Fall Through Spring by Amy Lane
As far as Clay Carpenter is concerned, his abusive relationship with food is the best thing he’s got going. When a good friend starts kicking his ass into gear, Clay is forced to reexamine everything he learned about food and love—and that’s right when he meets troubled graduate student, Dane Hayes.
Dane Hayes doesn’t do the whole monogamy thing, but the minute he meets Clay Carpenter, he’s doing the friend thing in spades. The snarky, scruffy bastard not only gets Dane’s wacky sense of humor, he also accepts the things Dane can’t control—like the bipolar disorder Dane has been trying to manage for the past six years.
Dane is hoping for more than friendship, and Clay is looking at him with longing that isn’t platonic. They’re both positive they’re bad at relationships, but with the help of forbidden desserts and new medication regimens, they prove outstanding at being with each other. But can they turn their friendship into the love neither of them has dared to hope for?
I loved Clay and Dane, they were so perfect for each other. Even though they were both dealing with their own issues, they didn’t let that stop them from building a friendship that turned into so much more. The complex characters whose mental health issues were dealt with in an understanding manner by the author made for a very engaging and entertaining read.
The characters were well-written and their relationship felt very organic and not forced. The story itself had great flow and kept my interest throughout.
I loved how the author dealt with the mental health issues in the story, they weren’t glossed over or magically cured but the characters still got a happy ending.
If there were any flaws in the story they didn’t stick out enough to throw me out of the story so they don’t matter to me.
I love everything I’ve read by Amy Land and this was no exception, I am so looking forward to reading more in the Winter Ball series.
Review by Jocelyn