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Accepting the Fall

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Confronting the past is never easy.

Cole Whitaker is happy. He has the job and boyfriend he always wanted. His heart’s in no danger of being broken, and he can’t ask for more from life. As a kindergarten teacher, he sees it all; however, one troublesome student has him reaching out to the parent, wanting to help. There’s something about Savanah that tugs at his heartstrin
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published June 8th 2017 by Oceanside Press
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
A kindergarten teacher and a firefighter are trying to make it work the second time around in this sweet and low angst second chance romance.

Zander learned that he was the father of a four-year-old girl when she was dropped off at his door. He is struggling to do right by her but with him having no clue of how to raise a kid and her having leftover issues from the time she spent with her unfit mother it's no wonder the two don't do so well together.

Cole is a softie for animals. He has turned his
This will be a ramble on why ...

Yes, Alyssa it's true, I couldn't stop from wallowing in the second chance yum yum that was Accepting the Fall!

The cover is scrumptious but the inside? That was full of damaged men, learning to heal and reconnection with your first love.

I'm more of a 'past is the past' kind of girl, but in this? I could've care less.

Accepting the Fall is set in St. Petersburg, Florida featuring protagonists in their early 30's: Zander Brooks, bisexual single dad who gets his the
4.25 stars

Zander Brooks' life is turned upside down when out of the blue, a daughter he never knew from a one-night stand shown up on his doorstep. Zander then retires from military, moves to St. Petersburg, Florida with his daughter, Savanah, becomes a firefighter, and tries to build a new life.

It's definitely not easy. Zander doesn't know a squat about taking care of kids. He feels like he's out of his head. Not to mention that he keeps getting report about the problem Savannah is making at h
I loved second-chance stories! They are my jam but this was quite boring, actually. I think that's due to the lack of connection between the characters.

Zander and Cole met when they were teenagers in a military base in Berlin. They were all hormonal and hot for each other but things didn't go further because of Zander's fears. Years later, Zander's stuck with a feisty little girl, Savannah. Zander has to meet Savannah's teacher because she's having lots of troubles at school. He didn't expect t
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The epilogue went a long way in making up for my general state of "it's okay" which existed for the vast majority of this novella.

On paper it had everything which should have made it a winner for me - second chance lovers, former childhood friends, hurt comfort, animals and a cute kid - but it just never seemed to mix together into the right ingredients.

Cole annoyed me for a lot of the book as he had a boyfriend and, while there absolutely wasn't any cheating in this, his attitude towards Patric
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, june-17
Accepting the Fall by Meg Harding is the second chance of Zander and Cole. They met as teenagers and were each other's firsts. Zander though he had strong feelings for Cole broke his heart. Fast forward into the future, and the two men meet again, Cole is now Zander's daughter's teacher. Zander's daughter, Savannah, has some behavioral problems at school that Cole makes Zander aware of. From the moment they laid eyes on each other again, they both knew there were still feelings there.

My thought
5 Hearts

This book is not helping the author crush I have on Meg Harding. Not one bit and I love it.

Cole Whitaker is in a good place in life. He’s a kindergarten teacher with a passion for animals and attempting to manage decent culinary skills to create edible food for himself and his current boyfriend. When a new student in his class starts behaving along the lines of bullying, he makes a note that he needs to meet with young Savannah’s father as he has learned from the little girl, her mothe
Nile Princess
For me, this is one of those 'there's a five star story in here' books. I LOVED the writing from the very first page. It flowed well, you could empathize with the characters, there were funny moments. I was truly immersed in the story and was getting warm, fuzzy feelings I was so happy. There were some beautiful moments that stood out - loved Cole's interactions with his fur babies, Zander's heart to heart with Cole gave me butterflies. Savannah's confession at the therapist made me t ...more
Maria Rose
Accepting the Fall by Meg Harding: When Zander and Cole met on a military base in Germany as teens, Zander knew their relationship couldn’t last so he broke things off when they started to get close, breaking Cole’s heart in the process. Years later, Zander has custody of his 5 year old daughter Savanah and a new career, post military, as a firefighter. As fate would have it, Savanah’s new kindergarten teacher turns out to be Cole. Never expecting to see each other again, both have bittersweet m ...more
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hea-hfn, steamy, bi, mm, arcs, 2017-reads
Zander and Cole meet on a military base in Germany as teenagers, where their fathers are stationed. They date, well, they sort of date, since Zander is still hiding in the closet. When things get too serious, Zander ends things breaking Cole's heart in the process. A decade and a half later, Cole is a kindergarten teacher living in Florida and in a committed relationship. Zander is living in Florida as well, working as a firefighter and raising his daughter alone. When one of Cole's students is ...more
I was sent this book as an advanced copy for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I loved this second-chance romance so much, without realizing it I even finished it within one single day (more like single evening) and that never happens because I'm a very slow reader.

