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!FREE ♤ Fall ☪ Keep Rage together at all costsPowerhouse 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 helpFaking 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 Seth Curran, Rockstar drummer for the band Rage, is heartbroken over his ex s engagement.Dimity has been with Zander, Rage s lead singer form the start of Zander s reappearance in the rock world You could say that Rage s reemergence is all Dimity s baby and pretty much her entire life So, Dimity is devastated by Zander s voice issues, brokenhearted as well.Both down, Dimity and Seth get together for one amazing night Dimity is a little weirded out by their connection and she puts Seth safely Seth Curran, Rockstar drummer for the band Rage, is heartbroken over his ex s engagement.Dimity has been with Zander, Rage s lead singer form the start of Zander s reappearance in the rock world You could say that Rage s reemergence is all Dimity s baby and pretty much her entire life So, Dimity is devastated by Zander s voice issues, brokenhearted as well.Both down, Dimity and Seth get together for one amazing night Dimity is a little weirded out by their connection and she puts Seth safely back in the friend s zone To keep their friendship strong Dimity and Seth decide to play at being a couple during Seth s trip back to New Zealand New Zealand, the home of Seth s ex and also his family and estranged father.There is lots of band drama, family drama but especially chemistry drama There is amazing chemistry between Dimity and Seth but the relationship thing scares the heck out of both Fortunately, Zander and his wise, shoot from the hip and ask questions later, ways comes to save the day Fall is a fun story with the perfect blend of romance, drama, heartfelt feelings and realistic characters Book Bonus, we get someElizabeth and Zander time I received a copy of Fall from Karina Bliss in exchange for a honest and voluntary review My Rating 4 starsWritten by Karina BlissPublisher Karina Bliss Series Rock SolidSequence in Series 2Publication Date November 15, 2016ISBN 10 0994116578ISBN 13 978 0994116574Genre Romantic ComedyBarnes Noble For If somebody told me I would not only read a romance that featured a rock star as the main character but give it a 5 star rating, I would think they were out of their minds But that s exactly what happened with Rise the first book in the series And the author continues her fine work with this next installment In somewhat role reversal, the heroine, Dimity, is a force to be reckoned with She s blunt, in your face, controlled, tough, lousy at expressing sympathy painful emotions made her uncom If somebody told me I would not only read a romance that featured a rock star as the main character but give it a 5 star rating, I would think they were out of their minds But that s exactly what happened with Rise the first book in the series And the author continues her fine work with this next installment In somewhat role reversal, the heroine, Dimity, is a force to be reckoned with She s blunt, in your face, controlled, tough, lousy at expressing sympathy painful emotions made her uncomfortable if she couldn t provide a fix, and she wasn t one for empty platitudes These traitsassociated with a male character are soften with her background story of parents abandonment and manipulationsAt eleven years old, Dimity had chosen to support her mother because as she d regretfully told her father over Aegean salmon and a lollipop tree for two at Bloomingdale s someone had to A diplomat with a keen sense of self preservation, he d accepted her decision with relief and abandoned her to Helena s mother ravaging dependency Her POV also allows readers to see somewhat different woman than the one she chose to present to the world She is complex and contradictory, implacably kind and blisteringly honest Very few people understand her One of them is the hero, Seth, who despite being an ultimate beta hero not my favorite type became my dream manEveryone liked Seth He could transition from playing pool with roadies to discussing economics with financiers he even loved kids Dimity had even seen him kiss a dog once There was no creature, walking or crawling, he couldn t make a connection with Nice does not mean bland however, and Sean s devotion to his music is just one indicator of his complexity He s the nice guy, with a wild, pagan side which only occasionally gets released, he s not intimidated by Dimity in the slightest Their relationship transition from pretend flirting on his part and scathing put downs on hersto caring and loving is done gradually with snappy dialogue, sparkling humor, and well paced sex.Their romance plays out in the middle of real life, family, friends and side stories, making it richer andsatisfying for me.This friends to lovers story is one of the fine examples on how to do it right Ever since reading What the Librarian Did I became a fan of the author and she doesn t disappoint Her writing is solid her plots are engaging She creates flawed but lovable protagonists and put them in a carefully and believably constructed setting I m looking forward to her next work 4.5 Stars ARC provided by author We first met Dimity Graham in Rise as Rage s rock star front man Zander Freeman s PA Dimity s career is everything to her She grew up with a lousy childhood, and has built a life where she is in control She doesn t need or lean on anyone, but her Rage family is extremely important to her She s gorgeous, vibrant, fierce, fearless, and doesn t like to show emotion Being vulnerable is for suckers, she doesn t let anyone close enough to hurt her She live 4.5 Stars ARC provided by author We first met Dimity Graham in Rise as Rage s rock star front man Zander Freeman s PA Dimity s career is everything to her She grew up with a lousy childhood, and has built a life where she is in control She doesn t need or lean on anyone, but her Rage family is extremely important to her She s gorgeous, vibrant, fierce, fearless, and