Fall With Me

Fall With Me

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by Julie Particka
     
 

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A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Love is patient. Revenge is sweet.

In the game of love…

Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF's hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance

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A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Love is patient. Revenge is sweet.

In the game of love…

Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF's hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no--even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again.

Someone's going to get hurt…

Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn't want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton's determined to convince Jenna he's not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.

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ISBN-13:
9781622665549
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
04/28/2014
Series:
Entangled Embrace
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
18,630
File size:
991 KB

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Fall with Me


By Julie Particka, Edited by Allison Bliss

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Julie Particka
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-554-9


CHAPTER 1

-Jenna-

I should have known when he never gave me a ring. Granted, with graduation coming, I hadn't expected a big-ass diamond or anything. A little band would have been a sign of real commitment. Words were ... just words.

And that included the ones on my phone.

Hey. I can't go through with it. I love you, but not enough for forever.

Breakup text. I hadn't even earned a handwritten Dear Jane letter. I flipped from Adam's message to the one from Lacey that had come in about an hour later.

I'm sorry. We didn't plan this.

Not only dumped by my fiancé; dumped for my best friend.

And like hell they didn't plan it. In order for my best friend and my lousy, cheating ex to hook up — secretly, for that matter — it had to have been planned. Lacey hadn't gone to Grand Valley with us, so it wasn't like they kept bumping into each other and couldn't help themselves. However this had gone down, it had to have been premeditated.

Adam's message had come the week of finals, right in the middle of my third exam. Right after he finished his last one. He was gone by the time I managed to reach his apartment. He'd left the box of my things outside the door. No note. No nothing.

I was such a fucking coward for not going after either one of them and demanding answers.

And if I could say that much about myself, I could certainly say worse about my best friend and my best guy. Correction. Ex-best-friend and ex- best-guy. If I had my way, I'd get home and be able to start life over and pretend the two of them never existed. Too bad she lived only a couple miles from my parents' house. For the summer, maybe I could just avoid going anywhere she might be.

Then, if I were lucky, maybe she would be moving far away to be with him.

One more hour on the stupid train and I'd be on her turf ... and have to face my parents — tell them why I likely failed my last two exams. Not to mention why I'd waited around campus for an extra two and a half weeks after graduation. Oh, and why the wedding was off. Good times. Good times.

At least I'd only told them about our engagement. It wasn't as if all my friends back home knew, or my friends at Grand Valley for that matter. Adam had made me promise to keep it quiet until we'd told both our families. I didn't believe in keeping secrets from mine, though, and I gave them the news over Easter — weeks before he dumped me.

Take it as the life lesson it is, Jenna. Sometimes secrets are the better option.

I leaned my head against the cool window and watched the scenery roll by. Trees, houses, factories ... all of it seemed so damned alive. All of it chugging right along. Raindrops pinged against the glass, sliding sideways with the forward momentum of the train. Everything was moving on.

Except me.

Right before exams, I'd gotten two job offers. Two good offers. The first would have meant following Adam. It was the one I'd planned to take. The one I'd accepted. Though I knew it had the potential to damage my professional reputation before I started working anywhere, I wound up calling to tell them I'd changed my mind. Quit before the first day of work because there wasn't a snowball's chance in hell I wanted to live that close to him.

Too bad the position I'd initially turned down because I was so in love had already signed a contract with their second choice. Two weeks of job searches had left me at a loss. Stupid economy. Stupid Adam.

Stupid, stupid me.

At least Dad was doing well enough that he could hire me until I found something else. Definitely not the dream job. Living at home would save money and leave me free to take a position as soon as I found one, though. Plus, being surrounded by people who loved me was a bonus. At the moment, I'd cling to every scrap of good I could gather from this situation.

My phone buzzed, and I looked at the screen.

Jenna sweetheart, I'm stuck with a client. I'm sending the new guy to grab you from the station. If you're up to working, I can use an extra set of hands this afternoon. If not, have him drop you at home. Your mother's making pasta.

I groaned. My parents were awesome, but making pasta with Mom meant lots of time for chitchat. Lots of time for questions. Lots of time for painful conversations I'd just have to repeat when Dad got home for dinner.

No, thanks.

I texted back before I changed my mind and decided to wallow in the fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies I was sure Mom would have ready the instant I walked in the door.

I can use the money. Which means as long as you have a hammer for me to swing, just point me at what needs demolishing.

