Book Review: Before We Fell by Stacy Lynn

Book 4 of Love in the Heartland

I’m always hesitant when I’m given an ARC smack in the middle or end of a series. Thankfully, this didn’t have the same feel as a normative series novel. To be honest, had it not been for one line at the beginning of the novel, I would’ve known it was a part of a series. Each character was beautifully developed and impactful. There were even a few moments where I cried with and for the characters.

Noah Wilkes life changed in a flash. One moment he’s a high profile defense attorney in St. Louis and the next he’s on long term leave in his hometown. Two events occur in his life that changes him and everyone around him. He doesn’t always react properly but he doe the best he can. Sometimes his best just isn’t enough when it comes to the little person he calls squirt.

Lauren Frazier adores her job. Not once has she hated it even with annoying parents or even a scowling guardian who attempts to make her feel small with his glare. She’s determined to get her new girl in class to talk even after the horrific events that have happened to this little girl. She needs to know that Lauren’s classroom is a safe place.

Now, if Lauren can get her neighbor to stop doing construction at ungodly early mornings especially on the weekends when she can sleep in. Too bad the neighbor is scowling uncle of her new girl. Why is she so attracted to the man he continues to treat her like crap? She puts that aside to help the sweet cherub who cried over gel pens and braids.

Can their relationship survive the next major event?

“An emotional, angsty story of two soulmates torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. You’ll laugh, cry and root for them all the way. Stacey Lynn hits it out of the park!”

~ Carly Phillips NY Times Bestselling Author

“Sexy, gripping, and heartwarming. With a hero that made my book-boyfriend all-stars list and a fast-paced plot that had me turning pages way past my bedtime, Before We Fell is a top 2019 read for me!” ~Author P. Dangelico

Before We Fell, an all-new contemporary romance from Stacey Lynn is available now!

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The horror that rocked my small town last winter also brought Noah Wilkes into my life. The first almost broke all of us, but the second changed everything.

He stomped into my classroom all angry scowls and rudeness, the big-shot lawyer who was always too good for this small town. But the moment his smile softened toward his niece, it was me that melted.

The heartbreak that brought him back also brought me closer to him, to the man he hides from the world behind his swagger and aggression. The man I couldn’t help but fall for.

But life has a way of throwing a curveball when you least expect it, and this one could cost me everything–even him.

Turned out, our fates were written in the sky before we ever met—

Before we fell.

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Excerpt:

It was the darkness covering us, shadowing everything except us. It was the tease of her all night. It was her laughter. Her scent. It was her.

I did exactly what I just said I shouldn’t. Couldn’t. My hand went to her cheek. I slid my fingers beneath her ear, brushing my thumb against the warmth of her skin. “Lauren.”

Her hand curled around my wrist. She didn’t push it away. She didn’t pull me toward her. She gaped at me, mouth parting, lip sliding along her bottom lip. Her pulse pounded against my fingertips.

“We shouldn’t,” she whispered. “You’re right. I’m Riley’s teacher. I don’t want to make things any harder for her than they already are.”

She was right.

The problem was I was harder than I’d ever been and what about my needs? It was selfish, but thirty-five years of selfish living wasn’t easily kicked to the curb despite my efforts.

“Okay,” I whispered back. “I understand.”

I leaned in anyway, dropping my head, and as I moved like I was going to kiss her, her breath caught, and her eyes fluttered closed. Tempting. So damn tempting.

It took a larger force of will than I normally used with women, but I ignored her mouth, moved to her cheek, but instead of kissing her cheek, I pressed my lips to my thumb on her. I tasted her flesh without touching her, lingered there while her muscles tensed and she inhaled a sharp breath. Her shoulders went tight and her scent invaded me so deeply I knew I’d need more from her.

And I’d take it when the time was right.

“Goodnight, Miss Frazier,” I said, grinning against my thumb, wishing she’d tell me to kiss her.

She didn’t. She pressed on my wrist, pushing my hand away from her. I let her go reluctantly, stepping back and licking my own lips.

“Goodnight, Mr. Wilkes.” Her grin shook. Like we shared a secret joke.

We definitely shared a secret. I admitted I wanted her.

She didn’t tell me she didn’t feel the same…just that we shouldn’t.

Which wasn’t close to being the same as couldn’t.

Or wouldn’t.

My lawyer-sharp mind found the loophole. Someday I’d figure out a way to exploit it.

About the Author

When Stacey Lynn isn’t conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or behind closed doors, imagining the next adventures she’ll soon write.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

Stacey Lynn lives with her husband and children in North Carolina.

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