My life just went South…
Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it took my life to flip upside down.
Wake up in bed alone after the best night of my life? Check.
Get fired instead of the promised promotion? Check.
Wealthy parents cut me off when I refuse to follow their path for my life? Check.
Now I’m in Cricket Creek, SC—a place where no New Yorker belongs—disowned and broke, with a new job that I can’t mess up. Oh yeah, and staring at my one-night stand, who happens to be the complete opposite of my type.
Noah Hunter never should have made it back to my apartment in NYC, and I definitely shouldn’t be in his small town. But fate had another plan. Or a horrible sense of humor.
Who knew Mr. Wrong could feel so right…
Each book in the No Kissing Allowed series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 No Kissing Allowed
Book #2 No Falling Allowed
About the Author
Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.
Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West.
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No Falling Allowed
By Melissa West, Kate Brauning, Alycia Tornetta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Melissa West
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"Hummingbird to Eagle, over."
I looked over the gala in search of Janey, wondering why I'd been stupid enough to give her a headset. It was a charity event, not some CIA mission.
"Hummingbird to Eagle, over."
Clearly, she'd missed the memo. Literally. Because I'd sent her a list of dos and don'ts for the event in an attempt to prevent another disaster like last year's. Last year, when Janey had thought it would be a great idea to liven up the crowd by turning the event into a karaoke night at the Met. Which didn't work, because wealthy politicians and business people were surprisingly unwilling to take the stage and sing along to the latest Katy Perry song. Shocking, I know. I shuddered at the memory.
"We've talked about this," I said into my headset, smiling at Senator Watson as he passed, one of many politicians at the Thursday night event. Add the politicians to the numerous celebrities and executives, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Annual Charity Gala had proven to be the most successful to date. If everything worked out, I hoped it would be enough to ensure my promotion to events director. Of course, technically the position didn't exist yet, but Margo, my boss, said it would be added this year, and if I kept doing things right, impressing the higher-ups, then the job would be mine. Which I would absolutely do, because I rocked and I'd earned it and ...
Please let me get the job.
"Come on, Grace. Play along," Janey whined, bringing me back to the moment. I started to tell her (again) that this was not the time for play, when she interrupted with, "Whoa, hottie alert, nine o'clock. God, Grace, if you could hire servers like that, why'd you go with so many chicks?"
"You are ridiculous."
"Ridiculously adorable, though not quite as adorable as this hot server of yours. How did you hire him without drooling all over the place?"
I scanned the perimeter in search of her, but couldn't spot her or said hot server. "Actually, I didn't hire him. I used a service. Where are you, anyway?"
"Here!" Across the room, a hand shot into the air and proceeded to wave frantically. I clenched my eyes tightly and drew a long, patience-filled breath. "She's your friend. Your friend."
"You know I can hear you, right?"
"I'm aware." I smiled as I started toward her.
"Holy hell, Grace. Hot server dude just got a beer from the bar. Like, while he's supposed to be working. And he's drinking it. He's drinking the freaking beer."
"Wait, what?" My gaze travelled to the left of her, to the server dressed in the white and black attire I'd specifically picked out for this event. He was tilting back a bottle like he was a guest instead of on my payroll. "Oh no, he didn't."
"He did. He so totally did, and — Dear God."
"Sorry, he just bent over and my brain short-circuited. Wait until you see his ass."
Rolling my eyes, I set off like a panther ready to leap on some weak little vermin. How dare he drink on the job, and do it in the open for everyone to see? Who acts like that? No one employed by me, that was for sure.
"Grace, there you are," Margo said, reaching out to stop me. Like always, she wore a beautiful, impeccably tailored black suit that cost nearly two thousand dollars, not including her Louboutin heels or the diamond necklace she paired with the plunging neckline. Margo was classy, always, and normally I tried to mirror that class in her presence. But right now I was too focused on the damn server, laughing it up with the bartender like he wasn't on the job this very second. Who the hell was this guy? "Grace?"
"What?" I snapped then at Margo's raised eyebrows, quickly added, "My apologies. Yes?"
Margo motioned to the man beside her. "Grace Soaring, this is Benedict Pendleton. He's one of our donors at the Met. He was complimenting the event, and when I spoke of how hard you had worked to pull it off, he asked to thank you personally."
Mr. Pendleton's face scrunched up in confusion and then surprise, and I readied myself for what would come next. "Soaring? As in Soaring Industries?"
Not this. Not now. "Yes, sir."
The smile that lit his wrinkled face should have flattered me, but instead it amplified my annoyance, which was already teetering close to crazy. I didn't have time to endure a lengthy conversation, all in an effort to uncover facts about my father, while that server continued to get drunk on my dime. Well, maybe not my dime, but the Met's dime, and I worked too damn hard to allow some poser to walk in here and make me look like an idiot.
