Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Falling by Jolene Perry
Author: Jolene Perry
Dana is definitely not the kind of girl to be living in the dump of a wilderness lodge she finds herself waitressing in. But when Craig, the sexy cop who’s handling the murder case where she’s a witness, suggests it—it seems like a good idea. Now she’s got no BMW, no shopping and an assortment of hairy Alaskan men who definitely belong in a run-down old lodge. Her exciting visits from Craig are getting less exciting, and the lodge owner, Jason, is quickly moving from grouchy and judgmental, to funny, smart and unexpectedly complex.
Jason knows exactly the type of girl Dana is—beautiful, spoiled, and high maintenance. She’s everything that hurt him in the past, and why he now lives as far away from city life as he can manage. If he wasn’t so hard-up for help, he would have never said yes to his friend, Craig. Despite his reservations, Dana becomes the perfect antidote to everything in his life—both his disaster of a divorce and precocious little sister who shows up on his doorstep. Jason realizes he’s falling for Dana too late to stop it, or even slow it down.
As the trial approaches, Dana knows it’s time to move on with her life—but is her life back in the city she left or with a guy she never meant to fall for?
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Falling wasn't bad, but it also wasn't anything that really excited me either. When I finished it, I nearly forgot about it until I went to organize all my recently read books on the Kindle and remembered it.
The story starts off with this weird scene where Dana (our lovely heroine) is in a car crash and I guess witnesses a murder. In the hospital, she meets Craig the cop, who acts completely inappropriately and seduces her. In order to keep her safe until the trial, he sets her up in a broken down lodge run by his WIFE'S cousin, Jason.
Jason isn't a big fan of Dana, as he's apparently used to Craig bringing his girlfriends up to his lodge so he can screw them behind his wife's back. Dana doesn't feel much guilt about sleeping with another woman's husband because he claims the marriage is "rough."
Eventually Dana figures out what a jerk Craig is and actually starts feeling bad about being the other woman, but up until that point I was not a big fan of her either. And that takes awhile to happen, unfortunately.
Jason is a reclusive guy going through a divorce. Once Craig and Dana split up, he and Dana slowly start acting on their own attraction to each other and begin a relationship. Dana does all sorts of dumb things like go on to his computer without his permission, copy his work in progress novel, READ it, and sends it to an agent to read.
While Dana had good intentions, going on someone's computer and reading their personal stuff is such a huge violation of privacy that Jason doesn't get nearly as upset about as he should considering how whiny he is about being such a private person. Dana's reason for violating Jason's privacy and her excuse is "We weren't getting along back then." And apparently that's good enough for Jason.
Overall, the love story between the two is cute and I liked it. My issues with the book were the minor things listed above and the fact that as a whole, the book just doesn't have that ZING factor. I was much more impressed with Perry's collaborative effort with Nyrae Dawn (Dizzy) and because of that, this book was a little disappointing.
3 out of 5 stars.
Link to Kala's review on Goodreads: