ARC Review: Falling Hard by Tina Wainscott (Falling Fast #2)

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Falling Hard (Falling Fast #2)
Author: Tina Wainscott
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: December 8th, 2015
Published By: Loveswept
ISBN: 1101966904

★ SYNOPSIS ★

There’s no one Pax Sullivan wants to run into less than Gemma Thornton. Back in high school, she revved his heart more than street racing. But she picked his clean-cut brother over him—only to accuse Blake of an unforgivable crime. Eventually the charges were dropped and Gemma left town, but the hard feelings lingered . . . along with Pax’s gnawing “what-ifs.” Seven years later, just as he quits the police force to open a racetrack, Gemma’s back—and their chemistry is more combustible than ever.

If it were up to her, Gemma would never lay eyes on another Sullivan. She hates them, and they hate her—even Pax, who just so happens to be fixing up her father’s B&B. But the more time she spends with the lean, hard-bodied ex-cop at the inn and on the track, the more Gemma sees that Pax is nothing like his brother. Despite their anguished history, she’s tempted to take their relationship into high gear . . . if she can face the past and risk her heart.

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★ MY REVIEW ★

Falling Hard is the second book in Tina Wainscott’s Falling Fast series. It is a full length novel, with an HEA, no cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone. (You’ll want to read the first book after this, because you meet the characters, but not reading it will take nothing away from this book in particular.)

I was really on the fence with this book, and not due to the author, or her writing, because that was fabulously done. The book is well paced, detailed, and the characters have depth. So why was it so hard for me to decide where I stood on this book? It was the plot. Let me explain that a wee bit, but realize, this does have spoilers in it.

You may be wondering now, okay why would the plot be a problem. The thing is, it’s not a problem. At least not for most people, but it does sort of touch upon, and revolve around the heroine’s rape. The coming to terms of it for both Gemma and Pax. How it tore them apart before they could ever get started, etc. Yes, this is not told to you in the synopsis. Had it been, I probably wouldn’t have read the book. Now, on that note, it is carefully done and the author handled it extremely well. The problem I personally saw with it, was that someone walking into a book that has such a sensitive matter to it, might need a little warning.

That aside, completely aside, I loved Pax and Gemma. I loved how they met, I enjoyed how the story unfolded between them. Even with the obstacles they had lined up. It took me awhile to write this review in particular because of the subject matter. I’m going to go with this, yes, I would recommend it. Especially if you’ve read the first book in the series. However, I would make you aware that it does touch on things that can effect people, and it may not sit well with you.

MY RATING:

3 star

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