"Eagle, this is Hummingbird again. Hot server has the best laugh on the planet, and I'm contemplating asking him if I can bottle it to listen to later, but does that sound stalkerish?"
I tried to smile at Mr. Pendleton while Janey continued to dissect whether her pickup line was flirty or weird, and my teeth ground together more and more with each passing second.
"I'm so sorry, Mr. Pendleton, but it appears I'm needed at the bar. I'll return shortly."
"Please do. I'd love to discuss your fa — I mean, you and your career in more detail."
I smiled again, because what else was I supposed to do with a comment like that? Rick Soaring wasn't merely one of the wealthiest men in the world; he was also one of the most influential. Which meant every single person who knew of him wanted something from him, and as an extension of him, that neediness tended to transfer to me. Clearly, Mr. Pendleton was no different. "Of course."
Turning with as much poise as I could muster in light of the fire singeing my eyes, I marched toward the bar, the server now standing beside it, with Janey to his left, an infatuated expression on her face while she stroked his arm like it was a freaking cat.
"What the hell do you think you're doing?"
Janey jerked back, her cropped purple bob swaying around her face. "He's pretty. You know I can't resist the pretty ones."
"Not you. You." I pointed at the server, my anger taking over. He had buzzed brown hair, deep tanned skin that hinted at hours spent working in the sun, intense blue eyes that were almost navy, they were so blue, and the sort of smile that could stop a heart. But not mine. I didn't fall for guys like this — carefree guys who used their smile to get in a girl's pants and never held a salaried job.
I wanted a man with a clear-cut future, who dated with the sole purpose of finding a wife, who worked through life in order. Education, career, family — the trifecta of a successful person. What I didn't want was a guy who thought smirking was sexy, and clearly, this guy had the smirk down to a science.
He glanced around, confused, and then a deep Southern drawl left his lips, irritating me even more. "Are you talking to me, sweetheart? Because unless I'm mistaken, I don't think we've met." He squinted at me, his gaze flicking down before returning to my face. "Have we?"
I sucked in a breath that sounded more like a hiss and that infuriating excuse for a grin of his stretched wider.
"Maybe you should have a drink. You seem a little stressed. Trick?" He eyed the bartender, whom I had met when I hired him, and who shook his head rapidly back and forth, like he wanted no part of the impending war.
"Not a good idea, dude."
"No?" The server glanced back at me. "No?"
"Um, no." I plucked the beer from his hand and tossed it into the trashcan behind him without looking. "Not sure what your service told you about this job, but we don't allow our staff to participate in the event. Or drink on the job."
He laughed lightly as he peered around at the gala, and my head lifted just a touch, until his attention fell back on me. "Maybe you should. Kind of dead if you ask me." I gasped before I could help it, and his lips twitched. "You're cute when you're angry. I'm Hunter, by the way." He held out his hand for me to shake, but I made no effort to move.
Instead, I leveled him with the trademark Soaring stare-glare. "Yeah, I don't think so. Please grab your things."
"Because I'm asking you to leave."
"And I'm the coordinator of this event."
"Which means ...?"
"That you have to leave when I ask you to leave."
He cocked his head and crossed his arms, clearly enjoying himself. "Says who?"
"Says me. I just explained this."
That smirk of his returned. "So you did."
I stared at him, every ounce of me wishing I could scream for him to get out of my museum, but then I remembered the donors, the celebrities, all the people there counting on me to remain in control. Poised. Like always. My whole life revolved around expectation, holding my breath when I wanted to speak, standing straight when I wanted to slouch. With Rick Soaring for a father, I had faced one of the toughest businessmen in the world on a semi-daily basis. I wouldn't back down now.
"It's time for you to leave."
He started to respond, then closed his mouth slowly, his eyes squinting a bit as he took me in. "All right, no worries. I was just leaving, anyway." He shrugged and started walking away, his hands slipping into his pockets, causing his dress slacks to tighten around his ass, and I remembered Janey's comment from before. Curiosity took over, and my gaze dropped at the same time he spun around, catching me in the act. His grin could have lit the entire museum. Dammit!
"Look, sorry to mess with you. No hard feelings, all right? This was a random thing I did to cover for a cousin of mine who's sick today, and I told the service I could only stay an hour. Hence, the drink once I was off duty. Didn't think it would be a big deal, but then I'm a little out of my element."
"And what's your element?" My inside self screamed at me for asking, for keeping this disrespecting jerk here when I should have security show him out. But behind that arrogance there lay something deeper in his eyes. Not something soul-searching and romantic. No, his eyes showed exhaustion. The kind that was more than mere work. It was life experience. Enough to make me wonder if the arrogance was nothing more than a facade to cover the fact that inside he was so close to done that one word would seal the deal.
