Also in this series: Lessons in Corruption, Welcome to the Dark Side, Good Gone Bad
Series: The Fallen Men #4
Published by Self Published By Author on March 13, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Motorcycle Clubs
Source: Self Purchased
I was settin’ up to live a good life, the kinda life I’d fought hard to deserve.With a good woman––the best woman––at my side, a degree under my belt, and the whole world at my feet, I was livin’ the kinda happily ever after usually denied the rebellious and the criminal. I’d turned my back on that kinda life, thinkin’ I needed that clean, wholesome kinda happy. Then the devil came dressed in the wings of an angel and took someone from me. And I realized I was wrong. There was no clean and wholesome for a man like me with poetry in his heart and outlaw in his blood. The life I’d been livin’ was only purgatory, holding me over until the time came for me to descend into Hell and pick up the tarnished crown that awaited me. I was condemning my woman to a life of violence, blood, and heartache, but I had to hope she’d step up and finally be the rough and tumble queen to my Fallen MC king.
*After the Fall can be read as a stand-alone romance, but you first meet the couple in Lessons in Corruption (The Fallen Men, #1)*
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
After The Fall is a conclusion of the first book which features one of my favorite couples-King and Cressida. I will be honest in that I did almost pick up this book before books 2 and 3, it was a huge temptation just because I felt like there was so much more of their story to be told. But I had a feeling I would miss out on the growth of the series from other reviews I had read so I decided that I definitely needed to wait and I am happy that I did. We do get to see moments of them in books two and three but it was so refreshing to see the growth of their relationship in “After The Fall” It’s not going to be what you expect it and honestly, this is a tough book to read. All I will say is read the authors note in the beginning and have FAITH that she will guide you through the storms when you get to it.
After The Fall begins a few years following the first book “ Lessons in Corruption” where our heroine Cressida is teaching at the local college and King is finishing up his degree, but he is more possessive than ever especially when all the college boys want so much of his girl’s attention. But then there are problems building up with the Fallen MC and he and Cress are called back home. So they come back home, Cressida opens up a new bookstore for the town, but there are problems happening. The local police department is giving them issues, and that is an understatement. There are some members of the PD that are trying to do everything they can to shut down the Fallen MC no matter the cost. But when his father is framed for the murder of one of the few cops on their side and trying to do some good, he is now determined to get his father exonerated and freed from prison. But getting him free will come at a great cost, and it will test the unity of the members of the Fallen MC, of the love between King and Cress and will test the resolve of all. Because King will have to make a choice, and its a choice that will cost him dear….
After The Fall is a story that really blew my socks off and I mean that literally. This is NOT an easy romance to read. It is really rough and I will give it to Giana Darling in her delivering such a stor that packs a punch. I honestly wanted to throw my kindle at the wall in the reading of this one because it will TEAR your heart wide open. This author really doesn’t skirt on giving a story that is so packed with so much torment and heart. Now the first half wasn’t so bad, we get to see the journey of King in how he becomes a prospect and he and the Fallen MC perspective from what happens in book three. And I really loved seeing King’s journey and into becoming a fully fledged member in the MC which is his family. We really see a level of corruption within the local PD and I really liked that the author showcased this and how power and greed can consume one especially from someone who help raise King. The plot to this story was so edgy and I was so consumed with the plot and seeing where Giana was taking it. We see so much depths to the connection that King and Cress have together. They grow so much here and it was so beautiful to see.
Now below is a BIG spoiler (so try to only read it if you can do spoilers and not have it ruin the story or you have already read these books)View Spoiler »Our hero has to make a choice to fake his death and so everyone but one person believes him to be dead including his wife. This is really painful and heart wrenching because you don’t know that he is alive until it is revealed. (I will be honest I read the ending when this happened because I had to know if he survived) Don’t worry he does. But it really will tear you up to see what losing him does to Cress and how deeply she loved him. This level of grief was something I really related to from a personal past experience. « Hide Spoiler
Overall I found that this story was one I loved and while it tore me to emotional pieces, it also delivered in every way. I just had so much fun seeing this book fall into place and seeing how the plot unraveled. It really will pack a punch onto your emotions but I hope you see this book through all the way and have faith in the author to guide you through it all. I promise she will deliver a epic romance that is majestic in its complexity and an poignant romance to fight for.