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Make Me Fall

(Books & Brews #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Enemies make the worst neighbors, but the best lovers

After losing her job, her home, and her friends in her divorce, Nora Pitts is determined not to make the same mistakes when she starts over in the small town of Shadow Creek, Washington. No more slaving away in the lab at the expense of her social life, and definitely no more men. Ever. But making friends in her thirti
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Published September 24th 2018
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TheBibliotheque ♡
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-4s-romance
Now this is what I call a sweet surprise.

Quick story folks. During my misadventures in the airport, or what I like to call "a tale of delays and missed connections", I was browsing through my goodreads feed when I saw someone's update about this book. As soon as I saw the cover of Make Me Fall, I just knew I had to the blurb, which led me to amazon to send a free sample of the book to my phone and well, the rest is history.

I seriously wish I remembered who this goodreads user was, because my oh
The hero being so incredibly respectful of the heroine's boundaries re: cleanliness, order, etc, was SO GREAT. This is a dude who brews beer and owns a brewpub, who steals her wine so that she'll have something she wants to drink and yeah. It was great. ...more
4.5 stars, rounding up

Oh, this book was written for me, I swear. I loved it so much. I liked the first book in this series, too, but this might be my favorite book by this author yet.

I related to so many parts of this book. Nora and I are the same age. She's a total type A personality who loves everything CLEAN and neat and organized. I think she comes off a bit aloof at first, but that's because she's actually kinda shy and a bit awkward. She married young and pretty much lost all her friends i
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it

I pretty much disliked this book and if I wasn't disciplined in my reading, I might have set it aside and moved on. But, it features a persnickity, type A, divorced college professor and being one myself, I wanted to read Nora's story. Nora is trying to start over in a small town after a depressing break up with her ex-husband. She is socially awkward though and so trying to build new friendships is challenging for her. Her neighbor, hunky Eli, ends up helping her by introducing her to his si
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nora, a divorced chemistry professor, moves in next door to the co-owner of the Holy Grale brew pub, Eli. Reading the first chapter, you get the impression that holy cow that book is going to be wacky! While the first chapter is very neighbors/enemies-to-lovers trope-y, the rest of the book mostly moves past the trope--and this is not a complaint. Like Real Kind of Love, Rider's characters are well fleshed out people. The heroine, Nora, is very type A and I don't know if she is OCD but she is a ...more
Isha Coleman
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Make Me Fall (Books & Brews, #2) by Sara Rider  
Nora Pitts may be dreaming with a broken heart, but when this beauty allows herself to let go of the heartbreak is when the sparks start to fly. Rider takes an empathetic look at love with a comedian's eye and a human touch. Make Me Fall speaks to that insecurity we all know is there, but try our best to ignore. Starting over is never an easy thing to do, but there at times when it's for the best. After a broken heart, Nora is learning how to be t
This is a delightful, fun and steamy contemporary romance that I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into. Nora Pitts is somewhat OCD in her need for cleanliness and order in all aspects of her life. Discovering her husband was unfaithful, she lost not only her job but her home and friends when they divorced. She moved to Shadow Creek, determined to focus on chemistry in her lab and to have nothing more to do with relationships and men. However, her next door neighbour is Eli Hardin and he's working har ...more
Mel González
A lot of what Sara Rider did with this book was absolutely amazing. It was such an enjoyable and beautiful romance with characters that had a lot of layers that they had to let go in order to be what they wanted to be and to be completely happy. I really enjoyed the first book, but this one topped it. I felt like everything was more complex and interesting and the situations felt like they had more dimensions and I was super happy to see that. I went into this book thinking that it was going to ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This was a really sweet story that was low on the dramatics while still having enough tension to propel the story forward. This also might contain the first story epilogue I can get 100% behind.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars! A wonderful book from beginning to end.
I adored the simplicity of the story (I mean that in the best way, as in without unnecessary drama) and the reality of the conflict between the main characters and the struggles of making friends in a new town.
Both main characters are fully fleshed, multidimensional, with ups and downs and a lot of kindness and respect for each other in between.
I loved the idea of opposites attract and that neither of them has to change, that is more about accepti
Unique and fun, Make Me Fall is a great enemies to lovers romance. It is the second book of a series, but reads perfectly on its own.