Hunter's blue, blue eyes fell on Trick, then flipped back to me. "I'm a bartender down South. Only here for the weekend. Helping out a cousin at Route 6 tonight if you'd like to stop by."
"A cousin? The same cousin who's sick?"
Amusement crossed his face, like he was remembering something funny, and I wished I could ask him to explain, but I forced myself to remain silent. "Nah, different cousin, same family."
"That sounds complicated."
"It's family. You help each other out. What's complicated about that?" His stare held, and I wondered again why I hadn't walked away yet, why I felt cemented to the spot.
"Why don't you stop by Route 6 when you're done here? Let me prove I'm not the ass you think I am."
At first, I could see it all playing out in my mind — Janey and I going to Route 6, my heart skipping a beat as I waited to see if he would remember me, all of it so normal for a twenty-something like me. But then I saw Dad's face in my head, the judgment in his eyes. Never forget who you are, Grace.
I drew a breath to clear the thought. "I don't think so."
"Think about it."
"I don't need to."
He studied me again, those eyes of his searching me in a way I'd never been searched before. Like every thought I'd ever had, good and bad, lay before him. It was unsettling, intimidating ... hot. "Maybe you'll change your mind."
The corner of his mouth curved up. "Something tells me you will. See you in a few hours, sweetheart," he said, the moment passing and the arrogance returning in full force. Before I could reply, he turned and walked slowly down the stairs, every female set of eyes following him like he and he alone could answer all of their prayers.
"See, hot, right?" Janey asked from beside me.
I started to say yes, holy hell, yes, but managed to stop myself. I shrugged. "Decent, I guess."
"Pfft, decent? He was better than freaking chocolate."
"Says you, too, if you hit up Route 6. He's a master," Trick the bartender said, then immediately apologized when I glared at him.
"We should go, Grace. Come on. It's Lauren's birthday, and you already said you wanted to go out. Why not there?"
A second later, my cell vibrated from my pocket, and I pulled it out to find a new text from our friend Lauren that simply read: PLEEEEAAAASSSEEEEE!
My head snapped over to Janey.
"What? I texted her the moment I heard 'Route 6.' Some of the girls were talking about it in the break room earlier this week. They said it's super fun, and now we have all the more reason to check it out!"
"All the more reason?"
Janey waved her arms toward the stairs. "Hello, hot dude. Plus he's helping out his cousin, and I'm just betting those hot genes run deep in that family."
"You are impossible. And sneaky! You should be working for the government or something."
Janey beamed. "Aw, that's so sweet. So, we can go?"
I sighed as I scanned the gala, double-checking that it was flowing well, everyone content. "If I go, he'll think I want him." And my dad will have a heart attack. Grace Soaring going to a bar to see a guy. I cringed, but I couldn't deny that I was curious.
"Don't worry about him. He won't even know we're there. Let's just check it out. Please? For Lauren." She threaded her fingers together, pleading.
"You mean for you."
"Fine, for me. For all of womankind. Did you see his ass?"
I shook my head, but I was smiling despite myself. "Fine. But we stay away from the bar."
Janey grinned back, her expression anything but innocent. "Whatever you say."CHAPTER 2
I stepped out of the Met and turned around to take a look at the famous museum. Every light imaginable shined bright inside, wasted on people who didn't appreciate the wonder and amazement of electricity and warmth. I did. I knew what it felt like to shiver in the cold by a fire that had long since died out and wouldn't return until the next morning. But when the chill was my own fault, I no longer deserved sympathy.
I thought back to the day I'd ran away, a sixteen-year-old shit who had no idea how good I had it. What I wouldn't give to go back.
Pulling out my cell, I checked the time, then hit the number I'd called no less than a dozen times since I'd landed at JFK that morning. The phone rang in long whines, and like always, I tensed, worry replacing ease so quickly that I wondered if I would ever truly relax again. Maybe this was what Mom and Dad had felt like all those years, when reckless became my middle name, and I spent far too many nights sobering up in Fred's jail cell, a new drug in my system and new ink on my body — and no memory to how either had gotten there.
The voice hit me straight in the heart, and I smiled as I slithered through the forever-busy streets of New York on my way to the subway so I could make it to Route 6 on time. "Hey, buddy. How was school today?"
I laughed. "It gets easier."
I chuckled again. The kid was only nine and already he wanted to drop out of school. He was so much like me. "Yeah, but you still have to go. How are you going to become an astronaut without going to school? Hate to tell you this, but you're going to need lots of school. College. Then some advanced college. Then probably a PhD. Then more certification or some shit. Before long, you're going to have more degrees in your house than walls. They'll talk about you on the news and everything."
