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Getting Out of Hand

(Sapphire Falls #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  4,449 ratings  ·  375 reviews
Genius scientist Mason Riley can cure world hunger, impress the media and piss off the Vice President of the United States all before breakfast. But he’s not sure he can get through his high school class reunion.

Then he meets the new girl in town.

Adrianne Scott loves Sapphire Falls. The sleepy little town has been the perfect place to escape her fast-paced, high stress
ebook, 278 pages
Published July 2014
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Heidi Hart
This book has TONS of glowing reviews on Goodreads, and was recommended by readers of, but wow, I just don't get it. I struggled to finish.

The first thing that irked me was the weird, casual sexism in almost every layer of the story. In the very first chapter, we learn that the hero, Mason, has been invited back to his home town -- along with 4 other men -- as a potential investor in a shopping plaza the mayor hopes to build. And, we soon learn, these five men have
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
There are a lot of reasons this book shouldn't work. And frankly, it doesn't really. But I was still entertained.

I have no rationale for that. I'm trying to come up with one but every time I do, the book's many flaws spring to mind. Start with instalove. Or the "genius" that's more magic plot device than anything else. Or a soft-sell version of my very least favorite "love" trope (making a choice for the loved one without talking it over—i.e. breaking up for their own good).

But I kept reading
Susan Updegraft
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erin-nicholas
There is a reason that Favorite Authors remain favorite Authors, they just get it right every time. Getting Out of Hand was no exception. I discovered Erin Nicholas not so long ago, and I fell in love. With her books, and her characters. They just leave you smiling. Isn't that what a Great Author wants at the End of the Day. To know that she makes her readers smile just with the grace of her pen. I loved this book, I will admit at first I was bothered by Hailey. I thought,"Oh no, another mean ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, own, reviewed, audio
I officially have a new book boyfriend! Mason Riley, the hero in GETTING OUT OF HAND, the first book in Erin Nicholas's wonderful new series Sapphire Falls, is the new love of my life! Well, at least in my fantasies he is. The man is a genius who graduated two years early in high school, but got no respect from his classmates in Sapphire Falls. Instead they wrote him off as a nerd who didn't fit in. He crushed on Hailey, the most beautiful and popular girl in school for years only to have her ...more
Rebecca from Cover to Cover Book Blog
Mason is an amazing man that has been burned a few times. His best friend needs him to go back home to Sapphire Falls to deal with some business. He is a genius and graduated high school early. He is involved in numerous research firms, mostly agriculture. Hailey is the mayor and needs his land for a business. She had put together a weekend for all the alumni to come down and be shown the business plans. Adrianne is Hailey's assistant. She moved to Sapphire Falls when she had a scare with her ...more
Crystal Singer
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Erin Nicholas is my favorite. That’s no secret. I love her and anything she does. However, after falling totally and completely in love with her Bradford/Dixon series….it was hard for me to imagine loving a completely new, unrelated series. BOY WAS I WORRIED FOR NOTHING! WOW. From page 1 of this story, the Bradfords and Dixons were both far from my mind! I fell hook, line and sinker for Sapphire Falls and all of its residents. It was so fun meeting a whole new cast of characters and learning all ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Out Of Left Field

This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Mason seems to have gotten over the humiliations of his past in the small town of Sapphire Hills, Nebraska as he is now an über confident suave man who knows what he wants and how to get it. But then why is he so reluctant to go show the people he grew up with just how far he has come? When his partner and best friend in the world tells him she needs a break from him and his workaholic ways so she can spend some quality
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
It was ok. Not really boring, but didn't really require me to fully engage, either. I mostly tried to ignore the narrow sex roles the male and female characters were limited to. It was harder to ignore that the bisexual secondary character was depicted in a Hollywood kind of way, not in an actual queer woman who doesn't view her sexuality as male entertainment kind of way. The ending pissed me off enough that I'm tempted to drop this down to 2 stars. Not really ok with a major medical condition ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Getting Out of Hand” is the first book in Erin Nicholas’ new series, Sapphire Falls. I absolutely loved this book! Read it in less than a day! In this book, we meet Mason Riley and Adrianne Scott.

