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When We Fall

(Take the Fall #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  923 ratings  ·  257 reviews
In the captivating new novel in Marquita Valentine’s Boys of the South spinoff series—perfect for readers of Abbi Glines and Katy Evans—a small-town sweetheart takes a chance on the bad boy who’s always been her hottest fantasy.

The last time Piper Ross saw her best friend’s sexy older brother, Jase Simmons, he was being taken away in handcuffs. Seven years later, two thin
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Loveswept
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Charmingly sweet and sexy, a delight to read.

Piper Ross is fine with being a southern belle but totally done with being a wallflower. She’s been in love with her best friend’s brother since she met him at age fourteen and now that he’s back from a seven year stint in prison she’s willing to overcome her shyness to make sure he knows she wants to be his. Including being bold enough to defy her parents, move into his house and work in at this tattoo shop.
“A man who has the face of an angel
4 Sweet Love Stars

"Sweetie, when it comes to you, Jase is halfway there. I don’t think it would take much for him to fall the rest of the way. But that’s easy . . . when we fall . . . we don’t know how hard until we hit the ground.”

Piper (love that name) Ross has always played the role of dutiful daughter and all around goody two-shoes because that’s what’s been expected of her. Raised in a wealthy but emotionally cold home, Piper’s tried to live up to the expectations of her parents by being a
S.M. West
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.25 STARS

This is the second book in this series and I think it could be read as a standalone although, the history of Jase and Piper is somewhat touched on in Take the Fall as well as the background of the entire gang.

I had really high hopes for this one as the ending of the first book set up this little dance between Jase and Piper. This story is based on the trope of the girl being forever in love with her best friend's older brother. The refreshing part about this story was Jase also saw Pi
Geri Reads
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Very sweet romantic read. I liked it but it might be a little too sweet for my liking. Nonetheless, this was a very okay read.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ex-con
I really didn't like Jase in Take the Fall but his story intrigued me enough that I wanted to read this book. Jase is really a huge jerk in the first 20% of this book but I ended up loving him by the end of this book. Jase and Piper bring out the best in each other and have a wonderful connection. I'm a big fan of best friends brother type stories and I really enjoyed this one. The steamy scenes were hot and there wasn't an overload of angst. I wish a couple of things would've been a little diff ...more
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
3 stars

I generally try to avoid books were the women are doing all the chasing after the man as it pisses me off. I just think 'God woman bloody get a clue and move on!' This was the case with When We Fall for me. Piper had loved Jace for years and watched him whore himself out to anybody and everybody expect her. It's not a new idea but it can work well. Piper did nothing but whine because Jace kept pushing her away for the first 30% of the book. Then all of a sudden they go from zero to hot a
Dusti Hanrahan
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved Piper's story! Review to come!
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Great second book. Jase was amazing, sweet, hot and just perfect for Piper. I loved how much Piper grew and came into her own. Together they were hot and so perfect. Her parents are just horrible, and I loved how she pulled one over on them. Great seeing Seth and Rowan again. I hope the next book is Hunter and not Emmett.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 heartwarming and passionate stars. I wanted to know Piper and Jase's story ever since they came into Rowan and Seth's story. The two grew up vastly different but were thrown together due to one common person, Jase's sister Rowan. Jase knew Piper before she was the beautiful woman she currently is and Piper loved Jase even when she was a teenager. The novel did their story justice and it was a good read.

Jase is the screw up that ended up in jail seven years ago. He's hardened by time in jail a
Oct 03, 2015 marked it as no-thank-you
Shelves: man-whore
*reads sample*

"...she's one of those girls who gives off a don't-touch-me vibe, but for a guy like me, Don't touch means touch as often as possible. Don't look means gazing at her with a hunger I can't satisfy no matter how many women I fuck. They're not her.

...No matter how hot it was when she watched me with another woman while I imagined it was her mouth on my cock, not some coked-out stripper's."


Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

Good girl Piper has been raised to do as as she is told. And she knows what is expected of her - go to college, marry a suitable man from the country club set, settle down and basically be a trophy wife. The only problem? Piper has long been in love with her best friend's older brother.

Jase is someone her parents would never approve of, having spent the last seven years in prison. But Piper is finally ready to make her feelings known and do what it takes to make Jase see her as more th
Lady Heather
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
"A copy of this book has been provided by Loveswept Publishing vis Netgalley in exchange for an honest review "

4 Stars!

This is the second book in the "Take the Fall" series, but it can be read as a standalone.

I enjoyed this story however, there were a few places that had quite a bit of angst.
I liked the direction the author went after these nerve-wracking-gut-wrenching situations.
The main characters had a wonderful history together, and this is a story of a 'good' girl from the right side of t
Well, the sample was all I needed to read. (view spoiler) NO, thanks! ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Although When We Fall is the second book in the Take The Fall series it can be read as a stand-alone. All relevant points to the background of the characters is nicely recapped within the narrative ensuring all details are fully understood to any newcomer to the series.

Told in dual narrative, the initial encounters with Jase and Piper make you believe on the surface Piper is the complete opposite of Jase. She has had a serious case of unrequited love on her best friends brother for as long
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Sweetie, when it comes to you, Jase is halfway there. I don’t think it would take much for him to fall the rest of the way. But that’s easy . . . when we fall . . . we don’t know how hard until we hit the ground.”

Piper Ross was in love, and is still in love with her bestfriend’s brother ever since she was 14. She is a good girl and their story was about a bad boy—we’re not talking about just a ‘bad boy’ here, we’re talking about an ex-convict, just to be clear—and a good girl who fell helpl
Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
When We Fall by Marquita Valentine is the second book in the Take the Fall series. It can be read as a standalone, it does have an HEA and no cliffhanger. I enjoyed this one for exactly what it was. It’s a friends to lovers book, with a bit of second chance in there.

