Title: After We Fall (Take the Fall #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Random House Loveswept
Review copy provided by publisher
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.
Having 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.
I’m a huge fan of Marquita Valentine and was so excited to see there was a new story in her Take the Fall Series. We first met both Hunter and Evangeline in the second book in the series, and it was absolutely the worst time in Evangeline’s life. I would like to issue a trigger warning to all readers, After We Fall deals with the recovery from an abusive marriage, though Ms. Valentine handles the story in a completely respectful way.
I loved the growth of both Evangeline and Hunter in this book. Hunter grew up with an abusive father, so he could totally sympathize with Evangeline. I liked that he understood her and her situation enough to give her the space she needed to feel comfortable with him. I loved that he was willing to go at any pace Evangeline needed to be in her life. Yes there was obviously an attraction even in the beginning between them, but I completely understood Evangeline being so hesitant to start something with another man.
I loved Evangeline started making friends again after she moved to Forrestville. Yes she had Hunter as a friend, but she needs girlfriends and I love that her neighbor Saylor becomes a true friend to Evangeline when she needs one the most. I really think having Saylor as a friend actually helped Evangeline be more open to other friendships and relationships.
I loved the slow build to Hunter and Evangeline going from friends to lovers. My only issue was the fact that Hunter wasn’t honest with Evangeline in the beginning about the cage fighting. I understood his reasoning, but as she hadn’t had choices in the past, I didn’t like he didn’t give her a choice in the beginning. I did love how protective Hunter was, but felt like in this instance, he was a bit overprotective.
I hated that Evangeline’s ex got back in touch with her. I really wanted to kick him in the junk for all he had done to her in the past and the fact that he tried to control her again after she had finally started over. However, I have to say I loved she was no longer the doormat he made her in the past and she was strong enough to actually stand up and take control of her life this time. I know it was partially the fact that Hunter has shown her what real love looked like and she had started to become the woman she was before her ex that helped her find the inner strength she needed.
After We Fall put me through the emotional wringer in the best possible way. I highly recommend this book and the entire series to everyone. I feel like it just gets better with each book. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
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