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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ardent Prose PR Presents: Before We Fall by Jordan Marie; #BlogTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Review

Rating:  4.5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Ardent Prose PR and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.

That saying is as old as the hills in Tennessee, where I used to live.

And it’s definitely true.

I’m a bad luck magnet, at least when it comes to men.

Moving to Stone Lake was supposed to be a fresh start.

Here, I was going to build a life I could be proud of. Finally put down roots and live quietly.

Be safe and happy.

It didn’t quite work out that way, but I’m stubborn and I’m not about to give up.

Ben Kingston was the first man to handle me with care.

He gave me a glimpse of something I desperately wanted.

And then, tore it away from me with the carelessness of one whispered word.

I don’t need a man to complete me.

In fact, I’ve had enough of them.

I’m okay with being single the rest of my life.

I’ll be just fine with my handy friend B.O.B.

Except Ben keeps coming around, tempting me and a girl can only take so much.

Ben’s out to prove I can trust him. I don’t trust any man, not anymore.

But my resolve weakens when he touches me, slides his hand down and proves buying stock in batteries might not be a good life plan.

Welcome back to the world of Stone Lake.

Junie and Ben have a bumpy start for sure, but when trouble comes knocking on Junie’s door, will she let Sheriff Kingston prove he won’t let her down again?

Complete Standalone Romance

My Thoughts:

Juniper “Junie” Sellers is ready for a fresh start.  She’s got issues that had me curious as to what I’ve missed.  And by the time I was finished here, I found I need to go back and find out what that was.  Ben Kingston got a dressing down but that doesn’t stop him from going after what he wants.  He seems to be very committed to the task at hand.

The author got me hooked on their banter.  It had me chuckling with what seems like a game of one upmanship.  They don’t seem to be able to help themselves.  Ben seems to be that little boy who likes to pull the little girl’s pigtails in order to garner her attention.  Then as I’m happily going along, wondering what Ben was going to do next, the author sticks in something that stopped me in my tracks.  So I have no choice but to see what she’s got in store for Junie.  Plus I want to know how Ben’s going to handle it.

I loved how the author ended this story.  The only thing I’ll tell you is that she creates two epilogues.  Each epilogue is from our main character’s perspective.  At the end of Junie’s epilogue she said something interesting and it may tug at your heart like it did mine.  Ben’s ending will also tug at the heart.  In one word, they both end in love.

“That was a mistake,” I tell him. “I’m just not ready to have a man in my life,” I sternly express to him, and I have to wonder if he can hear the panic edged at the back of my voice.

“You’re a woman who screams sex, Junie. Do you really think you can go through life without enjoying that in your life?”

“I scream sex?” I repeat, feeling like I just swallowed my tongue.

“Oh, yeah, more than anyone I have ever met.”

“You’re wrong,” I deny.

“It’s been a year, Junie, but I haven’t forgotten a moment of our time together.”

“That was a lifetime ago. I’m a different person now. I have a new life plan.”

“A life plan?”

“Yeah. I just decided on it tonight,” I tell him and that’s not a lie. I decided on it right this minute, and I’m going to stick to it.

“What is this life plan, Junie?” he asks, and his dark eyes hold a humor in them that I shouldn’t like, but I do—even if they are freaking me out.

“I’m buying stock in batteries.”


“Definitely. The only man I can handle in my life is Bob.”

“Bob.” For a minute he looks confused and then he starts laughing. His laughter warms me, chasing away the last remnants of the fear I felt earlier.

“Oh, Junie. You’re in trouble now.”

“I am?”

“Definitely,” he says, but he gets up and starts walking to the door. I follow him like I’m in a trance.

“Why am I in trouble, Sheriff?”

“Because I always did like a challenge, and now, I’m going to feel compelled to remind you that your vibrator can’t compare to what I can do to your body.” He opens the door and casts me one last glance. “Make sure you lock this door, Baby. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

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Where We Began

There are moments in life when a good thing comes along at the wrong time.

Juniper Sellers definitely fits that description.

I’m not ready for her, but damn do I want her.

She’s a beautiful bird with a broken wing and that spells nothing but trouble.

I’m not strong enough to walk away. I should, because I’m as broken as her.

She’s fire and sass.

I’m a moth drawn to her flame.

It’s a toss up which one of us will get burned first.

This novella is a prequel story to Before We Fall. No prior books needs to be read to understand this story.

USA Today Best Selling Author Jordan Marie, is just a simple small town country girl who is haunted by Alpha Men who talk in her head 24 hours a day.

She currently has 14 books out including 2 that she wrote under the pen name Baylee Rose.

She likes to create a book that takes you on an emotional journey whether tears, laughter (or both) or just steamy hot fun (or all 3). She loves to connect with readers and interacting with them through social media, signings or even old fashioned email.

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