doesn t like to show emotion Being vulnerable is for suckers, she doesn t let anyone close enough to hurt her She lives in her boss s mansion in LA is watching over the band in Zander s absence Rage s future is uncertain in limbo since Zander had surgery, and they are waiting to see if his singing voice is repaired In the meantime Dimity tries to keep the band out of trouble works her usual magic Dimity feels a bit off her game with her best friend Zander gone She agrees to head to New Zealand with Rage s hot kiwi drummer Seth Curran Seth is the poster child for a nice guy has a heart of gold He recently had his heart broken is hurting Dimity comes up with a plan to be his fake girlfriend pretend to be in a relationship to win his ex back when they go to New Zealand Her plan backfires when her Seth have too much to drink one night and sleep together Things are suddenlycomplicated she s having trouble trying to ignore the intense physical attraction whenever he s near Soon all the pretending starts to feel too real for Dimity Seth is crazy about her, quickly falling for her Dimity doesn t know what to do with this unwelcome tenderness she s experiencing She s having unfamiliar feelings it scares her to death She isn t used to putting her trust in anyone She was raised without security is terrified of getting her heart broken Does she sense my heart aches whenever she enters the room Her sweetness invaded him, pumping through his blood like a drug This woman was gifted in so many ways he wouldn t let her give up on the softer emotions Seth is determined to be with Dimity Soon Dimity realizes maybe he s worth the risk I loved this story so much adored Seth He was major swoon worthy absolutely delicious He is now my favorite rocker in this series I hope we get a book for Moss next Though listed as the second book, there is a novella between the first instalment in the Rock Solid series and this one This is the first I ve read, and I thought I managed fine starting here Fall is good because it does the thing that s most important to me in contemporary romance it makes the people seem realistic Despite the fame and fortune the characters have found in the rock music industry, they behave like people who might actually exist, and have quirks and interests and distinct per Though listed as the second book, there is a novella between the first instalment in the Rock Solid series and this one This is the first I ve read, and I thought I managed fine starting here Fall is good because it does the thing that s most important to me in contemporary romance it makes the people seem realistic Despite the fame and fortune the characters have found in the rock music industry, they behave like people who might actually exist, and have quirks and interests and distinct personalities They have families, and friends, and histories And sometimes they screw up or drink too much or have casual sex.These are also characters who speak like real people and this is the hardest thing to find in the books in this subgenre Both hero and heroine were very distinctive I can t say the fake relationship is a trope I usually go for and yet here it worked well and didn t feel like a trope at all There was a lotgoing on and there was a decent motivation to fake the relationship in the first place It was a backstory with substance to it, and so the relationship that turned real pretty fast was only part of a large whole.Now, if there is any theme that invites misogyny, it s the rock star theme I think it was handled well here Because everyone was an individual it was a lot harder to stereotype the female characters, and without that stereotyping it s hard to be sexist What a novel concept to havethan one female character with a few dimensions to her There were so many little things that made characters stand out from each other For example, the hero who doesn t know how to punch properly , and who knows what he wants out of life which includes a family The heroine who takes pride in her appearance and appreciates quality brands without the people who mattered treating her like a slutty bimbo.I also really appreciated the way differences in language and culture between the US and New Zealand were worked through the story without being obvious or resorting to clich s.It seemed that too many contemporary romances I ve tried recently felt stilted and Brady Bunch like, and nothing about them was resonating with me There was something really appealing about a book where the people both live a glamorous life and also go through the day to day family and friendship stuff we can all identify with.Now, to head back and read the other books Review copy provided by the author. This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books blog Fall is the second book in the Rock Solid series, however it has different main characters than the first book Nevertheless, I highly recommend Rise as well, simply because it really is such a great novel Rise was about the rock god Zander, and Fall is about his PA Dimity and band s drummer, Seth.On the surface, Dimity and Seth couldn t bedifferent She s the ice queen, he s the nice guy.This is DimityShe shook her head, unable to an This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books blog Fall is the second book in the Rock Solid series, however it has different main characters than the first book Nevertheless, I highly recommend Rise as well, simply because it really is such a great novel Rise was about the rock god Zander, and Fall is about his PA Dimity and band s drummer, Seth.On the surface, Dimity and Seth couldn t bedifferent She s the ice queen, he s the nice guy.This is DimityShe shook her head, unable to answer him, unable to imagine anyone loving her enough to make the offer She wasn t the kind of woman who inspired forever It was hard enough living with herself sometimes And this is Seth Everyone loved Seth He could transition from playing pool with roadies to discussing economics with financiers he even