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Josh's idea of a romance is curling up alone and reading a novel with a happily ever after. He’s made his flat a safe haven where the wall are covered with beautiful words, and his living room ceiling is a map of the universe.

Angus may be shy and inexperienced, but he's incapable of hiding anything, especially his attraction to his older neighbor.

When Josh admits to Angus
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ebook, 200 pages
Published June 3rd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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Sheziss
Irony of life: Suki Fleet is not as popular as she deserves. But I'm not going to dwell on it. She made it again, which is regrettable because I'm simply running out of words to say. It seems that she has lots of inspiration and talent but I don't, so my contribution will be pretty bland at this stage of the game.



This book reminded me of The Glass House because, in a way, there is a certain parallelism. The story is set in London and in a certain moment they travel to Brighton, the MC is isolate
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Sheri
Move along folks, nothing to see here.



*whispers* Kidding, I’m just kidding. But…..
Have you ever felt like that after reading a book? I want to hoard the greatness. I want to shield it from would-be-haters, I want to keep it safe. With me, it’s safe. I will love it, protect it, and cherish it.
Completely irrational thoughts, I know. Too bad my brain doesn’t always function on the rational setting.

I can tell you right now, not everyone will love this. Actually, I can guarantee that some readers won
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Suki Fleet
May 20, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine
Edit 26/07/2018

Now republished and available on Amazon. No changes, just re-edited with new cover :)

I'm not sure I ever mentioned this but almost this entire story was written listening to one song (On a Beach- Richard Ashcroft) :P

Tags for depression and anxiety.

*******

So, it's two weeks until my sixth story is released with Dreamspinner (and nearly exactly one year since my first release with This is Not a Love Story)!

Falling is less angsty and sad than other stories of mine but, my, there is q
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Lori
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review after work.

I'm a lying liar who lies.

I'm going to review it at BoyMeetsBoyReviews first, then I'll post it here. Soon, very soon. Just - y'all need to read this story most excellent!

So it's been reviewed at BMBR. Here's what I said.

I have loved all of Suki Fleet's stories, but as soon as I read Falling it went straight behind This Is Not a Love Story as my next favourite. As ever, Suki catches the essence of of those struggling through life, without making them desperately needy victims.
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Susan
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
"But perhaps it's the fragility, the temporariness that makes some things precious. Like moments that will never happen again. You have to make them worth it, because even though they are temporary, they are worth happening. If not, what's the point?"

This was beautiful.
Suki Fleet sure knows how to use her words to tell a story.

I loved the writing. It was so real, conveyed so much emotion.

Josh knows he is falling for his neighbor, the 18 year old Angus, but he thinks Angus deserves better. He
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Elsa Bravante
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Muy bonito, muchas emociones, con algunos pasajes muy líricos, hay partes en las que la prosa es maravillosa.
La tristeza y la esperanza se respira en cada página.
Jenni
You must know by now I'm a die-hard Suki fan, so I won't mention that again, but, ya know. ;-)

Fleet tells a different, slower story here than most of her other works, and I liked that about Falling. I didn't feel rushed or in a hurry or stressed while I was reading, but that's not to say the novel doesn't deal with meaty topics (depression and anxiety, to be specific). Rather, the getting-to-know-the-MCs aspect felt more thoughtful, cautious and intentional here.

Because things moved so purposef
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Trisha Harrington
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Trisha by: Sheri
I'm pretty new to Suku Fleet's books. I've read one other one and have been meaning to read more ever since. I'm glad I chose this as my second read of hers because it's the type of book I normally read. Sad and heavy at times, with some sweet moments and some steam.

I love the writing. Suki Fleet's writing is beautiful and always sucks me in. This book is in first person present tense, which I know will put some people off. But if that doesn't bother you and you like deeper books, then I would d
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Kazza
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Falling is a beautiful story. It has a gorgeous cover. It is written with great compassion. It has lovingly drawn characters. Ms Fleet has a way with words that I cannot do justice to in a review. I honestly can’t. I can’t explain to anyone in real terms the visceral impact it had on me – the ache in my chest, the twist in my gut - as I read, without making it sound miserable, when, in fact, it’s quite lovely. It’s sad at times but overall it’s uplifting. How I longed for J
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Tess
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
*4.25 stars*
This dealt with some pretty heavy issues. Falling was told from Josh's POV. He's 25 and rebuilding his life after being hospitalized years before for severe depression. Angus is 18 and living with his agoraphobic mother who is struggling with severe anxiety. Okay it wouldn't be a Suki Fleet novel if there weren't serious issues at play (although the author does indicate that this isn't as angsty or sad as her other stories)! However, this had the same, almost melancholic feel of her
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namericanwordcat
A really lovely romance that deals tenderly with depression while simply making it a part of the Josh and not defining him.

You got to love Angus who goes after what he wants.

A great friends to lovers romance with all the right touches. Complex secondary characters, excellent pacing, and an abiding love between the heroes.

So good!
Breann
"But perhaps it's the fragility, the temporariness that makes some things precious. Like moments that will never happen again. You have to make them worth it, because even though they are temporary, they are worth happening. If not, what's the point?"


Josh suffers from severe depression and has been dealing with it on his own. He's also been helping his neighbor, Angus, with his mom and her anxiety.

Instantly I could feel the attraction between Josh and Angus. Josh is reluctant to do anything a
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Cristina
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another very moving and compelling story by Suki Fleet.

