Story Rating: 4 stars
Audio Rating: 4 stars

Narrators: Michael Gallagher and Theo Sinclair
Length: 8 hours, 36 minutes

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Gray is a lawyer with a conscience. After the worst imaginable was happening to a friend and Gray didn’t see it and couldn’t prevent it, Gray works all the time now so nothing will ever slip by him again. He’s closed off after a lonely childhood where no one ever came to adopt him, topped off with a failed marriage, and Gray knows it’s his destiny to always be alone. Yet, when the cute, younger, midwestern man sits next to him on the plane and starts asking him about how to be bisexual, Gray can’t resist getting his hands on him.

Jonah is on his way to NYC for law school. His parents wanted something better for him, something safer away from the family farm after a childhood accident caused Jonah to lose part of his arm. But Jonah barely passed the LSATs and everything about school seems to be a struggle for him. Jonah is a bit of a wild card as he won’t back down from any challenge and always feels like to has to prove himself. Now, though, he’s dreaming about being with a man and Jonah has no one to talk to about his desires, so the hot older man in the plane seat next to him is about to make Jonah’s dreams come true.

The men think they will never see each other again, but the legal community is a small one and their paths cross once more. Jonah and Gray form a bond both professional and personal, and with them being so completely opposite, there is no way they should work together—but they do. However, neither of them thinks they have a chance of being together long term. Just when it looks like they might be able to make it work, an opportunity arises for Gray that could be too good to refuse, and Jonah has fallen for him hard enough that he is determined not to get in his way.

Make Me Fall is set in Nash’s Water, Air, Earth, Fire series and is the second book after Hold Me Under. It’s stated that the book is a standalone and I feel that statement can only be true depending on your interpretation of a standalone. For me, a book is a standalone when it does not connect back to any other books in the series and this book is not that. The relationship between Gray and Jonah is new to this book, but Gray’s backstory and much of the way he now handles his career is tied to the first book. Also, the MCs from the first book have cameos here and, if I had not read the first book, there would have been too much missing to pull this one together for me.

This is a story of opposite men that find what they need together. While Jonah and Gray are at completely different places in their lives, they call to each other on many levels. Gray is structured and careful and closed off in many ways from a life that has disappointed him. He still struggles with the fallout of his marriage and the fallout from his previous job. I would have liked to see more in depth detail on his previous job, which linked back to the first book, as that is what has shaped and drives Gray in this story. Jonah is a free spirit compared to Gray. It’s hinted to that he may undiagnosed dyslexia and possibly other issues, but there is never any movement or resolution on these issues that Jonah seems to have been struggling with forever.

The heart of the story is watching Gray and Jonah fall for each other. They fight it, they give in, they second guess, they feel inadequate and alone in their feelings sometimes, all in the span of one book where they have already fallen for each other from the start. This is a book for readers that like opposites and characters that struggle with their own self worth on their road to finding the happiness that has always eluded them.

Michael Gallagher and Theo Sinclair are narrators that I have seen less of in this genre, which was refreshing here. They both offered smooth readings and, while they have different and distinct ranges, they were able to keep the cadence of each MC in both POVs. The story itself is more subdued with more serious issues and both of their voices played into that aspect as well. It was an enjoyable listening experience and one that I recommend.

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