The story is about Cole, a gay kindergarten teacher, and Zander, a Black bisexual firefighter whose daughter is in Cole's class. Cole and Zander both grew up on military bases and they meet each other again after alm
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
DNF @47%

Review to come!
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ku, mm
3.5 stars

I am not always in for second chance romances, but I did enjoy this one. I liked how Cole stood up for himself and his needs above his desire for Zander. I like how he protected himself. I didn't like the boyfriend issue, but I do like that it was dealt with and there was no cheating.
Overall, I think a bit more length would have served this book well. There were some things that either I missed or were lacking from the story. A discussion about Cole's scars, Zander explaining Savannah
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads, ebook, i-own
Lovely story. Just really, really beautiful. It gave me warm feelings all over. I loved Savanah and wish it were longer.
Only niggle I have is that they never discuss Cole's scars, because I really would have like to see that. Otherwise no complaints.
(And yay for non-stereotypical german rep! This shouldn't make me so happy because germany and german stuff gets mentioned maybe a handful of times, but I've been disappointed so much before that I absolutely LOVE that there's no stereotyping going o
~nikki the recovering book addict
4 aww-some stars!!

I like this second chance romance! Plus all the animals and kids! Very adorable 😍 I would say it’s a nice feel good story. The characters aren’t complicated although they do have some difficult backgrounds. But the author made them character traits rather than subplots. So this was pretty low angst and upbeat.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet But Only Partially Fulfilling

I really liked this story. It was kind of a second first-chance deal that always gets my motor running. Plus, dual POV. Duh. That shiznit is my version of crack addiction. For reals.

There were some realistic emotional struggles and the character development was sound. Thankfully, the little girl in the mix didn't monopolize the story. I hate it when that happens.

It was all good. But there are niggles. It felt a little unfinished. There were big elephants in th
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
I’m a sucker for romance stories featuring male school teacher protagonists. Add in a reading challenge requiring a male firefighter main character and this should have been studly perfection. Further, make the firefighter a single dad to a sassy 5-year-old and we have a trifecta of awesome, right? Well, nope. Savannah wasn’t a cute, sassy tot brought to us for comedic relief. She was pretty much a brat (yeah, she was acting out for attention because she was abandoned by her mother, but…). Zande ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this charming and heartwarming story about Zander and Cole. They get their second chance at love at a time they are actually not ready for it. Zander has gotten custody of his daughter, Savanah, not so long ago, and they are adjusting to their altered lifestyles. Cole has a steady boyfriend. But there is no denying their attraction is as a strong as it was when they were teenagers.
Zander and Cole are very easy to love characters. Zander is struggling with being a father and raising his d
Joyfully Jay
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

I’m a sucker for reunion romances and I’m always going to look twice at a book that features them. Here, I was particularly intrigued as so much time has passed since they were together, and the blurb called it Zander’s “biggest mistake.” So I was interested to see exactly what drove them apart and what brought them back together again.

I think the author did a great job at showing the awkwardness between the guys at first, as well as doing a decent job of fleshing o
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
This is my first book by this author and it's a good one. It's a nice slow burn as Cole and Zander reunite and get to know each other again after their disastrous first attempt at love as teens. Cole's now a teacher and Zander's a firefighter with a daughter in Cole's class. While there's plenty of focus on their past and current relationship, this doesn't ignore the rest of their lives and I liked having that balance here. I might have found it a little hard to believe they'd still be hung up o ...more
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
From experience I knew me and this author didn't get along. I just don't mesh with her writing. I decided to give her another chance seeing as she has written a interracial romance and the a poc is feature on the cover. I wasn't letdown persay, but I wasn't encaptured either. It was legit like pulling teeth about a past, or their past. I feel like it was forced the chemistry between the two. Zander had one setting, and always was in RBF mood. I would rather have seen the relationship blossom bet ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by the author*

This was so, so good!

Next to friends-to-lovers, second chances is one of my favorite tropes. And I'm so happy with this one! It was super low on the angst factor, and it was very sweet and tender and emotional. Also, a fuckton of animals are always a plus. And the addition of Savannah made the dynamics of it all much more interesting.

I really, really enjoyed this.
Mel Bradley
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars**
We meet Cole as a kindergarten teacher, going along his merry way – content, sorta-happy, but definitely not thriving. He’s been with his boyfriend for two years, and they are comfortable – but it’s safe. Cole doesn’t have to put himself out there, he doesn’t have to risk falling in love and being hurt again. Perfect…

Until he has a parent-teacher conference with one of his student’s dad’s – and Zander walks back into Cole’s perfectly ordered life. He’s the one that got away – the fi
•°• gabs •°•
i kind of read this tonight until like 1 in the morning to avoid thinking about the exam i have to take tomorrow and to try to distract myself from the absolutely crushing anxiety that's eating my soul from the inside out. :)

Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Tizerkane 13
Jul 08, 2017 marked it as 0-mm-massive-fail-will-not-read
This author just does not interest me!! Every book, except one has been a complete and total MISS :-/!!
I liked this one!
It was sweet and fun.
The characters were not perfect which make the book perfect!
No cheating, no triangle..
MC meet when they were young, and meet again later on. There are a few flashback to when they were young but not much.
The story is not rushed, good pacing!
Genuinely boring. Like too freakin boring.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was super sweet

Accepting the Fall is a second chance romanceabout Zander, a marine-turned-firefighter after finding out he has a daughter, and Cole, a kindergarden teacher. They originally met as teens on a military base in Germany while their parents are stationed there, a meeting that left one of them heartbroken and the other with regrets. As the setup suggests, they meet again when Cole becomes Zander's daughter's teacher.

Their romance is very sweet with little drama and the story is
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Meg Harding is a graduate student, currently studying MA Publishing in the UK. She plans to continue on to become an editor, all while continuing to write. When she isn't writing she enjoys the theatre, concerts, and lazing about in front of the TV.

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