REVIEW – AFTER WE FALL by Melanie Harlow



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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

We had nothing to worry about, no relationship drama, no complications. But we did have a deadline. An expiration date. In a week, this thing between us would be over. I looked over at him, and my stomach flipped. What if I didn’t want it to end?


You know the old saying – ”never judge a book by its cover”??? Well, let me just say, this story more than lived up to its cover!! When I saw the book, I was instantly mesmerized! So much that I signed up for it in a heartbeat! I had read one book by Melanie Harlow and really enjoyed it but I think this one is my favorite by the author! This is a story that completely consumed me. I love a story with a beautiful but broken Hero. Jack Valentini was rough around the edges but when his story of loss and guilt is revealed, my heart was melting for this man! Margot started off being a questionable heroine for me. I was worried that she was going to be a vapid prim and proper socialite but as soon as the scones started to fly, I started to love the heroine.

Margot Thurber Lewiston is a City Girl who takes off for the country after causing a scene at a charity dinner that involved her hurling blueberry scones at her ex. She’s normally mindful of her behavior and spends too much time obsessing over how she is perceived by everyone but her ex -boyfriend’s douchebag behavior has her seeing red. Margot decides to leave town for a while for a business trip. She’s been hired as a Marketing Manager for an Organic Farm that is in need of a little jump start to boost their business. Margot’s excited to learn about organic farming, but even more intrigued to meet the HOT Valentini brother, Jack.


Jack Valentini is an ex -Army Sergeant, who enlisted after 911 and ended up going to Afghanistan. Like so many soldiers that have gone off to war, Jack has been severely traumatized by a tragic incident and suffers from PTSD. When he returned home, it was his childhood friend turned Sweetheart, that was able to bring him back and who gave him the feelings of calm that he needed. They ended up marrying but then several short years later, his love is taken from him when she is hit by a reckless driver. Jack spends all his time working on the family farm and keeps himself closed off from everyone else. He barely lets his brothers in as well. Jack is more than a little pissed off when he learns that his brothers have hired Margot to develop a marketing plan for their farm.

When Jack and Margot first meet, it definitely does not go down the way Margot had envisioned it to. She meets a very hostile, rude, and extremely gorgeous man with the most sinfully beautiful body. She’s just a little taken aback by his prickly demeanor but she also can’t help but feel a little angered by his ill-mannered behavior as well. This man is pushing all of her buttons and unleashing her inner tigress. Once she learns of Jack’s tragic past, her heart can’t help but melt for him. And she’ll go out of her way to break through his defenses.


Jack’s first impression of Margot is that she’s a spoiled rich city girl who has no business telling him how to run his business. He also finds it hard to deny the strong attraction he feels towards her. It makes him feel as if he’s being unfaithful to the memory of his deceased wife which in turn causes him to be even more of a bastard towards Margot. As they start spending more time together Jack is unable to fight his desire for Margot and the raw, passionate chemistry that these two share will end up completely consuming them.

But this thing they’ve started has a time limit. Margot is only in town for ten days and then she heads back to her “City Girl” life, and maybe a no strings relationship with a fast approaching expiration date is just what the doctor ordered. Or is it? What happens when two hearts become entangled but one of them isn’t open to let love in?

AFTER WE FALL had a sweet and sassy heroine and a delicious hero! It’s packed with some scorching hot steam, laugh out loud moments, and I may have even shed a tear or two. If you’re looking for a story to get completely lost in then look no further. One-click this amazing story today!!

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