From NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, J. Daniels, book three in the Alabama Summer series.
For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.
Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.
Not my dick. My dick is good.
The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me—sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.
My heart is about to get fucked. My dick can sit this one out.
Warning: this book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content. When I Fall can be read as a standalone novel.
Review by Amanda
When I Fall is book number 3 in J. Daniels The Alabama Summer Series, and after reading all 3 of them, I have to say - there certainly is something about those 'Bama boys! HOT DAMN.
This book focuses on Reed Tennyson and Beth Davis. Reed has always been the more secretive and loner type of the 3. He seems the hardest to read and the one that is the most impenetrable. He isolates himself from women and is only after one thing - a good time.
On the opposite side of the coin, we have fragile Beth Davis. She is fractured and broken - she has never had love and has been alone in the world for the last few months. She has also been victim of a verbally abusive boyfriend (although I use that term loosely). She discovers that she has family in Hattie and Danny, and takes the first opportunity to reunite with them and try to rebuild her life.
Reed and Beth's "relationship" starts off as a cover story to his ex girlfriend Molly. She is in town celebrating her engagement. She chooses to invite Reed to her engagement party, and when Beth sees his reaction, she steps in as his savior and tells Molly that they will be there. The two share a mindblowing kiss which leaves Reed reeling (especially considering he hasn't kissed anyone in more than 9 years). However, after their convincing performance and Molly leaving, Reed struggles to deal with his anger and storms out.
After a second run in with Reed, the two decide to attend the engagement party as faux boyfriend and girlfriend. There is major chemistry between the two and they end up having a night of wild, unbridled and passionate sex. The only problem is Reed was too drunk and now he doesn't remember any of it.
This chases Beth away and she avoids him feeling embarrassed and devastated. However, their friends soon intervene and the two are soon forced to spend time together.
Will it be enough to rekindle their flame? Is Reed open to loving someone again? Will Beth allow herself to open up to Reed again after being hurt?
I loved Reed Tennyson, and if no one has yet - I call DIBS! He is one of those men that us women cannot help but to love. He has been hurt and betrayed, but instead of allowing himself to heal, he has just shut himself down completely. He uses, instead of allowing himself to be used. He loved deeply, and we know that he has it in him to love again. He is also the loyal friend we all wish we had, not only to Tessa and Mia, but also to Ben and Luke. They have a friendship that is strong and solid, and they love one another like family.
Beth is the epitome of a wide eyed innocent - that is exactly as I have her pictured in my mind. She wants to believe the best of all people. She has endured her fair share of pain and heartache. Her mother was a drug addict, who died leaving her with nothing. She has never known her father - and the only family she discovers, she has never met. However, her fortune changes, when she finds out about Hattie Davis, and finally it seems as though things are going her way. I loved how Beth has endured, survived and built herself up no matter what the circumstance. Although, life has dealt her a hand that would leave many of us broken and unable to get up, she has used it as a stepping stone on to a better life.
I am giving this book 4.5 magnificent stars - I loved everything about it. It was angsty, emotional and heart wrenching. But it was smattered with humor and swoonworthy moments that will leave you knees weak. This is sure to be another smash hit for J. Daniels and those gorgeous 'Bama boys.
Meet J. Daniels
J. Daniels is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series and the Alabama Summer series.
She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read. J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.