Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Book Review: When We Fall by Marquita Valentine

Title: When We Fall (Take the Fall #2)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Decemeber 8, 2015

Book Description:
The last time Piper Ross saw her best friend’s sexy older brother, Jase Simmons, he was being taken away in handcuffs. Seven years later, two things haven’t changed: Piper is still head-over-heels in love with him . . . and Forrestville’s chief of police—Piper’s dad—still hates his guts. So when Piper sees a chance to get close to Jase, she makes her move—literally. As his new roommate, and as the office manager of his tattoo shop, Piper won’t be satisfied until Jase knows that she wants to be his.

The quintessential good girl, Piper is pure temptation for Jase. The only reason he’s always kept his distance is because she’s the last person he’d ever want to hurt. But once he realizes that Piper is ready to take the leap, everything just makes sense. Suddenly Jase feels like a new man—until nasty rumors start swirling and Piper’s heartless father stirs up even more trouble. Now Jase must convince Piper that she wasn’t wrong about him . . . because falling in love never felt so right.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“Her short pink skirt and white sleeveless top make her look exactly like dessert.  Like some kind of erotic Neapolitan sundae.  My favorite kind of ice cream.  Mostly because I’m a greedy bastard who doesn’t think I should be confined to one of anything.”

“Most days, I feel like wallpaper – there for only decoration.  There to look pretty and inoffensive.”

“At five feet eleven, Rowan has the looks of a supermodel and the mouth of a sailor – two reasons why Seth is attracted to her.”

“It’s unfair really, to have a parent so beautiful on the outside while simultaneously hideous on the inside.”

“A man who has the face of an angel and kisses like the devil is my man, and not just any man.  Jase.  The guy I’ve loved since I was fourteen.”

“You’re my world Piper, and I made a promise that no one would take that away from me.”

“His hard body with its tattoos is a feast for the eyes.  I swear he could be his own man candy page on Pinterest.”

My Review:

This was my first date with Marquita Valentine and I could kick myself for being so slow to notice her before - as it was love at first sight.  I was instantly snared and totally invested in her tale before finishing the first page, she definitely has skills and has put them to good use.  I was absorbed by the story and resented any interruption while reading this sweet and steamy love story of a good bad boy and a sweet neglected rich girl.  Sure, it sounds like it’s been done before – but not like this.  The writing was insightful and emotive from a dual point of view – which I highly enjoyed.  The love scenes were sensual and deliciously steamy, and the relationship was sweet and satisfying.  I adored the characters and enjoyed watching them evolve.  I believe I would live happily ever after if I could clear my calendar and only read her work for the rest of my days. 

Empress DJ


Title: Take The Fall (Take the Fall #1)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2015

Book Description:
As a teenager, Seth O’Connor went to jail for a crime he had nothing to do with. He took the fall to protect the girl he loved, but the cruel realities of prison hardened him. After doing his time, Seth shuts her out and enlists in the Marines—until his grandmother’s funeral forces him to come home and face Rowan Simmons once again. The woman she’s become puts all his high-school memories to shame, and Seth wants her more than ever. Can he be honest about why he denied her for so long?

After Seth pushed her away, Rowan swore that no man would ever hurt her again. But the boy who broke her heart has become a sexy Marine, capable of fulfilling her every desire—and now that he’s back in town, old feelings are simmering to a boil. Rowan wants to stay strong, even as her body surrenders to his expert touch. She only hopes that by taking him back, she can finally help heal the wounds that drove them apart.

 About the author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has sold over a quarter of a million books around the world. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (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 lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.


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