Falling Hard: A Falling Fast Novel

Falling Hard: A Falling Fast Novel

by Tina Wainscott

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Falling Hard: A Falling Fast Novel by Tina Wainscott

In bestselling author Tina Wainscott’s gritty, emotional small-town romance—perfect for fans of Jasinda Wilder and Colleen Hoover—passions run high as a reformed bad boy reconnects with an old enemy . . . and gets her engine revving.
There’s no one Pax Sullivan wants to run into less than Gemma Thornton. Back in high school, she revved his heart more than street racing. But she picked his clean-cut brother over him—only to accuse Blake of an unforgivable crime. Eventually the charges were dropped and Gemma left town, but the hard feelings lingered . . . along with Pax’s gnawing “what-ifs.” Seven years later, just as he quits the police force to open a racetrack, Gemma’s back—and their chemistry is more combustible than ever.
If it were up to her, Gemma would never lay eyes on another Sullivan. She hates them, and they hate her—even Pax, who just so happens to be fixing up her father’s B&B. But the more time she spends with the lean, hard-bodied ex-cop at the inn and on the track, the more Gemma sees that Pax is nothing like his brother. Despite their anguished history, she’s tempted to take their relationship into high gear . . . if she can face the past and risk her heart.

Praise for Falling Hard
“An addicting read! Falling Hard is the perfect example of going back home to find yourself, and maybe love, in a world full of second chances.”New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin
“An easy and engaging read, Falling Hard is so much more than a sexy second-chance-at-love story. It’s about being brave enough to take that chance and strong enough to fight for it.”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of All I Need Is You

“Remember that bad boy you told yourself to stay away from—the one who could only lead to no good? Tina Wainscott has a way of luring you back to him and making you wish you’d never let him go.”—Cecy Robson award-winning author of Once Kissed

“Tina Wainscott has mastered the second chances trope in the tender and heartwarming Falling Hard. Add a dash of suspense and you get a five-star recipe that kept me nibbling on the pages all day!”—Violetta Rand, author of Loving Lucas

Falling Hard has a powerful message and will absolutely be a book I pick up to read again.”—Carlene Inspired
“I love second-chance romance, and when it mixes with a good story line and some good messages . . . Well, I love this book.”—Abby’s Dirty Little Secret
“Bottom line, the magnetic chemistry between Pax and Gemma is visceral, making Falling Hard a great romantic read.”—Tome Tender

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101966907
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Series: Falling Fast , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 295
Sales rank: 697,384
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tina Wainscott is the USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty books with romantic thrills and suspenseful chills. A happy ending is a must, but the road to it is full of ravines and shaky bridges. In her Falling Fast series, each couple must overcome rocky pasts to find love. In her Justiss Alliance series, five Navy SEALs take the fall for a covert mission gone wrong and join a private agency that exacts justice outside the law. As Jaime Rush, Tina is the author of the Hidden series, featuring humans with the essence of dragons, angels, and magic, and the award-winning Offspring series, about psychic abilities and government conspiracies.

