After We Fall
by Marquita Valentine
After winning raves for Take the Fall (“crackling with tension, intrigue, and romance”—Katy Evans) and When We Fall (“sexy, emotional, heartfelt”—Monica Murphy), Marquita Valentine ratchets up the tension as new beginnings lead to undeniable passion.
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.
“There’s a fire in her eyes that I would love to get burned by.”
“They have more money than God and less common sense than He gave rocks.”
“He’s not an impatient kisser, not at all. Hunter has a mouth made for sinning and the skills to make me want to skip dinner and go straight to dessert.”
“Did I ever tell you about the time that I answered a personal ad and it turned out the guy was a professional cuddler? I had to pay him for hugging me good night.”
“These are the sounds of my heart, the sounds of my future, and the sounds of my home.”
“No, the woman I love means what she says. She knows how precious words are, how precious time is, and neither of us wants to waste any of it.”
After We Fall felt like a departure from her norm compared to the previous Marquita Valentine books I have read – granted I have only read a handful, but this one was considerably more angsty with a pervasive sense of heaviness and emotional tension, despite also being a sweet and tender love story. Due to their histories of trauma and abuse, both major characters experienced flashbacks – with scenes that could possibly trigger other such victims – although I felt the subject was handled deftly and in a sensitive manner. The storyline was relevant, realist, highly emotive, sensual, and well paced. I adored these characters and quickly fell in love with Hunter – who is now my current BBF.
About the Author
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.