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Fall With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout Book Review

Updated: Jan 19

Fall With Me

By Jennifer L Armentrout

Published by Avon Books

Book Four in the Wait For You Series

Eleven months ago,

bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.


Steamy #NewAdult Happy Ending

Trigger* #Romance


Trigger Warning: This book deal with stalking and harassment. Be advised.

Fall With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout is the fourth book in the Wait for You series, and stick's around Mona's bar, this time centering on Roxy, the short and feisty bartender that is known for her funny shirts, and Reece, the sexy officer who she has been avoiding for the last year after a disastrous one night stand. An officer who was her neighbor, and she was in love with him since she was 15 years old. On top of her confusing feelings of Reece, she is also getting messages from someone, that get more frightening and violent as time goes on, and her best friend since childhood, who lives in a long-term facility after being the victim of a hate crime, is not improving, and the person responsible for the crime wants to make amends - with both of them.

Fall With Me is an entertaining, and emotional, read on all fronts. The romance between Roxy and Reece is all kinds of yummy and sweet, and you can't help but root for them. The arc with Roxy and her best friend, who is in a long-term care facility and has what I assume is unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (a vegetative state), is heartbreaking and brutal, for several reasons. Aside from the fact that it's the loss of a person, a good person, Roxy has lost her best friend since birth. Her person. In an event she feels partly responsible for. Roxy's devotion to him is beautiful and heartbreaking, because if you put yourself in those shoes, it's brutal just to imagine. Then the whole stalker plot, which becomes increasingly more tense throughout the book, until the conclusion. My only gripe with this, is I thought it was pretty obvious who was the stalker. There might as well have been big ol' lit up signs pointing to the person. That put aside, this book is pretty informative of the small signs one might miss in this situation.

How could you not love Roxy? She's spunky, fierce as hell, and funny. She has an attitude which I am all for, but also is very vulnerable. When she loves someone, it's done 100%. Her love for her friends is steadfast, and she is incredibly loyal. She doesn't date men she could be serious with, because she loves Reece ... even when she doesn't want to. Reece is all kinds of alpha male, sexy, but super ... sweet. It's obvious right away how he feels about Roxy, and I'm all for it. Getting updates on all the previous Wait for You series "cast" is always awesome, and getting a little sneak peek of who is next on the roster (pretty sure it's our favorite quiet bartender Nick, and Cam and Jase's ex fling, Steph, which should be all kinds of interesting).

Fall With Me is entertaining in all the right ways. There are bad things happening to women in the area, and Roxy seems to be next on the stalkers list. The mystery and action leading up to that keeps your interest, right along with the hot as hell chemistry between Reece and Roxy. Seriously. Scorching. Hot. Chemistry. The multiple things going on in Roxy's life lead to a wonderful, climatic story that you can't help but love.

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Reece: "How about you actually say hi to me first?"

Roxy: "Hi."

He pursed well-formed lips and said nothing.

My eyes narrowed from behind my sunglasses

Roxy: "Hello ... Officer Anders?"

Reece: "I'm not on duty, Roxy."

Roxy: "Hello ... Reece."

Those lips curved up at the corners, a smile that said he was proud and he should be. Me saying his name at this point was a major accomplishment on his part, and if I had a reward cookie for him, I'd shove it right in his face.

Reece: "Was that so hard?"

Roxy: "Yes. It was hard. It blackened part of my soul."

Melvin: "You need to get with a real man."

Roxy: "You volunteering?"

That got a deep, throaty laugh out of him.

Melvin: "If I was younger, girl, I'd show you a good time."

Roxy: "Hey. Guess what?"

He raised a brow

Roxy: "Banana."

One side of his lips kicked up.

Nick: "Is that like a code word for something."

Roxy: "Nope. Just felt like I needed to say it. But wouldn't it be a weird safe word during BDSM play? Like the chick yelling banana in the middle of sex? That would be so awkward."

Nick stared at me.

Roxy: "I read this book once where the girl yelled cat right before they were about to get some bow-chicka-bow-wow. It was high-larious."

Nick: "Okay."

He murmured before wandering away

Jax: "What the hell are you two talking about?"

I grinned at him and Calla.

Roxy: "Safe words used during BDSM."

Calla: "Um, all right, wasn't expecting that."

Tess: "I'd never do such a thing. He's great arm candy to have around."

My gaze traveled back to the silver-eyed hottie known as Jase.

Roxy: "True dat."

Jax: "Okay, I think it's time for me to go."

Jax dropped his arm as he pressed a kiss to Calla's cheek

Jax: "Jase is dreamy, though! I'd do him."

