If I Fall (The Blue Raven, #4)
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If I Fall (The Blue Raven #4)

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Every great romance comes with a risk...

After a duke's betrayal, the resilient Sarah Forrester reinvents herself as the Golden Lady: society's leading light, the beautiful and witty life of the party. It's all a façade of course-one that protects her from another intimate disloyalty. When her old friend, Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher, returns to London, he is determined to...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Berkley
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Rachel (BAVR)
Well, that was unfortunate. The story has potential, and I've liked Kate Noble's books in the past. Somehow, this was all squandered by what I can only assume was a total breakdown in the copy-editing room. Holy fucking shit. At moments, I felt like I was reading one of the self-pubbed new adults I love to loathe. This is not okay, Berkley Sensation. I spent $5.99 on this book. Edit your fucking books. Edit them correctly. Edit them NOW.

I knew something funky was up when I noticed misplaced com...more
babyfishmouth
I love Kate Noble but not this book.

It just never grabbed me and sucked me in like her others. I found Sarah very off-putting and Jack's attraction to her was baffling. The sexual and romantic tension so well done in her other books was virtually non-existent in this book. Lots of characters from previous books were present, probably too much so. They overwhelmed the romance that I hoped to find. The suspense-spy-action scenes were hard to follow and not interesting. I found myself skimming muc...more
Courtnie
I picked up this book in the mood for the literary like, heavily romantic style of story which I've come to enjoy from Kate Noble. I was disappointed.

Sadly, though I really like Sarah in the previous book, I really did not enjoy her in this one.

I understand the need to re-write Sarah to make her character fit with the story, but she was so different, it didn't work for me at all. Also, Jack's connection to her was very flimsy from my point of view and I never felt anything akin to love between...more
Mara
I'm new to this author and didn't realize If I fall was the fourth book in a series. It was on offer on Amazon and I bought it.

I wonder if reading the other three books would have meant I'd stick with this book. I'm not sure, as the plot seems self-contained. Maybe the affection for previous characters would have compelled me to keep going on.

As it is, I couldn't stomach past 30%. Nothing in this story makes sense. I understand how she became a "viper" (she's not really, but she's a queen bee)....more
Candy
If I Fall is a regency romance with a bit of mystery and espionage thrown in! Written by Kate Noble, who also writes under the name Kate Rorick for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. (If you haven't watch these, you need to!)

Humiliated, Sarah Forrester tries to face the Ton with as much dignity as she can, but it’s just too much. She knows what the gossips are saying. Since Jason, The Duke of Rayne, broke off their engagement she's been known as “The Girl Who Lost the Duke”. But as quickly as they can t...more
Nadine Jones
I'm not sure how this book ended up on my holds shelf at the library, but it did, so here I am reading it.

Turns out this is #4 in a series. I'm thinking it would have been better to start with #1. And, seeing as how I'm finding myself completely charmed by this book, I do believe I'm going to go find #1!

Sarah and Jack are childhood friends who have lost touch for the past six (or was it nine? doesn't matter) years - (he's been on board ship as Lieutenant for the Navy during the Napoleonic war) a...more
Misfit
My time ran out and the book was zapped back to digital library land last night. Boring, boring boring, but I really was lost when the hero had to face a bunch of men waiting around the heroine's front door and they were referred to as the the peanut gallery.

Life's too short, moving on.
Kate
Despite some excellent writing, the characters felt very one-dimensional. There was a lot of potential for emotional depth that was never realized. I just wish I had liked this more, since I enjoyed many of her previous books.
Linda
Pretty good.

Got off to a bad start, looked pretty questionable but then the plot picked up into high gear the last third of the book and ended with a rousing finish.

Sarah Forrester, the Golden Lady, is supposed to be happy as the toast of the ton, but she's built a facade and then her old childhood friend, Naval Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher shows up on the scene. His future looks bleak, as his ship is likely to be de-commissioned and he'll be put on half pay.

But a bungled attempt at romance wit...more
Blodeuedd Finland
This is the 4th book but yes it could also be read as a stand alone. The first 2 takes place a few years before book 3 and this one, and book 3, well in that one we see Jason fall in love and that is how this book starts. Jason leaves Sarah on their engagement party. If I had not read book 3 I am sure I would have been very unhappy with him, but he was in love, and Sarah, wanted stability only.

