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.
After the Fall is one of the many books I’ve read by Marquita Valentine. It can be read as a standalone, it does have an HEA and no cliffhanger. It is also the third book of the Take the Fall series but doesn’t need to be read in any order.
Time and time again I come back to this authors books. They are fantastic, for lack of a better word. After the Fall, in particular, hits some topics that don’t usually come up in romance novels. For that reason alone, I loved the plot. It is moving, engaging, well paced and it absolutely draws you in. For me, I ended up feelings invested. I had to know how it ended for these characters.
As for the before mentioned characters, they were great. Complex, but not so complex that you had nothing but inner monologue. I fell for Hunter, I’ll be the first to admit that. He’s great book boyfriend material! Evangeline, our heroine, is one of those characters I just instantly admired. She hasn’t had an easy life, and she’s trying to put herself back together. Her struggles are parts of what you read. And the fact that she tries to avoid the very obvious chemistry between herself and Hunter.
I would leave a warning that if domestic violence makes you twitch, this may be a hard one for you to read. Outside of that, the synopsis covers the contents extremely well!
This is one I would wholeheartedly recommend. I loved it! Full 5 stars!
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