.