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Fallen from Grace (Five Star Expressions) Hardcover – 8 Dec 2003

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  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (8 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786247088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786247080
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 15.1 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,512,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this book very much's very rare these days to find a book that actually has a real story.. I enjoyed how everything unfolded and even though I wouldn't normally read a book with a younger man and older woman, this was really believable. The struggle that he had to make a choice about leaving the only life he knew and having enough faith to venture into the unknown was really well constructed. Clearly this book was written pre 50 shades madness hence the author made an effort to present us with a good story
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Probably a 3.5 for me. Enjoyable read but not a lot more. Premise is that Sara, writer, moves in next door to Ryan. Ryan is gorgeous looking, charming, loves animals, intelligent and interested in Sara. She knows there must be a catch. There is. He is an escort, or put more bluntly a prostitute. They fall in love but Sara can't deal with his profession. The story deals with her reaction to the news and how they build a relationship. The thing that spoiled it a bit for me was that Ryan was a bit too good to be believable and I found Sara to be a bit of a bigot so I didn't overly care for her. Still it was a different take on romance and it was easy to read and not instantly forgettable.
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After reading some of the reviews, I decided to give this book a shot as I'm currently researching similar material.
I was surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed the book and that it gripped me to the end. In fact, I read the book in one sitting; I couldn't put it down.
I thought that the central characters were very life-like and believable.
It is a sad reality that a lot of the events in this book are non-fiction and that Ryan is clearly a representation of many.
I loved the story and the way all loose ends were neatly tied together. I also loved that the author thought through many of the details and understood the character's emotions very well.
I would highly recommend this book, it will leave an impression, that's for sure.
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I loved the banter between the main characters and the genuine friendship that grew up between them, before there was any idea of romance. The "secret job" was an intriguing "what if...?" scenario, but I think the way they worked it through between them was plausible. I especially liked the fact they didn't struggle for endless chapters with the Big Misunderstanding :) but faced things as equal adults.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There should be more romances like this one 30 July 2003
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Sara is a writer who had to move into a cheaper apartment because her publisher decided to discontinue her mystery series. She meets the boy next door, who seems to be everything a woman could want. He's younger, considerate, smart, sweet, gentle, and gorgeous to boot. The more time they spend together, the more obvious it is to each of them that the other is what they want.
But Ryan hasn't been totally open with Sara, and before they get too serious he has to tell her that he's a high priced prostitute. Ryan ran away from an abusive home when he was young and was rescued from the streets after being raped; his rescuer was a madam, who trained him to be just what women want. He sees sex as business, completely different from making love.
Sara obviously sees it another way. She loves him and wants him, but can't stand the thought of receiving him from another woman's bed.
That's the main conflict between the two. The wonderful thing about this novel is that when I heard the premise I thought it unbelievable, but in reading the characters Leone created I completely fell into the story and believed it. Sara and Ross were real people, with real feelings between them, too strong to ignore. And their conflicts weren't contrived, but part of who they were.
This is probably the best romance I've read this year - not just because it's original, but because it's genuine. There are no secret babies, no uber-villains, no big misunderstandings, just two people who really need each other and all the problems they have to work through before they have a life together and love. How they do that is one of the more romantic stories I've read.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unconvential romance with biting edge- gritty 18 Oct. 2004
By K. J. Blake - Published on
Format: Paperback
Laura Leone has risen above the formula that is the hallmark of standard romantic fiction. This is a novel of grit and depth. The frank sexuality and situations depicted do not leave much the imagination- they are supposed to shock and even repulse.

Ryan Kinsmore is a handsome young yuppie from initial appearances and his new neighbor Sara Diamond is impressed by his gentle nature, big heart and warmth. She is shocked when she finds out he was a teenage runaway who ended up a male escort- something he stil is 10 years later. Ryan as "Kevin" is a highly paid prostitute and even though he loves Sara he feels unworthy of her love and has little true self-value. His madam Katherine saved him from the streets and groomed him into the suave man he presents to the world but on the inside he sees himself as a scared kid who did anything for money.

This book is very much a book of discovery and finding the courage to make a big change as it is a romance. I found Ryan to be an empathetic character and believable. Most stories with prostitutes are women- few are men, yet more and more men work as sex workers today servicing men and women ( watch Law and Order SVU any episode to verify this) and the whole objectification of the service provider and the way they see themselves was done well here. Sara is an interesting woman- she is a writer who is in the midst of her own career turmoil so these two meeting at a critical crossroads is no accident.

The love making between Ryan and Sara is sweet once it happens- the emotions and trust issues rule their heads and hearts and bodies.

