Book Review: Hard to Fall (Take the Fall: Book 4) by Marquita Valentine

Hard to Fall (Take the Fall, #4)

Title: Hard to Fall

Author: Marquita Valentine

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of Publication: October 18th, 2016

Number of pages: 219

Genre: Romance

Part of a series: Yes, Take the Fall series

Take the Fall – Book 1

When We Fall – Book 2

After We Fall – Book 3

Hard to Fall – Book 4

Standalone: Yes

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

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.
Praise for the novels of Marquita Valentine
“Take the Fall is a sexy, emotional, heartfelt read. I adored this book and can’t wait for the next!”—New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
“A sexy Marine and a second chance at love? Sign me up! Marquita Valentine does it again.”—New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, on Take the Fall
“Crackling with tension, intrigue, and romance, this story has it all. Your heart will pound, you’ll laugh, you’ll feel, and you’ll definitely swoon.”—New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans, on When We Fall
“When We Fall is beautifully written and so full of sexual tension I was holding my breath. I literally didn’t put it down!”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
“I fell in love with sexy cop Hunter Sloan on page one, and this beautiful story kept me transfixed until the very end. I can’t wait to read more by Marquita Valentine!”—New York Times bestselling author Krista Lakes, on After We Fall
“After We Fall handles sensitive topics exquisitely, leaving the reader aching for more.”—USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

My review:

Ok, Saylor is my fictional sister from a fictional mother….lol. I absolutely loved her. She fully owns her geekiness. From quoting Star Trek/Harry Potter/Star Wars (and many references to all of them throughout the book…heck her cat is named Empress Padme…lol) to talking excitedly about LARP’ing (Live Action Role Playing to those who didn’t know the abbreviation means) to Hayden to being socially awkward in a cute way….I loved her.

Saylor does have her issues, though. Her father is a very rich, very famous politician who had an affair with her then-underage mother (well 16ish) and that resulted in Saylor. While her mom is awesome, she has her own career and issues to deal with. She is a famous model/movie star who likes married men. So Saylor stays under the radar and has become the complete opposite of her mother.

Hayden, on the other hand, is a manwhore. The first chapter of the book, he bangs a woman in a greenhouse at an event for his father…not knowing that she is married to his father’s biggest donator (if that is really a word) to his campaign. Whoopsie. He meets Saylor at his friend’s Hunter’s wedding to Evangeline and promptly gets her into bed. But not before marrying her while in a drunken stupor (to be honest, they both were blitzed out of their minds).

Hunter has his own issues. His father, a state senator in NC, wants him to follow in his footsteps and is pressuring him to run for office. Which he doesn’t want to do, he wants to stay a firefighter in the city of Charlotte.

The chemistry when they get together is beyond awesome and I loved the sex scenes. I also liked that Hayden was doing the chasing during the book and Saylor was kinda undecided on what she wanted to do for a good part of it. She had some secrets to tell him…the biggest being that they got married in Tijuana after Hunter and Evangeline’s wedding on a drunken whim. Yeah, I think that is something someone would like to know….lol.

There is no InstaLove but there is InstaLust….which is better than InstanLove in my opinion. But there is the “I have no STD’s, do you and if you don’t and are on birth control, can I go bareback and shoot my load in you”. Which, like I have said in other reviews, stupid.

The ending and the epilogue totally made this book. Not going to go into it but let’s just say that some evil people get theirs and there is a HEA.

How many stars will I give Hard to Fall? 3.5/4

Why? A great, steamy romance that has some pretty hot sex scenes. The only issue I had with the story is stated above.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Sex and language.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance copy**