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 Star Review by Ashley
This book- wow! I haven't read Melanie Harlow for a while but After We Fall did things to me. It was emotional and real and oh so beautiful in it's human-ness. Jack and Margot's story is one I thought I knew...devastated war vet hiding in peace meets city girl who won't take no for an answer. They fall even though they shouldn't...But there is SO much more to these two lost and lonely souls.
My heart hurt for both of these characters from the heartbreak they suffered- especially Jack. That man has been through so much and was doing his best just to get by. When in walks Margot with her big ideas and even bigger heart. I loved that she didn't let Jack's broody behavior intimidate her or bring her down. She was on a mission and she would not be deterred. When these two finally gave into the chemistry that was sizzling below the surface it was explosive!
With any opposites attract, there is that moment that reality slaps you in the face. Here it was for Jack. Ugh I wanted to shake him! Deep down he knew better and his poor attitude after Margot does the only thing she can think of to save herself more heartache only proves that fact. But oh how he stepped up when he came to his senses! I loved that part the most. Was it a little predictable? Yes. Did I care? Not at all.
PS- the cover- spot on for Jack!
About the Author
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. Her stories are inspired by a sense of place, an appreciation for the past, and unexpected pleasures in life—especially the romantic kind. She lifts her glass to readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.