Author: Marquita Valentine
Title: "After we fall"
Book 3 in series Take the fall
Main characters: Hunter Sloan and Evangeline Ambrose
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I have to say that I really loved it :) I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed it, cause I did not expect to fall in love with these characters and their story as much as I did :) don't worry if you are new to this author or this series, because I was :) it's the first book written by her that I read, but definitely NOT the last ;) and my lack of knowledge about previous stories absolutely did not diminish my pleasure of reading this book :) so don't worry about it and just pick it up, because it was absolutely fantastic :) but let me tell you more about it :)
So let me start with our main couple :) Hunter is a cop... a very sexy cop with sarcastic sense of humor so I was totally in love with him in the first few chapters... ;) what can I say? I'm a sucker for that ;) he joined the force at a very young age for very personal reasons connected to his past... I don't want to get into too many details, but let me just say that his father used to beat up his mother and him...and then we have Evangeline... she was married to an abusive husband for six years before finally escaping from him, six months prior to the beginning of this story :) and it was actually Hunter who found her that night and escorted her to the women's shelter... since I haven't read previous books, I have no idea if that situation was mentioned or described in them, but just a few sentences here is enough as an introduction to the story :) so as I said before, we start the book six months later and he still can't stop thinking about her... so imagine his surprise when she turns out to be his new neighbour ;)
I absolutely loved the build up of a relationship between them :) it's kind of slow, but very sweet :) and even though the story is not very long, I definitely did not felt like their journey was rushed or anything :) but I do feel the need to mention that I am partially biased to these types of stories... :) don't get me wrong, it's not because something like that happened to me or anything, but books where the heroine is overcoming this type of situation always gets to me more somehow... maybe it's because it's usually a journey when they become strong again, when they are re-building their life... it's just... I have a soft spot for those stories :) but, on the other hand, it definitely makes it harder for me to really love those books, because I have certain expectations about them :) and I am pleased to say that this book was absolutely spectacular... :) I love how it showed that the journey for Evangeline is far from over, but she's getting there closer and closer every single day... I loved the slow build up between her and Hunter... that there is this... attraction and sparks, but she doesn't just jump right into bed with him... :) I enjoyed their relationship immensly... :) and this book has such a beautiful ending... just... <sigh> :) and now I am definitely waiting for the next one ;) why, you ask? oh I'll tell you ;)
I have just one word for you... Saylor :) she's this awesome, quirky neighbour and a new friend of Evangeline and I know that she will get her own book... well, I don't necessarily KNOW that, but I have a pretty big hopes for it... ;) and it would be just perfect if it'd be the next one, cause I need her happy ending :) she was such a fun character to read about and I want more of her :) I need to know more... :) so fingers crossed ;) there were of course more secondary characters, but the main couple took the most space in this story, as they should ;) and from all the rest, I loved Saylor so much, that all other sort of faded in the background... :) although I need to mention, that there are dogs in this book :) <sigh> another bonus points for me cause I am a huge dog person ;)
It was such a fast read for me :) I fell in love with the writing style from the very beginning, and the fact that we have two perspectives in this story is a huge bonus for me :) I love to be able to get inside the heads of both main characters, especially if its done as well as in this book :) and even though the book wasn't very long, it told an absolutely lovely story of love and getting back your strenght and just... <sigh> :) I adored the character development that Evangeline went through :) from the beginning you could see the glimpses of the woman she used to be before... but the further we got into the book the more this sassy side of her came to light... :) so seeing her get her happy ending with Hunter was a true delight... and yes, I am perfectly aware that she's a fictional character, but reading would be sooo boring if we would not get invested into the stories and characters that we read about :) so I am totally recommending for you guys to pick it out :) you can start from this book, even if you are new to this author :) I did it this way and it was amazing :) but I will say that her writing style was so fantastic that I am definitely picking up some of her previous stories :) I want to see if she will enchant me once again :)
I have a few quotes for you because I really wanted to show you the writing style and interactions that awaits you in this story :) but since they come from an ARC version, they might be slightly different in the finished one :) but it will show you what awesomeness is waiting for you if you pick it up ;) happy reading :)
One of the first interactions between Hunter and Evangeline :) Evangeline first :)
"'Look, I wasn't breaking the law.'
'You were trespassing on Paula Case's yard.'
My jaw drops. 'You saw that?'
'I'm pretty sure it's against the law to spy on people.'
'You were in plain sight.' He crosses his arms over his broad chest, muscles rippling. I can't help but stare. Tattoos on his biceps and at the top of his hips don't help things. 'My eyes are up here, gorgeous.'
My mouth opens and closes a couple of times even as my gaze snaps to his face. 'I wasn't...'
Yeah, I totally was."
A little something when Evangeline met Saylor, by finding her cat with an R2-D2 shaped tag ;) Saylor first :)
"'There you are.' Scooping up her cat, she scolds her gently before turning her attention to me. 'She used the force to escape and I've been looking for her for the past ten minutes.'
'Pretty sure she was leading the rebel army away from the stormtroopers. So, go easy on her.'
The brunette regards me for a minute as if she's not sure if I'm making fun of her. 'Possibly she thinks I'm Vader since I tricked her into taking a bath this morning.'
I nod solemnly. 'You're a dead ringer for him, for sure.'"
A little bit of Hunter :)
"After a shitastic day at work, I am eager as hell for a beer and a juicy steak on the grill, but before I can grab a bottle from the fridge, my phone rings and I groan. It's my partner, Dwight. Today he was promoted to detective, and, while I'm proud of him, I don't want a new partner. Shit, I'm half afraid they'll put me with Roberts and I'll end up killing the guy on the first day we're together. While that might do the world a favor, it won't help me when I'm up for promotion."
And a little bit of Evangeline ;)
"Adulting sucks when you're a single woman without a... crew, entourage? Squad? I can't keep up with the latest term for <group of friends.> I don't even have enough friends to form a triangle. Gah. I'm lame."
And the last one, part of a conversation between Saylor and Evangeline about Hunter ;) Evangeline first :)
"'Then you do think he's attractive?'
'Uh, yeah. I'm not blind. Hunter is Thor hot.' She cants her head side to side. 'But without the blond hair, Nordic background, or hammer.'
'I wouldn't go that far.'
She rolls her eyes. 'You're such a liar.'"
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About the author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Take the Fall, Holland Springs, and Boys of the South series, having sold more than a quarter of a million books around the world. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been praised as “sexy, fun, and slightly addicting” (The Book Queen). When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high-school sweetheart, Marquita Valentine lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.Find her on Facebook | Website | Twitter