Posted in November Book Reviews

After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

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Jack Valentini isn’t my type. 

Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave.

Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so.

But I’ve got a PR job to do for his family’s farm, so he’s stuck with me and I’m stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles.

His huge, hard muscles.

Pretty soon there’s a whole different kind of tension between us, the kind that has me misbehaving in barns, trees, and pickup trucks. I’ve never done anything so out of character—but it feels too good to stop.

And the more I learn about the grieving ex-Army sergeant, the better I understand him. Losing his wife left him broken and bitter and blaming himself. He doesn’t think he deserves a second chance at happiness.

But he’s wrong.

I don’t need to be his first love. If only he’d let me be his last.

I was so excited to start this book. I mean, its Melanie Harlow. What is not to be excited about? But then, I met Margot. And I loved her from the first page. Side note: I think she should have thrown an entire bakery.

As I read along, I found myself genuinely liking so many aspects. I also loved how the author ties in many real world issues, without it making the story negative or a downer. I was beyond impressed.

Margot and Jack meet because Jack has his farm with his brothers, but they are in need of a bit of a makeover. Margot is called in because she runs a PR company. Jack is not open to any of Margot’s ideas or plans for the farm, even though her ideas are excellent. Jack just wants to run his organic farm and be left alone. The author flawlessly ties in a concept that is very prevalent today, which is where is our food coming from. We get to watch Margot learn from Jack, and I like that while the characters touch on an important subject, it doesn’t overtake the story.

I truly enjoyed the progression of Margot and Jack’s relationship. It was so effortless, even though both were making an effort. There is a scene in this story, where Jack and Margot are having dinner and Jack is realizing that he is enjoying himself. Margot can talk to him, and he can open up to her without really thinking about it. I loved that their story was portrayed this way because it felt right for the characters. Jack does have a lot going on in his head, but I loved that Margot is never really trying to “fix” him. She’s just there for him.

I loved this story. If you read “Man Candy”, we do see glimpses of Jamie and Quinn here. However, you don’t need to read “Man Candy” to understand this book.

I thought Melanie Harlow did an incredible job with this book. I loved seeing Margot and Jack’s story; it was flawless. Even though our characters come from totally different worlds and have different personalities, everything just fits. I cannot recommend this story enough.

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