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Fallen from Grace

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  2,761 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews
Laura Resnick, author of the popular Esther Diamond series in urban fantasy, began her career writing award-winning romance novels under the pseudonym Laura Leone. Her novel Fallen From Grace, which was a Rita Award finalist for Best Contemporary Romance, is about a woman, Sara, who befriends a younger man who conceals painful secrets and a double life behind his gentle ch ...more
Published April 1st 2011 by Epublishing Works! (first published June 2nd 2003)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

This is an amazing story, and not at all what I thought it would be. For whatever reason – and I can’t recall how or where I came by this idea, I was expecting another run-of-the-mill erotic read. Well, I was wrong, and not just a little wrong, but completely wrong.

Fallen from Grace is a contemporary romance novel, and one of the best I’ve read in a long while. This isn’t a light, carefree story but even though it does show some of the harsher sides of reality, it’s not dark or depressing. In fa
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans looking for something a little different in their romance
Recommended to Auntee by: Julie (Mom2lnb)
Wow. What a wonderful, thought-provoking, compelling story. I was looking for something different, and I found it with this little gem. This book pulled me in from the first page and never let up. Fallen From Grace is not your typical romance--I mean, how many romances do you know where the hero is (view spoiler)

It's going to be hard to write a review and do this book justice without revealing any spoilers, but I'm going to try.

The main characters of th
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Made our Badass Hidden Gem list..

First, I hate this cover. It seems cheap and not very appealing at first glance. It doesn’t do the book justice and that is a shame. So, to help this book along. I am going to put a guy on the cover much more suited for the story. I think the very beautiful (Rest In Peace) Matthias Streitwieser is perfect for the cover.

Ok, now onto the story

First, a few formalities to get out of the way. This book is not light and fluffy.
Ignore the cover of this book. The various covers are all equally horrible and do not give the reader any indication what this book is about. Ignore the title, nobody in this book fell from grace, so again the title tells the reader nothing. Despite the title and the cover, this book is a solid contemporary romance novel. If you like witty dialogue, a slow building romance which develops out of a friendship and books that touch on social issues in an intelligent way, then you will enjoy Fallen F ...more
Tammy Walton Grant

Oh, it's lonely here in I-didn't-like-this-land.

I've been reading nothing but raves about this book for more than a year, so I was looking forward to reading it. I'm not going to say anything about the story, it's been done to death, other than to say I liked the story itself right up until I just. could. not. read. any. more.

I liked Ryan very much; I felt his background and situation was portrayed realistically and not melodramatically. If I lived next d
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of tortured heroes and the inevitable angst that comes as part of the bargain.
This book is absolutely amazing, but be forewarned... it will not fit into the perfect, orderly, sunshine and roses fairy-tale world that many of us read to escape to. In fact, it steps way out of the box. It is shocking, it is heart-wrenching, and it will take you to a very dark side of real life that you might not know much about and are probably better off for it. Yet despite all that - or because of it - the sweetest love story takes root from the very beginning of the story, grabs you heart ...more
Miss Kim
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who can find a copy!
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Julie(Mom2lnb), and Adrienne
This book surprised me how quickly I was drawn into the story. I had selected it after a few recommendations from GR friends, and it sounded different. Sara is a 35 yr old novelist, who’s making some changes in her life and starting over. She’s sold her lux condo, and taken apartment in a large home converted to a few apartment units. Shortly after moving in, she discovers shares her balcony with a beautiful young man. Ryan is 26, and tells her is a model, and she’s not surprised. There is a str ...more

This was indeed a refreshing experience!

For once the fact that the MC is a male prostitute wasn't in any way fetishised or glamourised, which is what I hated so much about Damaged Goods. The female punters, while treated without slut-shaming them, were nevertheless also not in any way put on some positive pedestal. Instead the fact that they are punters and an essential part of the problem was fully acknowledged.

So, instead of such cheap digs at alleged "gurrlpowr" (which is nothing but female
Mar 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Readers Who Are Looking for Something Unique
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" “..... romance readers want a good story more than they want a safe one.” This is a portion of the dedication in this book, and I can honestly say that while this story is anything but safe, it is indeed exceptionally good. I've read so many romances over the years that it is extremely difficult to find one that I can truly call unique, but Fallen From Grace turns traditional romance on it's proverbial ear, with nary a cliché to be found. It has an older heroi
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible cover notwithstanding, this is one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read in a long time. With a topic like this, you expect the book to be somewhat sordid but nothing farther from the truth. The story was romantic, tender and real enough that I was able to understand the circumstances of a person in the life. How the author was able to balance a real love story and a background of prostitution, rape and abuse is beyond me but she did a great job at it.

The relationship between the
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I devoured this book in a couple of days, I was so caught up in this story, that when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. It was a really emotional journey. Sadly the things that go on in this story happen every day. I loved the characters and their story, especially Ryan. He broke my heart over and over. As for Sara, kudos to her for making Ryan see his self worth.

Sara Diamond is 33 years old, and has just been dropped by her publisher. Now unemployed and trying to downsize
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I loved this romance which wasn't at all how I'd anticipated it to be.

Kevin is an ex street kid who after a harrowing incident is taken under the wing of Catherine, eventually he earns the title of escort and with his beautiful manners, suave appearance and quite discretion commands a high price for his time. Ryan is the charming considerate guy, lover of animals, the perfect neighbour for Sara. Sara and Ryan fall in love but Kevin is a problem, he stands between Ryan and Sara like a brick wa

Laura Leone dedicates this book to her editor at Five Star who agreed that “romance readers want a good story more than they want a safe one.”
Fallen From Grace is a fast-moving, compelling read, albeit one that might not appeal to more traditional romance readers.

