I finally read The Fall Before Flight yesterday. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it sounded interesting. I was skeptical of a relationship between a doctor and patient, but this didn’t feel skeezy at all. Mia (Amelia) is a troubled woman, who hadn’t been the same since the death of her mother and younger brother when she and her twin brother were kids. She engaged in a lifetime of risk taking and danger, nearly dying more than once. Finally, after driving her car off a cliff, her father and brother admit her to an exclusive inpatient psychological health center for 30 days. Dr Leo Chastain is her therapist, and she finds him attractive from their first session. But because this is not a facility for mentally healthy people, she pushes his buttons, fights him, and tries to use her sexuality to break him. He resists, and eventually gets her to trust him.
This book takes place both during the thirty day inpatient period, and then afterwards once Amelia is released. She rebuilds her relationships with her family, and fosters new friendships. She and Leo do have a relationship after she is no longer his patient, but the best part of this for me was seeing Amelia’s path to healing. She had suffered not just the loss of her mother and brother, but also another huge loss she had repressed. She has to reconcile that loss with her new life, and also learn *how* to have relationships with people. She had never really done that except with her twin brother.
This was an intense book, with a beautiful ending. L.M. Halloran did a fantastic job with this one.
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Title: Whisper Me and Roar
Author: Bri Stone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Melinda Charles was the woman I’d always wanted—the woman I finally got.
And the one I lost.
She walked away from me on our wedding day without an explanation.
I told myself I didn’t need her. She might have broken part of me when she left, but I’ve put myself back together, chased away her memory with my own fame and success. Today? I’m Pete Buchanan, NFL star and small-town hero.
Now that she’s back? Maybe the promise of a second chance could prove stronger than the pain of losing her.
I’ve always been tough. As the youngest attending Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Memorial Hermann, and the only female African American specialist in that role, I’ve always had more to prove than everyone else. I’ve always had to have a reserve of strength no one else needed.
But when fate brings me back to the only man I’ve ever loved, fifteen years after I left him at the altar, I’m not strong enough to leave him again.
I still love him.
But am I strong enough to convince him to take me back?
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Bri Stone is happy to be a contemporary romance fiction
writer; creating anyone and anything in the romantic world of sins and secrets,
lies, and scandal. If she isn’t writing, she is probably reading, binge
watching anything on Netflix, or imaging crazy scenarios in her head that will
probably never happen. When she is not spending time with her imaginary book
friends, she is buried in her English classes at the University of Iowa, and a
happy English major.