This is an adult story with very adult themes- not for the faint of heart. Story is set in San Francisco and there is a secondary subplot involving Sara facing that someone close to her is gay and her having to accept this. Again- if you are offended- read something else. If you are open to what is in a person's heart and body- this is a great read with many unexpected touches of humor as well as driving pathos as Ryan finds a way out of the life he has lived for so long.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Read..... 30 Sept. 2003
By M. I. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Wow. This is not like any story Ive EVER read. In the front of the book, the author mentions that romance readers are more interested in a great story than a safe one. She really nailed it when she said that. What a book! "Fallen From Grace" had great characters in its h/h, Sara and Ryan. This book , however, belonged to Ryan. I loved the story. The way it didnt apologize for itself when it got gritty..didnt try to gloss itself was blunt, to the point, real, and so achingly romantic. The main draw for me though ,was definitely Ryan. What a genuine HERO. The things that he overcame..his gentle and sincere treatment of others...his compassion..all of this wrapped up in such an appealing package. He was a bit damaged from his secrets ,yes, but so Wholly a MAN. I LOVED this book..I read it in a matter of hours it was so unputdownable. This is a book that is a keeper for me for sure.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars will not be my last Laura Leone 26 April 2006
By sherrejon - Published on
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So, I started reading this book because someone else from a review for a different book recommended it, so I went ahead and bought it. I am so glad that I did.

First off, the book starts really good, with the point of view of "Kevin" or, in reality, Ryan, as he is doing a "trick" with a woman, since his job is to be an official "escort". He is only aiming to please, and we get his feelings on his job and the fact that he is not in it for his pleasure.

Then we meet Sara, who is very sad that her career is not as stable as it used to be and she feels as if she has to start from scratch (even though she has been writing a successful mystery series) since her publisher doesn't want her anymore.

As the story unfolds, we start to see that Ryan and Sara have feelings for each other, but Ryan holds back, not wanting to get too close to her since he knows that once she finds out the truth, that he is a male prostitute, she will never see him the same way.

So, eventually, when things get hot and heavy, he tells her. I don't want to reveal too much, but, she accepts him, regardless of his choice of career that he can't seem to get away from (since everytime he does, Catherine makes him feel guilty and reminds him that she is the one that taught him everything and saved him after he was brutally beaten and raped by a man). We get to see the pain he lived through, as a child, adolescent and now as a man. Leone did a great job in depicting the broken and desperate lives kids of the street live and the struggles that they have to endure and face. She even introduces Adam, a child that pickpockets, lives off the street and was lucky enough to steal Ryan's wallet, only to have him find him, get it back and help him live a better life. I actually cried or got teary eyed a couple of times, especially right after Ryan and Sara have mind-blowing, all-night sex and he gets a call from Catherine.

Great book! I just bought Fever Dreams by her, hopefully it's as good as this one, the excerpt given at the end of this book sure was.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love On The Rough Side of The Tracks 15 Nov. 2004
By Nadine A. Jackson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a read that will pierce your sense of morality versus romance. At times I thought this should read, `Fallen From Social Grace' because it deals with the side of life that many of us have not personally experienced yet do empathize with those who overcame growing up on the rough side of the tracks.

The main plot is a romance story of an apparent washed-up writer and older woman, Sara, and a handsomely sexy younger male prostitute and truly tortured hero, Ryan. The subplot deals with a distressing look at the dark humiliating actions inflicted by successful people who exploit less than fortunate males (particularly for this story) who are in dire need to survive on the dangerous streets of San Francisco. Ryan was one of these young males: a runaway who would do just about anything to obtain money to eat. However, sadly enough, one night after performing a `highly paid' intimate act on a man, his `trick' brutally rapes him and leaves him for dead in a dark alley. Alas, his only true friend comes to his rescue - a high class female "solicitor" who takes personal interest in grooming him for a career in prostitution; thus, giving him the name of "Kevin".

Years later Ryan meets a new next door neighbor, Sara. During the beginning of their budding relationship, Sara believes Ryan is a professional "model" and is away from home so much due to his photo shoots. Eventually Sara finds out his true occupation, Kevin, and is morally and emotionally challenged to accept or reject him. She is in an emotional whirlwind because now a family secret is about to be revealed, which will cause her to struggle even more with or compromise her deeply rooted social beliefs and unconditional love in acceptance of others.

This is an emotionally stirring and compelling read vs romantic. Although it was a tear jerker for me, it has a happy ending which ties together both of the main characters rather nicely.
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