Fall Into the Sun (Alejo and Bobby, #1)
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They should have spent the past 22 years together, but life took some unexpected turns for Bobby Gallegos and Alejo Sandoval. Heartbreak and rejection can harden the hearts of two passionate, stubborn men. One, deeply devout, wanted to attend college. One, who perfected a tough act to deceive his brothers, might have followed his dad to prison. Now, at 40 years old, they m...more
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Published January 30th 2012 by VK-Now Books
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Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
4.5 Stars for this is a beautiful and emotional recollection of the lives of two men over a thirty four year period seen through the eyes of our two MC’s Bobby and Alejo with evocative and poignant prose from Val Kovalin… I loved her writing, I was absorbed from the start and the time passed in a blur whilst reading this love story, I was filled with sadness but and at the same time hope and a sense of satisfaction that love prevails all.

Fall into the Sun

This book fills you with the warm and fuzzies, but also...more
Lauraadriana
I really loved this friends to lovers story. It was very well written, the use of flashbacks, I thought was done BRILLIANTLY, and gave the story so many layers, which made for such a great connection with the characters, it was just so GOOD.


Bobby Gallegos and Alejo Sandoval had been in love since they were six years old. They were soul mates, they knew it too. But life, family obligations, religion, fear, circumstances, all got in the way. At 40 years old after they had finally found a way to b...more
Vio
First off I need to say this was a beautiful and fulfilling love story and one that I will treasure for a long time to come, this is what I call a true romance.

It had me thinking about the what ifs, the lost opportunities, about being stubborn and in denial and those silly hurtful words. Petty behavior and of course nothing good comes of it only heartbreak. There is grief and regrets which almost ruined their lives. Bobby and Alejo they had this deep connection, it started when they were little...more
Simsala
Idiots!
Stupid,stubborn,jealous,beautiful,adorable morons! So much wasted time...

...and so much more than a simple romance this was the emotional story of Bobby and Alejo - falling in love as little boys,breaking up as young adults and being seperated for the next two decades.How these two men who were so in love and tune with each other managed to make all the wrong decisions over family affairs,kids,marriage,jealousy,insecurity and fear that kept them apart instead of being together...incredibl...more
Edina Rose
4.5 stars

Childhood best friends and lovers get reunited in their forties.

I liked:
- The jealousy: not excessive, just enough to stir up trouble, oh yeah!
- The macho possessiveness and hot temper: so much passion! I'm sitting in the front seat, waiting for them to kill each other...softly.
- The hot sex: these men are STARVED for each other and they make up for the 20+ years they were separated.
- The family mess: uber-religious or all-criminal, they don't do things in half.
- The grown up kids:...more
Arthur
5 stars

Bobby (Roberto) and Alejo met when they were six years old at an Easter Mass in Albuquerque New Mexico in 1972. Since then, they grew up together. By age 14, they found out their attraction to each other. In 1984, at age 18, they had to split because Alejo's father died and he had to follow the tradition: continuing his father's restaurant, get married, have kids, etc. Alejo told Bobby not to see him again. They fought hard, and broke up in really bad terms.

Broken heart, Bobby left the to...more
Barks & Bites
4 ½ stars

I’ve read and reviewed two of Val Kovalin’s m/m romances and enjoyed them both but this one is hands down my favorite. It’s sweet, romantic, sexy and perfectly angsty. Just the way I love a great romance!

Bobby and Alejo met when they were six years old and became best friend and secret lovers when they figured out they were attracted to each other as teens. But life and Alejo’s fears pulled their lives in two very different directions and they have spent the bulk of their adult lives li...more
Ami
What a beautiful story!! I don't know if "Brokeback Mountain" is the inspiration (considering that the movie is used at one time in this book, for Bobby to remind Alejo about their own relationship), but like that book (and movie) it portrays a long-time yearning and deep love between two men, who cannot be together because one is too afraid to acknowledge it.

