Friday, March 17, 2017

[Pat's Review]: "After I Fall"

romance novel covers, contemporary romance, Royal Pick, After I Fall by Jessica Scott
After I Fall by Jessica Scott
Publisher: Jessica Scott (March 21, 2017)
Series: Falling, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Her entire life has been a lie. Being with Eli is the most honest thing she’s ever done. 

Parker Hauser lives the perfect life and knows exactly where she's been and where she's going. Parker has to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect body, perfect life. 

Until she meets Eli Winter. 

Eli throws her entire life into chaos when he denies her the one thing she wants from him. 

One chance encounter stokes her desire for the man who refused to touch her and left her questioning everything. 

When Parker tries to help his new business, the spotlight turns on Eli's military record. And sins from the war he's tried to forget may come back to destroy them both.



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Reviews of  Scott's Previous Novels:

Because of You, #1 (Kame)
Because of You, #1 (TBQ)
Anything For You, #1.5 (TBQ)
Until There Was You, #2 (TBQ)
I'll Be Home for Christmas, #2.5 (TBQKame and Pat) ✦ Discussion
Back To You, #3 (TBQ, Kame and Pat) ✦ Discussion
All for You, #4 (TBQ, Kame and Pat) ✦ Discussion
It's Always Been You (#5) -- TBQ, Kame, and Pat
All I Want for Christmas Is You (#5.5) -- Pat

Before I Fall (#1) -- Kame + Pat ✦ Discussion
Break My Fall (#2) -- Pat

Homefront (#1) -- Kame + Pat
After the War (#2) -- Pat
Forged in Fire (#3) -- Pat



Pat's Review:



Ms. Scott is an auto-buy for me. After I Fall is going to the top of my list of favorite reads for 2017 already. This story felt different to me from the others in the series. I can't pinpoint what made me feel that way, but it did. Fair warning: PTSD, abuse, and the mind games parents can play on their children are explored in this captivating romance.



Eli Winter, a West Point grad and former Army officer, has opened a bar called The Pint to reach out to vets like himself who need a place to relax and unwind, "trying to escape the sins of war". His staff is also vets: Kelsey, who won't talk about her experiences, and Deacon, who is his rock. Eli and Deacon look out for Kelsey and her wild ways. Eli is doing his best to escape the horror of a tragedy in Iraq that nearly broke him. But it is ingrained in his DNA to try and help someone hurting or in need.



Parker Hauser is known as "a poor little rich girl" and has tried to live up to her parents' expectations all her life. After receiving a disgusting photo from a family friend who was supposed to be her mentor for a marketing internship, she decides to step out of the box. The Pint needs an intern and Parker convinced Eli it should be her (she had Kelsey on her side already, as Kelsey had invited her to apply). Parker is engaged to a man, of course picked by her parents, and having second thoughts. More so when his attention gets a little rough.



She is instantly attracted to Eli, and he admires and is attracted by her desire for a chance to escape the life expected of her. Together they are combustible.



I can't say enough good things about this story. Ms. Scott always shows us the highs and lows of warriors returning from hell, and the difficulties of being "home."  Add in love and sizzle and this a five star for me.  Highly recommend After I Fall and the previous books in the series.



5 STARS! 



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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the author.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! I need to finish this series (story of my life) but I do so love Scott's books, too! :)

Remember, since this is a Royal Pick, come back on March 30th for a chance to WIN an ecopy of your own!



Enjoy!


Until Next Time,


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