Falling is a novel made of small external events that in turn have a devastating impact on the characters' psyche and lives. Not all events are necessarily negative, (view spoiler). Even positive things such as the exhilaration of falling in love can prove to be terrifying in the fragile balance achieved by Josh in his isolated and sheltered
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Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
3.5 stars

I love Suki Fleet, she has become one of my must read authors for me. Every time I see her name come up during new arcs I get super excited. I did not connect with this story. I thought it was okay for the most part. Josh just had too much unnecessary angst going on surrounding himself. I'm still not certain what mental illness he suffers from, because he was the most cerebral person I've read about in a long time. It was so much anguish reading from his perspective. I do applaud the ad
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Bev

Another Suki story I've read and enjoyed. The serious subjects of depression and a life crippling anxiety disorder feature front and centre. We may all think we suffer from depression at some stage in our lives, but when it strikes severely enough to make you want to repeatedly try to kill yourself, then you must just about be at rock bottom I would venture to suggest, and that was the overwhelming problem Josh had when he was 16....he barely survived, and has been battling repeat attacks ever s
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Serena Yates
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay
This is one of those books that are almost entirely driven by the amazing characters the author created. Both Josh and Angus are complex men with significant issues, and face an uphill battle if they want to make a go of a relationship. In fact, they can’t even begin to do that until they figure out the problems that stop them from having a life. Add to that a set of truly wonderful secondary characters, with issues and contributions of their own, and what you end up with is a novel about overco ...more
Karen Wellsbury
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am having a little Suki Fleet binge at the moment, her books are just so atmospheric and different, and I so appreciate that.
I know I harp on about this a bit at times, and I do understand that romance as a genre works within perimeters, I also totally understand that people read for different reasons. But personally I am weary of picking a book up and discovering after a couple of chapters that I can predict what will happen, how the characters will relate and what plot devices are going to b
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Daphne
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, m-m-read
Loved this book. Our main characters were so fragile and strong. So broken yet determined to keep going and eventually realized themselves to be whole. This is my second book by this author and I think I need to go run her backlist because I love her style of character.
Ana
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, m-m, young-adult
3.5 Stars
UltraMeital
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, new-adult
Another beautifully written book by Suki. Like the previous one, it's not a light read AT ALL. It deals with difficult issues of mental health yet it does it in a very tender sweet way. Being inside Josh's head (our only POV) wasn't easy with how cloudy his life and mind is, but I think it's a crucial experience to us as readers to understand his world. What he is going through and WHY it's so difficult for him. He is the sweetest guy, loving and warm even if he looked and at times behaves like ...more
Donna
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-bytes, m-m
4.5 STARS

Falling begins with a desperate phone call from Angus to Josh at work. Angus’s mother’s anxiety has reached dangerous and scary levels and Angus doesn’t know what to do. He doesn’t have any friends he can turn to, and contacting his father is just not an option. Josh lives in the same apartment building, is a friend of Eleanor and is the only one that Angus can think of to turn to for help.

Josh wants to help Angus and Eleanor, he does help Angus and Eleanor, but at the same time, he is
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Morgan  Skye
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Josh has severe depression, and has been hospitalized for it in the past. He is estranged from his biological family but has built himself a support system of people where he lives now. One of those is Eleanor, his neighbor, the mother of Angus.

Eleanor has anxiety issues that are slowly making her life unbearable. Angus turns to Josh for help and more.

Josh feels like he isn’t stable enough to help either Eleanor or Angus but Eleanor was there for him when he needed her and he can’t help but be i
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agirlwithoutwings
A little bit sad, but deliciously heart-warming, and gripping; a story that would make your heart melt. I also find the writer a very talented one, she writes beautifully.

The narration is wonderful; from the first pages you have Josh’s voice, it gets impossible to stop reading what’s going on in his mind, and seeing the world through his eyes. And the fact that he is suffering from depression, and is somehow an antisocial wouldn’t even bother you.

Depression has made Josh emotionally helpless,
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GlamLawyer
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love that book. Angst, darkness but also light are part of this.
Josh is an incredibly lonely man. He forced himself into a life where he prefers to stay alone. Afraid of emotions but also scared of being emotionless he lives alone. He avoids friendships and love, thinking he can't be enough and he shouldn't want to be with other people. There's so much love and caring bottled up in Josh, it broke my heart.
Josh suffers from depression. That part was really well handled. We learn about the hel
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Joyfully Jay
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy

A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


Falling is not for the faint of heart. While this novel could never be called a light hearted romance, it could and should be called a deep and emotional awakening of two souls fighting to find their way from very different past circumstances. Told in first person, Josh’s story is not easy to read. Struggling from a life marked by dark depression, he now lives by wrapping his heart up and storing it far within, never allowing others too close. He lives in an apartme
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Alisa
Nov 28, 2016 marked it as tbr-mm-own
Thank you Dirty Kinky Elf! ;)
Rachel Emily
Ohhhh, the feels in this one. This dealt with some pretty heavy topics, depression, anxiety, and just overall angst between Josh and Angus. I just loved the writing in this, it was full of emotion and had a feeling of sadness, hope, longing, and love all mixed together. It was just beautiful to read, and I just wanted Josh and Angus to be happy together. This was beautiful to read, I recommend!
HereAndNow
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Skipped the other 50%. Way too much drama for my liking (and that coming from me means something!), plus I don't like that one character was only 18 and that it took like forever until they finally got together.
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Suki Fleet's first novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards. Foxes won Best Gay Young Adult story in the 2016 Rainbow Awards,

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“I raise one eyebrow, pretending I'm cooler than the freezing December air, but I think by now Angus gets it that I'm not all that cool beneath the surface. I don't know how exactly, but I think perhaps he's always seen behind the front I put up. Maybe I'm just writing on a wall to him. I'm not sure how I feel about that - elated, terrified, embarrassed, relieved. I'm a secret that has never been told. Maybe we all are until someone cracks our code.” 0 likes
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