Donna Reads: After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

The Blurb: Jack Valentini isn’t my type.  Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave. Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so. But I’ve got a PR job to do for his family’s farm, so he’s stuck with me and I’m stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles. His huge, hard muscles. Pretty soon there’s a whole different kind of tension between us, the kind that has me misbehaving in barns, trees, and pickup trucks. I’ve never done anything so out of character—but it feels too good to stop. And the more I learn about the grieving ex-Army sergeant, the better I understand him. Losing his wife left him broken and bitter and blaming himself. He doesn’t think he deserves a second chance at happiness. But he’s wrong. I don’t need to be his first love. If only he’d let me be his last.

Jack Valentini is an Army veteran suffering from PTSD. He’s also a widower, having lost his wife to a drunk driver. He’s broody and damaged, and he’s convinced he doesn’t deserve to be happy. He runs a family farm with his two brothers. Margot Lewiston is a city girl from a rich, old money family. Margot owns a PR company with her friend. Their company is hired by the Valentini family to help promote the farm and update their image. Jack doesn’t want Margot there. He doesn’t want things to change. It isn’t long before sparks fly between them. 

I liked both main characters. They were both well-written and believable. Margot may have been a little spoiled and rich, but she’s funny and real. She was so good for Jack. Jack was heartbreaking. He’d been through so much. He was a good guy underneath it all, but he had to learn how to let go of the past. I enjoyed their journey and love story. 

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