Not ideal, but at least Dad didn't expect conversation on a job. He only wanted work. Smashing the shit out of the walls of his current renovation project sounded like exactly the kind of therapy I needed. My phone buzzed again, and I glanced down expecting an "I love you, Jenna-bear" or a "Great. See you soon." Instead, the message I got made me debate going for the cookies instead.

J, I wish you'd talk to me. I have a lot to tell you. L

Not Dad. Lacey.

I wanted to chuck the phone out the window where it could be caught by the wind and rain and get sucked under the train. Death by locomotive sounded like a hell of an idea. I wasn't interested in her lame-ass excuses or halfhearted apologies. There wasn't a single thing Lacey might have to say that I wanted to hear. Not now. Not ever. Maybe Adam was more to blame than she was, but it took two to tango.

The constant texts were getting old, and a new phone number sounded like the best plan I'd ever had. It wasn't as if she'd suddenly realized what a jerk Adam was and what a horrible mistake she'd made. I'd been there. The idea would last all of five minutes before he'd convince her things were perfect — exactly like he'd done with me.

We were both idiots. I just wasn't enough of one to have any desire to deal with either of them.

The train started to slow down and I stood, grabbing my suitcase from its spot near the door. I'd sold everything else off before I left school. Nothing was left except one bag of clothes, the books I'd shipped ahead, and my laptop. Nothing to remind me of Adam or Lacey. Step one to my "forget they're alive" plan was complete.

Almost home, Jenna. You can do this. Work for Dad for a couple weeks and you'll be able to trade in your phone if you want and get new digits. No more Adam. No more Lacey. The train screeched on the tracks, stopping as my station came into view.

Ignoring the glances from the few people in the car, I finished the mental pep talk: In fact, you're going to skip the new phone, clear your message history and photos, and change your number tonight, before you start job-hunting again. You're only a few minutes from being free of everything that will remind you of Adam Richmond, Lacey Bell, and all their shit.

I lugged the suitcase down the steps, scrambling backward and dragging it after me. When I hit the platform, a strong hand attached to a tanned forearm grabbed the bag's handle. Great. The last thing I needed was someone running off with my luggage. "Back off."

"I can help you." His voice was the sexy kind of growl that came from smoking too many cigarettes or singing until you lost your voice like a million times — only a lot yummier. It reminded me of campfire sing-alongs and sent a shiver down my spine that made my toes curl.

Perfect. A guy with a voice that makes me think dirty thoughts. Precisely what I need.

"Thanks. I got it, though."

Too bad as soon as I said thanks, the guy yanked on the suitcase. The move knocked me off-balance, and the bag clipped my leg. I landed ass-first in a puddle on the platform, grunting as I hit. It could have been worse. At least it wasn't face-first.

As long as the jerk didn't steal my stuff, I'd be fine.

"You never change, do you, Jem? Same stubborn, clumsy beauty you've always been. No wonder your dad sent me to drag you around."

I didn't move from my spot on the platform, just sat there and let the water soak through my capris. My breath came in ragged gasps as I squeezed my eyes shut and wished I could disappear.

No wonder the voice had done horrible things to me. Only one person on the damn planet called me Jem. He'd started with the stupid nickname because I scrawled a note to Lacey once and the letters of my name had run together. He'd asked her who the hell Jem was, and the name stuck afterward. I'd thought it had been his way of flirting, of making me feel special. I couldn't have been more wrong. Which meant theft or no theft, the situation had gotten worse. There would be no forgetting about Lacey today, and my heart sank into the puddle under my butt.

"Sutton."

"Hello to you, too." He reached down and grabbed my arm, yanking me upright like I weighed nothing. It put me directly in front of him, close enough to the open neck of his plaster-covered shirt that I could smell faint remnants of the cologne he wore. The same stuff he'd worn in high school. I fought the urge to suck in a deep breath before he stepped away. "You know, my sister's been trying to get in touch with you for a couple weeks. Give Lacey a damn call and get her off my back."

"Fuck me sideways," I muttered. Not only did I have to deal with Sutton Bell and the way his dark hair and blue eyes mirrored his sister's, but he had to go and mention Lacey the first chance he got. The universe had a horribly cruel sense of humor.

"Nah," Sutton said, dragging my suitcase behind him as he headed to the parking lot. "That's not on the menu."

I instantly regretted my ponytail as my ears went hot, my embarrassment on full display. "It wasn't an offer."

"My mistake." He heaved the suitcase behind the passenger seat of Dad's truck and held the door for me. "It was last time, so you can understand how I might make the assumption."

