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Taking the Fall: The Complete Series

(Taking the Fall #1-4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,628 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Layla O’Leary has had enough. For years she has been haunted by the night she can’t remember. When she learns the only man she's ever loved has betrayed her, she escapes and crafts a new identity. She's finally free...

Carter has waited eight years to claim his woman. Locking him up only fueled his obsession. The day he gets out he's coming for her. Taking the Fall was ju
Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published June 8th 2015
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Clumsy Storyteller
This was great, Not the best of Alexa Riley but still good!!

Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4*

Vol 1 - 4*

Why am I just reading this book now?

I've read so many Alexa Riley books I can't believe I'm just reading thin now. It's OTT crazy possessive alpha smut as always but I'm loving it.

Carter (who is Carter?) is serving eight years in prison for murder the book opens four years into his sentence with a twenty year old Layla visiting him. She's written him hundreds of letters and not heard a word back, he used to be her bodyguard
March 2017

Another reread for me for the hundredth time....I think this is my favorite couple of AR's.

Reread August 2016

This is a reread for me...again. Carter and Layla are one of my all-time favorite couples. I love how he never lets her go and is obsessed with her.
"My body needs to possess her. I want to consume her soul, to bind it with mine so I know she’s protected and touched only by me."

"Seeing her like this, taking my cock and lost in her own pleasure, is my
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Taking The Fall: Volume 1-3
4.75 Stars

The first story is about Carter and Layla.

The first thing I have to say is that I loved Carter! He's amazing! One of the best AR heroes!There's a scene I didn't like but the story was really good.

They wanted to be together since the beginning but they faced a lot of obstacles. He had sacrificed so much for her. He even went to prison to protect her and he always had eyes on her, still protecting her and taking care of her even when he's
Not much substance to the story and the writing was pretty mediocre but it was okay. There was too much sex and the hero I guess was supposed to be dominant but came off as too controlling, I didn't it attractive at all and I like strong alpha males. The heroine had a major TSTL moment as well. I was glad I got this under KU so I didn't pay for it.
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
This book was up and down for me. I liked Layla, but Carter was hit or miss for me. He was more alpha-hole than anything else and frankly, I just didn't like him very much.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mafia
I felt this was just full of one big ridiculous, wannabe alpha, who didn't seem 34- more like 20, who thought his word was law and too bad for his woman. If he wanted sex right then and there- then that's what he'll get - and take- and she'll like it- or that's just too bad. I hated the way he is with the heroine, and I hate that she was basically a doormat in the end. Sigh.

The heroine puts herself and the baby's life in harms way with her TSTL moment too.

So tired of idio
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: safe
I loved this series! And I am absolutely crazy about Carter! I loved how bossy, growly, and pushy he was. He was so over the top in love with Layla and had been since he first laid eyes on her. He never thought about or looked at another woman- he was totally devoted. He was pushy with Layla but also very sweet to her. He was obviously my favorite! I did enjoy Layla too. She was a great heroine and was a good support for Carter. The story was interesting and easy to read. I also liked the story ...more
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Description

"Layla O’Leary has had enough. For years she has been haunted by the night she can’t remember. When she learns the only man she's ever loved has betrayed her, she escapes and crafts a new identity. She's finally free...

Carter has waited eight years to claim his woman. Locking him up only fueled his obsession. The day he gets out he's coming for her. Taking the Fall was just the start. Now he'll stop at nothing to possess what's his. "

Wow, this series has had my attention since I first s
Carmen Rae
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
So it turns out I haven't been marking all my smut as read. Also turns out I have read a butt load (pun intended) of smut over the last few months. My kindle feels cleaner already ;)

Check out my reviews here
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Hated this book. And I hated it hard. Why is this a romance? The hero grooms the heroine when she was a teenager...and the only reason he didn't have sex with her when she was underage was because he went to prison for 8 years. Then, when he gets out of prison he then proceeds to control her life. This sounds like a chronicle of control and abuse to me. Not romance. Please, someone explain why this is a romance, I don't get it.
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Overall rating: 2.5 stars

Okay.. To be fair to this 4 Volume Set, I decided to rate each volume accordingly & round the stars out later...

