Jameson Hayes is a NYC firefighter for Manhattan’s oldest ladder company. He has big shoes to fill and a city to protect. He’s strong, sexy, and not looking for the complications Melanie brings. But he can’t stay away from her either. The attraction between them is immediate, and the pull is crazy powerful. But she’s only home for the summer and long-distance relationships never work.
Unfortunately, Melanie’s beauty and smart mouth are a lethal combination and Jameson isn’t the only Hayes who’s interested. As if his brother isn’t enough to compete with, now the city’s most famous arsonist wants to claim her as his next prize. Jameson can’t stand to watch Melanie get hurt and she can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble.
Fall for Me is the first Ladder Company novel, a stand-alone companion series about New York’s most elite firefighting family with hot alpha heroes, snarky heroines, and an arsonist hell-bent on destruction.
“This is what my love looks like. Here, on this hill, waiting for my girl. For as many hours, as many days, as many years as it takes, I’m here. Even if you’ll never be ready for me, I’ll still be here, waiting for you.”
Falling For Me follows the story of Melanie and Jameson. Melanie comes from a privileged life, but could care less about her financial status. She loathes having to go to socialite benefits where the old money looks down at the new money. This particular benefit though seems to look up for Melanie. This is where she meets Jameson. When the two of them meet, their connection is instant. The only problem, Jameson has a girlfriend and wants to “be the good guy”. The two share a dance and nothing more. But, as time goes on, they can’t get each other out of their heads. And it doesn’t help that Melanie’s new bff is non other than Jameson’s sister. Fate just keeps throwing the two of them together…Jameson lives and breathes being a firefighter. It was what he was born to do. The last thing he needed in his life was Melanie. Melanie may only be home for the summer, but he’s having the hardest time staying away from her. Will Jameson ever open his eyes and see what is in front of him?
I have to say that when I read the synopsis of this story, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I ended up having a complete love/hate relationship with it. Fall for Me started off with a lot of potential. Jameson and Melanie have instant connection. But, Jameson has a girlfriend and Melanie won’t pursue anything further than a friendship with Jameson. Which was a good thing. My issue was Jameson. He didn’t give me the best first impression. If he was in a relationship, he had no business flirting with Melanie. And if said relationship was not working out, then he should have dumped his girlfriend. I had a hard time buying that he was going to break up with his girlfriend, once the lease on their apartment was over. I mean, who does that? Why would you willingly stay with someone that makes you unhappy. Plus, his girlfriend wasn’t all sweet and perfect. Some of the things she did, well, lets just say when he found out about one incident in particular, that should have been it! Relationship over. Also I hated that Jameson was stringing Melanie along. Wanting her to wait for him, but I didn’t feel that he ever gave her a reason to do so. And then, the icing on the cake: Jameson finally sees the light and breaks up with his girlfriend!! Yay! Right? Wrong! Instead of finally taking his chance with Melanie, he starts sleeping around with other women. Sorry, but that just did not sit well with me. And Melanie. I felt kinda bad for her. She was in love with someone that she could never be with. I was happy that she was respectful of the fact that Jameson had a girlfriend and backed off. But, I’m sorry to say, but she frustrated me too. I couldn’t understand why she would waste her life waiting around for Jameson. I really wanted her to move on and forget about Jameson.
I know it sounds like I didn’t like this read very much, but it did have some good moments. Things started looking up for me around the 50-60% mark. Jameson and Melanie finally made more sense. I actually enjoyed their push and pull at this point. Jameson did finally win me over in the end. There were some really great swoon-worthy moments between Melanie and Jameson. Also, I liked that there was a big mystery factor added into the story. There was an arsonist who seemed to be stalking Melanie. I liked trying to figure out who was sending her messages and gifts. I have an idea of who it is, but I’m sad to say that, that is one aspect that does not get resolved in this book. Hopefully, there will be some resolution in the next book. I know that this is supposed to be book 1 in a stand-alone series, so this will be really interesting to me, how this will all play out.
Overall, Fall for Me was a quick read. There were a few things that didn’t quite work for me. And even though this book wasn’t a home-run for me, I’m still glad I checked it out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via InkSlinger PR, in exchange for an honest review*
“You don’t like it,” he says quietly. I don’t miss the disappointment in his voice. I could throw myself at him, wrap my arms around his neck, and never let go. I could climb him like he’s a goddamn tree and I’m a monkey in need of a banana. I could kiss him like my life depends on it— my heart certainly does— and I could regret never telling him any of this if I don’t say it right now. I could tell him every stupid fucking feeling I’m having, and how much this beautiful gold necklace means to me. I could do all of this, but at the end of it, he still wouldn’t be mine. He would still be my friend— assuming I didn’t scare him off— and if he let me do all of this he wouldn’t be the guy I think he is. He wouldn’t be the man I’ve built up in my head as being strong and courageous and worth every painful moment I spend away from him knowing he’s with her and every trying moment I spend with him knowing he’s not mine.
I let the silence hang between us, as uncomfortable as it is, and focus on breathing steadily so he doesn’t know everything that this stupid beautiful necklace means to me.
“I didn’t—,” he begins. I cut him off because after the long stretch of silence it’s all I can do not to lose my shit over a stupid beautiful necklace from a fucking asshole who I think I’m falling in love with.
“A wishbone?” I ask.
“It’s stupid,” he says and reaches for the box. I pull it away from him, cradling it to my chest. “They’re supposed to be symbolic or something. Like you wish on ‘em and… you wish for something you want.” He’s uncomfortable trying to explain it. I know the symbolism behind a wishbone, but I had to hear his explanation.
He wants me to have what I want.
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As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can’t imagine a climate more beautiful.
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