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Falling Hard: A Falling Fast Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I love second chance at love stories, and I also really like when the male character is a good guy, so Falling Hard was really great for me. Gemma's dad has been in an accident and is in the hospital, so she comes back to the town she went to high school in, but Gemma's high school experience wasn't a good one. Gemma accused local golden boy, Blake, of date rape, and in the end, Blake was found innocent because of a lack of evidence. The majority of the town; including Gemma's so-called friends, turned against her and began to torment her and call her unsavory names, and so Gemma leaves town. Now back in town to help out with her father's B&B, she is really hoping she doesn't run into anyone who recognizes her, but of course her first night back, she runs into Paxton, Blake's younger brother, and the guy Gemma had an instant connection with, but Gemma didn't pursue Pax because she thought he was a bad boy, and Gemma was trying to show her father that she was being responsible. Pax also felt the connection between Gemma and himself, but since Gemma ended up dating his brother, Pax didn't pursue her. When Gemma accused Blake of rape, Pax believes his brother when he says that he didn't rape Gemma, so Pax doesn't have a great picture of Gemma, so when they run into each other, both are unsure how to deal with each other and the feelings for each other that never really went away. Gemma and Pax have great chemistry, and I applaud Gemma for sticking up for herself; even if it was really difficult for her. The majority of the townspeople are a-holes, and since Blake is still in town, Gemma has to put up with a lot to be in town to help her father, and since Pax has become friends with Gemma's dad, Pax has promised Gemma's dad that he would look out for her. Pax and Gemma grow closer the more time they spend together, and Pax begins to question if his brother is really the type of guy Pax should stand-up for. Gemma is closed off emotionally and physically, and being back in town she begins to question if her actions led Blake to believe she wanted to be physical; if she is to blame for Blake's actions. Gemma and Pax both have to deal with a lot to do that right thing, and they showed a lot of strength by not doing the easy thing. I liked the slow build up to Pax and Gemma reconnecting, and I liked getting a glimpse of Mia and Raleigh from the first book in this series. I will definitely continue on with this series! The writing was well done!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
After reading Falling Fast I knew I had to read Pax’s story. He was such a fantastic supporting character – full of strength & conviction and was such a supportive friend. You get a little of his history in the first book, but it isn’t a requirement that you have to have read it to enjoy Falling Hard. But it helps because you’ll have already started your crush on Pax and get that ahhh feeling when he finally gets his moment :) I wasn’t sure where Wainscott was going to go with Gemma’s story. We only got a little bit of it before so I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out but I was thrilled with what she did. The struggle that Gemma goes through, when no one believes her story, is heartbreaking. It’s a horrible thing to have happen but to have every think that she’s lying is just ... unbelievably awful. And to have to come back and face those people is so intimidating but she handles it with her head held high. Even though she’s had some therapy, rape is going to have a lot of long reaching impacts so I admire her grit as she works through it. Pax proves himself to be the wonderful man that returning readers knew he would be. He uses his head and logics though everything that he sees & knows, so that he starts to acknowledge the truth of what happened all of those years ago. But it is terrible how much he has to pay for it. He’s already being treated poorly by his family for some of his other decisions but he’s man enough to follow what he knows is right and not give in to others. Of course that's one of the reasons we love him so very much. Falling Hard isn’t an easy story to read, because of some of the bad things that happen to good people, but I think that makes it that much more worth the effort. As Pax & Gemma work their way to the truth, not only about their history but about their feelings today, readers are given a very satisfying and enjoyable read. (complimentary copy provided for an honest review)
bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
Gemma Thornton has successfully run away from her past until her father is injured and she must return to her home town where her world was torn apart and left in ruins. Hoping to quickly see her father and ensure that he is ok she speeds on home, unfortunately that hope is dashed when her car breaks down and she runs into someone that stole her heart long ago, Pax Sullivan. Pax Sullivan has always wanted Gemma but when his brother jumps in and steals her right from under his nose he decides to back off. Unfortunately Gemma ruins his family by making serious life altering accusations and Pax decides to side with his family because his brother would never do what she said...right? With Gemma back in town Pax can not help but question what he always thought was the truth. Can Pax convince Gemma to give him another chance and prove that the apple can in fact fall very far from the tree or will the past continue to ruin their lives? Read and find out! I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley for my honest review I want to start by saying thank you Tina Wainscott for daring to step out side of the box and give the reader a very edgy romance novel. This book is not a cookie cutter romance novel where rainbows and shooting stars are bursting in every part of the sky. This book is instead sweet and romantic, with just the right amount of angst, drama, heat, humor and love! My favorite character of the book had to be Gemma, hands down! Gemma was strong and beautiful and refused to be silenced. Whether anyone believed her or not she refused to cave in and accept what she was told. I also loved that Tina made Pax just a little bit tarnished. He was not perfect and he wanted to stand up and do the right thing and while he did not conquer all of the wrong in the world he refused to participate. He was literally a good guy but realistically, do all good guys right all the wrongs of the world on their own and make the right decision the first time around?...No, sometimes they need a second chance to say no I will not allow these things to happen. Overall really good book selling for 2.99 that at times was a little bit slow but well worth the read. Very good job Tina Wainscott.