Title: Hard to Fall
Series: Take the Fall #4
Author: Marquita Valentine
Publication Date: 18 Oct 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
As a hardworking, hard-partying firefighter, Hayden Walker values his career and his freedom. But as the eldest son of a U.S. senator, he agreed long ago to follow in his father’s footsteps and run for office, and that means settling down and marrying the picture-perfect wife. Hayden just isn’t ready for that sort of commitment . . . not with women like beautiful, curvy Saylor Dean—the naughty bridesmaid he recognizes the morning after his buddy’s wedding—tempting Hayden to stay single forever.
The unwanted love child of a well-known politician, Saylor has always felt isolated and alone, her only solace the animal shelter she runs in Forrestville. Then she meets Hayden at her best friend’s wedding. During their impulsive and unforgettable night together, Saylor feels desired like never before—only to wake up and find that Hayden doesn’t remember his drunken proposal, or their hasty marriage, or her. But when the truth comes out, Saylor finds it’s a lot harder to fall out of love than in love.
I adored Saylor when we were introduced to her in After We Fall and I couldn’t wait for her to find her own happiness. I just didn’t expect it to involve a comedy movie, a wedding reception and a lot of tequila 😉
A random hook-up at Hunter and Evangline’s wedding (After We Fall) fuelled by tequila and a trip to Mexico results in marriage. The only problem is the groom can’t remember anything about the events of the weekend leaving Saylor to fuel all her insecurities.
I’ve got to be honest and say I really didn’t think a lot of Hayden at the beginning of the story due to his player nature and lack of genuine affection for the women he hooks up with. Uninterested in a deep connection I didn’t think Hayden was good enough for Saylor.
Saylor has a lot of insecurities stemming from her parents and lack of relationship with her biological father. Saylor has been made to feel unloved and unwanted most of her life. She considers herself as second best, it made my heart hurt for her. Never publicly acknowledged by her politician father and lacking a normal childhood due to her model mother, Saylor has developed her quirky personality as a form of armour. Using her eccentricities to keep people at arm’s length. Yet she cares deeply for others and wants to receive that type of love and affection for herself. I adored how straightforward she was, taking things literally and running of on a tangent with the comments people tend to make.
Although Hayden can’t remember the events of the wedding weekend he find himself inexplicably drawn to Saylor; she draws forth all his alpha protective qualities. Instead of questioning his reaction to Saylor, Hayden embarks on a courtship to win Saylor’s affection.
Unfortunately there is far more at play than just the relationship between Hayden and Saylor; throw in politics, family expectations and loyalties, underhanded dealings and horrible ex’s and you get a lot of extra tension within the plot and not in a good way 🙁
Although I did love the way in which the plot unfolded it did feel a little rushed toward the end. The epilogue helped tie it all together and surprisingly introduced us to a whole new series, Royals in Exile coming in Jan 2017!!!!!!