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.
4 out of 5 stars
I have read several Melanie Harlow books and have enjoyed them all, so I assumed After We Fall would be no different. I was right, for the most part.
After We Fall is the story of Margot, a “rich, city girl” who owns her own PR firm with her best friend. After discovering her boyfriend, whom she had broken up with a year before, proposed to her, then immediately proposed to someone else, has to “leave town after a scone throwing incident.” Margot takes an assignment at a farm a few hours north.
The farm is owned by three brothers, Brad, Pete and Jack. Brad and Pete hire Margot’s firm to help with marketing for their farm, but Jack is not interested at all. In fact, he is kind of an asshole. But Jack has some major issues, issues that prevent him from happiness and enjoying life.
The longer Margot spends at the farm, the more she likes country living – and Jack. Jack won’t allow himself to get close to Margot – due to his issues. While in a way I understand why Jack was the way he was (won’t spoil), it was still kind of annoying. Not sure why men feel this ridiculous need to let guilt eat away at them. Anyway…
Margot, on the other hand, was a great character. She was kind and strong. She was very patient. She was a rich girl but not a snob. I will say that I hated her mother. I did like her friends, they were cool; Jack’s family was also really great.
Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend it.