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Random House Publishing in return for an honest review* I really liked Gemma and Pax's story. They are great characters. Pax let himself look beyond the lies his brother told and see the truth in Gemma's accusation. I liked that Gemma stood strong against the people who reviled her and didn't run away. The story has a good pace as does the romance. It's a well-written book and it sparked my interest in reading the first book of the series about Pax's friends, Raleigh and Mia, which sounds like a really good story.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, betrayal, secrets, tragedy, and heartbreak. This is Gemma and Pax’s story. Years ago Gemma fell for Pax but instead of sticking with him she dated his brother. But after a tragic event Gemma left town. Now she needs to return. All the feelings of hate, anger, and betrayal are still in the forefront of her mind. Can she take care of her father without the people in the town making her hurt anymore? Pax wanted Gemma years ago but he took his brother’s side as he wouldn’t lie would he? Now that Gemma is back he still has feeling for her. The more he is around her the more he questions the past. Can he figure out what happened and who to really believe before Gemma slips away from him? Do they even have a chance with all the backlash he would get from his family? This story is about love and healing. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as her other books. Sometimes boring, other times silly.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Gemma meets Pax during an illegal street car race. However everyone tells her he is trouble and should stay away from him. While she heeds everyone’s warning, she has always been drawn to him. Fast forward a few years. Because of an incident during high school, Gemma has sworn to never return home. However she finds herself back there after her father is involved in an accident. This town brings back horrible memories of an incident that occurred while in high school. After helping his friend propose to his girlfriend, Pax is driving home when he sees a car off the road with a woman with “fine rear end facing him” rummaging in the truck. Imagine his surprise when she turns around and he finds out it is Gemma. Despite the need to resist each other, the sparks are still there. Only this time they decide to act on them. Slowly they begin to trust each other, but more importantly Pax begins to believe what his brother did to her during high school actually did happen. Pax helps her achieve closure. This was an easy and fast-paced read. The characters were well developed and genuinely liked, well except for Blake and his father. But the author did a good job making you want to hate them. I will definitely continue to read books by this author.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty much a-mazing and a-stounding! It was a pretty tough read that had me biting my nails in the last few chapters – the will it or will it not questions were haunting me, until it finally happened. And it was worth the wait, I could almost see their faces: the shame, the redemption, the relief and finally, the justice. Because this is more than your ordinary love story: this has so much more to it than just falling in love and having your happy ending. Gemma and Pax’s HEA takes a lot of hard work and bravery. Especially when a lot is at stake. The first moment they met, they had that connection, but Gemma chose someone else, his brother, thinking it would do her good. Pax was the bad news, and Blake? He was the good guy. But things happened – she lost her friends, and she was forced to get out of town. But one accident brought her back to the small town. And straight into the arms of Pax. If she had any other choice, she didn’t want to see anyone besides her father. The old town reminded her of bad memories, but her father needs her. She has to stay and put up with old news surfacing, and whisperings behind her back. However, the more she and Pax spend time together, the more she realizes that Pax wasn’t like his brother. She chose the wrong brother back then, would she be able to chose the right one now? When her past and present collide – will they survive? There were a whole lot of interesting characters – some you will love and adore, and some you will hate. It touches sensitively on topics that are controversial and is happening in the real world. The doubts, the questions, and the apprehensions are real. Perhaps when you are put in that particular situation, you’ll ask things that will make you question your judgment. And my heart goes out to these women, to these victims, to these survivors. Falling Hard is a brave, emotional, fun read with a sprinkle of steam. I enjoyed, I suffered and I didn’t stop reading this until I was on the last page. The relief was palpable, and I was glad everyone got what they deserve. It wasn’t what I was hoping for, but I think it was better. This is my first Tina Wainscott read and won’t be my last
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
