Title – After We Fall
Author – Melanie Harlow
Publication Date – November 26, 2016
Jack Valentini isn’t my type.
Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave.
Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so.
But I’ve got a PR job to do for his family’s farm, so he’s stuck with me and I’m stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles.
His huge, hard muscles.
Pretty soon there’s a whole different kind of tension between us, the kind that has me misbehaving in barns, trees, and pickup trucks. I’ve never done anything so out of character—but it feels too good to stop.
And the more I learn about the grieving ex-Army sergeant, the better I understand him. Losing his wife left him broken and bitter and blaming himself. He doesn’t think he deserves a second chance at happiness.
But he’s wrong.
I don’t need to be his first love. If only he’d let me be his last.
Melanie Harlow’s After We Fall is such a sweet southern romance that I honestly had the hardest time putting it down! It was the perfect low-angst story line with characters who made you want to continue diving further in to see how things would turn out. After We Fall is the first book I’ve read from Harlow, but oh man, do I want more!
“You don’t have to let go of your past— it will always be part of who you are. But you don’t have to let it shackle you, or prevent you from moving on.”
Margot and Jack both came from such different backgrounds that I was pleasantly surprised to see how their chemistry progressed. Margot was nothing like Jack thought she would be based on appearances and it was sort of fun to see him get proven wrong. She was full of spunk and life, and those qualities were just what Jack needed. I will say that while I absolutely adored Margot, it was Jack that became the shining star for me. He had been through so much in his life and experienced things nobody ever should, so I appreciated his journey and transformation in a completely different light. These characters were both searching for something and it wasn’t until they had their lives flipped upside down that they could catch a glimpse of what that was.
“What would it feel like to let go of the guilt, let go of the pain, let go of the fear? To look forward, and not back? What would it feel like to be happy again?”
After We Fall was such a quick read simply because once you start, the book is near impossible to put down. Harlow tells a story of romance and heart, but also of forgiveness and redemption. This is such a sweet book, even though it tears at your heart strings at times. I loved the butterflies in my stomach, the slow build of feelings, and the intense way these two personalities slammed together. Every once in a while you stumble upon a story that you can’t pinpoint why, but you just love it. After We Fall was certainly one of those stories for me and I have no doubt in my mind that other readers will find themselves losing time because of it, too!
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