When I Fall (Alabama Summer #3) by J. DanielsWhen I Fall by J. Daniels
Published March 2015
Series: Alabama Summer #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
three-stars
Format: eBook
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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.

Beth Davis just arrived in the small town of Ruxton, Alabama. She found a home at her aunt and uncle’s place and is trying to move on from her mother’s death, as well as an unpleasant episode following this tragic event.

The moment Reed Tennyson lays an eye on Beth at her uncle’s bar, he wants to make her his next little distraction. Reed is a sexy and rugged construction worker, and also one of the town’s biggest players. He’s had his heart broken once nine years ago, and swore to never let a woman get close to him again.

But as Beth unexpectedly kisses him on the mouth to play the part of his pretend girlfriend in front of the girl who broke Reeds heart, he can’t help but want to reconsider his commitment.

What I loved about this book:

  • The small-town southern US setting
  • The funny character interactions and texting!

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Unrealistic character behaviour
  • Ridiculous side-characters
  • Storyline is lacking and pace is mediocre

When I Fall is book number 3 in the Alabama Summer series, but can be read as a standalone. I love myself a good romance novel set in the south, and When I Fall didn’t disappoint. Yet, it was nice but it wasn’t exactly mindblowing either.

I guess I was expecting a story with a bit more elaborate storyline and a more active pace. Indeed, the pace was quite slow and there wasn’t really much happening up until the last couple of scenes in the book which are supposed to be terribly dramatic but weren’t really. I’d even say the plot created false anticipation since I really believed that Beth was hiding a huge secret about what happened in her past, but in the end, there wasn’t anything to it.

The writing is fine and thankfully, the 1st person dual-POV brings a welcome pick-up in pace whenever the POV switches. It was also quite an entertaining read, because it turns out the main characters are quite hilarious and do not take themselves so seriously. There is some really nice banter going on between the two of them.

“Good lord. If I wasn’t already having a difficult time with shit lately, now I get handed the task of not staring at men who look like they could easily be cast in Magic Mike 2? Did I murder a litter of puppies in another life or something?”

I did like Beth as a character, at least in the beginning, because that’s when she demonstrated that she was sure of herself, and actually quite daring, pretend-kissing a total stranger that just tried to make a move on her at a bar!  She’s also cute, gentle, caring, level-headed, and loves to read.

“My idea of exciting is getting an Amazon gift card and buying a whole bunch of books.”

However, in the the end, she completely went bonkers, and that’s when I started disliking her. She acted totally irrationally just because in  because she believes that given his history with women, Reed will never love her. So she goes and does completely improbable things.

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And while I found Reed to be very hot doing construction work/dirty-talk/intercourse with Beth, he wasn’t exactly a model main character. I don’t necessarily need alpha-males in every book I read, but I don’t need to read about guys who treat women like crap either, just because that gives them the feeling that they’re over their heartbreak. Reed is still hung up on something that happened 9 years ago, and can’t admit it – even though his feelings are angry feelings rather than longing for who broke his heart.

Even though meeting Beth changes him in some ways (it’s insta-change!), most of the reactions he has while they are together just don’t add up and are of bad taste. But still, this book is full of nice dirty talk and many, many absolutely hot sex scenes.

And last but not least, some parts of the book were a bit ridiculous and over the top. I mean, I knew that When I Fall was part of a series and expected to find out about couples from the previous books. That’s all fun and games, until you notice that all these couples ever do is use cheesy nicknames and make out constantly. And all have sex in bathroom stalls. Separate stalls, but at the same time…

So yeah, all in all it was an okay read for me, but not much more. I’m not crazily tempted to read about the couples from the previous books, either. Oh well – guess I’ll go against the flow on this review!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
1.5 Stars
Characters
3.5 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
3.5 Stars
Overall: three-stars