We met Pax in Falling Fast. He was the cop who quit because his dad, the Sherriff, was pushing to arrest the wrong guy, his best friend. So going into this I was predisposed to like Pax. This story will push buttons and force you to think without it being preachy. This is an incredible story and I still like Pax. You can read this story standalone but you will get more out of it if you’ve read Falling Fast. I can’t wait for Grace & Tanner.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Falling Hard was such a good read! The storyline held my attention right from the get go, I stayed up all night reading as I didn't want to put it down. I loved both Pax and Gemma, they were such great characters. They were honest, strong and very relatable. I found myself connecting with them both and loved how their relationship developed, this truly was a beautiful and heartwarming read. Falling Hard ticked all the boxes for me, an entertaining storyline with interesting/likeable characters and an ending that leaves you with a heart full of happy feels, exactly what I was looking for.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
This was a slow start for me but once it took off it took off and I couldn't put the book down. The author gives a powerful story of never giving up and always going for what you want. Life is to short you need to fight for what is important as Pax did he was a true man of honor even when he may lose his family he believed the fight was worth it and give his all. No means No, no matter when, where or what it is NO. The author gives a wonderful heart breaking story of misunderstanding, angry, one man taking something he shouldn't have, peer pressure along with family pressure. We all make bad choices that change our lives sometimes we can make them right but you can never outrun them. Gemma had to come home to face those choices she made years ago that set a whole town against her. As she faces them she must also face the one man that held her attention through it all the bad boy along with his brother who raped her. As the author said sometimes faith has a mind of her own. Pax is a stand up guy who is honorable he might have been the bad boy in school. He was just trying to fit in and find his way with a family he could never do anything right for. One day he gave up and did things his way. When Gemma returns to town he is taken back by the attraction they still have. He is pulled in two different directions and not sure which one is the right one. Once he puts all the pieces together he is in for a fight of his life to keep the women he loves, the sister he adores and to try to find peace with his family. It is up to him to set a wrong right which he will do if it is the last thing he does. In doing so he might lose the girl along with his family... For Gemma the hardest thing is facing ones mistakes and past. All the whispers, the name calling, the hate talk, it is hard but she will make a stand for her father. The hardest part is having to face her attacker knowing he got away with rape. She must find a way to deal with it, help her father and face the man who held her heart way back when and then get the heck out of there before more damage can be done to her. Gemma story is a very touching read, she must learn to trust, love and be held when it is the last things she wants. I found this to be a very powerful read with so many losers in the game of life. Gemma doesn't trust anyone, she has no friends, she doesn't fit anywhere. She doesn't believe in herself and like so many women before her dresses down in big bag clothes not to draw attention to her. The attraction is as strong as it was the day they met now both Gemma and Pax will have to fight it, or give in. The author gives you a story inside a story about his little sister and how they deal with her issues. A very wonderful girl who everyone but Pax doesn't want to let her grow up. I won't tell you more or it will give it away. This was really a very touching read in more than one way. It is a story that will stick with me long after I have put the book down. It is a story I will reread again. It is a wonderful story of second chances but is so much more. It is about bravery, taking a stand, getting your life back and fighting the fight of truth. It is truly a wonderful romance of starting over and overcoming your past. Ms. Wainscott tells a wonderful story that will break your heart and you keep hoping they take down one man and hopefully his father. There are many secretes that have been hidden over the years along with a few new ones. This is an author you will want to
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Gemma chose his brother over Pax in high school. Allegation of date rape against Pax’s brother, small town gossip and torment send Gemma running as fast as she can. It took a serious accident that hospitalized Gemma’s father for her to return. Gemma is determined to help out with her dad’s B&B while he recovers in the hospital. Gossip and accusations be damned. Gemma knows what happened. The only problem, Pax has promised Wade, Gemma’s dad, that he will help get the B&B going while he is recovering…thrusting Pax together with the girl that accused his brother of date rape. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical how this plot would work out. Kudos to Tina Wainscott for taking on such a serious topic matter and making it work as a contemporary romance. Bottom line, the magnet chemistry between Pax and Gemma is visceral, making Falling Hard a great romantic read. I received this ARC copy of Falling Hard from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Seven years ago, Gemma was date raped by her boyfriend at the time. She returns when her father is hospitalized and finds out that Paxton, her ex's brother, is helping her father. As they spend more time together, he realizes she might have been telling the truth seven years ago. Now he just has to convince her that it wasn't her fault and to take a chance on them. This is a great story and also lets women know about date rape and to not be afraid to stand up for yourself. *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*
