Full Exposure: Book One: Independence Falls

Full Exposure: Book One: Independence Falls

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by Sara Jane Stone
     
 

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No touching allowed …

After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She's set her sights on her brother's best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew's live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn't stop Georgia from seducing him. But an

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No touching allowed …

After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She's set her sights on her brother's best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew's live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn't stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.

Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/15/2014
Returning from war has left Georgia looking for her next big thrill, whether it's jumping out of an airplane or enjoying the hot touch of a man. Working as a live-in nanny for her brother's best friend Eric leaves both Georgia and Eric struggling with desires in close quarters. They soon share one sensual experience that has both of them closing doors on each other—and their feelings. VERDICT Stone doesn't dive too deeply into the PTSD aspects of Georgia's character, but she does offer enough of a nod and follow-through that they are not just a triviality in the story. The steamy side of this couple will definitely keep readers turning the pages. [Xpress Reviews, 5/9/14.]—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., South Deerfield
USA Today Bestselling Author Toni Blake
“An erotic and emotional thrill ride.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062337573
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Series:
Independence Falls , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
41,881
File size:
549 KB

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Meet the Author

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.

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Full Exposure 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good god people the author already wrote a good book I would like to see a short review did you like it or not. Please dont write a whole book
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading a Sara Jane Stone book and I was very pleasantly surprised. I loved this story! Lots of twists and turns. I couldn't put it down! I look forward to reading more of her books.
sissie2 More than 1 year ago
Great Book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually finish reading a book in one day. Took three weeks to get to page 71. Will not finish. Just can't get into it.
Cleopatra11 More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed reading this book. hope SJS has another in the series soon.
redreviewsit More than 1 year ago
I love when authors like to switch things up. We have Georgia who served in the military and has some PTSD. I am so used to reading guys with it that it's nice to see it from a female prospective. And because Georgia is not an idiot and isn't in denial, she knows she does her crazy stuff for some thrills to fell alive. (Enter the feels here.) She's dealing with her time in theater and the things she's been through and seen as best she can. So the logical thing to do when looking for your next thrill is to sleep with your boss right? It is when said boss has been her brother's, Liam, best friend since childhood and she's always had a crush on him. It helps a lot that she is a live-in nanny for Eric's nephew at his house. Oh and Eric's rich and sexy so he's a hard man to resist. But seriously though, when you read this and you're not even that far into the story and the characters fit so well, you think what is holding them back? A main reason Eric holds Georgia at arms length (even though he admits in the book to having a crush on her for years) is the respect he has for Georgia's brother. You know, the whole don't date my sister thing comes into play. But Eric also feels that Georgia is acting reckless in the things she does and is not sure what to do about it. He knows that it's because of her time served but he doesn't really see the depth of the emotional toll that has been taken on her until a certain point in the book. That's when the book gets really good and the feels start flying! There is one point where I'm pretty sure my heart turned into mush when Eric's nephew, Nate, had a bad dream so Eric fell asleep on the floor holding his hand because he wanted him to feel safe and loved. Heart melting. Another thing to point out are the sex scenes in this book. There is this one scene that involves a hot tub. Phew! When these two get together they are explosive. And you can tell that these two care so much for each other and route for them the whole book that when they finally come to their senses you shout yes! out loud. Not that I did that...maybe... I am excited to see if the next book is going to be about Liam. He was an intriguing character and am interested to see what he's going to be put through. Will definitely be looking for more info on the rest of this series. :)
