The last time Piper Ross saw her best friend’s sexy older brother, Jase Simmons, he was being taken away in handcuffs. Seven years later, two things haven’t changed: Piper is still head-over-heels in love with him . . . and Forrestville’s chief of police—Piper’s dad—still hates his guts. So when Piper sees a chance to get close to Jase, she makes her move—literally. As his new roommate, and as the office manager of his tattoo shop, Piper won’t be satisfied until Jase knows that she wants to be his.
The quintessential good girl, Piper is pure temptation for Jase. The only reason he’s always kept his distance is because she’s the last person he’d ever want to hurt. But once he realizes that Piper is ready to take the leap, everything just makes sense. Suddenly Jase feels like a new man—until nasty rumors start swirling and Piper’s heartless father stirs up even more trouble. Now Jase must convince Piper that she wasn’t wrong about him . . . because falling in love never felt so right.
You would think at some point I would get tired of being an author’s bitch but I’m not there yet with Marquita Valentine. When We Fall is yet another reason I am going to continue to be Valentine’s bitch.
Since Piper Ross decided to defy her disgustingly rich, image-conscious, need-to-rot-in-hell parents, her life has been both far better and far worse. On the far worse side, she no longer has access to their money which means she can’t pay for school and she has to live well below the standard she is used too. On the far better side, Piper is now her own woman, she has some really amazing friends, and the guy she has been in love with since she was a teenager just gave her a job and a place to live.
Jase Simmons has spent the past several months making up for the seven years he spent in prison. That’s a lot of partying, a lot of drinking, and a lot of sex. Trouble is, that life style isn’t what Jase really wants and what he really wants is Piper Ross, a woman he considers himself nowhere near good enough for. Piper is innocent where Jase is tainted, Piper is sweet where Jase is harsh, Piper is pure where Jase is so far from pure. Even knowing all of that, Jase still wants Piper with a passion he never thought possible. Jase also wants a better life than he ever thought possible for himself. With Piper by his side, Jase feels like he has something and someone to work for and he begins to do so the second he becomes well and truly involved with Piper.
As Piper begins to work her way into Jase’s world, her suspicions about him are confirmed. Underneath all the bravado is a good guy with the capacity to love her in a way no other person ever has. Jase’s every action speaks to his goodness and his feelings for Piper even if he can’t admit them out loud just yet. In no time flat, Piper and Jase are completely involved with one another and happy to be so but others aren’t quite so excited about their relationship. Though she has severed virtually every tie with her parents, Piper still has to deal with them from time to time and when they get wind of her relationship, all hell breaks loose. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Piper is attacked after meeting with her parents and when Jase comes to her rescue, his past comes back to haunt him. In order to get to their HEA, Piper and Jase are going to need a whole lot of luck!
The Bottom Line: Jase Simmons is some kind of hot and his actions toward Piper makes him all the hotter. From the moment Jase decides to go all in with Piper, he is there for her 110% and no one had better get in his way. Jase lays claim to Piper in some very primal (yet tender) ways and Piper soaks up every second of her man’s attention. As the plot unfolds, Piper really comes into her own and with Jase’s support finds her own voice and a reserve of strength even she didn’t know she had. As Piper’s confidence grows, she puts everyone in their place and defends her man and her choices at every turn. In this particular instance, I absolutely loved seeing everyone getting exactly what they deserved!!
New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.