Toodles4 More than 1 year ago
I have not read a Wainscott book in several years, since I met and interviewed the author for local newspaper, and was interested in seeing how she had grown. ‘Falling Hard’ is a somewhat typical, classic romance built on a plot with modern issues: date rape, abuse, bullying. Although the messages are clear, I found the story a little over-worked and repetitious. The characters are very clearly and carefully developed; however, I found their dialogue often did not remain consistent with the persona. For me, this had the effect of making characters sound ‘preachy’, less like themselves and more as if the author had messages to impart and wanted to make sure the reader ‘got it’. Unfortunately, as the plot wore on (and down) characters with heavy-duty messages and one-track minds begin to appear as cartoons of themselves. The hero Paxton seems just too good for words in spite of, or perhaps because of his bad boy past. Is anyone really that handsome understanding, intelligent, dependable, sexy, patient, and perfect? Gemma the heroine becomes a little boring with her constant self-examination and immature flip-flopping decisions. The younger Gemma spoke like an older, sophisticated person - a level she didn’t reach even when she appeared five years later as a young adult. Yes, she has been through terrible situations from which some may never recover, but how any times (within one book) can she decide to leave town and then change her mind? The sex scenes between Gemma and Pax seemed humid rather than steamy to me, again suffering from being too detailed and overworked -- just think how much more titillated we the readers would be with a hint rather than pages of description! Blake, the antagonist, is too bad for words. But is his final come-uppance realistic? Even the dog Harley becomes a cartoon: ready willing, and able to do almost anything asked of him. Having read Wainscott’s ‘happy ending’ theory I should not be surprised that everything reaches such a tidy, formulaic conclusion. ‘Falling Hard’ is a reasonable book to read if you are a fan of Romance who doesn’t expect more than a few hours of entertainment. My personal problem with it is that by this time next week I won’t recall most of it.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Gemma and Pax met in high school and immediately felt the chemistry. The problem was Pax was the "troublemaker" and Gemma was new to town and needed to change her ways. She "settled" for his brother, the clean-cut football player and this was the worst mistake she could make. After accusing him of date rape which was dropped by the court system. Seven years later Gemma is back in town after her father's accident and the first one she runs into is Pax. He comes to her rescue when she has a flat tire. Words still hurt after so many years and feelings are still raw. What follows is a soul-wrenching and healing story of redemption and love. The characters are well written and the story is inspiring. **Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic story in this series. I am really enjoying the unconventional characters and intriguing storylines found in Ms. Wainscott's books. Seven years ago Gemma Thornton made a choice and picked Blake,who she thought was the the "good" Sullivan brother even though bad boy Pax was really the one that caught her eye. Was she ever wrong! She left town after a huge scandal and hasn't been back. Now her father has been injured and needs her help so she's back and hoping to lay low until she can get out of town again. That's not meant to be though. With Pax working fixing up the B&B for her father there is no way to avoid him or the way he revs her body. Their attraction and chemistry is as explosive as ever but can they ever be together with the secrets and lies of the past still looming large?? This is a great story and should be on everyone's must read list.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Falling Hard is the second book in the Falling Fast series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone. One of the first things that pulled me in about this story was the synopsis; especially the tag-line that said this would be the perfect read for Colleen Hoover and Jasinda Wilder fans–that right there was enough reason for me to check it out. Falling Hard was an ok read for me. It is fast paced and told from dual points of view. I was really intrigued by the story-line and wanted to know more. This story does deal with some difficult subject matter and I applaud the author for the way she dealt with it. There was some sweet and swoon-worthy moments, and also some moments that were frustrating. However, I did have some issues with this story. While I was initially pulled into the story, I had a hard time staying into it. I understand the importance of what happened to Gemma and that it would be a big part of her life, but I felt like that’s all the story really was about. Yes, I am happy that she gets the closure that she needs and that she does finally get some long awaited justice, but I wish that there would have been more to this story. There is a romantic story-line between Gemma and Pax, but I felt like it was just too rushed. I understand that they had a past connection, but there was a lot of hate between these two for a lot of years and it was a little hard to believe that they would just flip a switch and jump right into a relationship with each other. The ending also felt very rushed to me. Things just kinda went into hyper-speed. I guess in the end, I was just left wanting more. Overall, this was just an ok read. There were some things that I liked and some things that didn’t work for me. Even though this story wasn’t a real hit for me, I’m still glad that I checked it out. I think that the author has a lot of potential and I would still be open to reading something else from this author in the future. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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