Review: Meredith Russell – Fall Out

falloutAuthor: Meredith Russell
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Genre: MM Contemporary
ISBN:

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: Can missing a fatal flight be the wake up call Harrison needs?

When Harrison Kelley is banned from getting on Flight HA1710, it seems to be the perfect ending to a crappy couple of days. Not only did he wreck a wedding, but he’s drunk way too much and been on the receiving end of the groom’s brother’s fists. Being escorted out of the airport by security was just the icing on the wedding cake.

Elijah Pettifer has lusted after Harrison from afar for years but Harrison never sees him as anything more than a friend. If he ever saw him at all. While attempting to defend what little honor Harrison has left, Elijah gets caught up in the wave of chaos surrounding his teenage crush. But missing his flight home because of Harrison’s mess might just be the luckiest thing to ever happen to him.

With a 24 hour ban imposed by the airport, and having only each other for company, the two men grow closer. But will the fate of the airplane they should have been on be the push Harrison needs to walk away from the toxic relationship of his past? And can Elijah make Harrison see exactly what he’s been missing out on because of it
Review: Harrison has had a massively unhealthy relationship with Antony, who is getting married the next day. Why Harrison would put himself through being there for the wedding is a mystery. For his part, Antony is toxic, a cheater and a liar. When things come to a head at the wedding, Harrison is given the blame for everything and ends up in a fight with Antony’s brother which results in being barred from the flight home. Mutual friend Elijah defends him and decides to stay with Harrison. The fact that Elijah has secretly loved this man who never even really noticed him for years is just painful.
It ends up being a blessing in disguise, as the plane crashes, without Harrison and Elijah on it. As they wait out the time necessary to be able to get another flight, they make some admissions and things go pretty quick.
I am not sure how I feel about their relationship. Harrison really put up with being treated like garbage by Antony, in the vain hope he would realize they were in love. On the flip side, he sort of treats Elijah in a similar manner, though I don’t think it was on purpose. The timing was too fast for me – I wanted Harrison to be what? Noble? I’m not sure. The story ends on a beginning, which was nice, but I wish the words hadn’t been said, particularly by Harrison, because that really rang false. The rest of the story worked well for me and the Antony/Harrison toxic affair issue seemed particularly realistic. The story is well written and characters well developed.

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