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“My life didn’t fully begin until I met you, and it would end without you.”
The Effects of Falling is the second book in The Weight of Rain series and this time Mariah Dietz gives us Kash’s story. In The Weight of Rain, we had King’s story and Kash and Summer were a huge part of it and now the tides have turned.
“Falling in love isn’t about losing who you are, it’s about finding the best version of yourself. And compromise. And patience. And… “acceptance.””
I was one of the ones that championed for this story, it wasn’t on the authors radar, but after reading The Weight of Rain I was intrigued by Kash and Summer’s dynamic. There was a huge story to tell with regards to these two. The little we knew from The Weight of Rain only whetted the appetite and ramped up the intrigue and while I thought their story had some legs, I didn’t realise Mariah Dietz would make me run a marathon.
Kash and Summer have been best friends for eleven years, they first met on the BMX circuit when both were active competitors. Kash’s wife died in an accident leaving him with a four-month old baby girl and once Summer’s career changed after an epic fall she became a surrogate mum to Mercedes and became Kash’s closest friend, confidante and business guru. These two were extremely tight.
“An accident doesn’t take away the legacy.”
My heart was in my mouth throughout the majority of this book, holy sexual tension, angst and emotional overload. Mariah Dietz always delivers a book that tugs on every heart string and she certainly ramped it up in this book. Not only do we have friends to lovers but we also have a huge dose of unrequited love…or is it?
“…it feels like I left another piece of myself in the office, another piece that Kash refuses to accept.”
For eleven years Summer has been in love with Kash, more than friendship, more than family. From the day they met she has put him on an unreachable pedestal, it was love at first sight and as time has gone on and with the closeness they share, the fear of breaking their bond has led her to kept all those emotions and feelings to herself. Summer has been waiting for Kash to feel the same, recognise it and acknowledge it, but after eleven years her patience is running thin and maybe, just maybe they were only ever destined to be friends…
“...rather than relief and excitement, I am flooded with regret and confusion, and for the first time that I can recall, I feel resentful thinking about Kash, and it feels like a self-inflicted wound.”
OH MY GOD, Mariah Dietz, you put me through the wringer with this one. This was a huge dose of angst fest, but not so much in drama for dramas sake but in the fact that every page was emotionally frustrating. These two were so well suited and yet the only one that couldn’t see it was, Kash. Or did he?
“I didn’t want you to lose anything. I just wanted to give you everything.”
These two were two insanely stubborn, infuriating characters and I seriously wanted to jump into the kindle and bash their heads together. For two people that told each other EVERYTHING, when it came to their feelings and emotions they clammed up tighter than a nun’s chuff! God, I just wanted to lock them in a room and let them fight it out because the tension was giving me palpitations.
“…I am tired of always being the one to extend an olive branch and crack him open.”
But, that is the beauty of this book, Mariah Dietz pulls you in from the first page with an intense character connection that has you feeling everything. I have actually read this book twice and twice Mariah Dietz made my eyes leak, thus this book not losing its emotional impact second time around.
“Thousands of thoughts taking millions of minutes. So many emotions are swirling in my mind, yet I don’t feel the effects of a single one. All I feel is a gap in my chest where my heart used to be.”
This book had me feeling hopeless, overwhelmed by the unintentional pain that these two were putting each other through. I could have throat punched both of them, both making stupid unintentional mistakes that mislead the other, some more obvious in trying to get a rise out the other. But all of it had a reason, had an end goal, to finally bring two soul mates together. I survived…just.
“Fight. Fight me. Fight for me.”
I loved this book, it was a Mariah Dietz classic, unputdownable and emotional as hell. Whereas in the past she has wreaked havoc through grief, this time she pulled it off through desperation and unrequited love, another masterpiece. I cannot wait to see what comes next.
“If you’re asking me to be brave enough to stay, I need you to be strong enough to try.”
I have waited ten months to read this book. I know that's not really a very long time in the book world, but, when it's Summer and Kasher's story, believe me it's a very long time!!! The wait Mariah was most definitely worth it. This book lived up to all of my expectations.
For 11 years Summer has been in love with her best friend Kashton. She's watched and helped him raise his daughter Mercedes, she's witnessed and celebrated all his victories, she's been there as someone who he can lean on in good and bad times - but now she wants more, but does Kashton want what Summer wants? Or will he mess it all up?
For 11 years Kash has had the best relationship with Summer, but now he wants to change it. He wants to take it to the next level. But if he does will it spell disaster for the pair of them? Will he totally ruin the one relationship that makes him happy? Do he really know the woman he believes that he loves with all of his heart? Will another man intervene and take Summer away from Kash and Mercedes?
Mariah Dietz has written an exceptional followup to The Weight Of Rain. Her writing just flows so beautifully throughout the entire novel, making it such a pleasure to read. She gives her reader just enough detail and information to keep them wanting to read more. She does not force information onto her reader, rather, she takes her time explaining things and includes quite a lot of background information, that enables the reader to understand why Kash and Summer have such a difficult time in deciding how they are going to progress with their relationship.
Reading The Effects Of Falling also gives the reader the opportunity to catch up with Lo and King, from The Weight Of Rain. I enjoyed being able to see how they were progressing. Thank you Mariah for this outstanding Duet of books. They will always be treasured by me.
Definitely a FIVE STAR rating - I wish that I could give it more.
Summer and Kash are friends, and have been friends for a long time. They work together, Summer has helped raise his daughter, they are family. But the entire time Summer has been hiding her true feelings from Kash- she's been in love with him since the moment they met.
You can tell there is a deep love between the 2, not just on Summers end. But for whatever reason neither has acted on it in all these years. And this caused me to want to reach into the book and knock some sense into them! My goodness, these are two incredibly stubborn characters who for all their shared history have a major issue with communication.
At some point you just have to wonder if enough is enough, and is it time to throw in the towel? Summer is faced with some tough decisions, ones that could change the whole dynamic of her realtionship with not only Kash, but his daughter and all their friends.
I really love the family that Ms. Deitz has created in this book. I haven't read The Weight of Rain, where Kash and Summer are first introduced, and while I don't feel that I was necessarily missing out on anything, I think it would be helpful to read it first. And I definitely plan to go back and read it now.