Review: The Long Fall of Night, by A. J. Rose (Rating: 4.5/5)

The Long Fall of Night, by A.J. Rosewordpress blog stats
Publisher: The Grim Writer Press (June 16, 2015)
Page Count: 473 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey

Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey

Short & Sweet: Welcome to the long fall of night… A sudden blackout hits New York City, leaving Ash Caine and his lab partner Elliot Davenport in darkness. But Ash knows that this is no ordinary power outage; twelve hours earlier he’d received a coded message from his Uncle Marvin, warning him to “be ready”. Now Ash has two goals: get to his sister’s house in upstate New York, and get her and her son to Seattle, where Uncle Marvin lives. But Elliot isn’t about to let Ash leave him behind, especially if what Ash says is true.

My Thoughts: This was one of my most anticipated books of June, and I’m always thrilled when a book I’m looking forward to is as good as I’d hoped! After reading A.J. Rose’s Power Exchange trilogy, I had an expectation of what this book would hold: amazing characters, beautiful writing and well-researched plot, and a hot, sexy romance. Lemme tell you something… A.J. delivered on all fronts!

The Eastern two-thirds are without power, leaving more than two hundred million people in the dark. Ash was raised to survive in any circumstance, but even this is beyond his comprehension. Still, with his family and friends to take care of, he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to make it to safety. And even though he insists that Elliot is just a friend (and occasional hook-up), Ash doesn’t want to leave him behind.

In Denver, a city that’s half-dark and half-powered, the Army team Shockwave are dealing with their own issues. They have orders to evacuate the part of the city without power, but the situation is takings its toll on the normally tight teammates. Sergeant “Ness” Midler and her team are trying to stay sane, but best friends Chris and Donnie are trying to ignore their attraction to each other in the midst of everything else.

Apocalypse novels usually fall into one of two categories: fun and unrealistic (see also: zombies), or terrifyingly possible. The Long Fall of Night is definitely the latter. A.J. Rose did a lot of research here, and everything from the reactions of people affected, to the military involvement, is realistic enough to put a chill down your spine.

What’s amazing to me is A.J.’s ability to balance the plot and the relationship arc between her characters. I almost hesitate to call this a romance, because the relationships aren’t front-and-center in the importance. This is a plot-driven story, but Ash’s feelings for Elliot (as much as he pretends they don’t exist) drive his motivation and cause him to make decisions that he otherwise wouldn’t.

Overall, this was an amazing novel. I actually snuck it into work and read it when my boss was in meetings, because I couldn’t put it down! The Shockwave portion was weaker, plot-wise, but I don’t think it was meant to stand as equal to Ash and Eliott’s half; rather, it was there to complement their story, and give a different perspective on what was happening around the country.

Another amazing novel from A.J. Rose! I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and I really hope we get to see more of Ash and Eliott!

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