Author: Marquita Valentine
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before its official release date.
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.
It's been a few hours since I finished this book and it's still so present on my mind. Unfortunately, it took me quite a while to finish it, but that's because I was so focused on another book, I own a physical copy of. It's just a lot more difficult for me to write a book on my cell phone these days. However, Marquita Valentine makes this 'pain' perfectly bearable.
After We Fall is my second book by this author and it won't be my last, I promise. After a few pages, I couldn't believe I had already read book in this series, because the writing is so very different from When We Fall. Or is that just me? Seriously, if I hadn't known better, I wouldn't have been able to tell it's the same author. That's not a bad thing, if you're worried. I was just surprised, that's all.
Even though this is just the second book by this author that I have dared to read so far (and if it wasn't for NetGalley, I probably wouldn't have even found out about this author), I think Marquita has a special talent creating perfect book boyfriends. I loved Hunter! He was so great. And although I am kind of 'tired' about reading of abused women (don't get me wrong, that subject is horrible and if you know anyone suffering from an abusive partner, make sure to let the police know. There is help!), I wasn't bothered by Evangeline. She was just learning how to stand up for herself and I loved seeing Hunter encouraging her to do that.
Their story seemed like a telling, not a made-up story. So, yeah... That's real talent here, I think.
I'm glad this story didn't focus on her previous YouTube career so much. I wasn't the least interested in reading about that. I mean, it was great what she did afterwards, using her account, but if there is one thing I mostly don't enjoy it's reading about 'famous' people. No clue why. Oh, and I totally adored Jake. Aww, he was the cutest dog. Animals always melt my heart, just like good book boyfriends, like Hunter, do.
Whether you are a fan of Marquita or look for a strong woman in a book, who doesn't depend on a guy but still decides to give love a chance after different bad happenings in the past, I suggest you go and grab your copy of After We Fall. I sure as hell enjoyed reading it, and I can't wait for Saylor's story. She added the nerdy-parts and gah, I am a sucker for nerdy people in books.