I bristled and scrambled inside as gracefully as I could, biting back the childish retort on the tip of my tongue. Sutton shoved the door closed, leaving me alone with the memory he'd so rudely exhumed from the depths of my brain.

So what if I'd drunkenly come on to him during junior year at the Bells' annual Halloween party? Every girl I knew had hit on Sutton at least once. I didn't know how many offers he'd accepted, but I refused to believe the reports from the female population of Eisenhower High. Because that would have been every one of them.

Except mine.

When he climbed in on the driver's side, I dragged myself to the present and gave an exaggerated sigh. "One lapse of judgment where I drunkenly mistook you for Superman. I mean, you were wearing the costume. Can't hardly blame a girl for that."

"Sure I can. I always blame girls for hitting on me when they think I'm someone else. It's rude as hell."

"Let me make it up to you by telling you the reasons it will never happen again." I ticked them off one at a time on my fingers. "For starters, you're not a good enough guy to pass for Clark Kent, much less Superman. I'm over my bad-boy phase, thank you very much. You're Lacey's brother. You work for my dad. And ... you had your chance and blew it. So no more worries, Sutton. We're just business from here on out."

As I'd talked, his mouth had fallen open for a second, then he snapped it shut and I got to watch as his jaw clenched harder and harder. Good. Maybe he'd lay the hell off now.

Or not. "I'm cleaning up my image, not that it's any of your business. However, that speech would have been a lot more effective if I hadn't seen the way you looked at me at the train station."

"What is that supposed to mean?" I hadn't looked at him. Not really.

"Don't worry about it, Jem. Your secret is safe with me."

In other words, he had successfully managed to throw me off guard and wanted me to stay there. So much for getting the upper hand with him. I'd always failed in that regard.

Sutton was a force of nature.

The guy everyone gravitated toward: Mr. Popularity, star athlete, and class brainiac. Kind of made me wonder why he was working for Dad. I wasn't about to ask about it, or what he meant by the "cleaning up his act" comment.

The last thing I wanted was to seem interested. Of course, the silence gave me way too much time to stew and think about how he'd filled out while I was away at college.

Looking as much as I want now, Sutton. You just keep your eyes on the road so you don't notice. Thanks.

A late growth spurt had turned his muscles long and lean his senior year of high school. He'd been hot as hell then. Now the bulk that had stretched out had returned better than ever. His biceps strained against the rain-dampened sleeves of his polo. And the veins in his forearms begged to be traced by finger. Or tongue. I shivered against the thought of what he'd taste like.

Nope. This summer was bound to be complicated enough without thinking about trying again with him. What was the old saying about the definition of insanity? Doing something over and expecting a new result. I might've been pissed as hell, but I wasn't crazy, yet.

"You know, since you've got all this time while we're on the road, call my sister."

If I let him though, Sutton was bound to drive me to the nuthouse. He was not going to give up unless I shut him down. "I want to talk to Lacey less than I want to talk to you, and that's saying something. So, how about no."

Sutton's jaw set in the kind of hard line usually reserved for comic book superheroes. Which was why I planned to stand by the Superman lie until I died — everyone would believe me. "I don't ask for favors very often, Jem. She's annoying the fuck out of me. Could you please get on the phone with your goddamn best friend so I don't have to kill her?"

"Now that I know her imminent demise is on the table?" I tapped a finger against my lips and pretended to think about it for a few seconds, imagining the ways Sutton might kill her. Strangling her and Adam with each other's entrails topped my list of favorites. "Yeah. I'm thinking that's a bigger 'no' now. Maybe even a 'hell no.' Also, goddamn ex-best friend, if you don't mind."

He released a sigh that was exasperated enough you'd think I was a little kid rather than only three years younger than him. "And what the fuck am I supposed to tell her when she calls again? I won't lie for you."

"Don't remember asking you to. Say I said no." Avoidy-avoider is avoiding again. "Actually, no. Tell her I said that backstabbers don't get to take up my time. If she wants to talk to me, have her talk to Adam. I was always myself with him. After three years, he should know me well enough to pretend to be me. Then everyone's happy."

"Everyone's happy? Is that supposed to be a joke? Because it's not funny. She's not happy. You're clearly not happy. And I've got to say, I'm not exactly brimming with happiness right now, either. What the hell happened between you two?"

There went the "not having to tell this story more than once" plan. At least I only needed to provide Sutton with the SparkNotes version. His words rattled around my brain as I tried to decide how much to tell. "You didn't ask who Adam is."

