A Take the Fall Novel
by Marquita Valentine
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.
Just like the other stories in this series, I was a little surprised at how quickly I finished it. It just flew by and I was kinda sad to see it end.
When I read After the Fall I was very anxious to get my hands on this book … I just knew it was going to be fantastic and I was right! At the time I thought Hunter was the perfect book boyfriend but now I’m thinking that Hayden can give him a run for his money. He’s sexy, charming, and devoted. And just like everything else he does, once he decides to commit to a woman he gives it 100%.
Saylor may be quirky but she’s also caring and dedicated. She had a very unusual childhood and it left some scars that makes her push people away. Fortunately for her, thanks to growing up in a political family, Hayden knows how to read people and understands what she’s doing. Even better he finds her unconventional-ness attractive – seeing something beneath the surface and understanding that there is more to her and their connection than is obvious.
The back and forth between Saylor and Hayden is a ton of fun. He steals my heart with the way that he keeps coming back to her even when she tries to push him away. And I want to give her a cuddle for everything that she’s gone thru (although her mom obviously loves her and is a delight to meet). Together they made me smile and sigh as I waited for them to figure things out. And the way he steps up when things get rough just reinforces why he’s so amazingly wonderful.
Entertaining characters in a smoothly written story, Valentine once again shows herself to be a master at creating addictive contemporary romances.