Keep in mind that these volumes are very brief. Some are as short as 4 or 5 chapters. Some are 7 or 8 chapters with a Prologue & Epilogue attached. But none go above 8 chapters. So again they are very brief. Especially volume 1. So if you're looking to try this series after reading this review, I strongly suggest that you go with the box
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for the entire series

This may be my favorite Alexa Riley read so far. I really liked Carter and Cherry (her name is actually Layla but Carter calls her Cherry) but I also really liked their story. This one was more story driven than some of Ms. Riley’s other books but it totally worked. The problems that Carter and Cherry encountered were serious and while not always well handled by the characters, they tried hard to protect one another.

It was really interesting to learn how Carter came to be


Laura Johnson
Entertaining read. Fast pace with lots of action and great sex scenes ... everything you come to expect from Ms. Riley books!
Great series!

I really enjoyed reading this series. Carter was in prison for 8 years and had to wait to claim Kayla.
The hero definitely had an all alpha, dirty mouth, but at times I felt there was more sex than story.

The hero went to jail to protect the heroine. The hero used to be the heroine's bodyguard. The heroine has tried to get the hero's "attention" since she was a teen. I am not sure what to think of the heroine. I did not love her or hate her. There was nothing about her that stood out for me. I did not care for the side story of the heroine's BFF, Jeannette, and the hero's friend, Saint. I had no
SassyAsby (A.K.A. Mrs. Charlie Hunnam)
I just couldn't finish this one folks. I plain ole lost interest. It's good filthy smut, which is why I'll give it a solid 2 1/2 stars, but it needs more substance to keep my attention. Loved the writing, but the hero is waaaaaaaaay too over the top. Not much of a turn on for me. If I need more smut from this particular author then I'll stick to a novella, not a book bundle or novel. This was just pure filthy fun that was meant to titillate and not much else, though it certainly tried to be more ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
2.5 stars
It started good but then started to drag. The hero was a bit over the top for me. But the series was slightly addictive and although I was like WTF throughout... it let an impression (not a great one).
Jun 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Thank goodness I didn't spend money on this but borrowed it from Kindle Unlimited. All the 5-star reviews are beyond me. The writing was juvenile, the story line ridiculous, the characters unlikeable. Taking the Fall wasn't worth the price. 1 way too cheddar star.
Smutty, hot and enjoyable read
Debbie DiFiore
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay finis

I finished it and the author can write great stories of she just toned down the intimate scenes. personal opinion alert. I know I am a minority. But it's like two books in one. Part hot Romance, part porno. Just not my cuppa. And I read it all so it wasnt awful. The epilogues were great. Loved the playfulness of them and it was great to see the kids and how their relationships are going.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Parts of the story good. Parts not so good. Not really sure about Carter as a character perhaps .....
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
3.5 Stars

I only read the first three volumes, saving the fourth for later on considering it deals with a different H/h. The start of the series pulled me in especially with a strong Alpha Hero leading the way. However as the story went on I started to lose interest: Carter's path to vengeance, Layla's father etc. And if I can be honest, I didn't see what was so special about Layla. *SHRUGS*
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars!
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Typical Alexa Riley book...OTT, hawt as hell and completely unrealistic but great fun to read.
Hart's Reader Group
Was interesting, but it dragged on. The sex was boring, the action was lacking in suspense...overall, unimpressed.

I DNFed at 65%.

Sorry, Alexa. I didn't like this one.
We like it big book blog
*My overall rating for this series is a 3 star.*

Volume 1
Stars: 3

I really don't know I feel about this story. I guess you can say I'm 50/50 about it. I liked some parts and hated other parts of this book.

It was hard to read Carter's over the top alpha male attitude. The things he said and how he acted with Layla were over the top.
We still don't get a lot of answers as to why Layla woke up in the hospital all those years ago.

All we do kno
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
Probably one of my favorites by AR. Loved it!
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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!


Other books in the series

Taking the Fall (5 books)
  • Taking the Fall: Vol 1 (Taking the Fall, #1)
  • Taking the Fall: Vol 2 (Taking the Fall, #2)
  • Taking the Fall: Vol 3 (Taking the Fall, #3)
  • Falling In (Taking the Fall #4)
  • Fall Into Place (Taking the Fall, #5)