☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
Wedding bells are ringing—and tempers are flaring—as the Take the Fall series continues in this sweet, sexy novel from the bestselling author of After We Fall (“This beautiful story kept me transfixed until the very end.”—Krista Lakes).
As a hardworking, hard-partying firefighter, Hayden Walker values his career and his freedom. But as the eldest son of a U.S. senator, he agreed long ago to follow in his father’s footsteps and run for office, and that means settling down and marrying the picture-perfect wife. Hayden just isn’t ready for that sort of commitment . . . not with women like beautiful, curvy Saylor Dean—the naughty bridesmaid he recognizes the morning after his buddy’s wedding—tempting Hayden to stay single forever.
The unwanted love child of a well-known politician, Saylor has always felt isolated and alone, her only solace the animal shelter she runs in Forrestville. Then she meets Hayden at her best friend’s wedding. During their impulsive and unforgettable night together, Saylor feels desired like never before—only to wake up and find that Hayden doesn’t remember his drunken proposal, or their hasty marriage, or her. But when the truth comes out, Saylor finds it’s a lot harder to fall out of love than in love.
Hard to Fall by Marquita Valentine is the fourth book in her Take the Fall series. I have not read any of the prior books, and I had no difficulty following the story or falling in love with the characters.
Saylor is the love-child of a politician and an actress; she doesn’t know who her father is, and she distances herself from her mother in order to fly under the public’s radar. She is smart, independent and industrious. Her passion for Star Wars and her quirky outlook make her funny and lovable. She cranks up her usual quirkiness a few notches whenever she feels the need to escape a social situation. Saylor finds it easier to push people away before they have a chance to abandon her. She isn’t the only one trying to hide family connections. Hayden, the dreamy captain of the fire department, comes from money and he is the son of a powerful politician. This man of honor adores his momma, cares for his firefighting family, and respects his family’s history. They’re great individual characters, but together, you can’t help but love them. When their respective best friends’ wedding brings them together, the champagne and tequila start flowing, and all caution flies out the window. Too bad only one of them remembers just how impulsive they were after the wedding!
“I don’t think we’re that different, you and I. We both want love and acceptance.”
I loved Ms. Valentine’s phraseology. Humorous terms like “alphahole” made me erupt in laughter while reading. From Georgiana’s grace to Jonathan Sterling’s divisiveness, the secondary characters are memorable. Hard to Fall is well-written and perfectly paced. Between the main characters’ secrets and the small plot twists, this sweet romance is a page turner. I adored this low-drama, high passion read; it is a heart-warming escape that will leaving you wishing for your own hunky firefighter.
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