The writing is profound, and I care so much about the two characters (Bobby more than Alejo) and what they've been going through. I so wa...more
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
4.5 stars

To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. It was a well-written, engaging story that I just did not want to put down. The connection these two men have is awe-inspiring and captivating.

This is a story about Bobby and Alejo. Friends from the age of six, they've reached all aspects of a relationship in the decades they've known each other. From friends to lovers, breaking up and drifting apart, to getting reacquainted and becoming lovers all over. The feelings they've had fo...more
Td
4.5
There are some couples who you need with every fiber of your being for them to make it. That's how invested I was in Bobby and Alejo and their story. I admit there were a few times I worried where the story would turn. Would I get a lecture in homophobia? Would it get religion heavy and preachy? Would I get sappy, unrealistic, overall acceptance? Absolutely not. It touched on several issues, enough for me to get it and understand, but not get pounded. What I felt the most was the fear, the co...more
Chris
4.5 stars. Very good m/m romance about two guys who were best friends and then lovers when they were growing up, until one of them broke the other's heart. It's 20 years later - is this a second chance? Or will fear and family split them apart again?
Heather C
4.5 Stars...I think...maybe?

I'm really on the fence on how to rate this book...I mean,it wasa beautifully written love story and I feel like I really got to know Alejo and Bobby, but the flashbacks kept filling me with and overwhelming sense of dread to the point I just wanted the book to be over with! It was so angsty for me! I understand the need for all the flashbacks since that was the way the story needed to be revealed to the reader, but that just isn't the style I like to read.The story s...more
MandyM
A story of two men who were best friends and more in their youth but events and relationships tore them apart. Many years later one of the men, Bobby, survives a hostage taking situation which makes him rethink his life. He no longer wants to keep his love for Alejo hidden and is prepared to fight against Alejo's reluctance and fears, as well as the beliefs of his friends and community to get what he wants.

The story is well written. My favourite part is actually Bobby and his criminal brothers a...more
Kade Boehme
Ok. Reread this and totally stand behind my original 5 stars. GAH! Alejo and Bobby are so effing great and it breaks my heart that they missed all those years together. As great as the kids are I still think A & B would hav had such a long and loving life in all that missed time. (Did I mention they're reallllly hot and when they're together it's like omgWOW!)
I'm totally impressed with the latin-american cultural references. Great job. And the flashbacks were just right. Didn't hurt the boo...more
MsMiz (Tina)
4.5 rounded up! 4.5 only because I really could have used more scenes between Bobby and Alejo alone.


This book....man.....I am not sure I will be articulate enough. It just hit right. Soul mates from the age of six. Separated by life brought together again by love.


You will follow Bobby and Alejo through their journey present and past - revisiting the moments that make them who they will ultimately be together.

Candice
Feb 13, 2012 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Candice by: Simsala
4.5 stars. This was a very sweet love story. Although I enjoyed both MCs, my heart was breaking more for Bobby, he just seemed to be losing more and hurting more than Alejandro. These two so obviously belonged together, but circumstances and life kept them apart for so long, making neither of them truly happy.
Lady*M
Until a few hours ago, Trinity Trespass and Wicked Cool were my favorite Val's books. Well, not anymore. It is this one.

I think it was Sagajo who said somewhere that Val has a writing style that "kidnaps" you and that is a very fitting description. I started reading the book and, before I knew it, I was on page 60+. It flows like water and pulls you in the story in the most natural way. I also feel obliged to mention, because this is a self-published book, and many self-published books fail in...more
Kaje Harper
4.5 stars. I felt an immediate connection with the guys in this book - they are wonderful and complex characters with a lot of baggage. The story references Brokeback Mountain and it does have an echo of that kind of painful missed opportunity vibe going on, especially at first. It makes your heart ache for these guys. The flashbacks occasionally had me confused, figuring out where they came in chronologically. I almost wanted a timeline. And the ending was a bit abrupt but given that a sequel i...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
A very very good one. It is the story of a life long love, very well written and really moving.
Susan
This is a story about real life getting in the way. Alejo and Bobby have been friends since they were 6 years old and in love with each other for just about as long. The book tells the story of their relationship through its ups and downs to the present where the men are 40 years old. Circumstances and split-second decisions forced Alejo and Bobby apart when they were 18 years old and although their lives briefly intersected again over the years it has taken them a long time to get to where they...more
Feliz
4.5 rounded up to 5

