Thursday, May 5, 2016

After We Fall by Marquita Valentine


Book Description

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.

AVAILABLE: April 26, 2016

Take The Fall series
Take the Fall (Book 1)
When We Fall (Book 2) REVIEW HERE
After We Fall (Book 3)

After We Fall is the third book in Marquita Valentine's Take the Fall series.  I have read the previous book (When We Fall), but it wasn't necessary in order to read this one.  And while I LOVED When We Fall, this book just felt a little rushed and forced in a way.

It has been six months since Evangeline Ambrose was found walking along the side of the road after finally finding the strength to leave her abusive husband.  Now she is ready to start over in a new town where no one knows her or her past.  Or so she thought, until she discovers her new neighbor is the cop that helped her the night she left her husband.

Hunter Sloan hasn't been able to get the scared, beaten Evangeline out of his head in the six months since he found her walking along the side of road.  And when he discovers that she is his new neighbor, Hunter becomes determined to show her that not all men are like her abusive ex-husband.  But Hunter has a secret, that if it becomes known, could ruin any chance with Evangeline before it even begins.  

I thought for surviving such an abusive marriage for many years, Evangeline moved fast with Hunter.  The relationship felt rushed to me.  She still didn't fully trust men OR herself yet, but wanted Hunter and fell for him pretty fast.  That aspect of Evangeline just didn't vibe for me with this story.  Or... i just wish there was more TIME involved with their relationship.  But don't get me wrong, Hunter IN NO WAY forced her into anything.  He just stated his intentions and desires.  I just wish that Evangeline had taken more time for herself to fully learn to trust and forgive herself. 

While this book wasn't my favorite, I still would recommend When We Fall and definitely plan on reading Take The Fall (whenever I get the time).  

Rating: 3 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**

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