Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Falling Slowly (Hostage Negotiation #1.5) by Julie Coulter Bellon

**This is a companion novella to All Fall Down (Hostage Negotiation #1)**

Rafe Kelly never thought he’d fall in love with Claire Michaels, the hostage negotiator sent to get him out of a life or death situation. Though it was easy to see from the beginning that Claire was good at her profession, Rafe quickly realized she was even better for him personally―and that they might have a future together.

When they get back from their mission in Afghanistan, however, Claire goes back to the Hostage Negotiation Team and Rafe is left to deal with the huge hole in his life after leaving the SEALs. Trying to balance an uncertain future with a new relationship is made even more complicated when a family crisis strikes. Will Rafe and Claire be able to turn to each other for strength or are they over before they’ve really begun?

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Now here's something I love.  A sweet love story continuation from a book that I loved.  I first read about Rafe and Claire in "All Fall Down" which is a clean romantic suspense (more suspense than romance).  In that book they make a connection and we have a glimpse of what will come.  In "Falling Slowly" we get a follow up on Rafe and Claire's romance and I loved it.  It's sort of like a P.S..

Rafe and Claire are back in real life, trying to figure out how to navigate this new and growing relationship in uncharted waters.  This is a novella and so it went by way too fast.  I wanted more.  Yeah, greedy am I.  I love all of Julie's books.  They are fast paced and engaging.  This novella was less suspenseful and focused more on the growing relationship which is such a perfect idea for in between novellas, I think.  So fun!  I REALLY hope she does this for all her books.  That would be awesome!

If you haven't read any of Julie's books, this is a great time to start!  They are all fantastic.

All Fall Down  (Hostage Negotiation #1)

Falling Slowly (Hostage Negotiation #1.5)

Ashes, Ashes  (Hostage Negotiation #2)

From the Ashes (Hostage Negotiation #2.5)

Pocket Full of Posies  (Hostage Negotiation #3)

Ring Around the Rosie  (Hostage Negotiation #4)

Also, just as an FYI, "All Fall Down" should be released April 15th as an audio book!

Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of eleven romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.

Julie loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She would love to visit Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, and Scotland someday. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Julie also offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog


  1. I just finished this novella last night and I agree wholeheartedly with your review! Great little book. I love the PS so I know what happens after the Happily Ever After. =)

    1. Yay! I'm glad you read and loved it. Julie is the best and I love her books. Thanks, NaDell, for the comment! :)

  2. Thank you so much! I'm thrilled you liked it. :)


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