Tuesday, October 25, 2016

REVIEW TOUR & 4 1/2 STAR REVIEW: Hard to Fall (Take the Fall #4) by Marquita Valentine

We're celebrating the release of  HARD TO FALL by Marquita Valentine! Check out my review and the teasers below!

Title: Hard to Fall (Take the Fall #4)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2016

Book Description:

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

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review.

So I readily admit that I wasn't too sure about Hayden, especially after the way the book opens. And it's not that I didn't like him, I made some assumptions about his character and boy, was I proven wrong!

Hayden and Saylor meet when they are both in Hunter and Evangeline's wedding. They go to Mexico to celebrate with the wedding party, get drunk and get married. (As you do.) We don't get too many details about what actually happened in Mexico, but that's okay. That's not the story. They story is everything that happens after the fact.

They part ways while still in Mexico, but they find themselves constantly thinking about the other person. They have a series of awkward interactions and even a couple dates and before they know it, they are dating. But here's the thing...Hayden has no recollection of marrying Saylor. And Saylor doesn't even know if the marriage is legal in the US so she doesn't even mention it, until the time comes when she absolutely has to tell Hayden what they did. You see, his father, the Senator wants Hayden to run for office, but that is not what he wants. So to please him, Hayden says that he will find a wife. Perfect! He actually takes the marriage news quite well and has no problem going through the motions to make sure it is valid in the US. And just like that they are a married couple! Well they always were, but now they BOTH know it.

Gah! I LOVED Hayden so much. Talk about book boyfriend material. He was extremely sweet and thoughtful. He genuinely liked the quirky Saylor (which was a new thing for him) and never once did he judge her for any of the awkwardness that she carried around with her. Hayden found found her to be interesting and while she was not the typical woman he hooked up with, she was exactly what he needed. And not just because she was already his wife. They got a long like gangbusters and their relationship made me giddy.

The stumbling block for this happily ever after comes in the form of Saylor's past coming back to cause trouble. Unbeknownst to her, that past is connected to Hayden's family and once everything is out in the open, her future with him is threatened. But I was super happy with how everything played out and I'm pretty sure I even gave a victory fist pump or two. And the epilogue...LOVED IT.

I just loved this series and said to see it end, but we given a little bit of info as to how Marquita's next series, Royals in Exile, fits in to the her book universe. We all know how Marquita loves to do that! I can't wait!


Title: Take the Fall (Take the Fall #1)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2015

Book Description:

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.

Title: When We Fall (Take the Fall #2)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Decemeber 8, 2015

Book Description:

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.

Title: After We Fall (Take the Fall #3)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 26, 2016

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.

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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