Welcome to my stop for the first in the new Take the Fall series from Marquita Valentine. Please read on for my review and excerpt, don’t forget to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a Loveswept prize pack including Loveswept and Flirt mugs and a select eBook bundle.
Take the Fall
The first I have read by Marquita Valentine, it most definitely won’t be the last, even though I had some serious issues with the personalities in this one. Gripping and a serious emotional shredder, the tragic events that led to a very protracted second chance at romance kept me reading even when I wanted to toss my eReader across the room (in the absence of attempting to slap sense into the heroine).
Rowan, Seth and Jase were teenagers, doing what teens do: never fully anticipating or expecting serious consequences from a single stupid decision. A street race that turned into a fight, with both Jesse and Seth going to jail broke up this little triumvirate and the years have taken a toll on everyone. Seth and Rowan really loved one another, they still have strong feelings (what is hate but the inability to let go of strong feelings that were damaged by actions or words or absence?) for one another.
Rowan. Oh how I would have loved to kick her about a
few dozen no, make that hundreds of times. She’s got a hard edge for someone who had her life saved by the boys who took the fall – and she had the support of Seth’s grandmother and her best friend. But the anger and vehemence and pushing limits to have someone “prove’ their reliability was beyond the pale. After seven years, she should have matured enough to realize that Jase and Seth taking responsibility and keeping her out of it was saving her, and done from love. But no… she wants to poke and prod and push, until it’s convenient for her. Passive aggressive minx… the worst people on the planet.
Jase: he tries, really he did. Tries to smarten up his sister and get her to see sense. It doesn’t always work, but he completely understands the importance of Seth’s standing up and taking responsibility, and just how much that saved him from a far worse fate. His story will be interesting, because he is trying to assume an adult attitude unlike his sister’s toddler-stomp, and the time wasn’t kind to him either.
Seth: when he went away – he didn’t want Rowan fixating, so he shut her out. Considering his feelings for her, and his young age, that was an incredibly adult decision, and caused him lots of pain. After jail his recruitment into the Marines was ‘assigned’, and the time away to learn and grow was good for him. And he thought that Rowan was still better off without him. But now, he wants her back, and will actually do everything, including jump through her ridiculous hoops to make it happen.
Alternating between heartfelt openness and heat-inducing don’t talk just act moments the forward movement in the readjusting of the relationship between Rowan and Seth, with frequent roadblocks thrown up by Rowan. Intriguing, frustrating and wholly emotional this story keeps you unsettled and unsure until the last page. An interesting start to a series that promises great storytelling with, hopefully, a less bumpy path to resolution.
Title: Take the Fall
Author: Marquita Valentine
Series: Take the Fall #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 21 July, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Fans of Abbi Glines and Katy Evans will adore Take the Fall, the first spinoff novel from Marquita Valentine’s New York Times bestselling Boys of the South series. In this emotional new romance, passions run hot as a rugged, brooding Marine rekindles an old flame.
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
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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