When Harrison Kelley is banned from getting on Flight HA1710, it seems to be the perfect ending to a crappy couple of days. Not only did he wreck a wedding, but he’s drunk way too much and been on the receiving end of the groom’s brother’s fists. Being escorted out of the airport by security was just the icing on the wedding cake.
Elijah Pettifer has lusted after Harrison from afar for years but Harrison never sees him as anything more than a friend. If he ever saw him at all. While attempting to defend what little honor Harrison has left, Elijah gets caught up in the wave of chaos surrounding his teenage crush. But missing his flight home because of Harrison’s mess might just be the luckiest thing to ever happen to him.
With a 24 hour ban imposed by the airport, and having only each other for company, the two men grow closer. But will the fate of the airplane they should have been on be the push Harrison needs to walk away from the toxic relationship of his past? And can Elijah make Harrison see exactly what he’s been missing out on because of it?
A wonderful addition to the Flight HA1710 series, Fallout by Meredith Russell was so much more. Fallout was particularly interesting because the main characters, who were supposed to be on the flight, were not—yet they are an important part of the story.
Harrison, Elijah and a group of friends had traveled to England for the wedding of school chum Antony—the man Harrison has been having an on again-off again affair with for many years.
Harrison’s life is in a tailspin and things take an even more turn for the worse when the wedding party, including Antony’s new wife discover they have spent the pre-wedding together. For Harrison, the backlash was pure hell as all his friends and the married couple blame him for Antony’s transgressions. What Harrison discovers is a true friend in Elijah, the boy, now man, who has pined for him since high school.
Fallout was a romance story of friendship and betrayal, of finding yourself and your self-worth. It was not a tale of star-crossed lovers who find each other and fall into bed. That very description is what makes Fallout all the more of a beautifully written story—one filled with passion and sensuality.
Ms. Russell wove a tale of life’s adventures, of- you can’t recreate the past, but you can take the good from it and move forward.
Harrison and Elijah are both beautiful souls finding their way through life and love and Ms. Russell has given them the platform to do it together. Beautifully written, Fallout touched this reader’s heart.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review