"You really think so?"
"With you? I know so." My chest buzzed with warmth, and I wished I could get back home that second and tell him how great he was going to be in person so that doubt would disappear from his voice. It was hard to believe in dreams when you lived in Cricket Creek, South Carolina, but he would reach every dream he could conjure up. Even if I had to work myself to the bone for him to do it. A yawn sounded from the other side of the phone, and I slowed. "Get a good night's rest, and hug Aunt Sandy for me."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Grace works at the Met and is an event planner, Her father is one of the richest men alive. All Grace wanted was a normal life -her own life. Then Noah is in NYC and meets Grace and they have a night together but then he rushes away with no note, email, phone number nothing. Then Grace loses her job at the Met. Then her father takes all the backing from her even the credit cards she had as she would not go in the family business. That just makes Grace work all the harder. Back home in a small town Noah is a bartender. Noah has given up any dreams he may have had when his parents died and he was raising his younger brother. All he wanted was his younger brother to feel safe and secure. Grace wants to do things for herself without falling back on the family name and her father doesn’t want to hear that. Grace finally lands a job with a wedding planner. The first wedding was in Noah’s home town. This story was really good with a cute plot and was well written. I thought her father was being a jerk he could have waited until Grace got situated instead of trying to force his will on Grace I was proud Grace didn’t cave in and go to the family company.. I really like Grace’s independence and determination. I liked how Noah was there for his brother and gave up what he himself might have wanted to do with his life. I really liked the inns and outs of this story especially involving Noah and Grace. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
A quick--and sweet--read! It was easy to root for Grace and Noah--they make a great couple, and both deserve some happiness in their lives. Their romance moved pretty quickly, but it managed to still feel authentic. The secondary characters here--Noah's brother Jonah, his employee Scarlet, Grace's BFFs Cameron (heroine of book 1, No Kissing Allowed ) and Lauren, her coworker Junie, and client Lindy--were a whole lot of fun; I've already added Cameron's book to my TBR and will do the same for any other books that might come along in this series. (Lauren is clearly in need of her own HEA now--hint, hint) Though there's some heavy issues here--Grace loses her job and is disowned by her father; Noah's raising his much-younger brother and blames himself for their parents' death--really, this story is fairly fluffy. All of the major problems are resolved (or glossed over) pretty easily. Overall the story could have been developed more, but if you're looking for a fun summer read with likable characters and a feel-good vibe, this one will definitely do. No Falling Allowed worked just fine as a standalone, though if you've read Cameron and Aiden's story, you'll enjoy seeing their HEA continue here. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Such a refreshing read! I loved reading about Grace & Noah. Individually these 2 are really interesting people & together they are adorable. I loved watching Grace embrace her real self, not the one expected by her parents. And Noah was just amazing, hard working, mom/dad to his little brother, & just plain awesome. I haven't read anything by Melissa West before but I will be reading more. This book is the second in the No Kissing Allowed Series but can be read as a stand alone. Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
4 stars No Falling Allowed was a beautifully written, entertaining and heartwarming read. I loved Grace and Noah/Hunter, they were both such likable, relatable and entertaining characters. The connection/attraction between them was strong and very believable. It warmed my heart watching Noah/Hunter and Grace come together, with all their insecurities and fears they slowly open up to each other to bring down the walls protecting their hearts to let the other one in and love unconditionally. Sigh... these two! I'm a big fan of Melissa West's writing and once again she's delivered an entertaining and heartfelt read with her beautiful words. No Falling Allowed will touch your heart and leave you feeling happy and content. I highly recommend this book and this series.
Great book. I hope this author writes another book in this series
I really enjoyed this story! From the very start, Grace captured my attention as a smart and savvy business woman who despite being very wealthy, is determined to make it on her own and without her parents money. She's good at what she does – as an event planner she can see all the little details that will make an event even better, and fortunately the few weddings that she planned at the Met have served her in good stead to join a wedding planning company when she's been laid off. Knowing her parents will be even less impressed than they were at her first job doesn't stop her from being determined to live her own life. She was a very engaging and friendly character. Noah feels the burden of responsibility for his younger brother and though he'd never call it that out loud, none-the-less it has impacted all of his decisions since the death of his parents. The few hours he spent with Grace at her apartment were his chance to let go of all that and just be a young man in the throes of some sexy lustful times – until the messages on his phone about his brother being at the hospital drag him away from Grace's bed without explanation. He's regretted the way he left ever since, but never thought he'd get the chance to apologize until Grace showed up in his home town, at his bar, to help with the wedding of his friends. At heart he is a genuinely good and decent man who never puts himself first. Seeing Grace in his bar is a heart stopper – and he can't take his eyes off the woman who just might have stolen his heart in the first place. Their reunion is awkward and bittersweet and quite believable, with Grace feeling hurt and Noah chagrined. But now that they are in the same place again, the sparks they felt at the start are still there. Eventually they give into those feelings once again and share some steamy love scenes. As the second part of the story plays out, both Grace and Noah have to make some serious decisions at what they see happening for their future, but rest assured, we get a lovely sweet ending for this couple that bring out the best in each other. This was a highly enjoyable story, with a sweet and sexy romance, and a great addition to this series.
