{Review} After We Fall by Marquita Valentine


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{Review} After We Fall by Marquita ValentineAfter We Fall by Marquita Valentine
Series: Take the Fall #3
Publisher: Loveswept on April 26, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 197

Our Rating

4 Stars

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.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

After We Fall by Marquita Valentine

Evangeline is starting over, trying to claim the life she should have had, the one that was derailed when her abusive husband left her battered and broken.  Focused on herself, the last thing she’s looking for is a new relationship, but when she’s faced with the cop who saved her, the one who never forgot about her, everything changes.

The Verdict: When Hunter Sloan finds out the woman he rescued and never forgot is his new neighbor, he’s immediately drawn to her.  Of course, Evangeline isn’t ready to rush into romance, and truth be told, she’s having trouble trusting her instincts and men in general, but Hunter is patient, kind, and understanding, and Evangeline begins to find a bit of hope in her future.

I honestly wasn’t sure going in if I would even like the story, since the backdrop of abuse in romance novels doesn’t always win with me.  However, Evangeline, despite what she’s been through and all she’s wary of, has a noticeable inner strength.  And Hunter simply wears his heart on his sleeve, making it impossible not to love him.  Their relationship eventually grows into much more, but it starts as a simple, believable, and very necessary friendship, giving them time to know each other better before taking the next step.  And while it’s a fairly short read, it’s not the least bit lacking in character development or emotion.

After We Fall is an emotional story with a message of hope and healing.  Witnessing Evangeline come out of her shell and reclaim her life is really heartwarming, and the incredibly patient, romantic Hunter is just the icing on the cake.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
4 star rating
4 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
4 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating

About Marquita Valentine

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.

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