After I Fall
Book 3, Falling
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Her entire life has been a lie. Being with Eli is the only honest thing she’s ever done.
Parker Hauser lives the perfect life and knows exactly where she's been and where she's going. Parker has to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect body, perfect life.
Until she meets Eli Winter.
Eli is an agent of chaos. He dares her to not be perfect. She wants nothing to do with the former soldier but she can't get him out of her mind.
One chance encounter will make her question everything she's ever believed to be true. One chance encounter isn't enough to assuage her rampant desire for the man who can touch her with such tenderness but leave her questioning everything.
And when Parker tries to do him a favor, the spotlight turns on Eli's military record. And sins from the war he's tried to forget may come back to destroy them both.
Parker and Eli
First person POV is hard. Alternating first person POV is even harder. Very few authors do this well. Jessica Scott is one of them that does. After I Fall is the latest in the Falling New Adult series. Even though it is NA, it deals with all the same issues as her hard core military novels. Most importantly this one focuses on the masks we wear and how just because we appear to be one thing does mean we are. Parker and Eli both embody the masks they wear. It is only when they are together do they really see each other for who they both are. This is a powerful draw for both of them. I will read anything Scott writes and this is no exception.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Eli and Parker need each other.
After I Fall is the third book in the Falling series by Jessica Scott but each book stands alone. I fell in love with Ms. Scott's writing when I read Until There Was You in 2014 and began reading her backlist as fast as I could; I've read every book (fiction) that she's published.
The books in the Falling series have all featured The Pint in some way or another. The Pint is a bar owned by Eli Winter, a West Point graduate who served in Iraq and After I Fall is his story. The story is told in first person POV, alternating between Parker and Eli.
Parker Hauser needs an internship to qualify for an executive management program and the one she had lined up didn't work out. Eli doesn't know that one of his employees created a flyer advertising an internship at The Pint until Parker arrives to apply for it. Both of them are quite surprised when they realize that they met the night before in a less than satisfying encounter.
I'm having trouble finding the words to describe how I felt about this book. As with most books I've read by Jessica Scott, this was a very emotional read for me (in the best way). Her stories are about real people – well they're about people who seem like they could be real to me.
Eli and Parker need each other but it takes them a while to figure out how to make that happen. Parker has issues with her father and fiancé that she needs to deal with and Eli is keeping something from her that could wreck their relationship.
The language in this book is fairly coarse but I think it is probably representative of how a lot of college and post college students, and former soldiers talk. I only mention it because sometimes people buy books and then leave negative reviews when they encounter coarse language. If you are bothered by this then After I Fall might not be the book for you.
If you like realistic, emotional stories about members of the armed services after they've returned to civilian life then you shouldn't wait to read the Falling series. Kudos to Ms. Scott for another wonderful story!
I loved this story! It is the third book in Jessica Scott's Falling series and definitely worth the read!
Jessica Scott doesn't shy away from the hard or difficult topics that come with military service and what happens at home while they are gone on tour or what happens when they come home and are out and trying to find their "new" out of the military. I loved Eli and Parker's love story! Two people trying to find love in their crazy world with inner and outer demons to contend with.
I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.