Mason used to live in Sapphire Falls, Nebraska, but he hasn’t been back in town for several years now. While he’s been away, he worked hard to become a successful scientist alongside his business partner and friend, Lauren. Together they run Innovative Agricultural Solutions. Simply put, Mason is a
Trish Edmisten
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Erin Nicholas has outdone herself!

Every true Nicholas fan knows how well she can spin a steamy romance. No one can hook a reader like Erin Nicholas can and the first line of Getting of Hand is no exception. Right from the start, she grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go until it’s over. As always, she leaves fans wanting more but not in a way that’s unsatisfying or unfinished.

In every one of her novels, Nicholas’ heroes are larger than life who make us drool and pray that by some
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erin
No Surprise to anyone that knows me that Erin Nicholas is my all-time favorite author. I fell in love hard with the Bradford's and the Dixon's in her last two series. And then I was wondering how could she even top them.

Well, WOW!!! ........ Erin did it again and with a Bang!!!!

Getting Out of Hand is the first book of three in here newest series. I fell in love with Mason and Adrianne right from the start. Mason is your "geek" in school to grows up into a very well to do adult. Adrianne has
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great series from Erin Nicholas. You will be falling in love with the characters from Sapphire Falls from the first time Mason steps into town. Mason is a genius that everybody thought was a nerd in high school. He comes back to town after leaving it 11 years ago and never looking back. The town wants his land to build a new mall and he is going back to town to tell the mayor that won't be happening (him and the mayor may have a bit of a history from high school). Once he gets into town ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Erin Nicholas has done it again and written another winner with her newest release, Getting Out of Hand. She writes romantic, heartwarming love stories with touches of humor and fun-loving characters you can't help but care for. I loved Mason and Adrianne and the way they met. They had amazing chemistry right from the beginning and I really liked how protective Adrianne was of Mason and that she understood him. I liked that she was a strong heroine, not afraid to speak her mind and go after what ...more
Mireille Duval
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, romance
This was my first cheat in my project not to buy books in 2015. I mean, it was free, but still. I wanted to make sure I could still get it for free, which wouldn't have been guaranteed in 2016. When Smart Bitches said it included sex scenes where the hero writes math equations on the heroine's naked body, well, I was pretty sold.

And it was very good! I enjoyed the Sapphire Falls setting, and I liked both characters a lot. The sex scenes were hot, and their love (though super quick) felt real. I
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first book in a new series Sapphire Falls, by Erin Nicholas, will not disappoint readers. I read this book in one day, could not put it down. I love to read how nerds turn hot in adult life and that is what Mason does. He returns home after being gone for eleven years for a class reunion where he meets Adrianne, new to town. There is a sizzling chemistry between these two.
There are plenty of secondary characters just waiting their turn for a story. Looking forward to many return trips to
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Mason and Adrianne's story. Mason isn't your typical hero. He's a high school nerd who made good and comes back for a high school reunion. Adrianne is the new girl in town who wasn't around during Mason's high school days. Adrianne is a little closer to the typical male role as far as going after Mason and Mason wasn't sure how to handle the ins and outs of women. I loved that this was the first book in a new series and we got glimpses of other single men and women who live in Sapphire ...more
Tracy Flick
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that Erin Nicholas is one of my favorite authors! With that being said, I think her Saphire Falls series it going to well exceed my expectIons! We all fell in love the Bradford's and the Dixon's, but this is a whole new community to love! Mason and Adrianne just pull you into their lives. Getting Out of Hand is an excellent book, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Erin Nicholas did a wonderful job with this book and I know that this series is going to be just as great as the last one. The characters are wonderful, both Mason and Adrianne. Adrianne is awesome. She plays Captain-save-a-nerd so well. I highly recommend this book.
Aimee Suter
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every time I think it can't get better Erin does it again!!! I am so in love with Mason and Adrianne! They make an amazing couple! I love how they compliment each other and she is just as much a hero as he is!! Amazing book again Erin!!
Mason never really fit in in his home town of Sapphire Falls. He is a genius and more interested in solving the world's hunger problem than what happened at Friday night's football game. His success in life has put him on a list of potential investors for a new project in Sapphire Falls. He reluctantly accepts the invitation to come home to see what it is all about. There he meets Adrianne who has escaped the fast lane life and traded it in for small-town serenity. She has a personal stake in ...more
Xan West
Sep 09, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF at 1% because the main character says his best friend is a lesbian, when she identifies as bisexual, because her last 2 serious relationships were with women. His best friend, and he erases her identity. This is not a hero that I am ever going to like or root for.

