Sunday 7 August 2016

Blog Tour & Review ~ The Effects of Falling (The Weight of Rain #2) by Mariah Dietz

Title: The Effects of Falling
Series: The Weight of Rain Duet #2
Author: Mariah Dietz
Release Date: Aug 2, 2016

Book Description:

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?

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“My life didn’t fully begin until I met you, and it would end without you.”

The Effects of Falling is the second book in The Weight of Rain series and this time Mariah Dietz gives us Kash’s story. In The Weight of Rain, we had King’s story and Kash and Summer were a huge part of it and now the tides have turned.

“Falling in love isn’t about losing who you are, it’s about finding the best version of yourself. And compromise. And patience. And… “acceptance.””

I was one of the ones that championed for this story, it wasn’t on the authors radar, but after reading The Weight of Rain I was intrigued by Kash and Summer’s dynamic. There was a huge story to tell with regards to these two. The little we knew from The Weight of Rain only whetted the appetite and ramped up the intrigue and while I thought their story had some legs, I didn’t realise Mariah Dietz would make me run a marathon.

Kash and Summer have been best friends for eleven years, they first met on the BMX circuit when both were active competitors. Kash’s wife died in an accident leaving him with a four-month old baby girl and once Summer’s career changed after an epic fall she became a surrogate mum to Mercedes and became Kash’s closest friend, confidante and business guru. These two were extremely tight.

“An accident doesn’t take away the legacy.”

My heart was in my mouth throughout the majority of this book, holy sexual tension, angst and emotional overload. Mariah Dietz always delivers a book that tugs on every heart string and she certainly ramped it up in this book. Not only do we have friends to lovers but we also have a huge dose of unrequited love…or is it?

“…it feels like I left another piece of myself in the office, another piece that Kash refuses to accept.”

For eleven years Summer has been in love with Kash, more than friendship, more than family. From the day they met she has put him on an unreachable pedestal, it was love at first sight and as time has gone on and with the closeness they share, the fear of breaking their bond has led her to kept all those emotions and feelings to herself. Summer has been waiting for Kash to feel the same, recognise it and acknowledge it, but after eleven years her patience is running thin and maybe, just maybe they were only ever destined to be friends…

“...rather than relief and excitement, I am flooded with regret and confusion, and for the first time that I can recall, I feel resentful thinking about Kash, and it feels like a self-inflicted wound.”

OH MY GOD, Mariah Dietz, you put me through the wringer with this one. This was a huge dose of angst fest, but not so much in drama for dramas sake but in the fact that every page was emotionally frustrating. These two were so well suited and yet the only one that couldn’t see it was, Kash. Or did he?

“I didn’t want you to lose anything. I just wanted to give you everything.”

These two were two insanely stubborn, infuriating characters and I seriously wanted to jump into the kindle and bash their heads together. For two people that told each other EVERYTHING, when it came to their feelings and emotions they clammed up tighter than a nun’s chuff! God, I just wanted to lock them in a room and let them fight it out because the tension was giving me palpitations.

“…I am tired of always being the one to extend an olive branch and crack him open.”

But, that is the beauty of this book, Mariah Dietz pulls you in from the first page with an intense character connection that has you feeling everything. I have actually read this book twice and twice Mariah Dietz made my eyes leak, thus this book not losing its emotional impact second time around.

“Thousands of thoughts taking millions of minutes. So many emotions are swirling in my mind, yet I don’t feel the effects of a single one. All I feel is a gap in my chest where my heart used to be.”

This book had me feeling hopeless, overwhelmed by the unintentional pain that these two were putting each other through. I could have throat punched both of them, both making stupid unintentional mistakes that mislead the other, some more obvious in trying to get a rise out the other. But all of it had a reason, had an end goal, to finally bring two soul mates together. I survived…just.

“Fight. Fight me. Fight for me.”

I loved this book, it was a Mariah Dietz classic, unputdownable and emotional as hell. Whereas in the past she has wreaked havoc through grief, this time she pulled it off through desperation and unrequited love, another masterpiece. I cannot wait to see what comes next.

“If you’re asking me to be brave enough to stay, I need you to be strong enough to try.”

Other books in the series:

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?

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About the Author:

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.

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