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The Fall by [Force, Marie]
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From the Author

This book was inspired by a ride into Newport, Rhode Island, one busy summer evening in 2006. A man driving a black Mercedes convertible was in traffic next to me, and on his Massachusetts license plate were his initials plus MD. I wondered where the handsome doctor could be going. The Fall is my answer to that question. As I developed the character of Ted, a pediatric oncologist, I realized I needed some day-in-the-life details to make his character more authentic. During an Internet search, I discovered a blog by Dr. Samuel Blackman, at the time a pediatric oncologist at Children's Hospital Boston. The similarities between Sam's story and the back story I had already given Ted were startling, to say the least. Sam generously allowed me to borrow anecdotes from his blog that added so much to this story. For that as well as his friendship and support, I'm truly grateful.
Thank you Christina Camara, Julie Cupp, Paula Del Bonis-Platt and Lisa Ridder, who read the early drafts and provided invaluable feedback. Ronlyn Howe read the most recent version, and I thank her for the excellent insight that made The Fall a better book.
To all the readers who have made my author journey so rewarding, I'm eternally indebted to you. Your friendship has been one of the great gifts in my life.
To Dan, Emily, Jake, Brandy, and Dad, I love you best of all.

About the Author

***Start reading Marie's New York Times Bestselling Gansett Island Series today with Maid for Love, free on Amazon.***

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force.  All together, her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple--to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news. 

Join Marie's mailing list on her website at for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook at, on Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram at Contact Marie at

Product Details

  • File Size: 2657 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: HTJB, Inc. (December 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 16, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By TinaW VINE VOICE on March 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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 for me in small ways, but not to an extent that I've actively disliked them. I do enjoy her writing because I think she writes messy stories. By that I mean, she doesn't always color within the lines in a genre that sometimes feel it is one formula after the other. I respect that. But this book simply can't be put in the win column for me.

**********SPOILERS GALORE********************THIS REVIEW IS ONE BIG SPOILER************************************

First I have to say that every character in the book succumbed to one of two ailments: Big A$$ Whiny Baby syndrome (BAWBS) or Super Self Righteousness-itis (SSR). Not one person remained immune.

As I mentioned above the set up and premise is really a good one. Ted Duffy is a pediatric oncologist who comes from a super awesome family and has four of the best friends ever. The guys, Ted, Parker, Smitty and Chip, have all grown up together and have known each other forever. They have a summer house they share and one weekend Smitty brings Caroline, a woman he had been dating for only a few weeks. When Ted and Caroline meet they fall instantly in love. For Ted, Caroline is THE ONE. And he's heartsick that she is Smitty's girl. For Caroline Ted also brought the lightning bolt of love.
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I couldn't put this book down at first, it really started out strong. I'm not sure when it started to fizzle though. I know that all of the "love at first sight" thing was a little too much. For something that only happens once every blue moon, it happened to everyone in this book. It was overkill for me. All of the male crying was a little too much also. I've never read a book where all the men cried at the drop of a hat, not realistic. I didn't like how Ted's mom reacted to the situation, it seemed out of character for her. I hated how Lillian and/or Theo didn't step in to tell their story to Ted's parents, so that history didn't repeat itself. The way that Mitzi & Caroline made up was unrealistic too. Out of the blue Mitzi believes their love is true, because she sees a list? Caroline should have made Mitzi grovel a little bit. Caroline didn't even make Ted grovel at all. Even though he left after all the promises he made, she just took him back. I would have put him through the wringer to come back home. I like quite a few Marie Force books, but this one fell flat for me.
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I really never bought this story at all.


First of all, these are grown men. While I can understand Smitty being upset with having his girlfriend of a couple of months 'stolen' by his best friend, even though she was his CASUAL girlfriend of 2 months (no not fiance, not wife, never said I LOVE YOU's to each other although Smitty 'thought' she might be 'the one'). But I was definitely NOT buying the other 2 friends' treatment of Duff - they basically treated him like he was dirt and refused to talk to him. Really??? Women behaving like this - maybe - but grown, heterosexual men in their 30s choosing sides and getting snotty with their lifelong friend because he fell in love with another man's girlfriend. COME ON!

Supposedly these were all intelligent (Princeton grads), successful, professionals yet they never had an intelligent discussion about the situation - not once. They just acted like whiny girlfriends. Not buying it.

Secondly, if Duff and Caroline were really so in love with each other (saying I love you every other sentence), how could Duffy leave Caroline (his wife of a few weeks), move, take another job, and remove his ring - all within a matter of weeks and all because his boyfriends and his mommy were mad at him. And what's with his mother choosing Smitty over her son, a son she supposedly loved without question? Once again, did not buy it.

Finally, Duff and Caroline are thrown together at Smitty's wedding party - Smitty forgives all, the men all kiss and make up (BTW...WAY TO MUCH MALE CRYING IN THIS BOOK), and the men forgive Duff and Caroline.
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By Cindy on November 9, 2013
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Started stong.....but left me cold. The story had a promising plot. I didn't read the reviews because I've read this author before and I liked her books. After investing my time to read this book I wish I had. I liked Ted and all the guys at the beginning. They seemed to have a special friendship. Everything was going well until Ted looses his grandmother. His whole attitude towards Caroline was disgusting. After profesing his undying love, making her his wife and promising to be with her no matter what. What does he do? .... Closes her out and then outright leaves her???? After she gave everything up for him?? After the second wedding when she gave him an OUT! She moved for him and was willing to follow him where ever he chose to go. He uproots himself and changes his whole life and when she asks him what she's supposed to do he pretty much tells her he doesn't care. He gets himself a new life. But what totally disgusted me was that he took off his ring..for him the marriage was over. When Smitty sends him the invitation he goes running to see him!?!? Really?!?! After not even wanting his wife's own name mentioned???? At Smity's party he's fine sitting next to Caroline (who he hasn't seen in two months). After he is forgiven by his friends he even toasts him but does not mention his wife. Only after she leaves does he even think of apologising to her (after he has the approval from everyone-he couldn't handle going against the world for her--- His grandmother would've been so disappointed in him).. I liked Caroline throughout the story. However, when he left she did not get control of her life and did something she said she wouldn't do again---loose herself to a man. ----She was going to wait for him to come back to her?!?!? Really?!?? After the way he left her?!?!Read more ›
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