He's said that loud enough that Jase sent us a confused look that he somehow managed to make look sexy, and I cracked up into a fit of hyena-type giggles.

Whoa. Girlie parts engaged, locked, and ready for takeoff.

Reece: "I'd give anything to remember that night. Anything to remember what it felt like being inside of you."

Roxy: "How's work tonight?"

Katie: "So boring I almost fell asleep while sliding down the pole."

Roxy: "That would've ended badly."

Dean: "So you're off Sunday, right?"

Dean cut in, clamping his arms close to his sides as if he were afraid of touching Katie and catching something from her.

I did not like that.

Katie snickered as she curled her fingers with an icy blue manicure around the shot glass.

Katie: She is off, but she ain't going to be spending it with you unless your last name is Winchester. And you are so obviously not Dean Winchester."

Nick: "Is he going to be a problem?"

Roxy: "No, he won't be a problem. I think he got the message tonight. Besides, I'm not your little sister that you've got to run all the boys off."

Nick: "I don't have a little sister."

Roxy: "Whatever."

Nick: "I have a younger brother, though. And Roxy, I do not see the word sister when I think of you."

Roxy: "Oh?"

Nick: "I'd totally get with you."

Roxy: "Um..."

His lips curled up in a half grin

Nick: "But then I couldn't work here anymore, so that isn't going to happen. I'd probably make an exception for you, but that's not the main reason why I wouldn't ..."

He moved one hand and tapped the tip of my nose.

Nick: "Go there with you."

Roxy: "Thanks. I think."

Reece: "It's late. You live alone. I'm going to follow you home and make sure you're safe. Either you can be okay with it or I can follow you home like a total creep."

My brows shot up.

That damn grin was back as he dipped his chin.

Reece: "Don't let me be the creep."

A laugh burst out of me.

Roxy: "Okay. Follow me. Creeper."

Reece: "I told you that I missed you and I was done missing you."

Roxy: "Yeah, yeah you did."

Reece: "But that's not the only thing. Obviously there is something between us. Drunk or not, that night would've never happened if there wasn't."

Roxy: "Wait. You said you regretted that night. That you-"

Reece: "Yeah, I wish that night didn't happen, Roxy. Only because I want to remember the first time I got inside you. I want to recall every second of thrusting into you, inch by inch, and commit that to memory, babe. That's why I regret it, and fully plan on rectifying that situation."

Reece: "You go out with these tools while you'd turn and run from me."

Roxy: "You're worth my time?"

Reece: "Babe, you have no idea how worth your time I am."

Reece: "What did that bastard do to make you throw a book through his windshield?"

Roxy: "He really didn't do anything. I just lost my cool. He wanted to talk to me, and I didn't want to talk to him."

Reece: "You don't have to talk to him."

Roxy: "That's what Dennis said, but I shouldn't have damaged his car."

Reece: "That's true. Damn, Roxy, can't say I'm surprised."

My brows flew up.

Roxy: "You're not?"

He laughed under his breath.

Reece: "Babe, you've always had a hell of a temper on you."

Roxy: "Is that a good or a bad thing?"

Reece: "A sexy thing, but vandalism and destruction of property doesn't look good on you, sweets."

Roxy: "No. It doesn't match my manicure."

I raised my hands, flashing him the blue nails.

Roxy: "What are you going to do with me?"

Reece: "I have lots of ideas."

Reece: "God, you're going to drive me insane."

He pulled my hips down as he grinded up, hitting the right spot through the thin yoga pants.

Reece: "I don't think you're going to be happy until you do."

Panting, I let my hands slip down the sides of his neck, to his shoulders.

Roxy: "I want you insane for me."

Reece: "I'm already insane for you."

He captured my lips in another scorching kiss before breaking away, trailing a hot, shivery kiss before breaking away, trailing a hot, shivery stream up along my jaw.

Reece: "I think you know that."

Tipping my head back, I held on tight.

Roxy: "Nuh-uh."

He moved those kisses down my throat, stopping to nip above my pulse. He soothed the erotic burn with a soft kiss.

Reece: "Every time I saw you this past year, I wanted you here. Right here."

To punctuate what he said, he rolled his hips, pressing the bulge in his jeans against my core.

Reece: "And every time you turned and walked away from me, I wanted to give chase."

I pressed a tiny kiss against the corner of his lips

Roxy: "What do you want me to do?"

His eyes were full of blue fire.

Reece: "Baby, watching you come made my night."

Reece: "Damn, Roxy. You're going to make me want to keep you."

Katie: "All right, you guys definitely did something of the fun and naughty kind based on the way you suddenly look like you just took a hit of ecstasy."