Sara Diamond is the published author of a discontinued medieval mystery series who is aggressively pursuing a fresh start. Despite a barrage of concerned chastisement from her father and sister, she impulsively sells her San

I read this book in like...2-3 hours without even trying to go to the bathroom.
And it was not a light or fast read.
In order to start I have to say that Ryan is officially the cutest little darling ever!
I loved how strong and smart he was and it pissed me royally off that all those bad thing happened to him.
Ok,the bad childhood,the rape all of it was horrible, but what hurt me the most was that he lost perspective along the way.
He had a distorted stockholm syndrome for sure.
I did not for one
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled to get through this book - I hate to give up on books so it was hard to keep reading because there was nothing I found redeeming about the two main characters. I found Ryan to be weak (and I understand he'd had a hard youth but so do a lot of people and he was weak) and Sara to be a domineering harridan... she was barely better than Ryan's madam in that she treated him as poorly as the madam did. He had to do things her way or it was the high way for poor, weak Ryan. Sara knew ...more
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Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The couple who fall in love are a 26 year old male prostitute and a 35 year old female writer.

The author's writing flows really nicely and she writes really great dialogue. Lots of funny and cute scenes (Mrs. Thatcher!!!! Lol!!).

The subject matter though is very gritty and doesn't really hide anything. But the story is very heart warming and the HEA is very sweet.

The book didn't make me cry at any point - which usually is something I want in a 5-star read (happy tear
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Saly by: UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Fallen from Grace is such an awesome book and Ryan the hero is so damaged.
He lost his mother and was sent to live with his abusive father, he escaped and went to live on the streets. The system never helped him and instead sent him back to his father. After a brutal rape, he is taken in by Catherine, a woman so manipulative that she managed to make Ryan into "Kevin" her favorite escort boy. She preyed on a damaged terrified teenager and turned him into a man who got business for her, she used hi
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, steamy
3.5 Stars!

Completely different read then I'm used to, although, insightful, facinating and tragic. The hero, "Ryan" and his heronie, "Sara", are from two very opposite worlds. Sara, who is a struggling writer and 9 years Ryan's senior, becomes infatuated by his grace, supportive nature and good looks. Ryan, a 27 year old former teenage runaway and now high-priced male prostitute, falls for Sara's beauty, kindness and wit. Together they endure several lifetimes worth of hardship, painful revelati
I couldn't score it because it's not my cup of tea. I tried despite myself but it didn't work for me.
Therefore, it goes to DNF shelf...
Jane Stewart
This is a beautiful love story. I give it 4.5 stars, rounded up for Goodreads.

Don't expect a lot of hot, sizzling, sexual buildup. It is more about loving relationships. It is wonderful. I enjoyed the conversations between Ryan and Sara. I liked these two characters. Ryan was beaten by his father as a teen and ran away from home. He became a prostitute to survive on the streets. He was taken in by Catherine and trained to be a high priced escort/prostitute where he worked for ten years. Reading
What a beautiful love story this book is. It reached out to me and made me feel the anger, anguish, hurt and love of this wonderful couple. It was thought provoking and wonderfully written - I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This had a nice plot and for the most part I liked it, but there was something missing.

First I did not care for the heroine, Sara. A bit of a know it all. I have read a lot of books where the heroine is older than the hero, but Sara...I did not understand what Ryan saw in her.

Ryan is a male high priced escort. He tells Sara the truth about his job when he feels things are moving to the next level in their relationship. Some of the parts about his past are not easy to read. Hearing him describ
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! This book just blew me away. Although the narrative of the book describes Ryan as a prostitute, don't expect a lot of explicit sex. What you will get is a well-written emotional book, about what drives people to succumb to desperate measures to survive. What Ryan has become does not necessarily consume every aspect of his life and as he tries to maintain some normalcy, his path crosses with Sara. As the two of them try to forge a relationship, he divulges his past and it is her love and acc ...more
For the most part, I liked this book. It was emotional, full of plot, and well written. I adored the hero. Ryan was a wonderfully complex and sexy character. I was drawn to him right from the start and was head-over-heels in love with him by the end. My problem was with Sara, the heroine. By the end of the book I couldn't figure out what hero saw in her. After Ryan confessed to being an escort, she became judgmental, harsh, and manipulative. Her snide comments, demanding questions, and hurtful s ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I hate:
1) The cover
2) Evil Catherine

What I like:
1) Sara and her family
2) Ryan and his pets
3) The whole book

That's all I am willing to say.
You have to read it to like it!
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
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4.5 Stars!

Fallen From Grace is the perfect example of how looks can be deceiving.

Ryan seems to have it all. He’s gorgeous, a "model", sweet, generous, caring, lovable, a perfect gentleman and Sarah’s new perfect neighbor...he’s also the perfect tortured hero. The reality is Ryan is living a lie and hiding a deep dark secret that will just make your heart break for him as mine did several times while I was reading it.

In a seemingly unbearable and what Ryan sees as an inescapable situation, he
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.5 Stars :)

I couldn't put this book down. It was a beautifully written story. Our hero, Ryan (a.k.a. Kevin to his clients), is a high-priced escort. He tries to keep his job and his private life separate. He's very unhappy with his career and has tried to leave, but his madam, Catherine, has a tremendous hold on him. His obligation to Catherine is what keeps him line. Our heroine, Sara, is going through a lot of life changes. She's a writer who has just been let go by her publisher and agent. S
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