Review: After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

After We Fall by Melanie Harlow
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published November 26th, 2016
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Jack Valentini isn’t my type.
Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave.

 Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so.

 But I’ve got a PR job to do for his family’s farm, so he’s stuck with me and I’m stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles.
 His huge, hard muscles.

 Pretty soon there’s a whole different kind of tension between us, the kind that has me misbehaving in barns, trees, and pickup trucks. I’ve never done anything so out of character—but it feels too good to stop.

 And the more I learn about the grieving ex-Army sergeant, the better I understand him. Losing his wife left him broken and bitter and blaming himself. He doesn’t think he deserves a second chance at happiness.

 But he’s wrong.
 I don’t need to be his first love. If only he’d let me be his last.

My thoughts…

 “So what if he was handsome underneath that scruff and dirt? So what if he had a big, broken heart somewhere inside that massive chest? So what if he had a big dick and probably knew how to use it? He was an asshole. And he was a client. But that kiss…that kiss. Why did the best kiss I’d ever had have to be with him?” Melanie Harlow, After We Fall

Jack is a former soldier suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who tragically lost his wife three years ago and has yet to recovered from the loss. He believes that he doesn’t deserve to be happy and he can’t stop blaming himself for her death. He is angry that his family hired Margot as a PR manager to help with their struggling organic farm.

Margot is excellent at her job and jumps in head first to learn all about the organic market and the products. She lends Jack a hand working the farm, the chicken coop scene is one of my favorites, I had a smile on my face the entire time reading it. 

“So do brown chickens lay the brown eggs and the white ones the white eggs?” “No. You can tell what color eggs a chicken will lay by the color of her ears.” Her eye’s bugged. “No way!”  Melanie Harlow, After We Fall

Margot is strong and feisty and is tired of being told how to act and behave. She is not going to allow the moody and always angry Jack stand in her way of doing her job. That is until he is all she can think about.

Normally I adore books by Melanie Harlow but After We Fall didn’t live up to those expectations. I had a problem with the insta-love, Jack was totally in love and devoted to his dead wife and all sudden he’s feeling things for Margot but cannot accept those feelings. He leads Margot on by letting her believe that there could possibly be a future together and she is already head over heels in love. It was back and forth with him, when he was trying to distance himself from Margot he was a huge jerk to her. I felt so bad for Margot, because she was just so sweet, caring and a beautiful lady inside and out. All Margot wanted was a chance.  

“I’m not asking for a promise. I’m asking for a chance. That’s all. A chance.” Melanie Harlow, After We Fall

I was happy that Margot finally understood that Jake needed to realize his feelings for her on his own. After returning to counseling sessions and plenty emotional healing Jack does redeem himself in the end. I would have liked to read more about his PTSD, it just seems to be casually passed over. I’m happy I read this book, it just wasn’t a favorite. 

“I know I can’t be your first love, but—” “Shh.” He put a finger over my lips. “I’m not looking for my first love. I’m looking for my last.” Melanie Harlow, After We Fall

Happy Reading -J


  1. I struggled with parts of this book as well! On one hand I felt heartbroken for Jake, but I also really struggled with how he led Margo on. Glad you gave it a shot :)

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way about Jake, it was heartbreaking that he lost so much but poor Margot. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Sorry this one didn't quite live up to your expectations. It sounds like the Hero had a lot to overcome and insta-love doesn't always work well.

  3. Love strong and feisty female characters! PTSD is one of my fav topics. I would have wanted to know more about it too!

    1. I would have liked to see more from his counseling sessions and how he tried to manage his PTSD. Have a great Daniela.