Title: Taking the Fall
Author: Kally Ash
Date of publication: August 2020
Publisher: Vixen Publishing
Character Development 10/10, Atmosphere 10/10, Writing Quality 10/10, Plot 9/10, Intrigue 9/10, Logic 10/10, Enjoyment 10/10, Overall 9.71/10 equals to 5\5 stars.
I have received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review from Magic Pen Book Tours and a creative post of my choice during a blog tour. I must admit I was very intrigued and fascinated by the synopsis of the book and that’s what convinced me to sign up for the tour.
The story is told in dual perspective: a chapter is told by the male character, Nick and the next is told by the female protagonist, Alex. The perspective alternate and the book starts with Nick getting out of prison. After the first chapter I thought the book was ok, but in the beginning I didn’t like the female protagonist that much. However, the more I read the more she grew on me. I ended up loving this book and I think is in my top 10 favorites of the year.
I’d say one thing for prison: it honed my ability to detect two things – danger and bullshit
Plot-wise I don’t think this was the most original idea, but it was executed flawlessly. Nick, sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is a just released after serving five years. He wants to begin a new life, away from everything that got him in prison in the first place. Alexis is a girl trying to hold onto the life she has, away from her father and his influence. But they are both holding secrets, and when the past violently collides with the present a dangerous game begins. And this game could be fatal… I did love the climax of this book. It was well executed, and it kept me on my toes. I just couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. The writing didn’t fell short either. I fell in love with Kally Ash’s writing about a third into the book. The tet flows smoothly and is easy to follow, even when English isn’t your first language.
Moose broke me. He used me and broke me like I was a toy he could use then put back on the shelf when he was done.
The main characters of the book are Nick and Alex. They are round, dynamic, complex and it was interesting to watch how they report to the world around them. In the beginning I didn’t like Alex as a character. I thought she was just a little scared girl that couldn’t properly make sense of reality, but I was so wrong. She grew quickly on me, as I realized that in the beginning I just saw a result of bad choices. She was still naïve in some way and she wanted to help others even though she could barely keep her job secure. I was fascinated by the fire inside her and her desire to keep going. I liked Nick from the very start. He is protective, attentive and he still have a dose of masculinity that I find to be very attractive. He became one of my fictional crushes, and to some extent I wish he was real. A side character I loved is Bliss, who was like a sunshine. She was funny, energic and bubbly and it made the story great. I loved her character.
She made that same little noise as before, but this time, her hips rolled forward, chasing my touch.
The romance of the book was rock solid. If I were to choose one thing I liked the most in this book I think that would be the romance. Nick and Alex’s relationship wasn’t always the most solid up till the end, due to secrets, but it was wholesome. I love the fact that the romance wasn’t build around the plot, but it gave me the feeling the plot was built around an amazing love story. I enjoyed the atmosphere of a real city, of a real life and it helped me imagine the setting better.
If I thought having her hand on me was dangerous, her mouth was like having a stick of dynamite with the fuse less than a quarter inch from the end
I would highly recommend this book to anyone over 15 that is looking for a good love story and a good book to make the time pass by. I think this is one of the best books one could read around this time of year. I only have one warning it’s over way too quickly. You get a feeling of satisfaction when you reach the ending, but also of sadness that there isn’t more of this series to read.
About the author
Kally Ash is a contemporary romance author whose passions include curling up with a good book, devouring chocolate and getting kitty cuddles. Tempt Me is her debut novel, and the first book in a three book series.
Some of her unicorn authors include Sawyer Bennett, Elizabeth Hayley and Haley Jenner.
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