"He's her new guy." The way Sutton almost spat the words gave me a sliver of hope. Hope for what, I had no idea — though I kind of wished it involved entrails, at least where Adam-the-cheat was concerned.

"And he's my ex-boyfriend. As in, we were dating when Lacey hooked up with him. He broke up with me during finals." There'd never been a ring. The broken engagement could be my pathetic little secret. While I had no choice other than to stomach his knowing that Adam left me for his sister, Sutton didn't need to know the level of humiliation and hurt that went along with it. Sharing this much with him was hard enough, especially since the conversation would probably make its way to Lacey anyway.

"Oh."

God, he was such a guy. Like it didn't matter. Good on Adam for having two chicks at once. Blah blah blah. It made me sick to my stomach. I wanted to jump from the truck and walk the twenty miles home rather than sit here with him anymore.

And I wanted the cookies more than ever.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor's degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love—writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all.

She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she's pretty sure there's no way it can fail…except the minions keep eating the cookies.

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Fall With Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that easily could have been great, slowly degenerated into a series of unromantic moments, and head shaking "no you didn't just say or do that ". The heroine/ lead was weak and the brother of her bestie-- didn't have the charisma or it seems the know how to use "heavy machinery". I'd say skip it and try another clearance title. I know I wish I had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought you were someone else :(
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Fall with Me, it was a cute romance story full of character development, secrets and an overall great ending.  The last thing Jenna wants to do when she moves back to her old town after breaking up with her college boyfriend is to work along side Sutton Bell. Not only is he her ex-best friend's brother, but she also used to have a crush on him growing up. Now she is back in her old home trying to get passed what her ex did to her by dumping her for her best friend. But everything is put to the test when old feelings start to resurfaced as Jenna and Sutton start to spend more time together.  Sutten Bell has always had a thing for Jenna, but being her best friend's older brother put Jenna off-limits. Now she is back and he is determined to convince Jenna that he is not the player he used to be by helping her get revenge on her ex. What they weren't expecting to be in the middle of family issues and old secrets that will put their relationship to the test. Jenna will have to decide whether falling for Sutton all over again is worth it in the end.  The characters in the book were compelling, they both had to let go of the past in order to move on with their lives. There were times when Jenna was just so stubborn to see pass what she had in front of her, and that complicated things a bit more for her. Sutton made drastic decisions, that didn't help him at all. It's evident that both characters went through character development as they faced their fears of letting go of the past. Their chemistry from the beginning was there and it grows more throughout the book. Overall, the story is very well-written, and the twist at the end worked. I highly recommend it.  *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Jenna has the heart of gold that every girl envys, wants to say they have, but could never bring themselves to actually be that saintly. At least, that's how it is for me. If my fiance dumped me through a text to go be with my best friend AND MARRY HER, I wouldn't be trying to save my once best friend from making the mistake of her life. But I also probably wouldn't have the dreamy hunk, the best friend's brother, Sutton, trying to convince me to be the better person. That might help turn my heart more toward good. Jenna thought she had her life planned out with Adam, but then he smashes all of those fantasies with one simple text; he loves her, but not enough. Then Lacey follows that up with an apology. Yes, like this whole incident can be cured with an apologize text and all is forgiven. Nope. Not happening. Jenna has to return home from college to work for her father and along side Sutton. Little does she know, what she thought was the end of the world is actually the beginning of a life-altering revenge scheme. Sutton always loved Jenna, but the mistakes from his past have her not reciprocating the way he wants her to. Sutton being a past playboy with everyone except for Jenna when they were in high school. She doesn't believe that he finds her attractive and he must find a way to prove that otherwise. Lacey is making a huge mistake in agreeing to marry Adam and Sutton makes it his mission to break up their engagement in order to save his sister, but his plan involves putting Jenna back in the realm of Adam and his conniving ways. Can Sutton go through with their plan of revenge on Adam and salvation of Lacey? Does Jenna have enough in her heart to be close to Adam again for the sake of Lacey? Will Sutton and Jenna survive or will Sutton pick his sister over the love of his life? I truly enjoyed the sass and spunk of Jenna as well as her good-nature and desire for Sutton. You don't usually see the playboy no longer the playboy before the girl comes back into the picture, but it was refreshing to see that Sutton had made the change on his own and just needed to prove it. Well written with twists I never saw coming. This book deserves to be read again!