Grace Soaring loves being an event planner. People think her life is perfect because her father is super rich. They don't understand the pressure to live up to his expectations and his disapproval. When she meets a cheeky bartender, she enjoys the thrill of attraction. Noah Hunter is sexy and playful, but he's focused on raising his brother. Noah feels responsible for the death of their parents and he's haunted by guilt. Their first meeting leads to one night together. After all they'll never see each other again. Fate intervenes and wrecks havoc with them. The twists in their romance kept me on the edge of my seat. Their battle of wills is amazing. These two belong together. I loved it! Grace and Noah are opposites in every way, but they compliment each other. I enjoyed their chemistry. Cricket Creek is filled with southern charm. What a perfect setting for this story. Melissa West has written a romance filled with heartbreak and passion. I wanted a HEA. I just wasn't sure how it was going to happen. I enjoyed No Falling Allowed. It made me feel good. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
The characters were fun and had a good storyline. Ending a little rushed.
Take one young woman, the daughter of a self-made billionaire business man, who doesn't want to work in her father's business but does want to be an event planner and get her to meet a handsome, hardworking, bar owner and guardian to his nine year old brother . . . . Life's about to get interesting for both of them! After a highly successful event at the Met, she spots one of the servers having a drink at the bar. He turns out to be Noah Hunter. He challenges her to meet him at his cousin's bar - and her friends make sure she ends up there. That's the start of a night neither will forget but it is also the night he received a call that sent him racing home, without even leaving a note, waking her up or exchanging phone details. Grace Soaring certainly isn't used to being treated like this but she's also not sure why it hurts so much. Then have her lose her job then get cut off by her parents for not joining the family company. Her life is on a downward slide . . . until she's offered a new wedding event planning role - and the first job is in Noah's home town! What will fate have in store for these two now? Will they reconnect with each other? With such a difference in upbringing, his family obligations and wealth, do they stand any chance of a HEA together? The folks of Cricket Creek are brilliant, feisty, not totally money orientated but caring and aware of each other's needs - and very nosey, too! Everyone expects to know everyone else's business and to have the right to voice their own opinion. Grace certainly isn't used to this at all - nor is she used to being so aware of someone like she is Noah. Get ready for some brilliant secondary characters, plenty of angst and turmoil as well as a well written, highly entertaining and heart warming romance. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for gifting me an ARC of this in exchange for my honest review.
This one was really sweet and I had fun reading it. Melissa West is so good at delivering a super sweet romance. I love that it was relatively drama free and just a good romance. Grace is not the most relatable character. She grew up in a way most people just cannot relate to. But she is a character you can respect and I think that’s important. I may not understand what its like to be her, but I respected her decisions and desire to make something of herself on her own. Most people in her situation would have been content to take the world handed to them on a platter, but not Grace. With Noah I have a love/hate relationship. He is a fantastic guy and the way he is with his brother is too sweet for words. But he is also a guy and therefore dumb. Sometimes I wanted to take him and shake him cause boy would make rash decisions and be dumb. In the end I did like him though and I loved them together. Even with the romance, I think my favorite thing about this one was the relationship between Grace, Cameron, and Lauren. I am such a big fan of positive female frienships and I love these three and that they are always there for one another. I also loved seeing a super awesome Aidan and Cameron moment. No Falling Allowed was a sweet romance and its perfect when you need a quick no nonsense read.