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "I'm my own hero." Stars! Full Exposure is a book of firsts, it’s the first in the Independence Falls series and the first book I have read by Sara Jane Stone. As firsts go, it was a quick, painless and really enjoyable experience, and one I would happily go through again! The brother’s best friend trope, when written well, is an out and out winner, and the author really pulled out all the stops for Georgia and Eric’s story. Both have issues in their pasts that make them reluctant to commit to a future together. ”One day, you might need me.” Georgia is also dealing with the aftereffects of serving her country, as well as trying to adjust to life back home, but she isn’t weak, this is a woman who knows what she wants, understands her issues and is trying to deal with them in the best way she can. Add in an overprotective brother, and his best friend, a man she has loved since they were kids, as well as the adorable toddler she is caring for, and this book started out sexy, moved to emotional and kept me reading until way past my bedtime. A lot goes on as the story progresses, you can feel that the author is giving you the necessary details that you will need as the series moves forward, family and friends are introduced, a little of their pasts is revealed, but for all that the focus stayed true to Georgia, Eric and little Nate. ”I’ve wanted you for so damn long.” An absolutely stellar start to a series, I have the pleasure of a further 3 books to devour yet, and if they are as good as Full Exposure, you can be sure I will not be complaining! Liam is up next, and another of my favorite tropes; little sister’s best friend has me itching to turn on my Kindle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very steamy read, kept me up until the wee hours of the morning! Very likeable and relateable characters...glad to see more books are in the series!! Can't wait to read them too!
beeLG More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story very much-reading Georgia's and Eric's story of love finally in the open, life's trial and errors, finding ones way to deal with it all and have what u need and want.  Very emotional.  5 stars
slz52 More than 1 year ago
Good plot, but a bit irritating the way Eric and Georgia went back and forth with their feeling for each other.
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Sandigger More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author but it was very well written, free of editing mistakes and was very good...enough that I have bought the next book in the Independence falls series. I hope there are more as I think there is room to expand.
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kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Georgia doesn't want someone to take care of her or her problems. She wants to live life to the fullest after her duty in the war is over. She loves adventure and wants to end her dry spell with sex. Not just anyone will do. She wants Eric the man she has always known and her brother's best friend. Being a nanny for his nephew keeps them close together. Eric has feelings for Georgia but has made a promise not to touch her. he is set on keeping her from harm and that includes keeping her at a distance. Georgia won't take no for an answer and she shows Eric she wants him but he doesn't want to be a fling. He plans on keeping Georgia. Now he just has to convince her she does need him sometimes. Georgia may seem wild at times but she really isn't. She just need an outlet for her pain. She is a very sweet, caring, person and it really shows with Eric's nephew. She is also very sexy as she shows with Eric. I like her. She wants to do things on her own and not have people trying to take care of her. She loves the outdoors and is a very proud person. Eric works hard and tries his best to keep things going. He is a great guy for taking care of his nephew and really loves him. He also is very sexy and just has to learn to let the past go. This was a great hot read that I really enjoyed. I liked the characters and connected very easy with them. Both have faults but overall are great. There is plenty of heat in this book and I like how they have always known each other but both really afraid to say anything. Georgia has a lot bottled up and has to learn to let go and talk. They not only work great together in the bedroom they are amazing together as friends. If you want a great story that you don't want to end try this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike some novels that take 50 pages to develop the beginnings of an interesting story, this one had me from the first page. My nephew was a Marine who served and was permanently disabled in two tours in Iraq, so I was enjoying the start of this book, which looked to be another realistic and gripping account of someone who went through that awful time and survived it. Then on page 15 -- PAGE 15, BEFORE THERE'S EVEN A REAL STORY YET -- the author exits the storyline to insert a gratuitous and ridiculously placed graphic sex scene! Realistic, yes. Believable, yes. But completely and totally out of place and ruinous to a great story. Turned what might have been a fine novel into a third-rate writer's piece of trash. If the author doesn't have any more confidence in her work than to believe it needs graphic sex to hold a readers's interest, then why should any reader think it's worth their time either? Perhaps this book might have resolved into something interesting and enjoyable to read, but I won't know that since I won't be going any further with it. What a shame and waste of money. I gave it two stars based solely on the first fifteen pages I read. That's a more than fair rating.