The Sarah that used to be is transformed after The Event into the darling of the Ton, cos else she is j...more
Tara
A lot of historical romances favor the loving side of the English ton. Where these heroines are receiving gifts and courtships. You can hear the music playing at the ball and crowd that is there in her admiration.

Kate Noble shows us the dramatic effect that it can have to be on the wrong side of the English ton. The scandalous side. The unforgiving gossips. And not because of the damage done by physical love but an Event that envelops a family and damages other sisters' efforts in entering their...more
The Window Seat
Apr 12, 2012 The Window Seat marked it as to-read
To begin this review we must first set the scene and take a step back to the final chapters of the previous book Follow My Lead. At the close of that story, the hero Jason finally understands his true feelings for the heroine Winifred, running off from a ball to declare his love. Sadly, the ball he abruptly left is his own engagement ball, and at the same time that Jason and Winifred are about to start their lives together there is one person that was left with her own heart breaking: Sarah Forr...more
Megan
A sweet friends-to-lovers story mixed with a bit of espionage adventure. Noble does a great job, as always, with building nuances into her character's feelings and actions, her espionage plot is above average (if still not too complicated nor too difficult to guess the secrets and mysteries) and embedded into Real! Life! History!, and she makes smart decisions in writing a masked caper: namely, the character trying to pull off an assumed identity knows it's ridiculous and he's doing it for the w...more
Limau Nipis
3.5 stars edging toward 4 stars
After a few days, I am striking off the 4 stars and awarded 3 stars for this book.

My first read by the author, Kate Noble. I usually stay away from historical romance with thriller/spy twist, but this one was quite enjoyable.

Didn't know that it is actually part of a series of The Blue Raven which actually refers to a spy named 'Blue Raven'.

Anyway, this is one of the reason I love this book. The hero and heroine is actually best friends since childhood, and to watch...more
Jennifer
This is really a 2 and 1/2 stars book, but I'm feeling generous today. I rather enjoyed Noble's first Blue Raven book, Revealed, but the second and third were just too tedious for words (I actually didn't make it through the third). So, my expectations for this one were low.

Which, I guess, is a good thing, since this one was slightly better than its predecessor. The story of the Blue Raven "returning" was the best part of the whole thing. The character of Jack was interesting, but I didn't think...more
Abby
Imagine if Sally met Harry when he was 13. And they were friends. And then there was some time apart. And then they re-met as adults. This is pretty much the plot of If I Fall.

What I loved most about this book is how both Sarah and Jack learned, challenged, fought against and negotiated their beliefs about change and expectation. Both had certain expectations from the other based on their childhood friendship and much of the conflict was centered around how people change ... to a certain extent...more
Carly Thompson
Regency Historical romance (set in 1823, so slightly outside the Regency time period). I found a romance novel that I actually enjoyed. The historical romances I had read in the past have very little historical detail (the history is the frosting on the cake so to speak) and this was an exception. There is enough happening in the story so it is not just about the heroine and hero.

After her engagement to a Duke ends, Lady Sarah Forrester, remakes herself into society's Golden Lady--beautiful, wi...more
Erin H
Dec 30, 2012 Erin H rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I enjoyed that the author started this book off exactly where the last one ended-with Jason choosing to end his engagement to Sarah to be with Winnie. I really liked the idea of reading about the one who was “jilted” and getting their perspective on it and what happened to them afterward. I was a bit disappointed in how Sarah dealt with it. I enjoyed her in Follow My Lead but I didn’t like how she became this ice queen to help her ignore society. Jack was such a great character! I thought it was...more
Barbara
Well, this is a first for me. I was enjoying this book, with a good bit of eye-rolling, when Real Life intervened. I had to stop reading this book for almost a week. Alas!! that break was FATAL for my enjoyment of the story. As Real Life Stuff receded, I tried getting back into the book, and Just..Couldn't..Do ..It. The story and tone that had so enchanted me at the beginning now seemed silly and forced.