I enjoyed the story of Grace and Noah. I loved their first pairing where the physical attraction was sizzling. I loved his cockiness and self confidence and her determination to stay away. And it was funny the first time they saw each other again. Their journey to happiness was a quick and easy pace. I totally enjoyed watching Grace mature and be more independent and Noah let go a little. This was definitely a good addition to the series with some funny secondary characters who liked to rib their friends and talk some sense into both Noah and Grace. I hope this series is not over just yet. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
I have alway enjoyed this authors books and this one is no exception. She is a master at getting her characters in impossible situations that feels so hopeless; then she tells a story that has you flipping the pages wanting to know how things work out for the characters you have fallen in love with. Yep that's what happened with this book too. I adore Noah and Grace. Both are complex characters that have personal challenges all over the place, kinda like real people do. The time, the place, and the situation that draws them together are all wrong. But the feeling, the attraction and the results are all right. Where the story comes in is how these two try to figure out how to deal with pride, circumstances and others so they don't miss this opportunity to be together. I enjoyed the polar opposite worlds they come from. New York compared to Cricket Creek, wealthy compared to middle class, driven to make a career to driven to make a home and they all play in trying to keep these two apart. It's an interesting and provocative situation that causes a reader to think. I like that. A fast read, I devoured this in a few hours. It's a short 200 pages and I might have wished for a bit more. There were just a few places where I wanted to hear the conversation instead get the gist of what happened. But that didn't stop me from enjoying this one. When you just want a great love story between two unlikely people, then pick this one up and enjoy a few hours of pleasure.
3.5 stars I liked some of the other books Melissa had written, so I was interested in this one. Grace and Noah are authentically nice people. They're genuine and friendly and I enjoyed getting to be in each of their heads. I really liked the banter and chemistry between them. An added bonus was that aside from a bit of drama with each of their families, this was just a big ball of fluff. Loved the southern town and the nosy, meddling townspeople. I would absolutely love a book with Scarlett. The plot was sweet, I mean, who doesn't like weddings? Overall, a cute and quick read. I'll definitely be looking for more from the series. **Huge thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
I am definitely a new Melissa West fan. I absolutely loved this book!! This is the second book in this series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read the other book yet, but it’s been added to my TBR pile. This story follows Grace Soaring, heiress to a billionaire corporation and Noah Hunter, a bar owner that meets her randomly in NYC while he is there for a mini-vacation. They have the most incredible night together which ends as a one-night stand when Noah leaves without saying a word. Meanwhile, Grace gets fired from her job and wonders if she dreamt the sexy stranger who rocked her world. Circumstances lead her to a small Southern town called Cricket Creek. She is pursuing a new career and can’t believe the hot, sexy bartender she met in NYC is here in the flesh. This is his hometown after all. However, Noah is more than what he seems. He is guardian to his orphaned brother, Jacob and extremely devoted to being the best parent he can be. We learn Noah is just as affected as Grace by their one night together – “One mind-blowing, soul-wrenching, perfect night that had shaken me from my head to my toes, and now it was like my body didn’t know how to function.” And this is when I completely fell in love with him (okay I already was) - …”willing to make changes in his life for her, open up his world and turn it upside down if necessary. All for her. Was it something you realized or was it something you merely accepted when you fell in love?” Although he isn’t there yet with Grace – you know he’s getting close!! Of course, they both come from different worlds and when Noah realizes that she’ll never fit into his – there is definite heartbreak all around. “How do I go on when I already know there’s no one else. He’s my perfect person but…I’m not his. He’s great, and I’m just…not.” Once they finally open up to each other and listen – things take a hopeful turn. This story was funny, sexy, steamy and sweet all at the same time. I am definitely hooked!! Received copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Paperback (edit) Review Thanks to Entangled Publishing LLC via NetGalley for a copy of this book! This is the first book I've read by Melissa West and I enjoyed it!! I'm sure it won't be the last book I read by her! Grace is rich and wants to make it in life with no help. She wants to prove that she can do it. She does something totally out of character for her....she has a one-night stand with someone that she would never sleep with in NY. Noah, he's so handsome and sweet! He's the whole package! He's guardian for his 11 year old brother (their parents died) and he owns a bar. He's busy and doesn't have time for love or anything else involving females....until he has a one-night stand with Grace! What happens when Grace has been cut off by her parents, is unemployed and wakes up alone after her one-night stand? Only reading this book will provide you with those answers!! This book (and Grace and Noah) had me captivated from the beginning! It was told in dual POV (which I love) and it was sweet, sexy and humorous!! A great book indeed!!
