Author: Marquita Valentine
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Wedding bells are ringing—and tempers are flaring—as the Take the Fall series continues in this sweet, sexy novel from the bestselling author of After We Fall (“This beautiful story kept me transfixed until the very end.”—Krista Lakes).
As a hardworking, hard-partying firefighter, Hayden Walker values his career and his freedom. But as the eldest son of a U.S. senator, he agreed long ago to follow in his father’s footsteps and run for office, and that means settling down and marrying the picture-perfect wife. Hayden just isn’t ready for that sort of commitment . . . not with women like beautiful, curvy Saylor Dean—the naughty bridesmaid he recognizes the morning after his buddy’s wedding—tempting Hayden to stay single forever.
The unwanted love child of a well-known politician, Saylor has always felt isolated and alone, her only solace the animal shelter she runs in Forrestville. Then she meets Hayden at her best friend’s wedding. During their impulsive and unforgettable night together, Saylor feels desired like never before—only to wake up and find that Hayden doesn’t remember his drunken proposal, or their hasty marriage, or her. But when the truth comes out, Saylor finds it’s a lot harder to fall out of love than in love.
Review: I really enjoyed this novel with two characters fighting to do their own thing. Family expectations are tough to turn down, and it makes every decision fraught with complications. Both Hayden and Saylor find out that their own choices don’t matter to the people that they love–just their compliance.
Even though Hayden’s a firefighter, that’s not good enough for his father. It’s been made clear to him that there isn’t a choice about joining the family business. He’s expected to be a politician like every man in his family, even though he hates the thought. He never told his dad he wanted to be one, but in a moment of great pressure when he was eighteen, he’d promised his dad that he’d consider it… later. It’s becoming obvious to Hayden that he’s going to have to make a very unpopular choice and pay the consequences for his actions–maybe losing his family in the process.
Saylor is smart and sassy and loves her mother. But they have issues too. Like the fact that her mother had her out of wedlock. That sounds so weird, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, she meets her dad when he steps forward into her life and demands she follow his directions. What kind of jerk would show up only when he needed something? Her dad, that’s who. And he’s trying to force her into something she does not want to do–and she’ll lose her animal shelter if she doesn’t agree.
So probably she shouldn’t bring up the fact that she and Hayden got married in Tijuana? He doesn’t remember and she’s not sure how to tell him. As their feelings become involved, maybe that’s not a bad thing? I totally enjoyed this hot and sexy read, and I’d recommend reading the whole series because they are excellent! Thanks