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Julie Particka's Fall With Me took two of my favorite tropes – the fake relationship and the very real falling for a friend – and combined them together in a book that was utterly unputdownable for me. Was it predictable? Of course. Is that a bad thing? Not even a little bit.  Jenna and Sutton have known each other for years and once upon a time, there was a flicker of something more than friendship between them. He's her best friend's brother and she's had a crush on him forever. What she doesn't know is that he feels the same about her. When Jenna's boyfriend dumps her for her best friend, and Sutton's sister Lacey, neither of them are pleased about this relationship. Jenna's ex is a real dirt bag, but Lacey insists there's more to him and their relationship. Sutton and Jenna decide to team up and fake date to break them up. This pairing leads up to a whole lotta drama as feelings become more apparent and other truths are revealed. Fall With Me was a short read, but a really enjoyable one. It was sometimes sweet, sometimes sexy and a good new adult book through and through. I really enjoyed the characters, even in those moments where I wanted to smack sense into them.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
Danielle_Wegner More than 1 year ago
Such a great story! This book is a great read. The characters are realistic and down to earth. I love that they both seem like real people. Jenna is instantly likeable. She's strong, yet still has her weaknesses. She's been burned and doesn't want it to happen again, but...Sutton! Sutton is a great character. I loved him from the start. Maybe because I picture a young Tom Welling as Sutton, but I did love Sutton as a character. He's flawed, and isn't afraid to admit it. He has his weaknesses, and Jenna is one of them. I loved that about him. The story flows so well. I read it the first time in one sitting--couldn't put it down. I fell into this world of Jenna and Sutton and couldn't break free until "the end". I think this book is a great indicator that Julie Particka is going to be one to watch in the New Adult genre.
Sadie_Anjum More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt romantic tale that had me enthralled from start to finish. I really couldn’t stop reading until I had finished it all. The main characters Jenna and Sutton are very loveable. I absolutely love Jenna’s character, the sweet young girl, who gets her heart broken by her boyfriend and her own best friend Lacey. However things are about to change for Jenna, as she meets the dashing and charming Sutton, who happens to be Lacey’s brother. They’re both attracted to each other and sparks fly. Julie captures the romance between both perfectly and in a tasteful way. Sutton, hates Jenna’s ex and his sisters fiancé Adam, and vows to split them apart, by enlisting Jenna’s help. Jenna wanting payback for Adams deceit joins Sutton. Along the way their romance unfolds, and as it happens things get complicated. A very well written romantic story by a great author. A must read for readers out there. 
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I must say i loved it! Looking forward to more! A good gread!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this- I have a new favorite author:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and I loved the connection between the main charecters. Definately would recommend!!
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Wendylu4 More than 1 year ago
This book was not bad but not one of my favorites, also short, quick read. I really didn't have any particular issue with it other than it just didn't have a lot to it. The story is guy cheats on girl, leaves girl for best friend. Then best friends bother, girls first love, asks her to help break up the pair. Most of the interaction is between girl and the brother, not much between BFF or ex. A little lack-luster for me. Still gave it 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how sutton and jenna found true love
Wonderlands_Reader More than 1 year ago
Fall With Me was a book that I was extremely excited to hear about. I was in the mood for a fun, romantic read and this sounded like a perfect fit. While it is both fun and romantic, it is not exactly what I had been expecting. After reading the blurb, I was looking forward to watching Sutton and Jenna work the plan they made together. However, there was less of that and more unnecessary drama between Sutton and Jenna. First off, I really liked the relationship between Sutton and Jenna at the start of the book. They were cute and funny and I enjoyed the banter between them. I liked seeing the way they began to work together and trust each other. However, I often felt like they were the causes of all of their problems. I didn't understand the logic they used when making decisions. I could see so obviously that the choices they were making would not lead to good things but they were blind to it. They made more drama than was believable. Also, I felt like we didn't get to know them all that well because they had previously known each other before getting together so there was no period of time where they were discovering each other so we never were able to discover them, either. The plot was fun and pretty fast but it wasn't what I had been expecting. I was really looking forward to watching the plan Sutton and Jenna had devised unfold throughout the novel. However, the execution lasted only two days and there was hardly anything involved with it. Rather than being the driving force of the plot, it was just a tool used to bring Jenna and Sutton together. The rest was just sort of them muddling through their relationship and making problems that were easily avoidable. Toward the end, I really didn't even know what was going on. Sutton's logic for the things he did was absolutely horrible and so completely unbelievable that I couldn't even pretend that I understood them. Again, just the conflicts and the logic they used to progress the plot were unbelievable and hard to follow. Despite my obvious problems with Fall With Me, I did actually enjoy reading it quite a lot. I began reading and absolutely could not put it down. This is a novel that, while I probably won't go back to it, I was happy I had the chance to read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I always love reading a book where the setting is in the same state where I live. (Michigan)
