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Take the Fall

Book 1, Take the Fall - A Take the Fall Novel

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NAMED ONE OF THE MUST-READ ROMANCES OF THE YEAR BY USA TODAY • Hailed as “a sexy, emotional, heartfelt read” by Monica Murphy, Take the Fall is the first in a new series from New York Times bestselling Marquita Valentine. In this emotional short novel, passions run hot as a rugged, brooding Marine rekindles an old flame.
As a teenager, Seth O’Connor went to jail for a crime he had nothing to do with. He took the fall to protect the girl he loved, but the cruel realities of prison hardened him. After doing his time, Seth shuts her out and enlists in the Marines—until his grandmother’s funeral forces him to come home and face Rowan Simmons once again. The woman she’s become puts all his high-school memories to shame, and Seth wants her more than ever. Can he be honest about why he denied her for so long?
After Seth pushed her away, Rowan swore that no man would ever hurt her again. But the boy who broke her heart has become a sexy Marine, capable of fulfilling her every desire—and now that he’s back in town, old feelings are simmering to a boil. Rowan wants to stay strong, even as her body surrenders to his expert touch. She only hopes that by taking him back, she can finally help heal the wounds that drove them apart.

Praise for Take the Fall
Take the Fall is a sensual, heartwarming lovers-reunited story. I rooted for Seth to win back his girl, and Marquita Valentine delivers a satisfying, emotional HEA for her lead characters.”—Lea Franczak, USA Today

“[Take the Fall] combines new-adult angst, bad boys with hearts of gold, and red-hot love scenes. . . . This dramatic tale races enjoyably to the finish and sets up the next book in the series.”Publishers Weekly

Take the Fall is a sexy, emotional, heartfelt read. I adored this book and can’t wait for the next!”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

“A sexy Marine and a second chance at love? Sign me up! Marquita Valentine does it again.”New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett
“I adore Marquita Valentine’s work! Dynamic characters, a compelling plot, and a scorching romance left me anxious for more. This is new adult romance at its best.”New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul

“An excellent, incredibly moving, highly entertaining read. I absolutely loved [Take the Fall] and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good, angst-ridden love story with both heart and teeth.”—Okie Dreams Book Reviews
“I am so excited that Take the Fall is the first book in a new series. Whee! All throughout Take the Fall, we’re treated with little glances into the chemistry and connection between Piper and Jase. I cannot wait to see Piper come out of her shell as she and Jase fall in love. Swoon!”—Crystal Blogs Books
“Grab a glass of wine and coffee to keep you happy and awake as you read this book that you won’t be able to put down until those final words are read.”—The Book Fairy Reviews (five stars)
“Marquita delivers once again with a hot alpha, a smart-mouthed heroine and a love that stands the test of time.”—Margie’s Must Reads
“I recommend this book and can’t wait for the next!”—Wicked Love of Books

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 01, 2015 – Valentine combines new-adult angst, bad boys with hearts of gold, and red-hot love scenes in the first book of a spinoff series from her Boys of the South series (most recently Need You Tonight). Rowan Simmons isn't a stereotypical Southern belle: she was raised largely by her older brother, Jase, on the wrong side of the tracks, and her idea of a good time is repairing cars. Rowan's boyfriend, Seth O'Connor, is jailed along with Jase after a drag race gone bad, but Rowan stays loyal to the man she loves until he shuts her out of his life. Seven years later, after spending nine months in prison for a crime he didn't commit and going on several tours of duty in Afghanistan with the Marine Corps, Seth comes back to their tiny town to reclaim the girl he never should have given up. But the woman he finds has sworn that after Seth's abandonment, she'll never give any man that type of power over her again. Told from Seth and Rowan's alternating first-person perspectives, this dramatic tale races enjoyably to the finish and sets up the next book in the series.

Customer Reviews

Take the Fall

Take the Fall ( Take The Fall #1) Marquita Valentine

This book should come with a warning label! "Very Hot.....Proceed With Caution!"
Young lovers Seth and Rowan are inseparable, until a tragic night tears them apart. Seth ends up going to prison for something he didn't do, trying to protect her and her brother, Jase. Rowan is suddenly alone, again, when her brother and Seth go to prison. Everyone important in her life eventually leaves her.
Seven years later, Seth is in the Marines and realizes how his anger and cruelty nearly destroyed both of them. He needs to see her and beg her forgiveness and prove he has never stopped loving her.

Rowan is strong independent and needs no one. Least of all the man she unfortunately still loves, but refuses to accept back in her life. Seth won't give up, but how long can he take Rowan's biting remarks, acting like he's invisible and belittling comments. He breaks down her barriers and they do have sex.....but that's all it is sex, and she immediately returns to her hard cold ways.

This was an emotional read for me. They both had their hearts broken, but they were so young. Seth survived prison, lived through deployments in Afghanistan and other dangerous places and finally realized what he needed to do to get his life back on course. Rowan has grown up, made a good life for herself, but just can't find it in her heart to forgive and move on. I'm afraid at times I wanted to shake Rowan and scream "listen!"

This is a very sexy, at times heartbreaking novel. It's the first in a series and the second revolves around Rowan's brother Jase. I recommend this sizzling read, but you might need to keep a glass of ice water near by.

I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.
Pat Fordyce

Amazing, Captivating & Seriously, Sexy

Wow this was such an emotional read. I loved that this story was from both their POV. This story was a gripping, heartbreaking and riveting roller coaster of emotions. Raw, passionate and intense. Fantastic read that had me captivated the whole time.
Seth and Rowan are teenagers in love, when a night of street racing ends in tragedy. But when Seth takes the fall for something he didn't do, and ends up in jail, he also ends up blaming Rowan. Refusing to see her while he is in jail and then leaving her behind when his court enforced enlistment into the marines goes into effect. Tragedy brings Seth home seven long years later, he knows he was wrong to blame Rowan and he wants to make it up to her. Seth has loved Rowan since she punched him in the stomach in kindergarten, always has and always will love her.
Rowan has lost everyone in her life that has mattered. Losing Seth and her brother at the same time left her all alone seven years ago and she has fought for everything she has achieved since then. So when Seth shows up Rowan is not going to make it easy for him. Although there are some seriously sexy, passionate, sex scene between them The twists and turns make it all the more interesting. Will they find their way to a HEA? Will Seth end up leaving her again? You will have to read this Amazing, captivating story to find out. Highly recommended!
Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Falling Hurts

Seth O'Connor and Rowan Simmons were high school sweethearts. After a night of racing and fun, Seth and Rowan's brother go to jail. Things change for everyone after this happens.

Seth gets out after serving his 9 months and goes into the military. He does not see Rowan again for about 7 years. He shuts her out of his life and then regrets come later on. She has moved on and now works and lives with his grandmother.

Coming home after his grandmother dies, Seth realizes he has things to fix and change. Rowan cannot seem to forgive his leaving her when she needed him the most. It was not so much that he became a Marine, as it is he did not want any contact with her.

Once he is back home they have much to go over. The will, the business, the house, and yes, even their feelings. They are still drawn to one another. The chemistry is as HOT as if it was yesterday.

Rowan is afraid she will get hurt. Last time he cut her off it devastated her. If he does it again it could literally kill her. She just cannot stay away. He is like a drug. Can love really help them? Since it never went away...

***This ARC copy was given free from and its publisher, for review purposes. My honest opinion does not reflect Netgalley, nor its affiliates.

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Take the Fall
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jul 21, 2015
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 180 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Take the Fall
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