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 5 out of 5 Licks Sara Jane Stone is a new author to me and she did not disappoint with Full Exposure.  I am a big fan of the best friend in love with a sibling story line.  Eric is such a sweet man.  He's taken over the care of his nephew, Nate, and is so devoted to him.  The scenes with Nate are so adorable, I fell in love with him myself.  I haven't read a lot of books where the heroine is former military so it was a refreshing change of pace.  You don't hear a lot about her deployment but she is clearly still working through it.  Eric is trying to help her out by providing her with a job and a place to live.  It was inevitable that the attraction would finally break the untouchable line between them and when it does it is so hot my iPad overheated.  I am thrilled to have found a new author to add to my list.  The next one in this series is sure to be just as great.  I can't wait for September!
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
Full Exposure took me into a story with a different spin -- a woman's journey after she returns home from war. Sara Jane Stone really captured what I imagine to be all the heartbreak and pain that a returning vet would feel. And then she gave her one yummy alpha male. Hooboy! And then she threw in a cute little boy. Man, did she twist my heart. I really did enjoy this story and am so looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I have to know what happens to Georgia's brother! And if she throws in something about Georgia and Eric, well, I would be happy. Ms. Stone is a new author to me and I am so fortunate to have found out about this book. I will look for the next book in this Independence Falls series.
cbiby More than 1 year ago
Full Exposure is a whirlwind romance between two deeply wounded characters. I wanted to give both of them the biggest hugs. The things Georgia saw in war left deep wounds on her soul and she feels the need to live her life to the fullest. What she doesn't know is how her actions scare the crap out of everyone that loves her. She doesn't particularly see them as dangerous, just as something to do to push her limits. I loved that she was willing to take life by the balls. She's strong and will go after anything she wants. When she decides to act on her feelings towards Eric, sparks ignite immediately. Eric is afraid to love because everyone he's loved in his life all left him. He wants more with Georgia and he immediately falls in love with her. He wants it all with her and she's scared. I loved both Eric and Georgia. They were so different from each other, yet their fears were the same. They're both afraid of love and loss.  To say that this book was a whirlwind is an understatement. The book wastes no time and opens as Georgia finally decides to seduce Eric. I could not put the book down and finished it in a couple hours. Actually, I would have loved a couple more chapters in the book because Eric and Georgia really don't get a lot of time to be together. It all seemed very rushed. With that in mind, I loved Full Exposure. It was a fantastic debut novel from new Avon author Sara Jane Stone. She's got a new fan in me and I'm looking forward to finding out just what happened between Liam and Katie...
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Full Exposure is the first book in author Sara Jane Stone’s Independence Falls Series and is the first of her work that I have read. Well, I’m hooked and am anxiously awaiting the next in this series. This book was fantastic! Veteran Georgia is home now and is silently struggling with the experiences from her time overseas at war. She has found a few things that work to keep the nightmares at bay…sleeping as little as she can manage, jumping from one adrenaline rush to the next, and Eric. Eric, her brother’s long-time best friend, her as-long-as-she-can-remember crush, and currently her boss. Eric now had custody of his nephew and she was the new nanny, which gave her daily, up close and personal time with him and was driving her crush into whole new level. If surviving war had taught her one thing it was that life could end in an instant and that you should go after what you want in life. It’s that lesson that made up her mind to go after Eric. Now the question was, what would reaction be? Logging company owner Eric has had a whole lot on his plate the past few months and the one person who had become a reliable constant was Georgia. He was so happy she was home safe and now under his roof, helping him with his nephew. Of course all of that was making his attraction to her hard to ignore. But he knew there were a million and one reasons why he needed to stay away from Georgia. For one, his best friend and her brother, would kill him. Unfortunately, he has to push all of that aside when a fire starts on his mountain and threatens not only an entire town, but the future of his logging business. The odds seem to sway back and forth between favorable and unfavorable for Eric and Georgia. Just when we think they will be able to face their mutual attraction something gets thrown in the way. The push and pull between them starts off immediately and oh my, the heat building was fantastic to read. Georgia’s demons are numerous and trying to deal with her PTSD alone is a perilous situation. She is one hell of an admirable character to read and I really felt for her. It was actually a bit of fresh air to read a female veteran and her struggle was touching. She is strong and capable and grabs on to life with both hands, prepared for the ride. Of course, that could also be a bad thing and she ends up worrying the people who matter most to her with her, sometimes, overzealous lust for life. Eric is also a terrific character. He’s got broad shoulders and carries a whole lot on them. He’s loyal and caring and puts the happiness and well-being of others ahead of himself more often than not. He’s strong and sexy with a heat of gold. But he’s still a man and you know how men can be sometimes. Yep, he messes up a few times along the way but because he’s got that huge heart, he always more than makes up for it! Together these two make one hell of a couple and I loved reading their journey from friends to lovers. The added suspense with the mountain fire and trying to find what started it, and at some points wondering if it could have been Eric’s best employee, who also happened to be Georgia’s brother and his best friend, added an extra element to this story that I really enjoyed.  