Updated: Jan 23
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.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy New Adult Happy Ending
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.
Reece cornering Roxy in the bar's storage room
Reece having Roxy "watch" him.
The first time they have sex
Nick coming when Roxy called him scared after finding the picture on her phone
Reece forgiving Roxy for lying, and wanting to start over
Roxy bringing Reece with her to her parents, and her mother freaking out with happiness
Reece fighting for Roxy when she tries to push him away after Charlie's death
Reece and Henry saving Roxy
Katie's prediction about Nick
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Reece: "How about you actually say hi to me first?"
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
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."
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."
Nick: "I have a younger brother, though. And Roxy, I do not see the word sister when I think of you."
Nick: "I'd totally get with you."
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.
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."
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."