Nora, recently divorced and new to town, ends up next door to Eli. She’s an independent woman and struggling to make friends. She was strong and determined, but flawed and relatable as well. She and Eli embark on a tentative friendship and sparks begin to fly between them.

Overall, I really enjoyed Make and Fall. Nora and Eli are relatable and easy to root for. It
Ruthie Taylor
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the second book in the series, and given how much I enjoyed the first, I was delighted to be given this one to review. And it is another winning read.

Once again the male lead is part of the Holy Grale brewery and pub team - this time Eli, the genius behind the microbrewery's popular brews. He may have a Masters in Chemistry, but his forte is getting the blend and taste just right. He has always been a happy go l
Erin Lewis
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review of Make Me Fall (books & Brews #2) by Sara Rider

The second book in the series and just as enjoyable as the first book n the series. After her divorce Nora moves to Shadow Creek hoping to make a fresh start and take back her life.

Moving in next door to Eli, one of the owners of the Holy Grale Brew Pub she finds it hard to fit in and is frustrated by all the noise Eli makes whilst renovating .

I liked both Eli and Nora easy to relate to and the characters were strong and engaging. I
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next book in the Books and Brews series.

Nora and Eli meet under unusual circumstances. She moves into the rental house next door and before long her annoying neighbor, Eli, starts renovating his house seemingly from top to bottom and at all hours of the day and night.

Eli doesn't particularly care for his uptight neighbor, but when her supposed book club friends start talking badly
I liked that the heroines' first priority was settling in and making new friends in a new town, not plunging into a new romance / finding a man to complete her. I also liked that her job and career was a very important thing for her and was given a serious consideration. There are few things that piss me off in books more than assumptions that woman sacrificing her career and goals to the altar of a relationship is a given thing. ...more
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Lisa Mandina
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this romance with its quirky female lead, and the annoying guy next door. There were a lot of things about Nora that I totally connected with. Not feeling comfortable going to a book group with people she didn't already know. Now, I'm not quite the neat freak she is, but I do have things around my house that bother me. Like, I want the light switches to all be facing the same way if they're all off. Stupid little things like that. I also have probably put up with friends that might not ...more
Inah (Fueled By Chapters)

STEM Characters? Check.

Hot neighbor? Check.

Book clubs? Check.

Is this book written for me? Double Check!

I actually went into this book almost knowing nothing except the neighbor part. Enemies to lovers wasn’t even my favorite trope, but this book got me hooked from the start, to think that I read this book in one sitting. It was truly delightful and it somehow resonates with me. I’m not a chemistry major
I stayed up too late reading this book, but #noregrets. I LOVE Eli and think he’s such a great hero, in large part because I feel like he loves the parts of Nora that IRL people criticize women for. She’s extremely organized and neurotic and likes things in a particular way. IRL this relationship that starts with the two hating one another wouldn’t turn into what it does, probably. But like, I really loved spending my time in a world where Eli would defend Nora against her really awful friends A ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I find it beautiful when a guy falls for a woman while fully accepting all her quirks, tics, flaws, and everything that makes her so uniquely, imperfectly herself. I loved Ethan for this, and then when he gave Nora the one thing she really needed - friendship with other people; I positively swooned. Ethan recognizes that Nora has very distinct opinions, habits, and needs and he's down with all of them.
He laughed. "You're a huge nerd!"

"Am not!"

"It's not an insult. I think it's sexy as hell."
Make Me Fall by Sara Rider
Book #2: Books and Brews Series
Source: NetGalley
My Rating: 4½/5 stars

Eli Hardin delights in pissing off his neighbor, Nora! If he can turn the music up a little louder, he does; if he can use power tools a bit later into the night, he does; if he can disrupt her monthly book club meeting by mowing the lawn, he does. With every infraction, Eli inevitably receives a note in his mailbox asking him, quite politely to stop being such a jerk. Eli has no intention of stopping
I've been excited to read Make Me Fall ever since I finished Real Kind of Love and read the excerpt. This time it's Jake's best friend Eli who gets his HEA, and the woman he chose is his neighbour who he has been at odds with for months.