the second book in melissa west's no kissing allowed series, no falling allowed, follows the story of grace and noah beginning with a spark-filled meet cute at an event that grace has planned and noah worked. from there, try as they might, these two can't keep away from each other. we were briefly introduced to grace in no kissing allowed, the first book of the series. but it was nice to have an expanded glimpse into what makes grace tick. she's the daughter of a famous billionaire, and pretty much the one thing everyone knows about her is that she is very, very rich. and she's always enjoyed the perks of her lifestyle. she's never had to struggle financially and she is grateful for that. but all the money in the world won't fix the dysfunctional relationship she has with her parents and the insecurities that have been ingrained since childhood. part of the attraction to noah is that he is a guy from the wrong side of the tracks so to speak, but also he doesn't treat her like a princess. he has no idea who her father is or what her bank account looks like, he just sees a beautiful woman who has hidden depths he wants to explore. even though his life isn't conducive to taking things further with a woman with whom he doesn't share a zip code. noah has responsibilities that keep him close to his home base of cricket creek, sc. a weekend in new york wasn't supposed to result in him being unable to think of anyone else but grace. especially since he's his younger brother's guardian and he feels that responsibility deeply. unlike no kissing allowed, the story unfolds in alternating viewpoints. so we get to see both grace and noah's side of things and we get to see how they deal with and get past some of their issues. the romance between them moves pretty quickly, and part of me wishes there had been a bit more time or more scenes that showed the deepening feelings between the two. you never doubt their attraction to each other, but they pretty much tumble into love without spending all that much time together. i made a point to read no kissing allowed first and i'm glad i did, because no falling allowed does give us an update on cameron and aidan. it also provides clues to what the i assume next book might be about--it's definitely about lauren and it sounds like she's due for some angst and romance. this is really an enjoyable new adult series and i can't wait to see where it goes next. **no falling allowed will publish on july 18, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing in exchange for my honest review.
One night . . . When Grace decides to throw caution to the wind and spends an epic night with Noah she didn't expect that type of chemistry to mean nothing to the sexy bartender that broke down her walls and bared her so completely, but Noah ends up leaving her without a word. Thinking they'd never see each other again, its a shock to Grace's system when her new job has her face to face with the one man that burned her once before. ... a second chance Noah just wanted some time to be his old care-free self again. A guy with no responsibilities and no constant worries. When he meets Grace he's instantly drawn to her. There's no denying the connection and one night in her arms ins't enough. But duty calls and in a panic he leaves. It was only supposed to be one night, but fate had other plans. With both of them back in Cricket Creek, Noah and Grace will have to find out if they have what it takes to fall hard for love. Grace and Noah together were cute, and the heat these two generated was off the charts hot. At first it was hard for me to relate to Grace. It was a stretch to feel bad when she was in shock that her dad cuts her off. I mean she's 24 years old! Her thought process was a bit off putting sometimes with how she viewed the world and her place in it. I get she's the only child to a billionaire father but sometimes she came off as snobbish and way too quick to judge! As for Noah, I liked him, he was a fun and sweet guy (when he allowed himself to be) but I totally get why he was so rigid when it came to his life and his responsibilities. His fears were reasonable for someone going through his situation. It can't be easy for a 25 year old to be the legal guardian to his nine year old kid brother. (view spoiler) Grace does eventually grow on me (especially after that last scene when she takes a chance and calls him) and although their very legitimate issues were resolved super fast that sweet ending made up for it! This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. *** ARC provided for an honest review ***
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Noah and Grace are real people with real issues and the complexities and misunderstandings that arise between a couple that have such an intense chemistry and attraction that begs to not be ignored while knowing next to nothing about each other. This is a quick read that is so addicting and a hard one to put down. You will find yourself rooting for Noah and Grace as they deal with the bumps in their relationship. NO FALLING ALLOWED by Melissa West is hands down a fantastic and fun read. While I'm not a huge fan of the insta-love concept BUT with this one it absofreakinglutely works. Kudos Ms. West for a job well-done with this story.
No Falling Allowed by Melissa West, combines the hustle of New York City with the easiness of Cricket Creek, South Carolina. Ms. West contrasts both settings quite nicely with characters that are fun, interesting and real. The story opens with a bang and concludes very happily. However, I found some of the parts in between to be so-so. Billionaire Grace Soaring wants to use her smarts and planning talents to make something of herself. She does not want everything handed to her, and that is exactly what would happen if she went to work for her father's successful conglomerate. So after a couple of unforeseen circumstances, she ends up in the wedding planning business, making a name for herself in the small town that her one-night-stand happens to live and own a business in. Noah Hunter is not only gorgeous, he is a truly good guy. After his parents died in a car accident, he became a single parent to his 11 year-old brother. He owns a bar and leads a simple life. Falling in love is not a priority, however, seeing Grace everyday changes his future forever. Grace and Noah come from two different worlds, which is difficult for Noah to navigate at times. Noah is an alpha in the bedroom, which is very hot. Grace has a good heart, amazing friends, and the ability to make everyone she meets feel at ease. Overall, I liked this romance and look forward to reading more from Ms. West. You may want to check out the first book in this standalone series, No Kissing Allowed, which is excellent. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
You know those books that make you feel good, and have all the warm fuzzies??? Well, No Falling Allowed is one of those books. I absolutely adored it, and soared through it in almost one sitting. I had to sleep at one point. :P I really liked Grace. She's always followed her parents' expectations. But she does follow her own career path. Which I think shows that she wants to be more than what her parents want her to be. But will that continue to be the case? I ADORED Noah. There's nothing like someone who can pick up the pieces and put his life together. He has his own fears regarding dating, and other people in general. He loves his family passionately, and it's definitely something to be admired. The chemistry between Grace and Noah is off the charts. Sometimes we find that person that has that extra little something we were looking for, and didn't even know it. There interactions with each other go through so many different emotions, and all of them are pretty amazing. No Falling Allowed is a perfect summer read. It'll take you to a happy place, and make you feel butterflies when you're done reading it.
