Daring to Fall

Daring to Fall

by T. J. Kline

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Overview

Daring to Fall by T. J. Kline

Emma Jordan has returned home after her father’s death to run the animal sanctuary that had been his legacy. But strange things start happening, and it seems that someone is out to shut her down, someone who doesn’t mind putting lives in jeopardy to see it through. When Hidden Falls’ sexiest fireman starts to ask questions, Emma needs to make sure his charm doesn’t distract her from keeping her dreams alive. 

Ben McQuaid has an obligation as a local fireman to protect the community, even from a well-meaning wildlife veterinarian who’s in way over her head. But, it’s becoming hard to keep his loyalty to the town and his desire for the pretty vet separate. As Ben and Emma become caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, their feelings for each other are growing. 

Will they let duty drive them apart or will they dare to fall?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062651839
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Series: Hidden Falls Series , #2
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

T. J. Kline was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen—as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions—but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as many hours as possible laughing hysterically with her husband, teens, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California. That is, when she isn't running around the California Gold Country researching new stories.

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Daring to Fall 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JosephinesLibrary More than 1 year ago
T.J. Kline's "Daring To Fall" is sexy, sizzling, heart stealing fun! It was a slow burn, charming romance that stole my heart at page one and refused to let go. Emma and Ben's journey to love was amazing and had me desperately wishing for more. I simply can't wait to get my hands on the next novel in her Hidden Fall's Series!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
The price of a dream can be pretty high at times, but would a life be too much to pay for a dream that has a chance to come true soon? Emma has a chance to make all her dreams come true but there was someone out there that did not share her dream. That someone was wreaking havoc and threating the very existence of her dream. The suspense and mystery surrounding the danger of working to keep the sanctuary up and running keeps the story moving forward and the depth of involvement between Ben and Emma moving forward also. The writing was just what sets the stage for a romance with suspense with a hint of drama and mystery to spice things up even more. Realistically the drama of the mystery outweighed the romance but did not shove it in a corner. I LOVED that there was depth to this read. There was something more to bind Ben and Emma besides physical attraction and jumping straight in. I very much enjoyed returning to Hidden Falls. This time things were amped up. The intrigue around who and why someone would want to hurt the animal sanctuary. Why now? Ben and Emma pulled off the building relationship with class. They were equally intrigue with each other but not to the point everything else suffered. Ben had me in his palms early on, no doubt. It took a bit for Emma to gain equal footing. T.J. Kline has herself a great addition to the Hidden Falls series. Thank you.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Ben is a good match for Emma. As a firefighter he’s going to understand about her having a dangerous job but that with proper training and care things will be as safe as they can be. He’s also got a big heart which goes well with her own. Up to this point his romantic life has always been about being the big, strong hero so of course he falls really hard for someone who can take care of herself! Now he just needs to learn that he can be supportive without sweeping in on his white horse to rescue her. Emma’s world is already a mess when Ben comes storming in with his rescued bobcat kitten. He’s definitely a distraction she doesn’t need, and her past has taught her that men can’t handle a strong woman whose whole life is centered around wild animals that could seriously hurt her. Not used to leaning on anyone, it’s hard for Emma to let Ben in to help. Too bad that the man is too stubborn to just go away. Kline doesn’t really do much to hide the who and what behind the trouble that Emma experiences. After a bit it becomes obvious who the choices are for the culprit but the how of carrying out the plan does keep you guessing. And really it’s mostly about the romance :) *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series. I like this series, but I didn't like this one as much as the first book. It doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it. I liked Ben and Emma. Ben is a hunky fireman. I felt for Emma. She's trying to prove herself, but it feels like that she has no one in her corner. Ben is thrown off his game when it comes to Emma. The more he gets know Emma he sees the true her not the preconceived notion of the small town. There is someone causing trouble for Emma can they figure it our before it's too late? I loved the animal sanctuary. I'm a big animal lover so it's one of my favorite parts of the book.
AllisiaWysong More than 1 year ago
Who out there doesn’t like a romance story with a woman that can hold her own? What about one that doesn’t play the damsel in distress to get the guy? I know that it is a huge plus for me in a book, to know that the woman isn’t going to fall all over herself because a hot man shows up. Okay so this man is a fireman, is kind and in the first chapter saves a baby animal out of a tree. Where was I going with this… Oh right strong female leads. Emma Jordan is just such a leader; she is a veterinarian and wild animal trainer who just took over her father’s animal sanctuary. Rumors are flying about her right away! Saying she can’t handle the place like her father did, that they wish they could feel safe. Emma wants to restore the sanctuary to what her and her father dreamed before his unexpected death. She has big plans but if the town keeps thinking ill of her, she has no idea how she can accomplish them. Ben McQuaid is a sweet guy that has always wanted to help, it’s in his nature to look for people that need it and jump in. He found a job that lets him do this and he is a great fireman. He keeps up with what’s going on in town, helps the neighbors when asked. The best guy you could ask for in a tough situation. This has a down side for him when it comes to his love life. He tends to be drawn to “damsels in distress”. Women who need rescuing from any and all issues, and then they break his heart. After his last disaster of a relationship he swore off complicated women. He wants one that is safe, predictable, your good girl next door. When Ben meets Emma he is blown away at the women everyone in town keeps talking about. She is small, spunky and blushes when caught checking out his back side. Turn around is fare game when he starts taking a closer look at her as well. She is not the type of women he swore to find, she is not safe, or predictable. Emma Jordan keeps him guessing and on his toes. The problem is no matter how many times he tells himself to stay away he can’t. When the fire they start only grows hotter between them, they give into it only to discover it only burns hotter. Ben realizes he wants Emma but not only in his bed, she refuses to give in and pushed Ben away. You will need to read the book to find out if the fireman finds his girl next door or finds a way to keep the women who sets him on fire. Curl up in your cozy spot for this nail bitter.