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AFTER WE FALL by MELANIE HARLOW :: REVIEW

Standalone – emotional second chance at love


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SYNOPSIS
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.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

 ‘It was my pain. I’d earned it. I guarded it closely.’

What an incredibly beautiful yet pain filled story this was. We were utterly swept away on a journey of love, healing, acceptance and forgiveness. Set in beautiful surroundings- two people, who on paper have nothing in common, meet and fall from a great resistant height into the heart of the other. It was so full of emotion as well as passion and we completely connected with both Margot and Jack. Sometimes we are given a second chance at love. A love that never weakens the importance of another but is no less pure, intense nor real.

‘What if I’d come here for a reason? What if he was the something missing from my life. What if I wasn’t supposed to give up on him? What if he needed me to help him heal? What if I never met anyone who made me feel the way he did? What if we were supposed to be together?’

We fell in love with both Margot and Jack. In many respects Margot was the inner strength to Jack’s vulnerability. She knew what she wanted and she fully embraced it, caring not what her family would think or say. She was cheeky, funny and so very sweet. Yet she was also a beautiful woman who stood up for what she wanted, believed and cared about. We felt her heart and soul.

“I know what I had. And it doesn’t happen twice.”

Where Margot welcomed change; Jack is reluctant, angry and stubbornly refused what was in front of him as well as in his heart. Jack’s got a past that emotionally dictates his present which was absolutely heart-breaking. He shied away from anything new and dismissed possibilities; denying life due to guilt. Change and love go hand in hand with hope and new beginnings, and we loved every minute of it.

‘He was kissing me like I’d never been kissed before. Like he was going to war. Like he didn’t care about breathing. Like something in him needed something in me so desperately, he had to find it or die trying.’

 


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SYNOPSIS
Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.
Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.
He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.
My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.
We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.
One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.
We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.
But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.
I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.
All he has to do is stay.

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