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Review: After We Fall (Take The Fall #3) by Marquita Valentine

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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.


My Review

“I will never forget holding you that night, never forget the way I wanted to protect you from everything and everyone. It’s my job to protect people, but from the first time I met you, what I feel is so much more than that.”

As a fan of the Take The Fall Series, I could not wait to get my hands on this book. After We Fall is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Evangeline and Hunter. All Evangeline wants to do is forget her past. But, that proves to be a hard thing to do when she meets her new neighbor. You see, Evangeline has met Hunter before. He rescued her from a terrible situation and seeing him only reminds her of what happened. She tries to ignore him and not feed into the way he makes her feel. But once again, ignoring a man like Hunter is easier said than done…The night Hunter rescued Evangeline, everything stopped. There was just something about her that drew him in. He can’t forget about her. So, when he finds out Evangeline is his new neighbor, he sees it as his second chance. He will stop at nothing to make her his….

After We Fall was an ok read for me. I loved the idea of the story. I thought the characters were intriguing. They definitely had me wanting to know more about them. I adored Hunter. I loved how protective and real he was with Evangeline. I think he was definitely the right kind of man that she desperately needed in her life. Someone who could really love and care for her. I liked Evangeline. I thought that she was a strong character who had been through a lot. I loved how open she was, but how she took her time before jumping into things with Hunter. I really liked Hunter and Evangeline together as a couple. I thought they had wonderful chemistry and as I previously stated, I think Hunter was just what Evangeline needed her life.

All that being said, I didn’t love this story as much as the previous ones. I’m not exactly sure what wasn’t working for me. I felt like Evangeline and Hunter’s relationship developed kind of at warp speed. I would have liked things to have slowed down a bit and really see these characters get to know one another; see them really connect. The speed of which some things happened, just didn’t feel believable to me. I also felt like the ending was a bit rushed as well.

Overall, this book was a quick and easy read for me. It had some things that I liked and some that I didn’t. Even though this was not my favorite book in this series, I’m still glad I checked it out and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in this series.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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