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Dr. Ted Duffy has finally met a woman who makes him ache with desire. Too bad she’s dating his best friend of twenty years. This simple premise has momentous consequences for Ted in “The Fall,” a story that explores the bonds of friendship, the expectations of family, and the power of love to unite and divide. Ted is a third-generation pediatric oncologist in Boston. He is ...more
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published December 16th 2010 by HTJB, Inc.
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Tina
Jan 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have no idea how a book that had such a promising premise and a great set up derailed so incredibly for me as I was reading. And 'derailed' is a good term because I felt like I was 'reading' a slo-mo trainwreck. That sounds hyperbolic and I don't mean it to be. But the story just started to unravel in so many ways for me that until the end I did not like, in any way, a single character in this book.

Now, I have read a few of Marie Force's books. Some I've really liked and some that didn't work
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Mojca
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mojca by: Marie
I’m speechless. Actually speechless and I can’t remember the last time it happened to me after finishing a book.

There was so much going on in this story I could never do it justice no matter how long or detailed the review, so I’ll keep it simple.
This was a complex story of long friendships being broken because of an act out-of-character, of trust toppling when someone does something unexpected, of bonds made in a blink of an eye, of “survivor’s guilt”, of wondering how something good can be bor
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Kathy
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My emotions were all over the place during this book. I can't remember reading a book where I wanted the lead couple to get together and at the same time was mad at them for getting together. Some authors take the easy way out when creating a "falling for my best friend's girlfriend" theme by making the best friend a jerk, but Marie Force made the best friend, Smitty, such a likeable and good man; I didn't want him to get hurt because of Ted and Caroline's relationship. It was not easy watching ...more
Skylar
Apr 01, 2020 added it
DNF not the plot for me
Nicola
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Whilst I really liked this book, I didn't love it as I have many others by Marie Force. Don't get me wrong, it's written to her usually high standard, the story stirs your emotions, the locations are beautifully descriptive, the story line is there and it has some good steamy moments, I just didn't fall in love with the characters as I usually do.

To summise the plot, Ted, Smitty, Parker and Chip are in their late thirties, have been friends for over 20 years and are all successful professional m
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Lori
Mar 25, 2012 rated it liked it
The Fall was a great story of love, heartbreak, fighting for what you believe in, and finding your happily ever after. While I extremely enjoyed this book I couldn't give it anymore than 3 starts because of the ending. It was a great story of true love and what the hero and heroine had to fight for and lose because they fell in love, I found myself engrossed with their story, what was going to happen next, would he regret what happened between them, would they be able to overcome everything that ...more
Trang Nguyen
This is the second book I have read from Force. The first book was the Wreck which I absolutely LOVED! Unfortunately, The Fall fell flat for me. I could see how some readers would absolutely love this book because the story line definitely had promise. However, 3 out of 4 friends literally jumped into the first date saying I Love you within minutes. I understand fate, love at first sight, kismet, etc. but really Ted and Caroline? Dropping everything and hurting alot of people after having a conv ...more
Danielle
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't like Ted. I wanted more Smitty and Parker. Caroline was weak. She let him walk all over her. Ted was an idiot, and did not deserve his friends- and it is not just about Caroline, he did it all wrong (in a admitedly bad situation) and then felt sorry for himself to the point that he was hurting Caroline like it was all her fault. Basically, I felt Ted was a selfish jerk and Caroline was a dormat. First time I did not fall head-over-heals for a Marie Force H... but Smitty and Parker were g ...more
Christine
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
The other books that I've read of this author's, I really enjoyed. While I was looking forward to reading this story because of the premise (hero falls for his best friend's girlfriend), it turned out to be painful to read through to the end.
While I can understand the need for the angst and turmoil that happened, it got to a point that I really did not want to finish the book. The happily ever after ending fell flat for me.
Well, I guess you win some and lose some.
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Wendy
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. It's a book about love, life, families and friendship, and I loved it from start to finish! ...more
Lady Heather
This was probably one of the most INTENSE books I've ever read!
LOVED the writing, story, and characters.
Once again Ms. Force took me on a wonderful roller-coaster ride to FINALLY get to a HEA.
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Sondos Shapsogh
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Couldn't put it down and it brought me to tears more than once. I have never felt like this after reading a book. ❤️ ...more
Dawn C. Pier
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I couldn't put the book down. So many great characters and surprises. Easily could be a jumping off point for a series. Another great book by Marie. ...more
Splage
Was this story amazing?...YES! Did I love it?...not part of it. I rated it 5 stars because I am so glad I read it and it really got me... at least starting half way through the book, I cried and cried and I cried. I am not much of a crier either, I get choked up, maybe a tear in my eye, but not sob, I sobbed. I don't think I should go into much detail because it would just spoil it. There were many heartbreaking themes that affected friendships, family, and deep love.

