Monday, August 4, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review: Breakfall by: Kate Pavelle

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Kate Pavelle

Just about everything Kate Pavelle writes is colored by her life experiences, whether the book in your hand is romance, mystery, or adventure. Kate grew up under a totalitarian regime behind the Iron Curtain. In her life, she has been a hungry refugee and a hopeful immigrant, a crime victim and a force of lawful vengeance, a humble employee and a business owner, an unemployed free-lancer and a corporate executive, a scientist and an artist, a storyteller volunteering for her local storytelling guild, a martial artist, and a triathlete. Kate’s frequent travels imbue her stories with local color from places both exotic and mundane.Kate Pavelle is encouraged in her writing by her husband, children and pets, and tries not to kill her extensive garden in her free time. Out of the five and a half languages she speaks, English is her favorite comfort zone.











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Breakfall

Publication Date: June 27, 2014 






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Synopsis: Fall Trilogy: Book One


Sexual assault doesn't discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the predator stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it's the last thing he does. Yet Sean's hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn's protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills.


Review


Breakfall (Fall Trilogy #1)

by Kate Pavelle

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

This was very, very, very well done!

The first part of this book explains a whole lot of the differences between a variety of martial arts and it was both intriguing and highly informative. Not to mention it was an eye opener for it also made clear a whole lot of questions I had. Then there was the narrative - spread throughout - on breakfall, or, how to break a fall.

Breakfall is one of the most basic of moves in any martial art practice and to perfect it is to mean not only preventing yourself from any serious trauma during a fall, it also is a means of survival for it teaches the body to trust in itself and curl up in defense - not as a sign of submission or cowardice or fear. Unfortunately, this one basic move is something perfected by Sean and yet he forgot to trust.

Breakfall by Kate Pavelle is the story of two men who practice different martial arts styles. Sean is a Aikido sensei and teaches his students the art as it should apply in life: be calm and avoid violence but always be on the ready. Asbjorn is a Karate sensei and other forms. A Navy veteran, he may still be a student at MIT just like Sean, but his experience on tour and as a team leader honed not only his craft but his reflexes and his way of thinking. The two meet when Asbjorn decides to learn the art of breaking his fall properly. At first they just become friends, studied the arts together and eventually became sparring partners. As they get closer together, their natural dominant natures not only get their nurturing instincts to rise but their instinct to be independent and be the 'alpha male' rose as well . 

The first clash of personalities happen when Asbjorn gets hurt in a fight and when Sean's over protectiveness gets nerve wracking for someone like Asbjorn who is highly independent. When Sean is assaulted by a violent stalker, Asbjorn comes in to rescue just like a knight in shining armor - something that Sean is both grateful for yet resentful of. Now the tables have turned and both do not know how to handle them. Misunderstandings and miscommunication almost overwhelm their budding relationship and it is only through the help of others that they are finally able to break away the mis- in the trust and they learn to break the falls within their relationships.

This was a stunning read and I must admit to losing a bit of sleep over this for the images were just so true and real. I saw the sensei warring over the insecure men. I saw the need for nurturing versus the need to show outward strength. The juxtapositions these men find themselves in is very real and understandably confusing.

If there is one thing I will have to point out as a negative on this book (NOTE this is NOT a negative for me!) is the narrative on the intricacies of martial arts. This information is not for everyone, especially as not everyone is familiar with it. What I can honestly say is this: be patient, read the necessary narratives and then integrate it into how the relationship between Asbjorn and Sean develops. It is key! Breaking the falls within relationships gets it going stronger for a long, long time. Failure to do so would mean a break up. 

Fantastic book! Can't wait for the second and third installments!

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