Bobby and Alejo first met when they were six years old, after a Sunday mass at the church both their families went to on a regular basis. Both grew up in Albuquerque, both are of Hispanic origin, but that’s about all they have in common. Alejo’s parents owned a Mexican restaurant, they were among the pillars of their Catholic parish. The Sandoval children were raised to traditional middle-class values; Alejo’s older sisters married and had families of their own, and Alejo got...more
Sadonna
This was a really really good book. It is sad and hopeful. The story is told in the present as well as in flashback and there are alternating POVs of both MCs, but I think that it actually enhances the way the story unfolds.

There were times when my heart was racing and I just wanted to read faster so I could get through the difficult parts of the past between these two men who so obviously belonged to each other. The flashback scenes were amazing. The immediacy of the conflict, danger and viole...more
Lasha
I love reunion stories and Fall Into the Sun is a beautiful example of when an author gets it perfect! Alejo and Bobby (Roberto) are children when they meet. They experience everything together: first times, love and the discovery that they are gay. However, due to their culture and religion, Alejo decides he cannot come out and leaves Bobby when they are eighteen to marry a woman. Bobby, heartbroken, moves away to try and rebuild his life, but still harbors love for Alejo. This book tells the t...more
Dumbledore11214
I love this author's stories, but when I bought this one for some reason hearing that this work was inspired by "Brokeback mountain" made me put it aside and only pick it up today. Oh I had no doubt that this author will give all the necessary credit to the work of art that inspired her and will create something original based on it, no what worried me is the ending of Brokeback mountain. I was worried that this work may also have overload of angst and the ending I usually do not care for (of co...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
4.5 stars.

I adore the re-united lovers theme, especially if their parting was dramatic. I like to see the awkward moments of the re-union and how the protagonists find the things that brought them together again and overcome their past. The story begins a little after that, and then it develops alternating flashbacks of the most important moments since when Alejo and Bobby first met and it goes forward, while the two men have to decide if they really want to be together during a stressful week f...more
kasjo_peja
The blurb doesn’t say it all. It’s not only a story of two guys who are trying to rekindle their past love. It’s a story of friendship that started at the age of 6. A story of dealing with different family obligations (an ill father, an addicted brother, a spoiled child). A story that portrays the Hispanic community in USA, with its machismo and religiousness.
Good amount of angst in the middle of the story made me bump my rating from 4.5 to 5.
Gina
What an amazing story.
The story itself is not specially original or spectacular. It's the way of telling the story. It's the tone of the story.
Longing is all over the book.. till the last page of the book. Ah.. Im still gasping. And.. What a way to end the book. My heart is melting.
Amy ♥
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Emma
I Loved this book. I Loved everything about it. 4.5

My first concern was the fact that this title was not long enough to accumulate the details and angst of 20 years. Separations, reunions, heartaches, marriages and kids is something very few authors are capable of composing in eloquence. This however was weaved with smooth elaborations and such refined anamnesis that I was left with an exquisite savoring I craved over and over through my read. There were no confusions during reminiscences of pas...more
Fangtasia
Few stories I've read have managed to present a realistic, believable picture of the latino environment and culture. I can only think of one other, off the top of my head, which is Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez.

A perfect example of how to show and not tell, the flashbacks in this story work, where they usually don't. Because they provide all the background necessary for the characters to come to life and their actions and motivations to make absolute sense in the reader's mind. The places wh...more
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