Fall for Him

St. Martin’s Griffin. Sept. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9781250886392. pap. $18. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
Derek already vehemently dislikes his upstairs neighbor Dylan, so when Dylan falls through the ceiling onto Derek’s bed due to a renovation error, Derek is incensed. Now there’s a hole in the ceiling that is prohibitively expensive to fix, and even worse, it will be a major headache to handle with the building HOA. But Dylan, skilled in carpentry, promises to keep the hole a secret from management and lower the costs by taking care of the repairs himself. The only catch is that he and Derek have to share quarters while he works on it. Their animosity soon melts away into mutual lust and love, but mistaken assumptions, childhood traumas, workplace stress, and painful secrets threaten to derail their relationship before it even begins.
VERDICT With strong friendships, a full cast of delightful characters, and a story told from alternating points of view, this enemies-to-lovers and forced-proximity romance from Burke (Fly with Me) explores serious issues such as neurodivergence, alcohol-use disorder, toxic family expectations, forgiveness, and grief, while still being a steamy, humorous, and hopeful read.
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