Fallen From Grace by Laura Leone was a hidden treasure mined from my recommendations list on Goodreads. There are not many things I like better than searching for and planning my next read especially if the reward is a story like this one. If May’s blogging theme was the exploration of a romance between older women and much younger men then June was street kids turned male prostitutes. I enjoyed Finding Home, the story of a cub reporter who investigates and eventually takes in a street kid, even though it was not a suitable comparison to On the Island or A Much Younger Man, which was my original intention. Laura Leone takes a similar plot in Fallen From Grace and crafts an emotional story of the redemption of the man and the writer who loves him.
Ryan Kinsmore is two people, to Sara, he is first her kind hearted animal loving neighbour and then later her friend, to others, he is Kevin a very exclusive and highly paid escort. Sara Diamond is trying to recreate herself, she has just been released from her publishing contract and sells her home to support herself while she tries to write and market a new series. Through their shared balcony Ryan and Sara meet and gradually get to know each other discussing his modelling career and her struggles to succeed in publishing without the support of a company or even an agent.
All the same, he looked like someone who understood disappointment and fear, and she’d already discovered that he was someone who understood sorrow.
Having read both Finding Home and Fallen From Grace, one can easily imagine that the fate of Sean would have been similar to Ryan’s had he fallen under the power of a person like Catherine. The woman whom Ryan credits from saving him from the streets and whose place in his life Sara will have to challenge if she hopes to build a future with him.
Critically speaking both Finding Home and Fallen From Grace were stories that captured my attention with good character development neither story required an unreasonable suspension of disbelief, something that I am struggling a great deal with as a reviewer of late. If one story was superior to the other it would been Fallen From Grace as the power dynamic between Ryan and Sara is just that much more equitable whereas it was challenging for Sean to accept any overture from Megan without feeling indebted.
TITLE: Fallen From Grace
AUTHOR: Laura Leone (Laura Resnick)
RATING: 4 Stars
- Finding Home – Lauren Baker and Bonnie Dee (pennydreadfulbooks.wordpress.com)