Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review Tour & Book Review: Hard To Fall by Marquita Valentine

Hard To Fall
by Marquita Valentine
Series: Take the Fall #4
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18th, 2016


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.

**Can be read as a stand alone.

Advance praise for Hard to Fall:

“Marquita Valentine strikes gold with relatable and quirky characters in Hard to Fall. She will have you fanning yourself and then reaching for the tissues as you cry from laughter. Hard to Fall is a fun read, full of steam and drool-worthy moments. How can you not fall in love with an alpha male who fights fires? Yum!”—Meghan Quinn, author of Stroked

“Five sweet and steamy stars! With quirky yet relatable characters, a sexy love story, and a compelling plot that keeps you entertained the entire way through, Marquita Valentine has done it again!”—Stacey Lynn, author of the Fireside series

“Sweet and quirky heroine and a steamy hero tangled together in a complicated romance readers will root for!”—Caisey Quinn, author of the Neon Dreams series


Take the Fall

by Marquita Valentine
Series: Take the Fall #1
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 21st, 2015

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.

When We Fall

by Marquita Valentine
Series: Take the Fall #2 
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Decemeber 8th, 2015

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.

After We Fall

by Marquita Valentine
Series: Take the Fall #3
 Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 26th, 2016

A tough cop with an even tougher past, Hunter Sloan has never let anyone stop him from getting what he wants—and he wants Evangeline Ambrose bad. With her gentle curves and raw vulnerability, Hunter’s beautiful, mysterious new neighbor awakens his protective side. Determined to do right by a woman who’s gone through hell and back, Hunter could be the one to take away the pain—so long as his own secrets don’t sink their relationship before it begins.

aving escaped an abusive marriage, Evangeline simply wants to start over in the small, quiet town of Forrestville. She’s also avoiding all contact with the opposite sex, because she just can’t trust her instincts when it comes to men—not even with the sinfully sexy cop next door. So why can’t she stop thinking about him? Hunter has darkness in his soul, and yet no one ever made her feel so safe. For all her best laid plans, Evangeline didn’t count on choices this hard—or temptation this hot.

About the author:

Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012, Marquita has 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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My Review:

I absolutely enjoyed this lighthearted, fun and generally wonderful story.

The Story:
Hayden loves his job as a firefighter. He worked hard to be where he is right now in his life without any help from his father or the influence behind his family's name Walker. His father on the other hand still counts on Hayden to get into politics even though he has no intention in doing so.

Saylor has always lived a rather normal life despite her mum being a famous actress. She was shielded from the media and has lived a private life thanks to her mum, which did a good job in protecting Saylor from the press and keeping her out of the spotlight even when it meant being separated from her mum most of the time.
Her father was always present – in the media at least – but he didn't take part in her life. He is in politics and spends his free time with his family, the one she doesn't belong to because she was just a dark secret that happened back when her mum was young and lived a rather carefree and careless life.

Hayden and Saylor meet at their friends’ wedding and hit it off pretty quickly. What a pity though that Hayden doesn’t remember what happened in Tijuana and Saylor just doesn't know how to tell him that they're married. The more time they spend together without her telling him, she's scared that he would be angry at her for lying to him and she doesn't want to lose him because she likes him a lot.

This was an absolutely enjoyable read. I loved the characters Saylor and Hayden because they were unique IMO. Saylor was quirky in a shy way – which probably doesn’t make sense at all if you haven’t read the book – but she was really lovely and her way to talk was just particular.
Hayden reminded me of myself when it came to his way of keeping the people he loved safe. Even though he didn't want to go into politics and follow in his father's path he couldn't really tell him no because it seemed to me he didn't want to hurt him. He cared about his family and he also cared about Saylor. He was protective, attentive and passionately sweet. Personally though I would have gone crazy with someone I can't argue with. No matter what happened he never lost control of his temper even though I counted on it until the very end. It’s probably because he knew how to keep his calm due to his job where he had to be in control and stay calm even in the worst case.

I struggled just a tiny bit at first to get into the story but it was so lovely written that I got the hang of it pretty fast. There were some certain decisions made by the characters which I couldn’t quite understand and a few things just didn’t work for me which got me thinking too much and losing my concentration on the story a few times especially in the first half of the book. Other than that did I really love this book especially the epilogue.

-- I received an ARC of this book from WordSmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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