Grace Soaring meets a hot bartender/server at a wedding she organized at the MET, and refuses him when he invites her back to her cousins bar later that night. Her friends overhear the invitation and drag to it. She meets Noah and a little flirting they end up back at her place. The next morning Grace wakes up alone, is laid-off by her employer, and cut off from her parents when she refuses to work for her father. Her only bright spot is the fact that her boss at the MET recommend her for a job as a wedding planner and she has managed to hired. Grace travels to the small southern town of Cricket Creek to help plan a wedding which is being held outside of a local bar. Guess who own the bar, Noah! He is just as shocked to see her, and because he is the guardian of his little brother. Grace is still interested and willing to give Noah a chance... This is a good New Adult romance, because I liked both characters, enjoyed how they both mature throughout the book, and was satisfied by he ending. It had the perfect blend of angsty drama and small town romance. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
This amazing book is the second in the series but can definitely be read as a standalone. I haven't read book one yet but after reading Grace and Noah's story, I definitely will. Grace and Noah meet while she is coordinating an event at the Met and he is filling in for one of his cousins. They end up spending an amazing night together but Noah isn't there in the morning when Grace wakes up. To add insult to injury, Grace gets laid off from her job the same day. When she tells her beyond wealthy parents that she's planning to accept a job as a wedding planner, they cut her off. Grace's new job takes her to the small Southern town where Noah lives and their chemistry ignites, despite their differences. This was a quick, fantastic read. I loved the dual POV and the chemistry between these two characters. I can't wait to read the first book and am looking forward to the rest of the series. *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
No Falling Allowed by Melissa West....This story was like watching an episode of Hart of Dixie, it has fun bantering, sweet parts and very sexy scenes. Noah Hunter, a hard working bartender that meets the rich city girl and boy do sparks fly. Melissa West has done it again, with this fast paced, page turning book you can't put down. You definitely do not want to miss this book, it is one of the best books of this year. I was given a complimentary copy by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
“I glanced up, wishing with all my heart I wouldn’t find those deep blue eyes staring back at me. It was that night all over again, him seeing and reading so much more than I wanted to share.So much more than anyone else had ever seen.” “You called me Noah.” My breathing slowed, the name settling over me, warming me. So few people called me Noah that it always sounded foreign, but from Grace it sounded like coming home. Melissa West!! You have done it again!! You have once again written something so brilliant, and so swoon-worthy, that I am just blown away. Now, I LOVED No Kissing Allowed, so when I heard about No Falling Allowed, my expectations were high. And let me tell you, Melissa West took my expectations, crumbled them up and totally blew them out of the water. Told from dual points of view, No Falling Allowed follows the story of Noah and Grace. From the moment we meet these two characters, the sparks are instant and there is a whole will they/won’t they element introduced. So, of course when Noah and Grace agree to spend one night together, I couldn’t help but jump for joy. You just knew from the connection and chemistry that they had that this moment, this one night was going to be a game changer…..Only they don’t know that yet. When an emergency pulls Noah away in the middle of the night, Grace doesn’t think she’s ever going to see him again….But, fate has other plans of course. Fate brings Noah and Grace back together and shows them that what they have is real and worth pursuing. Their road to HEA isn’t going to be an easy one, and at the end of the day, all you can do is just sit back, enjoy the ride and watch how it will all play out… Simply put, No Falling Allowed is brilliant. It is well written and captivating. You can tell that a lot of heart and soul went into writing this book. One of the things that I love about Melissa West is how real her stories are. Her characters have real problems, they’re not always perfect and struggle like the rest of us. Their stories are easy to relate to. Noah and Grace stole my heart from the very beginning. Their chemistry was instant and had me rooting for them the entire time. This book hit all my marks as far as angst and romance go. There was plenty of steam and frustrating moments to boot. And moments that left me with tears in my eyes–happy tears of course. No Falling Allowed gave me everything I wanted and more. If you’re a fan of swoon-worthy NA romance, then look no further and grab your copy of No Falling Allowed today. You will not regret it!