Contemporary Romance

Review: When We Fall

When We Fall
When We Fall by Marquita Valentine

Dali’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charmingly sweet and sexy, a delight to read.

Piper Ross is fine with being a southern belle but totally done with being a wallflower. She’s been in love with her best friend’s brother since she met him at age fourteen and now that he’s back from a seven year stint in prison she’s willing to overcome her shyness to make sure he knows she wants to be his. Including being bold enough to defy her parents, move into his house and work in at this tattoo shop.

“A man who has the face of an angel and kisses like the devil is my man, and not just any man. Jase. The guy I’ve loved since I was fourteen.”

It’s negligible whether her upper crust parents approve of him or not. They don’t care what Piper wants they just want a meek daughter to take her “rightful” place in society as a trophy wife. The fact that he’s an ex-con bad boy to everyone else including himself is also unimportant. Unlike her critical mother, overbearing father, and mocking peers, Jase Simmons is the only person who’s always seen the real beauty in her quiet dignity and caring heart. He would never change anything about her and vice versa.

“I always hated that last scene in Grease, when Sandy and Danny stop being themselves to be like what they thought the other wanted. If they loved each other, then why couldn’t they accept each other as is?”

To Jase, Piper has always been the unattainable dream. But once he realizes that her good girl persona is the yin to his bad boy yang he’ll do everything to keep her and protect her from whatever harm my befall her, including the malicious intentions of a high society man in sheep’s clothing or Piper’s parents’ misguided actions.

“This is my sweetness and lith. My happiness and peace. Mine.”

Marquita Valentine delivers a story full of sweet sexiness. This is a true bad boy-good girl novel where Jase ticks off all the qualifiers for badass: a brooding, tatted, motorcycle driving ex-convict. Whereas Piper has all the attributes of the quintessential goody-goody: a proper, bashful virgin that’s always done what’s expected of her. On the outside they are complete opposites, but behind those facades there exist two people who make each other shine. They make one another truly happy.

“There’s something about her, something sweet and kind that makes me feel manly. Like a real type of manly.”

I met both Jase and Piper in the first book in this series and even though I typically prefer self-assured heroines I really liked Piper. It was wonderful to see the timid Piper find her backbone after so many years of living under her parents’ thumb and break out on her own, determined to be independent and in doing so also gathering the courage to fight for what she’s always wanted, a true chance at being with Jase.

“Give him the fantasy. Give him what he’s never had from a woman— kindness, sweetness , and love.”

As for Jase, it’s hard for me not to love a bad boy who falls so deeply and truly. Those hard and rough alpha male edges tend to soften and open up a delicious gooey center. I really liked how their relationship developed. Neither dwelled too much on whether or not they were worthy of each other because they soon realized there were perfect together. And although it had some minor bumps there was no overly exaggerated drama, these two people who thought being together would always be a dream find they can make their fantasy a reality.

On a last note, I really liked Jase’s younger sister and Piper’s best friend Rowan. She’s the heroine in the first book “Take the Fall” and is a great sister and wonderful, supportive best friend who gave out great advise and supplemented the story nicely.

When We Fall is the second book in the Take the Fall series by Marquita Valentine. It is a standalone, full-length, contemporary romance filled with sugary sweet moments, sexy times and a splash of drama. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending.

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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