Nora is a chemistry professor who just moved into town following her divorce. She has trouble making connections in her new place; the only 'friends' she's acquired so far are the women from a book club she joined, who are not the nicest people in the world. She
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

After losing her job, her home, and her friends in her divorce, Nora Pitts is determined not to make the same mistakes when she starts over in the small town of Shadow Creek, Washington. No more toiling away in the lab at the expense of her social life, and definitely no more men. Ever. But making friends in her thirties is so much harder than she anticipated. And when it comes to her gorgeous yet obnoxious neighbor, it’s a whole lot easier to make enemies.

Eli Hardin doesn’t have a lot
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This romance is about Nora who is recently divorced and moved to Shadow Creek for a position as a Chemistry Professor at the local college. Nora just so happens to live next door to the sexy and talented brew master, Eli Hardin, who co-owns The Holy Grale with his sister and his best friend Jake. Where Nora is organized, meticulous, and a clean freak Eli is laid back, relaxed and isn’t scared by a little mess. In a nutshell, it was hate at first sight. But when Eli overhears Nora’s fellow book c ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars
I really, really liked this one! It took me on a rollercoaster of many feelings: from laughter to tearing up. Another great one from Sara Rider!

Nora Pitts is a chemistry professor and a list maker (YAY!). She has trouble making friends, a cheating ex-husband who said she can’t make it on her own and she hates confrontations. She’s a gemaphobe, perfectionist and caring. She feels responsible for the people she loves and the blow dealt to her by her ex runs deep. Her own failed marriage
Lilly Charysma
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok, let me tell you two important things about this book: it’s funny and it’s amazing. A summary of this review: 5 stars. Now you have more time to go and buy it, but feel free to spend another 5 minutes going through my reasons.

As I mentioned, this was such a beautiful story! Every page made me laugh, one more than the other. I loved the main characters and I must admit I find myself in Nora a little, as I am weird in my own way. It all starts with Eli trying to teach Nora’s so called friends a
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Make Me Fall ended up compelling and immensely readable, but we had a bit of a struggle to get there. I stopped the book twice in the first 18 pages for flat, one dimensional villains and an absolutely cringe-worthy scene between the shirtless, sweaty hero and the uptight, repressed heroine who can’t take her eyes off him, even though he’s being a rude POS. Despite a rough first chapter though, I felt like both Nora and Eli got a good rounding out and I came to really care for them both
Jackie Wright
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in the Books & Brews Series and just like book 1 it had me smiling and feeling good which for me is a sign of a great read.
Nora has moved to the small town of Shadow Creek in the hope of making a fresh start after her divorce but she is finding it hard to settle in and the residents don’t seem to like her quirky nature and to make matters worse her gorgeous neighbour seems to be renovating his apartment at all hours of the day and night. Nora joins a book club to make new friends
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
**4.00 BLUSHES**
Nora Pitts is a chemistry professor with a love for research. After finding out her husband (also her colleague) was cheating she leaves everything behind, including her friends, her work and her dream job.

The divorce has left her heart in tatters and made her very cautious.  No way is she even going to glance in the direction of her super annoying and inconsiderate but very hot neighbor.  

Eli Hardin is co-owner of a popular local restaurant/brew house.  He's carrying around
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sara Rider is a newer to me author, as this is only the second book that I've read by her, but I'm completely & 100% addicted to her talented writing style, especially with the Books & Brew series. Nora moves to Shadow Creek, Washington, after her life fell apart in Boston when her husband at the time cheated on her. Her type A/OCD self makes me look like a slob, and yet, I couldn't help but love her in all of her uptight glory. She's not a big fan of relationships, nor is she fan of her new nei ...more
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Sara Rider writes contemporary romances full of heart and heat about strong heroines and the men who can’t resist them. Growing up, Sara dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. When that dream was squashed by her extreme dislike of running, she decided to do the next best thing: write about professional soccer players. By day, Sara spends her time working in the field of research ethics ...more

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