Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review: Fall With Me by Julie Particka

Fall With Me
By:  Julie Particka
Publisher:  Entangled Embrace
Release Date: April 28, 2014
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GR's Summary:

In the game of love… Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF's hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no--even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again. Someone's going to get hurt… Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.

My Thoughts:

Fall With Me, by Julie Particka, had an interesting storyline.  It was about Jenna, a young college woman, who had been in a serious relationships with Adam for 3 years.  Jenna (Jem) is engaged, and looking forward to making the announcement to her family, when she is callously dumped for her best friend, Lacey.  The betrayal causes Jenna major heartbreak, and she can't understand how her best friend since childhood could do this to her.  To top things off, Lacey doesn't seem to regret what she has done.

Sutton is Lacey's older brother.  He has had feelings for Jem since she was in high school.  When Jem came on to him, she was drunk and Sutton didn't want to take advantage of her.  However, Jem took it as a rejection, and Sutton lost his chance to be with her.  Currently, circumstances have Sutton and Jem working together at her father's construction site.  Sutton wants a chance with her, and has been in love with Jem for years.  Slowly, these two rekindle their friendship, and flirtily banter with one another.  Jem is still attracted to Sutton, after all he was her high school crush.  These two still share sexual chemistry, and the more time they spend together, the more they start falling for one another.  Sutton develops a plan to get his sister Lacey away from the womanizing Adam, and hopes that Jem will realize her feelings for him in the process.  The plan is to act like Jem and Sutton are in a relationship, and when Adam gets jealous, and tries to make a move on Jem, Lacey will see his true colors and dump him.  Jem agrees to the plan, but not everything goes as expected.

Fall With Me had an entertaining story arc.  I enjoyed how Sutton and Jem were as a couple. They had a fun and sexy dynamic together.  However, the characters weren't as fleshed out as I would have liked them to be.  Also, the "plan" only lasted two days, and I expected it to be a larger part of the story.  The beginning of the story went fast, and then the middle slowed down quite a bit.  There were a few really steamy, sexy, scenes and loads of chemistry between these two characters.  Lacey frustrated me, because she was extremely stubborn and self-centered.  I didn't see any regret or remorse for what she had done until the end of the story, and there is no way that I would have wanted to be friends with her again.  Jem was a lot more forgiving then I could have been.  Also, Sutton made a very bad decision in the story, and I think that Jem forgave him way too quickly and easily.  This story was very simple and to the point.  Overall, I enjoyed, Fall With You.

My Rating:

I give, Fall With Me, by Julie Particka, 3 entertaining and fun stars!  If you are looking for a light read, this one might be for you.

About Julie Particka:

Julie Particka was told to get serious about her future in Junior High. Several years after getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she realized being serious was over-rated and went back to her first love–writing. Now rather than spending her days in the drudgery of the lab or teaching science to high school students, she disappears into worlds of her own creation where monsters sometimes roam, but true love still conquers all. She can most often be located in the Detroit area with her favorite minions (the ones who know her as Mom) where she is currently hatching a plot for world domination. It involves cookies for everyone, so she’s pretty sure there’s no way it can fail…except the minions keep eating the cookies.


  1. I'm disappointed. I don't like it when characters aren't quite right. Great review.

  2. I always want the characters I read about to be well fleshed out, I need to feel like I know them when I close the book, you know? Not sure if I'll try Fall With Me or not, but who knows, maybe this summer while I'm on the beach somewhere.

    Thanks for sharing, Lindy.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  3. Despite the issues you mentioned, it still sounds like it could be fun when I am looking for something light and quick. Although, that best friend would make me angry. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    1. Thanks Teresa! Yes, for something light and quick this is a good pick!

  4. Too bad the story didn't quite reach its full potential. It does sound good and I love the cover. Thanks for sharing!


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