Katie: "Look, I totally get why you haven't said anything. It's like telling one little lie and then telling another little lie to cover that one and so on. Then it all builds uo. I get that. A lot of time has passed and how would you explain what really happened? Hey Reece, would you like to play with my tits? Oh, by the way, we never had sex."

Calla almost choked again

Calla: "That ... that sounds like an awkward conversation."

Reece: "You. I want you. Badly. And I need this - need you right now. But if you want to slow this down, I can do that. I will do that. Just tell me now, Roxy, because I'm feeling like a live wire and when I get you naked, there's going to be no fucking around. I'm going to be in you."

Reece: "Thank God you're prepared. Because I'm not - oh fuck yeah."

My brows pinched

Roxy: "Are you that excited over a condom?"

Reece: "No. Hell no. I'm excited about this."

Roxy: "Holy shit."

In his hand was my trusty and often handy vibrator. How in the fuck did I forget my vibrator was in the same drawer? Face burning, I stared at what had been my boyfriend for a while. And it was one of those really nice ones. A Rabbit. And it was pink - hot pink.

Roxy: "I need a bridge to jump off of. Now. Right now."

One side of his lips curved up.

Reece: "No. I love this. I love the idea of you using this."

That grin turned into pure wickedness.

Reece: "And we are so going to use this."

Reece: "I didn't hurt you, did I?"

Roxy: "No. Quite the opposite. It was ..."

Reece: "Fucking perfect?"

My giggle was muffled

Roxy: "Yes, it was fucking perfect."

Reece: "I'm having a dilemma. I really want an omelet."

He nipped at my shoulder as he rolled those magical hips again.

Reece: "I think I might have dreamed about that omelet."

Roxy: "Really?"

Reece: "Yeah, babe."

He slipped his hand up my waist and then under me, cupping my breast. He squeezed gently.

Reece: "But I also want to fuck your senseless."

Oh my God.

Roxy: "Reece I - Oh God ...."

Reece: "I know you want that omelet, and let me tell you, I made a damn good omelet."

His knee spread my legs further apart, and I braced myself on my forearm.

Reece: "You'll have a mouth orgasm once you have the pleasure of that omelet."

There was a good chance I was about to have an orgasm now.

Brushing my hair over my shoulder, he pressed a kiss at the base of my neck.

Reece: "But how in the hell do I walk away from this?"

His fingers did something truly sinful with my breast, and my hips pushed back again, and it happened. I don't know how. Call it an act of God, but the very tip of him slipped in.

Reece: "Damn. Fuck the omelet."

In a heartbeat, he was inside me, buried all the way.

Reece: "I pulled out. We'll be fine. And if that didn't work ..."

He kissed the corner of my lips

Reece: "We'll still be okay."

Reece: "By the way, I really want to fuck you when your glasses are on."

Roxy: "You are so naughty."

One side of his lips kicked up

Reece: "Babe, you have no idea all the things I want and plan to do to you. Years' worth of ideas."

Roxy: "Years?"

Reece: "Years."

Katie: "Calla and Teresa are coming up next weekend. The four of us need to get together and get shitfaced. Like, we need to get stupid drunk, talk about how stupid boys are, and then wake up wishing we never see another bottle of liquor."

Roxy: "Okay."

Katie: "Like as drunk as the night before Calla left us. Remember? You were convinced that one of those plastic closet organizers could hold your weight?"

Roxy: "It did hold my weight."

She threw her head back and hooted with laughter.

Katie: "Yeah, for like thirty seconds. You shoved yourself in that damn thing, with your legs touching your chest."

Roxy: "You zipped me up!"

Katie: "And that thing broke and I thought you broke your ass."

I thought I broke my ass. So did Calla and Teresa, which reminded me how grateful I was that I hadn't broken anything, because none of the girls could stop laughing long enough to make sure I was even alive.

Fucking tequila.

Katie: "I've got to go drop it like it's hot, and yes, this is hot."

Smacking her ass, she laughed.

Katie: "Peace out, homie homes."


Roxy: "Are you reading to go?"

Charlie: "I've been ready to leave since we got here. But you had to get your stalking out of your system. And look what happened? No good comes from stalking, Roxy."

Roxy: "I hate you."

He laughed as he draped his arm over my shoulders, tugging me against his side.

Charlie: "Come on. Let's head back to my place. Parents are still at the lake house and I found the key to the liquor cabinet again."

Roxy: "I love you."

Charlie snorted.

Nick glanced at Reece. His eyes narrowed.

Nick: "You sure you're good here now?"