The story begins with four b

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Katie
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp, e-book, beta-hero
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Catherine
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There is no review that could do this book justice. I wouldn't know where to start, where to end, but I know I loved it. I was invested in what happened to all the characters and at times my heart was breaking for them. I was sad when it was over. 5 BIG stars. ...more
Alison
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lendable
I loved this book! The emotional journey's of the characters in the book was amazing. This book brought me to tears more than once. Can't say enough how much I loved this book! ...more
Tracy
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! I think I had tears in my eyes for the whole second half of the book. Great characters with real life emotions. Several love stories in one awesome book!
Victoria
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
5+
OMG! Emotional, heart-wrenching, what a story! There were moments when I had to stop, take a breath, and pick up the parts of my heart that got broken into tiny pieces.
Marty
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book. Emotional, intense and different from your usual run-off-the-mill romances. I stayed up all night to finish it...
Laura's Book Addiction
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The best book I have read by Marie Force to date. Amazing story line and great characters.
Sandra Cunningham
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Cameron and Ted story.. Another great one Marie Force.. Here is a highlight from the book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!💖💜💖📚📚

“No way.” He shook his head. “No way am I giving my son a Roman numeral.” “But I promised Mitzi.” He groaned. “What’s with you and my mother anyway?” “We’ve . . .” She scratched her chin as she pretended to search for the right word. “Bonded in your absence.” “Oh God. Has she got him registered for Harvard Medical School yet?” Caroline cracked up. “The a
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Suzie Weber
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I needed a book I knew I could fall into. Instead I got a highly emotional roller coaster read. Four guys, best friends for twenty plus years. Every summer the gang rents a place on the water and connect each weekend. Duff is a pediatric oncologist and is having a horrible month. He just lost a young patient as he heads to the rental. Everyone is out when he arrives and just wants a beer and some alone time. Out on the balcony he meets Caroline. Duff is basically struck w Cupid’s arrow. Caroline ...more
Valorie
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK MADE ME SOOO MAD!!!! Whilst I understand that you have certain loyalties to your friends, what Ted did wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. After 20 plus years, the loyalty he thought he had was just disappointing. I get that Smitty was wronged in some way, BUT NOTHING HAPPENED! Well not until smitty and Caroline parted ways..... yes emotionally things were on fire but physically these two were able( by the skin of their teeth) to hold off from acting. Have you never felt an instant ...more
K B
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars
I purchased a copy of the steamy Rhode Island set novel The Fall in the Beach Reads Boxed Set by Marie Force and this review was given freely.
While predominantly a quickly escalating instant attraction to a best friend's new girlfriend steamy romance,this is also an emotionally poignant story interweaving the romances and heart aches of four former college friends {Boston pediatric oncologist Dr. Ted Duffy,stockbroker Smitty, dermatologist Chip and divorce attorney Parker} with both happ
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Kathy Hackett
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as I do everything Marie writes, I can't understand the low ratings of this book, Smitty never told Caroline he loved her I guess he just assumed she knew. But when you meet someone who just click with you are powerless against the love that forms, Dr Ted Duffy and Caroline's romance is quick yes but when you find the "one " you have to hold on with both hands and not let go. Yes Ted's friendship's suffer through much of the book but in the end it all works out as they find the ...more
Sharon
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Real tear jerker

This one really pulled at my heart strings I fell in love with all the characters in the book. What a well formulated story each and every person are beautifully defined and play a part in making this a great book. Grandy the wily grandmother is most definitely my favorite despite the small part she plays it is Oscar worthy. The story centers around Ted and Caroline however the supporting characters all are well represented. With all the trappings you expect from a HEA book the s
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Teresa Rooney
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tissues required!

I thought I had read everything by Marie Force only to realize I never read the Fall. Wow! I was missing out! I truly think this book could be easily turned into another popular series. One thing that always sticks out to me in Marie’s books are the family dynamics- whether family by blood or by choice. Families are not perfect and crap happens. This makes the characters seem real. I’ve read plenty of books where the “hero” of the book seems so perfect that it can’t be real. I l
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Ranie Elias
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful written love story, that is created with inspirational strong characters, great family values and unbelievable valuable friendship! Dr. Ted Duffy, a pediatric oncologist, is a dedicated hard-working doctor who value his friendship with his best friends, John Smith 'Smitty', Parker King, and Chip...

Ted fell in love with Smitty's girlfriend, Caroline, as soon as he met her, instantly, however, they waited until her prior relationship end before they stated to date...No one believes the
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Andrea Akers
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Fall

Four best friends who fall in love with their forever mates will find the adventure daunting. They will also find that great things can happen from dismal circumstances.

This was an awesome story. If I could have had anything different, I would have had a story for each character. Even though Ted and Caroline were the main characters, I would still loved to have had more from Parker, Chip and Smyth. They were all lovely characters and wanting more is always a good thing.
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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense and erotic romance. Her series include Gansett Island, Fatal, Treading Water, Butler Vermont and Quantum.

Her books have sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller more than 30 times. She is also a USA
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