After We Fall is a sweet and quick read that had me doing quite a few happy sighs as Hunter and Evangeline got to know each other better. And though I had a couple of issues towards the end of the book, I really liked the book.
Hunter was the character I wanted to know more about after reading When We Fall. All of the speculation about his past and how he dealt with the situation he’d found himself in with Jase and Piper definitely peaked my interest and my interest was definitely well deserved. He had a rough life growing up but has turned it all around, though there is a part of his past that he does continue to delve into, and is now apart of the protect and serve crowd as a police officer. He has a very alpha male air to him and yet he is compassionate and has a sweet and calming nature.
Evangeline has been through a hellish marriage and after six years of physical, mental and emotional abuse she is working on healing and figuring out just who she is and who she wants to be. The road isn’t easy for her and she tends to second guess her choices, she continually moves forward, even it is by inches at a time. As each day passes pieces of the woman she was before her marriage start to come through and blend with the woman she becoming and that is independent, strong with a generous heart.
Hunter and Evangeline’s road to their HEA was sweet and though I really liked how everything worked out in the end, I also feel like I needed more from them but can’t put my finger on just what it is. I liked how Hunter gained Evangeline’s trust by pushing just enough to get her step out of her comfort zone, but always making sure she knew she was in charge. They had sweet, fun and happy sigh moments, but maybe I just needed a little more angst?? The answer will probably smack me in the face in a month, but overall I am happy that they got their HEA in the end.
Despite my needing ‘something’ more, I really did enjoy this book. This is only my second read by Marquita Valentine, but I’m thoroughly enjoying her writing. It’s engaging and I love her voice. I thought she addressed the issue of abuse and the what it can do to those who experience it with grace and respect. And as it seems to be her m.o., she has peaked my interest in the both Hayden and Saylor, who are both awesome ~ especially Saylor, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for them!
~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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.
New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She's the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.
Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man--and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children