(Take the Fall #2)
by Marquita Valentine
In the captivating new novel in Marquita Valentine’s Boys of the South spinoff series—perfect for readers of Abbi Glines and Katy Evans—a small-town sweetheart takes a chance on the bad boy who’s always been her hottest fantasy.
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.
My Thoughts: I loved Marquita Valentine's Boys of the South Series, and was so excited to find out she was writing her Take the Fall Series, which is a spinoff from that. I loved Take the Fall, and have really been looking forward to reading Piper and Jase's story, both of whom we met in Take the Fall. Piper and Jase come from entirely different backgrounds with Piper being from a snooty well-to-do family that has very high expectations of her, yet continually put her down. Jase spent 7 years in prison, is a tattoo artist and a bona fide bad boy who has had a thing for Piper for a really long time, but has a hands-off policy, because he doesn't want to hurt her and he doesn't think he is good enough for her. She's also his sister's best friend. Piper has been in love with Jase since she was 14 years old. She's very shy, but she's ready to come out of her shell and go for the man she loves. Needless to say, there is a whole lot of controversy, chemistry, and chaos that happens during the process.
I liked both Piper and Jase's characters, and enjoyed watching their relationship develop over the course of the novel. I especially enjoyed watching Piper come out of her shell with Jase, as well as enjoyed seeing Jase turn into a really stand-up guy when it came to Piper. Both of them were willing to jump in the ring with a no holds barred attitude and fight for the other with all they had, but it's when the gloves come off that things really heat up in the romance department big time. There is also a really great epilogue, which I thoroughly enjoyed, that ties things together beautifully. Overall, When we Fall is a rather short, but definitely sizzling read that is perfect for when you want to take a few hours to just escape the world and relax.