Desert Isle Keeper
In Fall we see the repercussions of incidents that occurred toward the end of Rise, when rock star Zander, the lead singer of Rage, stopped the band’s tour in order to have surgery on vocal polyps. The rest of the band and Dimity Graham (the band’s PA) are still waiting to find out if Zander will be able to sing again. Making matters worse, Zander is being sued by insurers claiming the polyps were a pre-existing condition, further threatening the future of the band.
As the book opens, Dimity plans to have some hot sex to celebrate her freedom from her needy, recently remarried mother. She doesn’t have anyone particular in mind, but figures if she goes to a club she will meet someone to suit her needs. She makes the mistake of telling Seth, who insists on going with her to the bar. He is still reeling from his breakup with his childhood sweetheart, and when his ex- texts him while they’re at the bar, Dimity sends a photo of her and Seth with their arms around each other. The texts escalate, clearly giving the impression they’re an item.
Seth’s known as the nice guy of the band; everyone loves him, making him clearly not Dimity’s type. They’ve been friends for years, but faking a relationship in the bar for Seth’s ex- leads to a hot sexual encounter between the two. There’s a fantastic scene between them early on in which Seth tells Dimity that nice guys make the best lovers. When she asks why, he responds, “Because we pay attention. Every woman has a sexual fantasy. We find out what it is, and give it to her.”
We learn a lot about Dimity and Seth over the course of the book. As she says, her favorite thing to do is machinate: scheme, plot, intrigue, strategize. And she follows through with this throughout the book, at times leading to hurtful actions in her quest to get what she wants. We also learn Seth is more complicated than he appears, with a complicated family history.
I’m not convinced this would work as well for someone who hasn’t read Rise. Once the book shifts to New Zealand, Zander and Elizabeth (the leads from Rise) play a major role in the story, continuing threads that began in the earlier book. As for me, I thoroughly loved Fall and can’t wait for more in the series, and hope subsequent books continue to feature – at least in part – Dimity, Seth, Zander, and Elizabeth.