It was well done and kept the reader guessing until almost the very end.  I love that in a story! Thank you, Sara Jane, for an amazing story. I cannot wait for the next installment!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Full Exposure: Book One: Independence Falls, Sara Jane Stone Review from jeannie zelos book reviews I enjoy romance that has just that bit more plot that a simple boy meets girl and they live HEA...and this one had an interesting slant, the heroine is an ex solider. Of course that brings with it some mental trauma, no-one can see their colleagues killed and not suffer some kind of mental problems. So Georgia is now working as a Nanny for her brother’s best friend, looking after his nephew. She loves the job, but has the problem that she’s also loved Eric since she was a teen. Of course as men often are he’s oblivious, but then the odd thing is – he’s also got feelings for her. Of course he won’t act on them for various reasons, his muddled background, shuttled from parent to parent depending on their current partners etc. Then there’s the fact she’s his best friend's little sister and he feels protective, plus Liam would be furious – mainly because he thinks and Eric agrees - that Georgia is still too fragile from her Service traumas. Georgia has been living life on the edge since she left the Services, seeking highs and Liam and Eric think that's because she hasn’t coped well with the things she’s been involved in. She won’t talk about it to anyone, keeping it all inside and she’s been having horrific nightmares. Now she’s decided enough holding back – she wants Eric, he wants her she’s finally realised – and she’s going for it. Its one step forward and two back, and while they’re having some hot and sensual encounters, making progress from her point and doing what he shouldn’t from Eric's view there are other problems to contend with. Eric owns a logging company, where Liam is his trusted right hand man, and there’s been a huge forest fire which is under investigation by officials. That's an added problem that causes difficulties all round. Its a question of long loves finally getting their time – but with a slew of problems accompanying them that need to be sorted before a happy ending can result. I found the mental problems Georgia has really interesting. It must happen all too often, soldiers see and experience things that affect them adversely and they have to learn to live with them. Things seen and done can’t be changed, but its hard for the person concerned to adapt. They don’t want pity or sympathy but help and understanding and I guess they don’t get it too many times. Throw in the mix the work problems, and the friendships and its a romance that has lots of interesting points, along with some smoking sexual tension and hot sensual interludes. Stars: Four, and interesting and sensual read.
Lise_Horton More than 1 year ago
What I discovered reading Sara Jane Stone's debut is that this author is a deft hand at crafting complicated characters in a richly emotional setting. Full Exposure, Book 1 of her Independence Falls series, is a short novel, but so packed with great storytelling that you don't even realize it. Though more would be a scrumptious treat. Stone flips the usual trope on its head and gives us Georgia, an Army vet who is suffering from PTSD following her tour in the Middle East. She's home with her brother trying to recover, working as a nanny for Eric. Eric's own life is in turmoil following the death of his sister and her husband and Eric is the guardian and new father to their orphaned son. As lumber mill owner, his business is now being juggled with parenting duties. Georgia's dealing not just with her own emotional turmoil, but her brother's over-protective nature. She's long lusted after Eric. Eric's always been attracted to his best friend's baby sister. Now proximity, and need, blow their long-time caution to the winds. But Georgia's scars and Eric's sadness, coupled with external issues that come roaring into their lives to complicate, and possibly destroy, their successes, and their chance for happiness. Stone's writing is superlative. Erudite, emotional, filled with perfectly drawn human characters, great conflict and her world building is perfection down to the tiniest detail. The Library Journal review for Full Exposure comments that there is not a tremendous amount of detail in Georgia's PTSD, but I found her poignant and tormented memories, and the light hand Stone used in her emotional responses to the trauma, to be perfect for this story, which didn't require great swaths of psychiatric or gory detail to convey the impact her service had on her. Characters are flawed, but human, rich and immediate, right down to the littlest cast member. It is a heart-felt book, with great sensuality, amazing sex scenes, and enough drama to satisfy any romance reader. Or any reader at all. It's a great love story. Don't miss it. And keep watch for the sequel, and Stone's other titles. They're among the best I've read.