18 March 2015

Fall Down the Mountain (Mountain #3) by P.D. Singer

 Every night ski patrol Mark McAvoy relives the avalanche that took a life on his watch. Emotionally fragile and single by choice, he’s aghast at his friends’ taking charge of his social life. Hosting a potluck will at least provide him with a good meal.

Invited to the potluck on a whim, Allan Tengerdie catches Mark’s eye—and taste buds. This cuddly chef could be perfect for a lonely, too-thin skier; too bad Allan falls better than he skis. When Allan’s injured and frightened he’ll lose his catering company, he’s afraid to ask too much of a man he barely knows.

Mark wants to help but has his own problems. Was the avalanche a tragic accident or cold-blooded murder? His role in the inquiry leaves Mark in trouble at work, at the mercy of the law, and with too much time on his hands. If he clings tightly to Allan, will they be swept away together?

First edition published by Torquere Press (2010).

Bonus Story: Storm on the Mountain
A blizzard shuts down the ski resort, giving Mark a chance to show Allan he’s learned from his mistakes. Does he know Allan well enough now to say what’s in his heart?
This is a story about Mark McAvoy , a late twenties ski patroller that was involved in a controlled avalanche that ended up taking someone’s life. And since then he’s barley living, reliving the accident and death at night and alienating him from everyone during the day. And Allan, a struggling chef who has opened his own catering business, and is trying to teach himself how to ski while his amazing dishes simmer during the afternoon.  After Allan takes a tumble and Mark helps him, Mark becomes infatuated with him, but is it too much too soon? Allan is a loner by nature, can he make Mark understand? Does he want Mark to understand?  Or will all the surrounding drama drive them both away?
This was a couple of firsts for me, my first P.D. Singer book, either audio or written. And my first time listening to Finn Sterling, I enjoyed both very much. Even though this book is set during ski season and is about skiing and patrolling, things I know nothing about. The author did a fabulous job giving us enough detail to keep it realistic without bogging it down with technical term and information that people like me wouldn’t understand or wouldn’t care about.  I also enjoyed the multi layered story that we have going on. So it’s not just about Allan and Mark finding each other, it’s about Mark and this Grand Jury and them dealing with that. I loved the connection you felt between Mark and Allan, as well as the other ski patrollers. I think Finn Sterling did a wonderful job with the different characters, men and women alike, just right amount of emotion where it was needed.
I give the book 4 rainbows

Narrator 4 rainbows

Overall 4 rainbows.


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