The story of these two characters drew me in right away. The biggest thing I can say for it is that it’s exceedingly sweet, as is the chemistry you’ll find within it. It has a great plot, it is well paced and will make you want to re
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS STORY! I fell so much in love with the first book, about Rowan & Seth. I was so excited for Jase & Piper's story! And it did not disappoint - it is a 10++ star read of the highest order. Part of that is because all the crazy drama of their relationship happens during Rowan & Seth's story, so their book is drama-free. Not from the outside - they have several things trying to work against their HEA. But inside, w/ each other, they are loving & playful & accepting of the other in their ...more
J. Nathan
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one!!! I fell in love with Jase and Piper in the first book and desperately needed to know how their story would play out. Ms. Valentine did not disappoint. This had so many feels:-) Just loved it! Could have read it in one sitting. Also, it can be read as a standalone if you haven't read the first in the series. ...more
Carlene Inspired
Piper Ross wants her independence away from her controlling family and she wants her best friend's older brother, Jase. Just released from seven years in prison, has always had his eyes on Piper, but he's busy filling his time with booze, loose women, and work. When Piper reaches out to Jase about moving in with him, he doesn't know how to say no even if he should. Living together and working together opens up their eyes that they need to give each other a shot and when they do, it's like it is ...more
When We Fall by Marquita Valentine
Book #2: Take the Fall Series
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review:

You would think at some point I would get tired of being an author’s bitch but I’m not there yet with Marquita Valentine. When We Fall is yet another reason I am going to continue to be Valentine’s bitch.

Since Piper Ross decided to defy her disgustingly rich, image-conscious, need-to-rot-in-hell parents, her life has been both far better and far worse. On the far worse side, she no lon
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars!

“When we fall…we don’t know how hard until we hit the ground.”

This was such a fantastic read. When We Fall is the second book in the Take The Fall series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone. Ever since I finished the first book in this series, I have been dying to get my hands on the next one and let me tell you, this one does not disappoint.

From the moment I picked up this book, I was dying to know more. I was intrigued by Piper and Jase. Jase has had a hard life.
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Take the Fall series picks up where the first left off and focuses on Rowan's brother, Jase and her best friend, Piper. I make no secret that I disliked the first book; purely because I hugely disliked Rowan, but despite this, I did like what we saw of Piper and Jase and was tempted enough to see whether When We Fall would fair better.


It did. Marquita Valentine has taken the good-girl/bad-boy trope and brought her reader a sweet, low-angst, passionate and heated romance be
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this story, but to be honest the best part for me was that Jase had always loved Piper. Even when she was not the vision of beauty, but of awkward teenage girl. He knew her heart was more than the outside world could see. She deserved his love, Piper never strayed in her love, devotion and trust in Jase. Even when she witnessed things she wished she hadn't. Trying to prove to her he wasn't good enough couldn't even keep her away. Loved Piper's strength and conviction in always
4 stars

When We Fall was a heartfelt and emotional read, I enjoyed the storyline and the characters were both likable and very relatable. It had an interesting plot, and the drama was just enough to hold your interest until the end.
I loved how honest and open Piper and Jase were with each other, together they were able to get through the obstacles her overbearing ass of a father created for them.

I really enjoyed this book, it left me full of happy feels.

Thank you Random House Publishing Group -
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Well didn't know this was a series when I first started. It was ok. Kinda boring. ...more
Anna Doe
*3.5 – 4 sweet stars*

When we fall is second book in Take the fall series. If you are interested in my review of first book follow the link -> .

This book follows the romance of Rowan’s big brother Jase and her best friend Piper.

After seven years spent in jail Jase is out in the real world, trying to compensate for all the missed time. Women, smoking, booze… it doesn’t matter. But under all this pretense is a sweet guy, looking for somebody to believe in
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley

ARC kindly provided via NetGalley

4,5 captivated stars!!

Ooh my..this was a fantastic book, it captured me from page one. I knew i'd love this couple from the first book of the series!

The second book continues where book one has finished with Jase and Piper's story.

Let's talk a little bit about the story, Jase has spent seven years in prison which changed him
a lot, he is a bad boy (with a soft heart..for Piper i'd like to add),has a dominant personality
and he is overprotective of P
Lustful Literature
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it


This is the second book in this series but could be read as a stand-alone. This is Piper and Jase’s story. I will start off by saying I could not wait to read this one. I had a feeling their story was going to be hot and steamy but Piper has such a unique personality I knew there was sure to be some LOL moments. The author did not disappoint with this one.

Piper is a person I wish I had for as a friend in my life. She will go out of her way to help you and you cannot but love her
ARC graciously provided by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This is the second installment in the amazing Take the Fall series. This book took this series to a whole other level with this amazingly sweet story of Piper and Jace.

Jace has complications and a lot of baggage after being released from a seven year stint in prison. Loving his sister's best friend and all around angel really doesn't help. But when Piper needs a job and a place to stay he finds that he can't say no to the woman
Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I found this to be the classic good girl falls in love for the bad boy. Come one who doesn’t love the types of stories they are too good to pass up.

Piper Ross is the epitome of a southern girl should be. She does what her parents tell her to do and try to walk a straight lines most of the time. She started to rebel a young age then at 14 she meets Jase which is Rowen’s older brother. It’s instalove from their well for her. She basically hold a torch for Jase for seven years. When the opportunit
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Marquita Valentine is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance.

When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south.

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