Title: When We Fall
Series: Take the Fall #2
Author: Marquita Valentine
Publication Date: 8 Dec 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Although When We Fall is the second book in the Take The Fall series it can be read as a stand-alone. All relevant points to the background of the characters is nicely recapped within the narrative ensuring all details are fully understood to any newcomer to the series.
Told in dual narrative, the initial encounters with Jase and Piper make you believe on the surface Piper is the complete opposite of Jase. She has had a serious case of unrequited love on her best friends brother for as long as she can remember. Although Piper is utterly beautiful inside and out, her Police Chief father and overly critical mother have crushed her self-esteem ensuring she doesn’t feel worthy of pursuing her affections. Made to feel insecure in her looks and a burden due to her asthma, my heart went out to Piper. Basically she has been emotionally neglected and abused by the people who should endeavour to boost her the most. Encouraged to be trophy wife and ensure her families social standing, she has been controlled and dictated to her whole life. Desperate for independence Piper makes a break by moving in with her best friend Rowan, only to be cut off financially by her parents in an effort to re-assert their hold on her. The narrative shows clearly how easy it is for evil to lurk under the cover of civility and when cloaked by money.
Jase, on the other hand, is a ex-con turned tattoo artist, having been in the wrong place at the wrong time. His time served in prison has changed him; heightening his belief that he is undeserving of love and kindness. He has been guardian to his sister from a teenager, shouldering responsibility far beyond his years.
I love how the narrative shows both characters inner thoughts as well as tackling the actions, reactions and consequences idea. Something I talk about a lot both at home and in school. I also enjoyed the notion that fate/destiny steps in to guide Jase and Piper to where they should be. Everything happens for a reason, it’s what we make of the after effects that can bring positivity into our lives. However, the journey is never easy, whereby Piper and Jase’s insecurities fuel the problems between them.
While I always adore the romance in any story it was really the character development in When We Fall that stole the show for me. Their partnership is the solid foundation needed for them both to flourish ♥