loved kids Dimity had even seen him kiss a dog once.But their differences are precisely the reason why the fit together so well Dimity was an amazing protagonist, she s complex, seemingly cold, focus driven, ambitious, and sharp tongued overall a strong woman and we needcharacters like Dimity in contemporary romance novels Dimity hides her vulnerabilities behind her tough exterior and Seth is the only one who sees the fragile woman underneath On the other hand Seth Oh Seth Where do I sign up for to get a Seth of my own He s the nice guy, with a wild, pagan side which only occasionally gets released, he s not intimidated by Dimity in the slightest He teases her mercilessly, he simply gets her The book has friends to lovers theme, plus they re faking a relationship in order to help Seth get his ex back Yet, the book is not all about relationships drama, which I appreciated, other topics are explored e.g Seth s complicated relationship with his father and other characters get to share the spotlight as well For example, Zander has an important role in the novel He s Dimity s boss, but he s also so much , he s her mentor, her constant in life He too was once, like Dimity is now, married to his career, and now that s he is moving on in his life, pursuing other interests, Dimity feels lost, doesn t know to whom to look up to any She s thrown off her game Therefore, Dimity s relationship with herself if also given attention, she realizes which things matter most in life The reason why I love Karina Bliss s books so much is because of her writing It s what distinguishes her from other authors of this genre She structures her novels well, pays attention to the words she chooses, sentences flow perfectly together After reading just one chapter, you can tell this woman can write And it s a pure pleasure reading when someone writes this good Her characters are relatable even though they re rock stars You get the heartache, yet they don t take themselves too seriously You get sweet, and you get sexy I immensely enjoyed Seth and Dimity s story and I can t wait to see what Karina Bliss prepares us nextARC copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review There will be numerous spoilers in this review don t read, if you don t want to stumble across those.I ve read the entire series, loved What the Librarian Did, absolutely adored Rise and liked Play, and was geared up to read a great finale which would bring Seth and Dimity together, and resolve Zander s and Rage s future in an appropriate manner.But actually all this book ends up being is a trite contemporary romance which ends in Zander turning into a mushy, idiotic overly romantic Prince Cha There will be numerous spoilers in this review don t read, if you don t want to stumble across those.I ve read the entire series, loved What the Librarian Did, absolutely adored Rise and liked Play, and was geared up to read a great finale which would bring Seth and Dimity together, and resolve Zander s and Rage s future in an appropriate manner.But actually all this book ends up being is a trite contemporary romance which ends in Zander turning into a mushy, idiotic overly romantic Prince Charming, who gives it all up for Elizabeth, including killing any chance at a proper revival of Rage Forget the setup in What the Librarian Did , forget that he still has a payback to achieve towards his brother, forget all the great writing in Rise showing an almost realistic rock musician In the end what we get is just an idiot in love A complete fairy tale, and a character not true to how he was developed.I m absolutely, fucking angry And I mean it, I loathe the fact that I actually spent time on the series, spent money on the books other than Rise and that I had hope to get some quality romance here, instead of the typical, stupid mush in which the women change the bad boys into totally unrealistic Prince Charmings What a bunch of milquetoast bullshit As if killing off what the band represented in the name of wives was anything even mildly romantic or sane.The end of Fall was that lost on me, that I skimread to the obligatory HEA because I wasn t invested in it any I couldn t care less about the outcome, and I actually would have applauded Dimity and Seth staying apart Rage is what I feel, insofar the band s name was apt, but in a manner the author most likely hadn t planned at all I really wanted to love this one Rise was such a great read and Dimity was such a great character This one didn t click for me It didn t feel like they spent enough time together And there was so much gnashing of teeth over feelings, but it felt like being told, not shown, by the characters themselves.And I kind of agree with Dimity that Zander is not going to take retirement well I don t see him lasting long going fishing, especially after Elizabeth s book is out and the guys in the band a I really wanted to love this one Rise was such a great read and Dimity was such a great character This one didn t click for me It didn t feel like they spent enough time together And there was so much gnashing of teeth over feelings, but it felt like being told, not shown, by the characters themselves.And I kind of agree with Dimity that Zander is not going to take retirement well I don t see him lasting long going fishing, especially after Elizabeth s book is out and the guys in the band are back on the road 4.5 starsIt 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 falls under 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 4.5 starsIt 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 falls under 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 and 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 independent 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 But I get where she is coming from 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 meof 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 Perfectly sweet, perfectly sexy and perfectly addictive Can t wait for the next installments in the series.