Roxy: "Yeah."

Nick stopped at the door. The grin on his face warned trouble.

Nick: "By the way, loved the bows on your panties."

Oh, for fuck's sake.

Reece: "I think we did this wrong."

He threaded his fingers through mine.

Roxy: "We did?"

Reece nodded.

Reece: "No bullshit, right? I have something I need to tell you."

Roxy: "No bullshit."

One side of his lips kicked up.

Reece: "The first time I noticed you - like really noticed you - was when you just turned sixteen, and you were out in the backyard with Charlie. I had no fucking clue what you two were trying to do with a Slip'N Slide and honestly didn't care, because you were wearing the tiniest bikini I'd ever seen."

Roxy: "I have no recollection of a Slip'N Slide."

He tugged me a step forward.

Reece: "I do. It was in June. It was around two in the afternoon, and I was watching you from the kitchen window. I kept telling myself you were way too young to be thinking the things I was thinking."

Roxy: "What things were you thinking?"

Reece: "Things a teenage boy things when he sees a hot chick in a bathing suilt that barely covers her ass. I don't think I moved from that window until I couldn't take it anymore, and I don't think you want to know what I did when I left the window."

Roxy: "What did you do?"

He arched a brow

Reece: "Give you two hints. Shower. My hand."

Roxy: "Oh."

Reece: "Yeah."

He murmured, and tugged me another step forward. My leg pressed against his knee.

Reece: "Then it was when you were seventeen and you made me a homemade birthday card. I don't know why, but when you smiled at me and handed that card over, you came onto my radar and you never left. When I came back from overseas and I saw you ..."

He shook his head.

Reece: "That hug you gave me. Never been hugged like that before. I didn't understand why you were the first person I really wanted to see when I got back. I didn't get it for a long-ass time why I started going to that shit hole that used to be Mona's. And when I did finally put two and two together, and came up with the fact that I wanted you, then the shit happened with the shooting. My head wasn't in the right place to act on it. The reason I came to Mona's became more about getting shitfaced than seeing you, and then ... yeah, that night happened between us. That's why I regretted it. Because I was drunk and my head was in a bad place. I didn't want anyone around that, especially you."

Roxy: "Reece."

His eyes searched mine intently

Reece: "By the time I figured out what I was feeling for you, we weren't talking and as always, shit just gets out of hand."

Roxy: "What are you saying, Reece?"

That crooked grin appeared again as he curled his arm back. I gasped as he hauled me right onto his lap, my hip cradled between his strong thighs. Still holding my hand, he wrapped his other arm around my waist as he leaned back into the chair. Having no choice, I went with him and ended up stretched out across his chest, my free hand landing on his shoulder.

We were face-to-face.

Reece: "And because of that - all of that, we did this wrong. Not that I regret getting in you. Fuck. No way. Looking back, I'm a hundred percent glad that was our first time. But I should've done more for you. The dinner. The movie. All of that. You deserved that. I think after all this time, we deserve that."

Roxy: "I'm not going to fall in love with you."

Reece's grin spread into a full-fledged smile that wrapped around my heart.

Reece: "Sure you're not."

Colton: "What's going on, little brother?"

Reece: "What's it look like?"

Colton: "Looks like my hand is about to do a meet and greet with the back of your head."

Reece chuckled deeply and I couldn't repress the shiver in response to the deep, rolling sound.

Colton: "Is he doing good by you?""

Roxy: "Yeah?"

Colton: "He better."

His voice dropped low as he shot a warning look at Reece, who in return simply smirked.

Colton: "Or I'm sure your father and either one of your brothers will kick his ass."

Roxy: "Okay. I guess I can stay with Katie or my parents until then."

Reece: "Babe, you can stay with me. Nope, I can see your head working and your mouth is about to start working -"

My eyes narrowed

Reece: " - You'll be safe here. No doubt about that, and I'm sure you'd rather be here than with your parents or Katie, because both of them live a hell of a lot further away from Mona's."

He grinned at me

Reece: "Plus, I'm just better company."

Colton: "Debatable."

Nick: "Hey, I wanted to make sure you're not staying at your place tonight."

Roxy: "I'm not."

Nick: "Reece's?"

Roxy: "How did you guess?"

He shot me a bland look.

Nick: "I'm psychic. Instead of falling off a stripper pole, I hit my head on a liquor bottle."

Laughing, I smacked his arm.

Roxy: "Shut up."

Affection for Nick rose, and I didn't think before I acted. Springing forward, I wrapped my arms around his waist. He stiffened like someone had dropped cement down his spine, but I squeezed him tight, ignoring the awkwardness of the hug.