I picked this book up because it hints that one of the MCs might be bi in the blurb. I am not up for reading this kind of bisexual erasure.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I geek nerds. I geek hot guys. And now thanks to author Erin Nicholas, I geek Mason Riley, socially awkward nerd turned hot guy.

After graduating high school at the age of sixteen, Mason Riley leaves Sapphire Falls, never looking back. Now eleven years later, Mason is a successful agricultural expert who has it all: money, smug confidence, killer looks and style, and a vast knowledge on how to please the ladies.

Having nothing but bad memories of his hometown, Mason Riley never thought he would
Maria Rose
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This first book in the Sapphire Falls series treats us to the story of Mason and Adrianne. Mason grew up in this small town, a boy with such a high IQ that he was always an outcast among his peers. When he left he became a successful scientist and never envisioned himself returning until an alumni event and a request for a business donation lure him back for some rest and relaxation. There he meets Adrianne, a Chicago transplant who loves the small town life and is enjoying her new community of ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awww. Mason and Adrianne were cuuuute together. He pushed all her sexy buttons and she lit him up like no other woman could. It was sweet and hot and WOW! MAKE OUT SESSION ON A CAR? BRING IT!

Yeah. This book ended up hitting the spot. Mason's willingness to join in on the various events around town with the Sapphire Falls crowd just because he'd been asked (insert a heartfelt sniffle for his exclusion as a teen here) made me both sad and happy. Sad because he had to wait all that time to feel
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Erin Nicholas! I loved this book! It's the start of a new series and I can't wait for more, Sapphire Falls is a great little town and I can't wait to see what else is going to happen there. This story is about Adrianne Scott, relative newcomer to town and Mason Riley who left long ago with no plans to return…ever.

Let's start with Adrianne, she's smart and in away she's ambitious but there's something holding her back. She was every successful back in Chicago but a heart
Cheryl Sanders
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book one in Erin Nicholas' new series Sapphire Falls. In this book we meet Mason Riley and Adrianne Scott. Mason was the class nerd who had a run-in with the most popular girl in school and came out of it with some major self confidence scars. He moved away, got his PhD, became famous in the field of agricultural science, made millions and swore to NEVER return to Sapphire Falls again. By invitation of the mayor of Sapphire Falls, he returns. He meets Adrianne Scott and falls ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mason and Adrianne have amazing chemistry and you fall in love with sexy-nerd Mason immediately. He is humble and sweet, oh and did I mention sexy??? Adrianne moved to Sapphire Falls to start her life over after having a heart attack due to stress. She loves the town and wants to open her own candy shop in a new mall that she and her college roommate turned mayor want to build on Mason's land. Adrianne tries to convince Mason that this mall is a great idea for Sapphire Falls but Mason has his ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First I have to say I have read and loved all of Erin's books. This is just makes the list longer. This was truly an instant true love book. I so so so love nerdy men and Mason was a a well built nerd at that! Then there was Adrianne. She was such a neat change from other female characters. I loved her dirty talk. You do not always see that in female characters as the instigator of such talk. But she was so fun to read. The way she went for it with Mason each time they were together, even after ...more
Kim Schubert
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing story by Erin Nicholas! I wish that I could write as well as she does to be able to express how much I loved this book! The characters jump off the page and into your heart Mason is a lovable genius/nerd and Adrienne is someone you'd want to hang out with! I'm glad that this book is part of the Sapphire Falls series, because I'm not ready to let them go yet! A great summer read, read and enjoy!
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
An absolutely awesome book that will make you look at "nerds" in a different light!!! Normally, I want my heroes to be all manly and alpha but Mason definitely won my heart!!! The chemistry between him and Adrianne was there from the start and I really enjoyed watching them realize they could be together. I loved the entire book! The main characters as well as the secondary characters and I'm looking forward to more from Sapphire Falls but I just LOVED Mason!!!!
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Erin Nicholas is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes ...more

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