FS_Meurinne More than 1 year ago
"Received and ARC for an honest review" I read this book in one sit, it's a shirt novel that was quite enjoyable.  Jenna is a girl that needs to get over his ex and the betrayal of her best friend. She didn't think that Sutton, her best friend's brother and childhood crush, would be able to help her. What she didn't foresaw was that her feelings hadn't died and that in fact what she always thought about how Sutton felt since turning her down years before wasn't what she imagined.  I totally recommend this quick read and would absolutely read more books from Julie Particka. 
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This was an well plotted romance between Jenna, whose fiancé left her and became engaged to her best friend, and Sutton, the best friends older brother. Their relationship happens really fast, (almost too fast for me), and both set out to save his sister from similar pain. I found the conflict at the end of the book to be a little juvenile and I agree with other reviewers that it felt a little too high school for me. Not really my cup of tea, but i am sure many will enjoy. I was given a free copy for a honest review.
psee More than 1 year ago
5 "let's hear it for strong heroines" Stars Well this book was a refreshing surprise. Jenna, recently dumped by her fiance for her best friend, finds herself back home after college working for her father. What she didn't expect was working with Sutton, said best friend's brother, oh yeah, and her high school crush. Sutton is desperate to get his sister away from the d-bag Adam and to work on things with Jenna. Despite his past as a womanizer, Sutton is hoping to turn over a new leaf back home and he is hoping Jenna could be part of that. Is it possible for Jenna to get some revenge on her ex while Sutton is able to save his sister from him at the same time? More important, can Sutton start something with Jenna during there plotting, despite neither of them really being over their pasts. I really enjoyed this book. It cruises along at a quick pace and kept me interested. I loved Jenna. She has her moments of wallowing, but she was great. She spoke her mind and was true to her heart. I loved that she was not one of those wishy/washy heroines that seem to spotlight other stories. Go Jenna. Sutton was ok as the hero. Some parts of him I loved like his caring nature. I loved his witty banter with Jenna and his nickname for her. But unfortunately for me he took on the role of "I'm just not good enough for her" and ruins things along the way. But never fear, the awesome heroine will save the day. Personally she was a little too forgiving in my book but that is probably what made her even more likable. I also liked her dad, he was pretty cool. I wish there was an epilogue as that would have made the book even better(they are one of my favorite parts of a book). Overall, highly recommend this one. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A light, sweet, and lovely New Adult romance, Fall With Me was a fantastic read. I totally loved this delightful read. From the wonderful characters, to the surprising secret, this book was lovely. Jenna was an awesome heroine. After her boyfriend betrayed her in the worst way possible, she was absolutely done with taking people's crap. She was determined to make herself happy...as soon as she made sure her ex got his payback. I really liked that she was understanding and forgiving in a way that made her truly likable. I thought she was great. Sutton was also wonderful. He was very sweet and very loyal to those he loved. Unfortunately, that loyalty was pulled in two directions when he was caught between his sister and the woman he loved. For the most part he handled it well, but at one point, he was a total idiot and his actions made me want to shake some sense into him. But, overall, I found him to be sweet, charming, and an adorable hero. The romance was great. I loved how Jenna and Sutton both simply accepted their feelings and didn't (for the most part) let anything get in between them. There was some heat with them, to go with all that sweet. I thought they were a wonderful couple. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I never suspected the secret of why Lacey (Jenna's best friend and Sutton's sister) did what she did. Though I still though she handled it in a terrible and selfish way. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Fall With Me was a fantastic New Adult romance. I absolutely loved this wonderful book. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
kimbre15 More than 1 year ago
What do you do when your fiancé dumps you at the last minute to marry your best friend? First off you refuse to speak to your best friend any more and then you plot revenge with your coworker. Sounds simple enough. Except that your coworker broke your heart as a teen, he is also hotter than hot, and he's your ex-best friend's brother. This book could have been very predictable, but the author brings true life into the story. Though some things are predictable, there are surprises through out the book. The characters come alive and you feel like you personally know them all. Great read. Two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short, if it says 200 pages, it is usually much less.