Roxy: "Thank you for last night. Thank you ... thanks for caring."

His arms came around me and he awkwardly patted my back.

Nick: "Uh, it's not big deal."

Roxy: "It's totally a bigger. You're a really good guy even though you have questionable dating practices."

He grinned then.

Nick: "Keep that knowledge to yourself."

Reece: "I still have some time left on lunch."

He caught the lobe of my ear between his teeth.

Reece: "And I want dessert. It's really all I've been thinking about."

He slid his hand down my throat, to my breast. My nipples immediately beaded in response as he smoothed his fingers over the tip.

Reece: "It's fucking distracting as hell, how bad I want you."

Roxy: "Sorry?"

He nipped at my skin

Reece: "Oh, you should feel sorry. I've been hard as rock all night long."

Roxy: "That's got to make for some awkward traffic stops."

Reece: "Listen to you. I want you, Roxy."

Roxy: "You have me."


Roxy: "What are you up to?"

Reece: "What does it feel like? In case you need a helpful hint. You said you were mine. I'm acting on that."

Roxy: "Please, Reece, I need it."

Reece: "No."

He withdrew his hips, pulling out until only the head remained in.

Reece: "This isn't what you need."

Roxy: "Yes, it is. Like for real."

He rocked those powerful hips, hitting that spot.

Reece: "You need me. Not just my cock. Me."

Reece: "Don't give me any lip. I'll turn you over my knee. Actually, that sounds like a fantastic idea."

Yeah, it kind of did. I wondered if he'd order me to stay still when he did? That made me hot.

He groaned as he stepped forward, curving his hand around my jaw.

Reece: "I can read your face like an open book. You'd like that."

Roxy: "Maybe."

Reece: "There's no maybe. You would. Just like you liked it in the kitchen."

Roxy: "Do you know if Colton got ahold of the guy who can hook up the security in my place?"

Reece: "What? You're done staying with me already?"

I grinned at the light tone

Roxy: "Yes."

Reece: "My heart. You broke it."

Reece grinned as he glanced at me.

Reece: "Want to make a bet?"

Roxy: "That by the end of this visit I'm going to want to toss myself under a train?"

He laughed.

Reece: "No. That your mom welcomes me to the family by the end of the visit."

Roxy: "God. I am not making the best, because she totally will. She'll probably start making booties for the nonexistent baby."

He laughed again.

Sighing, I forced myself out of the truck and we didn't even make it across all the flagstones before the front door flew open and my mom barreled out, her eyes wide as they darted from me to Reese to me and back again.

I swallowed a curse.

Mom stopped at the edge of the porch, clapping her hands together. Literally. SHe actually clapped.

Mom: "Honey."

She was smiling so widely that I thought her face might split into two.

Mom: "Are you about to make your momma proud?"

Roxy: "Oh my God."

Reece laughed under his breath as he stepped around me and climbed the steps. Before he could say or do anything, Mom enveloped him in a hug I knew could kind of be painful and dizzying, because when Mom hugged excitedly, it involved a lot of squeezing and swaying side to side.

Roxy: "Mom. Reece probably can't breathe."

Mom: "Shush it. It's not often I get to hug a good-looking young man that's not my son."

Roxy: "Oh dear God."

Reece's laughing didn't help, but when he was finally able to pull away, he glanced over his shoulder at me and winked.

Reece: "I have a feeling my girl is about to make you proud."

My mouth dropped open.

Mom: "My girl? Oh!"

Mom flapped her hands in front of her face as she called for my dad.

Mom: "Best news I've heard all -"

Roxy: "Mom. That is not why we came here and -"

Mom: "Don't ruin this doe me."

She turned as I rolled my eyes. Dad was at the front door, brows raised.

Mom: "Wit, you're not going to believe this! Reece called our baby girl his girl!"

Dad: "Okay."

Dad drew the word out, then nodded at Reece.

Dad: "It's about time, son."

As I passed Reece on the steps, I shoved my elbow into his stomach, nice and hard, too. He grunted, and that gave me a measure of satisfaction.

Gordon: "Did you know she's had a crush on you since she was fifteen?"

Megan: "Honey."

Reece smiled

Reece: "Oh, I know."

Gordon: "Everybody knew. I'm pretty sure she sketched a picture of you on the wall in her bedroom, and Dad had to paint -"

Roxy: "Gordon! Shut up!"

Mom: "You still got that shotgun? Wait."

She held up a hand, glancing at Reece.

Mom: "Earmuffs, boy. Because I'm about to suggest some laws be broken."

Reece: "Baby, make yourself at home."