Blog Tour (Book Review): The Effects of Falling by Mariah Dietz

The Effects blog banner
Title: The Effects of Falling
Series: The Weight of Rain Duet #2
Author: Mariah Dietz
Reviewer: Grace
Release Date: Aug 2, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Effects cover

I have loved my best friend for eleven years. 

Eleven years of celebrations. 
Eleven years of victories and losses. 
Eleven years of inside jokes and shared smiles. 
Eleven years of helping him raise his daughter as a single father. 

He smiles at me and my world brightens. 
He ignores me and I forget how to function. 
He holds my hand and takes more of my heart. 
He leaves and time stops. 

We have both lost too much, but am I willing to risk the effects of falling again?

Grace Review

A complicated friends to lover’s story, that centers are two stubborn individuals who struggle to make the transition a smooth one.

When I got this book, I had no idea it was part of a series, and they way the story was introduced, I was a bit lost for a while.  So I personally would recommend book one first, if you are interested in the series.

This book shouldn’t be considered a slow burn romance, as it is clear the couple, should be together, early on.  However, it takes FOREVER for them to work things out and actually BE TOGETHER, that it felt like a slow burn.  There were so many instance where these Summer and Kash could have worked things out. But they are so stubborn in their ways and lack the maturity, despite being over 30, to actually talk things out.  As I joked to myself while reading:

Summer and Kash have the maturity of a bad wine, they don’t age well.

Ba dum tish.

Initially, Summer and Kash interested me.  The synopsis hooked me in, and I loved the idea of an eleven year friendship, evolving to something else.  One night changes everything, but not for the better.  Summer and Kash handle the next day and days following, horribly.
Ignoring each other.
Turning off one’s phone to avoid calls.
Yelling at the other for sending flowers. <= yes, this actually happened.
Saying “we need to talk” and then walking away 5 minutes later.

So to say my frustration with the couple grew with each page, is an understatement.  I didn’t personally like being in Summer’s head all the time, as she is the sole POV.  I would have really liked to have some of Kash’s POV since I didn’t have a clue how he felt until the last 10% of the story.

What I did like with the story, was the BMX backstory.  I thought the author had good insight on the sport and I really liked the times Summer spent coaching.  Summer was a great role model for the youths and it was nice to see her outside her home and not overthinking things.  And overall, the story was well written, so that was part of my rating.  If you can handle angst and some frustrating characters, this might be the book for you.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

Effects teaser
The Weight of Rain (#1) – Released Oct 27, 2015
One night changed my life-one that I barely remember.
When I close my eyes, my mind paints a picture of his smile and shades the contours of his hands, the deep scar around his bicep.
I’m an artist, yet my hands are unsteady. With his presence, he has unknowingly broken that something inside of me that makes me who I am.
Being around him is like standing in a rainstorm. First the drops tickle my skin, and then they coat me, refusing to be ignored. Finally, they soak into me, reaching parts of me I don’t think anyone has ever touched.
When dreams turn into reality, will the picture in my mind transfer to paper?
Mariah
Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.

 

ShareShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someone
Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com