New Release + Review: When I Fall by J. Daniels

Reed Tennyson is officially my favorite 'Bama boy! (Sshh, don't tell Luke that he's been replaced. Sorry, officer!) I had such a blast reading this book, meeting new girl Beth, and falling for both of them! Today, you can check out my review and an awesome giveaway!

Alabama Summer, #3
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For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.

Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.

Not my dick. My dick is good.

The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me—sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.

My heart is about to get fucked. My dick can sit this one out.

*** Warning: This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content. When I Fall can be read as a standalone novel.


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As soon as I read the first few pages from Reed Tennyson's point of view, I thought, "Oh buddy, it's gonna be nice watching your non-commital ass fall in love." He was the fun friend to have around in the first two books. Hilarious and a ridiculous flirt. But you know what happens? Adorable, quirky little Beth Davis swoops in and changes this player's game!

"What's your name, sweetheart?" he asks, and my cheeks burn up at the sentiment. I almost don't want to tell him my name just so he'll call me that instead. But I'm curious what my name sounds like coming out of that mouth. Really curious.


"Beth," he echoes, his tongue lingering on the th sound. My God. This should be his job. Just saying words that end in th.

That first meeting was so good at setting the whole tone for their relationship. That J. Daniels signature combination that I oh-so-love...Sweet, sassy, and sexy! I was laughing my ass off at lines like "Are you reading porn?" and "Please continue, I'm dying to hear all about your porn preferences." This was that classic setup of cynical guy-meets-refreshing girl, then girl sparks something in guy that he never thought he'd feel again, but Daniels really gives her characters distinct voices. It was a hot, fun spark, and I gladly sat back to enjoy the fireworks show! Unlike the previous two couples in the series, there isn't a turbulent past between Reed and Beth to draw from, no history. This is truly a new and exciting beginning!

Given my position in reference to his, my eyes land on his body first, and stay on his body. I know I should do the polite thing and lift my gaze to his face, but my eyes don't want to be polite right now.

The dialogue made me stupid-grin and laugh out loud, something I've come to expect and love from this author. Reed's quips and zingers? Yes, please. The banter. YES. We even have to wait a little while for the full couple experience! ;) Book one had a one night stand right off the bat, and book two was a second chance romance, so it didn't take too long for those couples to get down and get it on. This time, Daniels mixes things up a little. There's a bit more teasing...*waggles eyebrows*...It's an interesting, but light-angst kind of twist!

I think I get thirty, maybe forty seconds of silence before I hear Ben's laugh building from a muffled grunt to a full-blown, throwing his head back, all at my expense laugh.

"You're so fucked...I've been waiting for this."

Of course, speaking of Ben...The supporting cast deserves a huge honorable mention! Ben. Nolan. Baby Chase. I reveled in the precious moments with the Kelly boys! Also, Beth's Aunt Hattie and Uncle Danny fit the phrase "Southern hospitality" so well. They were so warm, kind, and generous to Beth. Great supporting characters! However, hands down, my favorite scene-stealer was Tessa Kelly. I had a love-hate relationship with her in All I Want, but she's truly golden in the BFF role.

" ready for girl time?"

I stare back at her, and the longer I go without answering, the more knowing her smile becomes. She suddenly looks like the Cheshire cat, grinning at Alice who has no idea what the fuck she's getting into. What exactly happens during girl time?

My mouth legitimately dropped open into one of those soundless, breathless laughs during "girl time." For fans of this series, there are some fabulous group scenes to look forward to in this book! (Eeeep, HI OFFICER KELLY. 'SUP OFFICER EVANS...AND OH, HELLO OFFICER CJ, WHEN'S YOUR BOOK???) I had plenty of friendship feels! :D If you loved the dynamic in the first two novels, you'll adore When I Fall.

My favorite thing about getting Reed's story, though, was...Reed himself. (I noted, so many times, while reading the last book: I hope we get more Reed.) I particularly appreciated that sweet, sweet, filthy mouth of his! This couple's scenes were just hot and fun. The chemistry...*cough* STAIRS. *cough*...I went crazy for those moments. If I could put together my very own Mt. Rushmore of authors-who-write-fantastic-dirty-talk-and-steamy-scenes, J. Daniels would be up there.

My hands are in her hair, my mouth moving over her lips, along her jaw, up to her cheek. She shudders in my arms when I bite her neck. "God there's so much I want to do to you right now."

There were definitely some heart-stressing and heart-warming scenes to round everything out, as well. We learn about Reed's past and what he'd been through to make him into the flirts-and-fucks-but-never-dates kind of guy we met in the previous novels. We learn about Beth and her not-so-perfect circumstances before she landed in Ruxton and met our beloved, feisty 'Bama crew.  And, for real, these Bama boys have some serious possessive-alpha-rage in them when it comes to their women and when provoked. There were a couple of scenes that had me like, Whoa, don't get in his way. Yet, in the end, there's a satisfying happily ever after that makes everything worth while. And it totally fits Reed and Beth's style! ;)

"That's what I would want," she says through a much softer voice. "Love should be unpredictable. I want it to hit me and like, knock me on my ass."

I had a blast reading this book, all in one sitting, giving sleep the middle finger and choosing to spend more time with Reed and Beth! I found myself highlighting like a maniac! There was even a delay period when I just had to laugh at myself and run my hands down my face because my Kindle died on me and I was giving it a few minutes to recharge. 2 AM, and I couldn't stop. 4 AM, and I still couldn't stop. I finished, grinning like a fool, at 6 in the morning. The humor, the dialogue, the lust-to-love, the friendships, the grand romantic declarations...I enjoy J. Daniels's writing for all of these things, and they were all standouts in When I Fall. This was a fabulous addition to the Alabama Summer series, and Reed Tennyson is officially my favorite 'Bama boy!


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Alabama Summer, #1
When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there's only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.

Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.

Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.

Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.

Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.

Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.

Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.

What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?

Alabama Summer, #2
Luke Evans is a heartbreaker.

I didn’t want to give mine to him. Not when he kept me out.

He gave me enough, just enough to make me fall in love with him. I say this to convince myself. But I know the truth.

I would’ve fallen in love with him at a distance.

Handing my heart over to Luke was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was naive when I wished for more, when I hoped he wanted the same things I did.

I try to hate him. I try to forget him.

But it’s not that easy.

Love is a ruthless bitch, and I’m her latest victim.
Tessa Kelly is a man-eater.

When she sets her sights on you, she doesn’t just consume your heart, she goes for your soul.

What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want.

But she destroyed it.

She destroyed us.

I try to hate her. I try to forget her.

But it’s not that easy.

Love is for people who have hope, and I have none.

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J. Daniels was born and raised in Maryland.

After putting her kids to bed, she escapes into her cheeky world where some of her characters kiss,
and some of them do a lot more than kiss.

She is an avid reader and enjoys everything from unconventional romance to fantasy novels.

***ARC provided in exchange for honest review***