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When the Walls Come Down

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,474 ratings  ·  357 reviews
When the walls come down, there's just love.

Shane Warren was the most charming, gorgeous, and witty guy I'd ever met. So imagine my surprise when my one-night stand turned out to be my neighbor and the man I'd been hired to replace. It was hard to feel neighborly or professional while sneaking out of his bedroom in the morning, but that didn't stop me from coming back for
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 263 pages
Published June 4th 2020 by Amazon Digital Services
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May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars


When the Walls Come Down was a great, easy to read romance. When I think of Aly Martinez books, I always think of heavy reads, emotional and/or suspenseful plots. This was different from what she normally writes, much lighter, and I enjoyed reading it so much!

When I read the blurb for this one, I knew I had to read it asap. Maggie and Shane meet on the first day Maggie moves across the country for a new job. It's also the same day Shane finds out he might be losing his job. They have th
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

I give up. I am a big fan of Miss Martinez. She is my go to author everytime I want something with crazy twisted plot.

Unfortunately in When the Walls Come Down, nothing work for me. I was anticipating an enemies to lover story. But I do not feel any of the tension or chemistry spark between the characters.

I listened until about 6th hour then I give up. Moving on...

2 stars
Carla Bulian
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every word in this book, his point of view was the best!
This book worth the reading!!!!!
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Peach and Banter Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
I have to say, this was a delight just for our times. It had all of the elements:
Cute Meet-Check
Smart, quick-witted main characters- Check Check
A Variety of Hot Steamy Times - Check Check Check
Work Conflicts and Needing to Figure It Out- Bingo

So this tale had it all and was written by two authors who had all the necessary tools to make it happen.

Humor, wit, heart, and the understanding of how to pace and plot in a way to keep the reader interest
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4 stars

This is the first co-write between Aly Martinez and M. Mabie and I loved it!It was lighthearted and sexy!I want to read more books from this duo!

"You're being weird."
"I'm always weird. Haven't we met?"

Maggie and Shane had me at their first kinda awkward and cute meet.I loved them and adored them! I could not stop smiling and swooning!They were good together!

"This whole thing with Maggie felt more like luck. Or serendipity. Or some other word people used when stars aligned and things just
Jewel Ann
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A genius collaboration! All the stars for this quick-witted, sexy, and endearing cast of characters. Aly and M. Mabie delivered rom-com perfection!
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
When two incredible authors collaborate to write together you know it’s gonna be good and this story definitely served up a delicious piece of romance.

When Maggie gets the job of her dreams she puts on her big girl pants and moves away from her family and friends to begin her new life. Family means everything to her, especially after losing her parents when she was young. Her oldest brother Heath has been her most significant person since then and he is fiercely protective of Maggie but proud th
Sentranced Jem
So yes...DNF-ed it

I've tried to read this book twice now. I gave up less than half way through the book but decided to give it another try because HELLO! Aly Martinez!!!!
Unfortunately, I couldn't continue pass the 47% mark 🙈

May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, four-star, 2020-read

Received an ARC for a honest review

So this is actually a complete opposite of the kind of books I usually prefer to read. This book didn’t really have much angst or even an asshole hero. This was more of a soft contemporary office/neighbour romance.

Okay so Shane, has finally gotten his life back on track after the whole cheating ex wife scene. His main focus is his current job, working for his brother in law and sister as the creative director of their company until he gets to know he is b
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who knew two angst queens like Aly Martinez and M. Mabie could come together and write this? I mean, Aly typically destroys you with her MAJORLY angsty reads and M. Mabie is most definitely a deliverer of kick-you-in-the-gut feels (remember Bait? HOLY SHIT. Still not over that book). So I was not sure what to expect going into When the Walls Come Down but what I got was nothing short of delightful!

This book is so easy, so charming and light and fun and sexy. There are no heavy feels. Just tons o
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
In times when we are seeking refuge in an enjoyable, smile worthy read, When The Walls Come Down was exactly what we were seeking! A memorable first encounter, a string of fateful coincidences, and an unforgettable night, leads Maggie and Shane down a fast paced romance. Hilarious banter, lovable characters, sweet moments, When The Walls Come Down charmingly illustrates the power of overcoming fear and opening up to the possibility of love.
Hulya Kara Yuksel
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was very quick and fun! I really liked it. 🙂

**ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR.❤
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, steamy, pb-i-own, lol, romantic
5 stars!

OMG, I love this book! A rom/com with epic chemistry, swoon and banter that had me laughing out loud, but also a heartfelt, emotional story about finding unexpected love and fighting to make it work. Beautifully written, with a fantastic love story, I couldn’t put this book down and I absolutely adored it!

This is the first co-write between Aly Martinez and M. Mabie. I’m a massive Martinez fangirl, but this was my first experience reading M. Mabie, and they totally nailed it! The transiti
Jessica Alcazar
When the Walls Come Down, an all-new neighbors to lovers/workplace romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez and M. Mabie is LIVE!!

Grab your copy today or read in #KindleUnlimited
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If you're a fan of Aly Martinez you might be side-eyeing the word comedy being used to describe a book she has written and I think that would be a very fair side-eye. I have read damn near every word this woman has published out there and comedy is not a word I would eve
CourtRocks (Villains Do It Better)
3.5 Stars!