So, the prose is good, the plot is silly, the characters are a bit cardboard (or they are soo...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
Another enchanting tale in the Blue Raven series. Sarah Forrester, the jilted fiance of the hero from Follow My Lead, has transformed herself into the Golden Lady. Now much sought after and quite the life of the party, Sarah is determined not to be pitied. Jackson Fletcher, Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher, that is, is a sailor without a ship and the Forresters have happily invited him to stay until new orders come in for him. Sort of a friends to lovers theme. They knew each other when Jackson spent...more
Lady Lioness
Kate Noble was recommended to me by a friend on Twitter. The library gave me a choice between Compromised and If I Fall. Normally, I like to read things in order, but, I must admit, I didn't think I was going to like Noble's books so I just picked the plot I thought I'd like better.

I still don't care for 'spy' plots, but my personal preference aside, I thought it was a decent read. I don't think I fully understand at what point the hero & heroine fell in love, but I wasn't really in a 'thin...more
Jess
The writing in this was fine, but I didn't like the heroes attitude towards the heroine very much. The idea that she couldn't have become the person she was pretending to be and that he'd show her how wrong it was, well, it just bugged. Maybe I'll try Kate Noble's stand alone, because I'm not particularly impressed with this series and I am SURE I would hate book three.

(Which, unrelated note to authors: DON'T WRITE BOOKS ABOUT THE CHARACTERS THAT YOU ARE JILTING IF YOU WANT ME TO EVER FEEL ANYTH...more
Krista Mercer
I wasn't sure how the author would rescue this novel's heroine, who was "jilted" in the previous Follow My Lead. But she does so in a totally believable way, allowing Sarah to take refuge in her identity as society's feted "Golden Lady." When Sarah is reunited with her childhood love, Jack, however, he sees through her facade to the vulnerable woman she is. And when Jack assumes the role of the Blue Raven, England's favorite secret agent, Sarah must work with him to uncover a dangerous spy. A ne...more
Marilyn
I love Kate Noble's writing. She is witty, sarcastic, sometimes a little quirky, but thoroughly readable.If I Fall ties up a lot of loose ends in her other books, particularly Sarah's heartbreak after Follow My Lead. However, you don't have to read her other books to enjoy this one. Ms. Noble does a good job of explaining any character who has appeared earlier. I really liked the fact that Jackson was "adopted" by Sarah's family while he was a Midshipman and then had a career instead of being an...more
Minna
Really, really good. I enjoyed the obviously thoroughly researched historical snippets, the well-drawn characters, the dialogue, and the twisty plot. I am normally not the biggest fan of the Big Misunderstanding plot device but I thought it was understandable here. Sarah was a delight: intelligent, beautiful and faulted. Both she and Jackson made mistakes and were angry at each other, but forgave each other without demanding groveling. Sometimes I get the idea that the relationship is based on l...more
Julie
Just didn't capture my attention as previous books in this series. Sarah wasn't easy to like, putting on this false bravado, above it all attitude after she'd been dumped by Jason (from the last book in the series). Phillipa (from book 1) takes her in hand and transforms her into this bitchy ice queen. I really liked Jack, but found the book uneven, some humor, but then some boring down times and the romance itself was not all that believable and hard to grasp why they wound up loving each other...more
Barbara
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Ewa
Nope, nope, nope. Can't get over heroine's bitchiness.
DNF. So many other good books to read.

I regret reading it out of order. I meant to read the previous book Follow My Lead, but since Jason was put in not so flattering light in the prologue, I lost interest.

Something about the writing was off. It just didn't do anything for me.
Shanan
There was a point when I nearly gave up on it. But I don't easily give up. I wanted to give up because I was rather disappointed with Jack, the Hero. But given time I realised I was supposed to be. He was as all well developed characters needing to grow within the story. I think the novel had all the elements that I need from a good read. Two characters whose character developement depends on the other. An element of mystery and danger.
Michelle
A good well-paced, character-developed romance! Not as comic as I usually like, but this was well done. And the harking back to the Blue Raven was awesome! The situation that Sarah finds herself in and armoring herself as The Golden Lady is told in the previous Follow My Lead, but as it's her POV in this book, you don't have to read it first. But you might want to read the first 2 in the Blue Raven series to get the history of the spy.
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Kate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romance, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series. She has also written television for NBC and FOX under the name Kate Rorick, as well as the Emmy award–winning hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Kate lives in Los Angeles.
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