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?
Reviewed by Stephanie
This is book two in the Weight of Rain series by Mariah Dietz but can be read as a true stand alone. It caught my attention right away because yes once again I am a sucker for a good Friends to lovers story and from the blurb that’s what I was hoping we would get. Throw in a shit ton of angst, some great characters and flawless writing and that’s the Effects of Falling.
Summer and Kash have been best friends for eleven years ever since they bonded over their love of BMX and shared some black licorice. Kash is one of the top riders in the world and Summer works for him. After suffering an accident competing she still rides but not in competition. So between being best friends, working together and Summer basically helping Kash raise his young daughter these two literally spend just about every second together. The only problem is Summer has been in love with Kash since they first met and is starting to wonder if she is wishing for something they may never happen.
“It’s moments like this when I know for a fact we are two halves of the same whole, needing each other when the effects of life become too much to bear.”
Summer and Kash are both such good people and it’s apparent right away how much they love and care for each other. But it’s hard because neither of them act upon it, until Summer has had enough and decides she wants more then just waiting around for someone who may not be ready to give his whole heart. She becomes conflicted and it’s really hard seeing her struggle with what to do because she is the kind of person that feels so deeply. After something happens things start to change.
“His deep voice is a whisper that coats my mind with the sound of my name on his lips, where it will forever be stored along with the memory of the way his eyes are looking at me now.”
When true feelings come out it becomes a bigger struggle. I loved watching Summer find herself though it was hard because everyone knew how much she loved Kash and I didn’t understand how he could miss most of what was right in front of him. It was as if he was fighting as hard as he could to keep his distance and sometimes it just broke her. It was a push and pull with these two and a few times I just wanted to tell them to get their shit together. Their friendship was so seamless but moving onto something more was such a struggle, on both sides.
But I was rooting for them from start to finish. But can they move from friends to lovers? You will have to read it to find out!
“Every single time, I choose you and I will always choose you.”