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The Harder You Fall

(The Original Heartbreakers #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,729 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes another scorching Original Heartbreakers tale featuring an aloof bad boy and the rowdy Southern belle who rocks his world…
Millionaire video-game creator Lincoln West has a dark and tragic past. The sought-after bachelor lives by a rigid schedule and a single rule—one
Published November 24th 2015 by Recorded Books
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This book was so fucking great!

I need more of Jessie Kay.

Review to come tomorrow.
“I couldn’t go another moment without having you in my arms.”
“Good, because I couldn’t breathe another second without being in yours.”

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What does it say about a series that after every book you want to go back and deduct a star off the previous book? I swear this trilogy has been a real struggle and let down for me. Even when the couples have moments that I enjoy, the overzealous hammy writing just ruins anything I liked about them. Everybody is a cartoon, even the crazy ex girlfriend who wa
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
The Harder You Fall is book three in The Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter.

I’m just adoring this series and devouring the books one by one. I just love the hometown feel, the characters and what they go through, and last narrator Savannah Richards captures me from the moment I start listening to the very end.

In The Harder You Fall we have Jessie Kay Dillon and Lincoln West. Jessi Kay is Brook Lynn’s sister. We’ve gotten to know her as a party girl and Brook Lynn is constantly s
Julia's Book Haven
I was a little unsure about West as a hero but he surprised me. I knew I'd love Jessie Kay, but I'm really glad West was able to win me over. Although a lot of that might have been because Jessica Kay is so awesome that she makes everyone around her awesome lol. Overall this one might be my favourite of the series, and I definitely recommend any Showalter fans who haven't read this series yet to go out and get them! There is really no genre that Showalter can't conquer!
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Harder You Fall is book three in The Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter. I have loved this series from the first. I can’t believe I let the release of this book get by me without realizing it was out. So, I’m a few months late in reading it. I loved every page of it. But I do encourage you to start at the beginning of this series. Even though each book can be read as a stand alone, you will miss so much if you don’t start at the beginning and meet all of the characters since the ...more
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was an awesome story! West and Jessie Kay had such a wonderful story filled with animosity, lust, and need... and so much emotion and love. Great addition to the series!

I thought Jessie Kay and West were really good characters. I loved Jessie Kay. She'd made so many changes in her life and I loved how far she’d come. West was an intense and complicated man. He could be so hard headed but I understood why. I loved the animosity they had in the beginning and the attraction that was hidden beh
★★★★ 4 STARS!!
“Don’t you know the very moment you start flirting with temptation, you’ve lost the entire war?”
“We’re at war?”
“Yes! Your body clearly wants to invade mine.” ~Jessie Kay

After I didn't feel any connection with the previous book (Jase and Beck), I hope this one will satisfy my curiosity about Lincoln West. He has mysterious persona being a millionaire video-game creator and a bachelor. Gena Showalter always keep the best for the last. So, here I come!

Jessie Kay think she has no f
Whatever this was, whatever had changed between them, whatever he was doing, she wanted no part of it—because deep down she wanted all of it.

Jessie Kay Dillon is determined to start anew, by not being the party girl anymore. She wants to find what her sister and friends have found, someone to love. The only problem is the love-hate thing she has going with sexy West whom is exactly not what she needs. He can only offer her a two month relationship after which he will dump her and she wants m

Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Original Heartbreakers are back!

After meeting Beck, Strawberry Valley’s most sought out bachelor, the one known as ‘one and done’ we now meet Lincoln West aka ‘two months and done’.
Lincoln West lives by many rules but there is just one particular rule that keeps him going; never date a woman for more than two months. The secrets of his past are well guarded even from his best friends, Jase and Beck. He would do anything for them but he would never let them worry about his own demons. There
Jacqueline J
I wasn't sure I could get behind Jessie Kay as a heroine based on her character in the previous 2 novels but I liked her really well. She was well done as an insecure woman who pretty much hated herself and had been looking for validation in others particularly men. She was trying to become a better person and like herself. Lincoln was also very well written as a man who had made major mistakes in his life which had led to horrendous consequences. He also had basically turned his life around. Bu ...more
The Harder You Fall

The Characters:

Jessie Kay Dillon
Lincoln West

The Story:

So we start with two people desperately attracted to each other but vehemently denying that attraction for their own separate reasons. There is delicious sexual tension between Jessie Kay and West throughout most of the book. Watching them try not to give into it was hilarious, intense and totally entertaining. I love the way they help each other overcome their fears, except that spider stuff Jessie Kay SHOULD be af
Stacey O'Neale
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am declaring that this is Gena Showalter's best series.

I really can't say enough good things about it. This last book is my favorite because of the way she redeemed Jessie Kay Dillon. She was my least favorite character throughout the series, and I honestly wondered how Gena would be able to make her into a solid heroine. Well, she did. It wasn't long into the book before I was cheering for her. By the end, she became one of my favorites. Lincoln West was another tough cookie to crack. He was
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There aren't enough words to describe the intensity of my love for this book, these characters, or this series. This is one of those books that you wish you could unread just so you can read it again to experience it's brilliancy all for the very first time every time. I already hate that I devoured it in just a few hours. Honestly, thank god I live alone because the only ones startled by my continuous bursts of uncontrollable laughter (snorts and unattractive guffawing really) were my cats.

Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 23, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-2
Every time I think of Jessie I keep remembering that she slept with Lincoln's two roommates. I hope that the author will make me forget that in the book.
L*Take Me To My HEA*
4.5 stars! I did not expect to like it this much. But surprisingly, I did.

Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series. I had not ever read any books by this author, and I am not sure I would enjoy the others. Her contemporary novels are excellent. Cannot wait for book #4!
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

With the new books in this series coming out soon I really needed to get caught up. I'm so glad I did. One, you don't know who mentally weighed down you feel when you fall behind on a series you enjoy until it happens. I was just kinda mad at myself for letting it happen.

I really do enjoy this series. Love the guys very much!

The Harder You Fall is about two characters that I wasn't sure about. Jessie Kay slept wit
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed this one. The female characters were my kind of crazy. ❤

Jessie Kay is a wonderful, damaged character. She's had it rough but she keeps getting back up to dust herself off. I love it. Her sass, her brashness, and her positive take on her life. It may not be ideal but she's rolling with it. haha
Lincoln is adorable - kind of the guy that exasperates you but you still hang out with him. His OCD would drive me up the wall but he's a good person at heart so it's okay. haha

They had pr
YESSSS, I loved this one too! This one is funny, sad and hot. West and Jessie Kay are perfect for each other. Loved the audio as well.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lynsey A
Well, I have to start this review by saying I was not looking forward to reading this book. I'm not a big fan of the heroine sleeping around and the fact that our h slept with the heroes in books 1 & 2 had me very reticent to read the book. However, it is Gena, whom I adore, so I read it.

Oh my goodness am I so glad I read this book! It was the best of the series! In the first book, I could barely stand Jessie Kay, she was so selfish and destructive. However, in the 2nd book I started to lik
Red Cheeks Reads
' While she would love to give his face and body a tongue bath, she only wanted to give his brain the finger.'

You know why I love Gena Showalter's books? Because she writes amazing heroines and honestly it is pretty hard for an author to make me love my heroines but Gena always does and especially with Jessie Kay. She might just be my most favorite heroine ever. She is snarky, sassy, fun, and she also has decided finally to be true to herself. To treat herself with the love and respect she dese
Heather andrews
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jessie Kay is a wild woman, and in previous books I knew her book would be awesome, that girl didn't let me down, "reeling, needing a moment to regroup, she tossed her napkin on the table. And, just to be tactless, she added, “I’m headed to the lady’s crapper. Alone,” she added for the girls’ benefit. “If I take a while, don’t come looking for me.” Even without realizing it Jessie Kay can bring West into lust, “gonna love you foreverrr...something something something...give it to you so goood.”
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessie and West! YES! I'm going to confess that I skipped around a little with this series, so I got to see them giving one another lustful stares already, but their romance was so freaking CUTE. Because they're both a little damaged and their both a little wary and they make it work.

I loved that Jessie had reached the point where she was no longer willing to settle. She's determined to find someone who loves her for her and half-measures weren't going to cut it. Unfortunately, half-measures see
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to Jessie Kay and West's story after reading about them simmering in the background (or not so much the background) through the first two heartbreakers books, and I was not disappointed!!!

Jessie Kay is hilarious and I'm so glad she finally decided to focus on herself and her own happiness
West was a formidable complement to JK and it was nice to see that they helped each other (view spoiler)
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: written-reviews, arc
Holy freaking balls, I LOVED this book so much!! Everyone who knows me is aware that I am an absolute die-hard Gena Showalter fangirl. I will devour any and every book that she puts out, I don't even care if it's an instruction manual to a television surround sound system. If she writes it, I will read it. And do you want to know why? Because no matter if it's PNR, YA or Contemporary, she always rocks my world. The Harder You Fall is another winner for me! I have been dying, and I mean DYING for ...more
Miranda Elaine
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'She wouldn't say she hated him, but she would maybe probably definitely unplug his life support to charge her phone.'

Oh Jessie Kay, Jessie Kay, Jessie Kay the things that come out of your mouth make my eyes water from laughing so hard. I am head over heals in love with The Original Heartbreakers and for me The Harder You Fall was simply the best of the series and that is saying a lot!

'Apparently, all a guy had to do to find his soul mate was screw Jessie Kay.'

The beauty of The Harder You Fa
Andrea Garcia
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really been enjoying The Original Heartbreakers series so far. Showalter has always been an automatic must read for me due to her Lords of the Underworld series. I absolutely love her style of writing. So when given the chance to read this book for review, I jumped on it.The Harder You Fall is the third book in The Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter. It is about Lincoln West and Jessie Kay Dillon. Showalter does a wonderful job of building a heart wrenching love story between t ...more
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been transl

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The Original Heartbreakers (6 books)
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“The customer is always right, Brook Lynn often said. And Jessie Kay agreed...unless the customer was a douche bag, and then he was just a douche bag.” 3 likes
“We’re gonna lie when the truth is hard? That’s how this relationship is going to work? All righty, then.” 3 likes
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