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A complicated, slow building romance, one animal sanctuary filled with wildlife, and something suspicious lurking around the sanctuary feeding the town with falls information and setting Emma's business to fall. The author invites the readers to the front and center first-row seats to be mesmerised by the movie like scenes flowing of the pages and alluring the mind. The unique setting of the wildlife sanctuary was a great learning experience. The details of the care and treatment of the different animals and the management of the place were depicted to the point. The smear campaign against Emma and the sanctuary brought additional mystique, danger, and suspense into the story adding a great deal to the plot and its twists. Ben McQuaid is one of the truly 'good-guys'. He is kind, considerate, protective, he doesn't understand the lure of a one night stands or sex without commitment, he is the kind who is looking for a long term relationship and complete commitment. His track record is not the best when it comes to his past relationships, often falling for the woman in need of a rescuing, and ending up heartbroken and disappointed. It was easy to like him and cheer for him, as he goes with full effort trying to win Emma's heart. Emma has had enough hard knocks in her life and does her best to put up walls and protect herself from all and anything she thinks she needs protection from. I blame the walls she had up for the fact that it took me considerable time to warm up to her. She comes off as unapproachable and prickly at first, but I did warm up to her as the story progressed, and she does show her softer side, her caring and vulnerability towards the end. The secondary characters play an important role in the development of the story, and most of them are drawn with a detailed, well-developed structure. The readers get to know the McQuaid family better, especially Andrew, whom I found abrasive as he mangled with Ben and Emma, and the development of their relationship. His way to protect Ben could have used some finesse from Andrew's part, even though he does step up at the end to help instead of hinder. I just can't wait to see him fumble in love! When raw attraction and heated passion turns into a gentle, poignant, and deep emotions that take hold of your heart when you least expect it and leads to complications you were not ready for - Emma and Ben have their hands and hearts full as they navigate their feelings, while trying to save and rescue the sanctuary. An enjoyable, compassionate, and heartfelt tale that left me eagerly wait for more in the series. ~ Four Spoons
JenPH More than 1 year ago
Emma is strong-willed and independent, not asking for help for as long as possible, while Ben likes stepping in when he sees someone needing his assistance and support. There's a lot of bickering that these two engage in, and while it tends to get testy and has them squaring off, there are times that it serves more as foreplay. There's a definite connection between Emma and Ben, and they were both likable characters. I do confess, however, that I didn't enjoy this second in a series as much as I did the series starter, Making the Play. I liked the story of Emma trying to continue the legacy her father set forth and Ben trying to show Emma that she isn't as alone as she thinks she is in the endeavor, but there were times that I didn't feel as invested in what was going on. That doesn't mean that I hated the book overall. Again, I actually did enjoy it to a certain degree, just not at the same level as I did its predecessor. I liked the mystery suspense angle a tad more than I did the romance, but overall, Daring to Fall remained an entertaining read, and I'm looking forward to learning whose story is up next. This receives four stars. ♥
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
What happens when you put together a hot but sensitive fireman, a stubborn independent woman and a sanctuary for wild animals? A really good love story with lots of heat and animal attraction ;)! I instantly fell in love with Ben and his loving ways. He has never been in a casual relationship, but has had bad with the women in his life. Emma is the opposite of what he thinks he is looking for, but when it comes to matters of the heart, those reasons don't matter. Emma's also had bad luck in the relationship department due to the dangers of and commitment to her job, so she doesn't think she can have one. Luckily, Ben's job is just as risky as hers and can pull him in at any time. The added mystery and danger of someone trying to sabotage her made their story more interesting and the twist at the end was somewhat unexpected. Can't wait for the next McQuaid brother to fall! 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
From the moment the beautiful and highly spirited Emma Jordan wanders into Ben McQuaid's life he is completely enamored with her, something about her pulls him in and has him wanting to constantly be near her... even though she wants nothing to do with him. He initially enters her world on somewhat false pretenses but soon learns he was totally wrong about her, and what everyone in town is saying about her couldn't be farther from the truth. And before long he finds himself not only defending her honor, but also stepping in to keep her safe from the danger that is lurking around ever corner... Emma Jordan knows what people think of her, but she is determined to show them the error of their ways, and prove to them that the rumors swirling around about her are not true. She came home to run and rebuild her father's animal sanctuary, and ensure his legacy stays in tact, but someone isn't so happy to see her return, and they will stop at nothing to make sure she fails! After swiping the last page on Making The Play I was elated to see that Ms. Kline would be revisiting the McQuaid family and giving one of Grant's siblings a story of their own, and I was ecstatic when I learned that it would be Ben. There is just something about him that struck a cord with me, could it be... handsome firefighter in search of his happily ever after, yes I think that is it!! Once I dived into his enchanting world I didn't want to leave, he was everything I hoped he'd be, and SO much more, he totally gave his brother a run for his money!! The story line was engaging, had the perfect blend of mystery, sexy times, and humor... I loved every glorious minute of it!! Highly recommend you meet the McQuaid men, their wonderfully crafted stories are sure to leave you with a happy heart... and an unshakable crush!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining read. It has a great slow build romance between Emma and Ben with a bit of mystery and suspense thrown in. The setting of the animal sanctuary was very intriguing as well. Emma and Ben were both great characters. Emma took a while to grow on me but I loved Ben right away. This is a great small town romance and definitely a book I would recommend.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
When it comes to heartache, T. J. Kline is synonymous with delivering the goods. Ms. Kline writes literature that stimulates the mind and breaks the heart, both qualities will have a reader sit up and take notice. Daring to Fall adds mystery to an already full emotional plate. Ben and Emma are a compelling combination but with so much going on it's sometimes hard to keep the story line straight.