Mild Spoilers

I actually really liked this one, and I'm glad Aly Martinez tried something different than what she usually writes. And though I haven't read M. Mabie before, I will definitely be checking out her books. Although it was a bit confusing, like I was missing out on other characters' stories, which I then found out I was with the MCs both having been side characters in other books. Either way, i still loved the book, but I wish I would have known this isn't necessarily a compl
Jan 23, 2022 rated it it was ok
If you plan to read this book you can skip from the 50% mark and go straight to the epilogue — and you won’t even miss a thing. You’re welcome. 😌

I hate that this is so different from the first book I read by this duo which set the bar high for them for me. But.. it is what it is. 🍝
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Review to come
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I couldn't do it. I've had this book for almost three weeks and I'm still at 52%. I have read some boring books since then that I could finish, something about this one though. It just doesn't go anywhere. These kind of books usually follow the angsty plot line but this one doesn't. They meet, have sex, discover they work at the same place and are vying for the same position, they then decide to work together to show they can be partners but the boss says there is not enough finances to cover bo ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Though I never bonded with our heroine this was sweet. I enjoyed the “lighter” read from Aly Martinez for sure.
It had the right amount of cute/funny with just a teensy bit of the absolutely unnecessary drama of life.
Overall Shane was the real stand out for me and I look forward to reading more from this duo.
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Engrossing and engaging story that made me giggle nonstop. I wished I could jump in the pages and be friend with Shane & Mags. The Best couple of this year!!!
"A blond, Southern, ranch-dressing-eating, Italian-food-loving pistol" & Dressing Thief, tight assed Fat Boy Shane"
What a hilariously sexy and Swoonworthy laughter filled story to make my mood lighten in these dark times. I suggest you grab it as soon as it releases.
I swooned hard, I fell in love with Fat Boy Shane. And I was so enamor
Passion 4 Books
Holy smoking-peachy-balls of hilarious, feel good fire!

This story deserves a spot on my top Romcom ever and top reads list of 2020. YES! It's that awesome.

The banter in Maggie and Shane's story is clever and witty. I never wanted it to end- EVER. Guaranteed to make you laugh, put hundreds of smiles on your face, and swoon for days in your heart.

Shane Warren is simply one of the most endearing male character's I've had the pleasure to know. It helps that he's extremely hot and has a fantastic
Chelé-----4 The Love of Books
5 Orange tic tac stars!!

NO! NO! NOOOO!!!! I desperately did NOT want this book to end! I literally kept trying to turn the page on my kindle, I could live in this world forever!

I've been reading both Aly and Mo for years so I assumed I would really enjoy it but honestly they blew me away! This story is what I think all romance readers are wanting and needing right now, the perfect amount of humor and charm and swoon and passion!

Maggie and Shane had me at their first kinda awkward, kinda quirk
Wil Loves Books!
Sep 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2021
This was ok. it was a quick read/listen. For an Aly Martinez and M. Mabie book, it kinda lacked the angst they're both very well known for, so I was expecting a bit more. However, the characters were both very likeable, and it was nice to revisit some old favorites from previous books. ...more
* A review copy was provided by the authors *

~ 5 Peach and Old Man Stars ~

What an outstanding and entertaining feel good story. This is the perfect lighthearted read people should be reading at a time like this.

I was swept up into this story and totally invested in the characters and their lives. Rooting for that HEA!!!

Shane and Maggie were amazing. I loved their banter and unique sense of humors. These two characters were totally made for each other...even despite their 9 year age difference. B
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I started this book at the tail end of my 24-hour read-a-thon, so I was a bit spent at that point. But this book prevented me from taking a reading hiatus. This was a great example of how the romance genre is the perfect escape. Why worry about my problems when I can read about someone else’s problems? LOL, jk. The reason this was a perfect escape was how these two main characters handled their problems, it was unexpectedly sweet.

The synopsis lays out the major issues, when Shane Warren
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.25 Big Guy and Peach Stars

Normally I'm not a big fan of reading co-writer books since each writer has their own style but these two were in perfect sync with each other and this made the book so enjoyable! I am a big fan of Ms Martinez but I think I may just have to check out the other books that Ms Mabie has written! These two are great together!

Maggie and Shane were so cute together that while reading, I found myself so many times with the biggest grin on my face. And the Epilogue...perfecti
talon smith
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I cruiseddddd through this one! I literally put my reading motor on cruise control and devoured this story of these two characters who were surprisingly perfect for each other. The chemistry was so obvious and fun to experience.

I am no stranger to Mo and her constant wit and humor especially when they're incorporated into her stories but I was a stranger to Aly from the first page. I was so happy to be introduced to her humor in this book though! What a great first choice for me. Not only that b
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay let me start with FINALLY!!! I have waited for Ms. Mabie and Ms. Martinez to write together since their first meet cute. Facebook posts, comments, tags between the two had me smiling...and waiting...and NOTHING, until now and let me tell you, Maggie and Shane were worth the wait. I totally enjoyed this cute, heart warming, finding love in the most uncomfortable situations, romance. These two authors are auto read for me anyways but together...they brought it ALL THE WAY. And getting glimpse ...more
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
WOW, you guys! These two authors are amazing in their own rights but together they are a dynamite pair. This book is Aly and M. Mabie’s first collaboration, but you would not have known – the writing is eloquent and fluid from beginning until the end. The story itself is absolutely adorable. Shane is a 33 years old divorcee who has been hurt by his cheating ex-wife. He is living a secluded life and working for his family business. Maggie could not be more opposite. Maggie is young, smart, witty ...more
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5-3.75 stars. When the Walls Come Down is a collaboration by authors Aly Martinez and M. Mabie. This was a pretty good book. This book is Maggie and Shane's story. Shane is working for his brother-in-law, Casey's family company as the head of marketing. Casey thinks that Shane is wasting his time and talents and should start his own marketing company. So he hires a new head of marketing for the company in order to give Shane the push he needs to go out on his own, only he doesn't let him know. ...more
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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody "real-life romance."

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