The Hardest Fall by Christina Lee

I think Roadmap to Your Heart may just be my new favorite Christina Lee series.

I’ve read about Lee’s connection to the LGBTQ community, and every time I read one of her MM novels my mind flashes back to her telling about her family. This is my virtual hug to you, Christina. xo

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It took me a few pages to read through before I made the connection between Tate and the previous book. Remember Callum and Dead from The Deepest Blue?  There you have it. Still can’t make the connection? Read TDB again. Not like it’s going to be a hardship 😉TEASER 1Our Tate is just adorable. I fell in love with him immediately. Tate Sullivan is a drag queen (Frieda Love) by night and t-shirt maker by day. He’s talented, gorgeous (if the teasers and his literal description qualifies – also look at the cover below) and he loves himself just enough for it to carry through the page. His eccentricities endearing to the point of mesmerizing.

Fine and satisfied with random hookups at the club where he performs, Tate’s resolved to not get into a relationship with anyone. Especially not if that someone is straight looking to experiment or even just in the closet.

Sebastian Clark is what appears to be a business man (and he is in a way), but he’s so much more than that. He’s compassionate and loving, and while he might be a bit introversive, he dedicates his life to doing good. Orphaned at a young age, Sebastian had a difficult childhood, but while it has its effects on him as an adult, it doesn’t literally dictate his path.

TEASER 2Sebastian is following (somewhat) his best friend’s dying wish and ends up in one of Frieda Love’s shows. And then returns again and again, always watching from his seat by the bar. He’s fascinated by Tate/Frieda, to the point where they actually talk and he manages to escape before Tate has a chance to get to know him a little better.

During Sebastian’s next visit to Frieda’s show, things start to unfold and they strike a form of friendship that gradually develops into a burning attraction >> this is the part that I love best in Christina Lee’s novels. The build of the attraction, the passion and the feelings. The way both of them feel the change in themselves and in each other, the way they tentatively feel around and dare to step out of their comfort zone. I think it’s more pronounced with Sebastian, but Tate gets his moments, too.

Lee manages to immerse them in each other’s lives in a way that leaves a mark, both on them and on the reader – and this is what drives the emotions from the page and into the reader’s heart.

I adore this book. I wish we could get a novella with Tate and Sebastian 2-3 years from now and see how they’re doing.

5 stars

~Eleanor

My thanks to Christina Lee and The Indie Author’s Apprentice for an advance copy in exchange for my review ❤

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29150859Lee trades country ballads for show tunes in the next standalone book of her Roadmap to Your Heart series.

After licking his wounds from a painful relationship, Tate Sullivan is ready to move back home. He picks up where he left off as drag queen extraordinaire Frieda Love in a West Village bar in New York City. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the mysterious man with the dark eyes who shows up to every single performance—flirtatiously eyeing Tate one second and disappearing on him the next. Why mess around with a guy who is clearly giving him mixed signals?

Sebastian Clark is on a mission the first night he shows up at Ruby Redd’s. He doesn’t anticipate his plan being flipped on its head by the charismatic drag queen and even more so by the mesmerizing man beneath the makeup. But the more he learns about the vibrant and brash Tate Sullivan the more intrigued he becomes. So he pushes aside his guilt about why he sought out the bar in the first place in order to get to know the guy behind the stilettos.

They’re opposites on many levels, but as Tate spends time volunteering with Sebastian at the shelter, he begins to feel good about himself in ways he hadn’t before. For Sebastian, Tate represents a sense of fun and freedom that is completely fresh and invigorating. Before they know it, their easy companionship catches fire, and Sebastian is kissing a man for the first time, while Tate is opening his heart to new possibilities. But Sebastian is still keeping a secret, and Tate will have to decide if he can trust again, or if the betrayal he feels from Sebastian’s confession is too much to overcome.

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Once upon a time, Christina Lee lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. She spent her days getting in cabs, shopping for photo shoots, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at her favorite hangouts.

Now she lives in the Midwest with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. She’s been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn’t until she wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that she realized she could turn the fairytales inside her head into the reality of writing fiction.

She’s addicted to lip balm and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

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