Tuesday 25 September 2018


Enemies make the worst neighbors, but the best lovers in Sara Rider’s MAKE ME FALL, the second book in her standalone Books & Brews series. Eli doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for his uptight neighbor, Nora, until he hears about her “un-datable” status and all it takes is one disastrous date with Nora for Eli to fall hard. Fans of Lauren Layne, Jenny Holiday’s ONE AND ONLY, and THE FINE ART OF FAKING IT by Lucy Score will devour this opposites attract, fun buy sexy romance. 

Make Me Fall
Books & Brews #2
By Sara Rider
Releasing September 24th, 2018

Enemies make the worst neighbors, but the best lovers

After losing her job, her home, and her friends in her divorce, Nora Pitts is determined not to make the same mistakes when she starts over in the small town of Shadow Creek, Washington. No more slaving away in the lab at the expense of her social life, and definitely no more men. Ever. But making friends in her thirties is so much harder than she anticipated. And when it comes to her gorgeous yet obnoxious neighbor, it’s a whole lot easier to make enemies.

Eli Hardin doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for his uptight neighbor, until he overhears her so-called new friends making fun of her un-datable status. Suddenly he finds himself volunteering for a date with a woman who’s been leaving angry hate-notes in his mailbox, and in way over his head. Because all it takes is one disastrous date with Nora for Eli to fall hard.

But falling for Eli isn’t something Nora’s ready for—not when he’s her complete opposite, and especially not when he turns out to be the best friend she’s made in Shadow Creek. But as her attraction and her feelings for Eli grow hotter, resisting him might just lead to heartbreak anyway. 

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In Make Me Fall (Books & Brews #2) by Sara Rider, Nora Pitts lost everything when she walked away from her marriage including the one thing that was really important to her -- her job. So, she's found herself settling into life at Shadow Creek and working hard to get her life back on track. She doesn't have time for distractions -- especially a man -- but her next door neighbor, Eli Hardin, is difficult to ignore. Will Nora ever be able to put her trust in a man again or will she walk away from her chance at happy ever after and break Eli's heart in the process?

Having absolutely loved the first book of this series, which was the first book I've read by Ms. Rider, I couldn't wait to read more of her work and I've got to say that I was just as impressed with this story as I was with the first book, Real Kind of Love. Really, there was so much to like about the hero and heroine that are relatable, complete opposites and start off as enemies and have such interesting back stories that just had me wanting to learn more about them. However, it was from the moment Eli and Nora come face-to-face for the first time where this story really comes alive, as Nora wants nothing to do with her neighbor. Unfortunately, he makes it difficult for her not to want to tell him off. So, why shouldn't she use an easier form of communication to get her point across and make her neighbor understand things the heroine thinks he needs to know?

With the dialogue, it was very entertaining and intense due to the main characters back stories, but had me liking the sometimes playful banter between the hero and heroine, especially at the start with the nickname the heroine gives the hero that had me wanting to learn why she calls him what she does. Moreover, the heroine is strong and brave in getting on with her life after losing so much due to the divorce and I liked that she gave the hero a chance, even though she knows she could get hurt since she cares for Eli more than she ever cared for her ex. I also liked the close relationships she has with some of the secondary characters and how she stands up to those that don't deserve to be her friend. 

While the hero, he's confident, charming, protective of the heroine and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over because they're good for each other. I also liked the tight friendship the hero shares with his best friend and with his sister; a sister that pushes him to do something he usually avoids because he needs to heal and let go of the guilt he holds for what happened to someone they both loved. Will the hero ever be able to get past his guilt?

Overall, Ms. Rider has delivered a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance proves that opposites do attract; and the ending had me loving the hero's determination to prove to the heroine that he's willing to do whatever it takes to make their relationship work. Yet, what I liked most of all about the ending was the decision the heroine makes all because of some good advice. I would recommend Make Me Fall by Sara Rider, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the opposites attract trope or books by authors Kristen Callihan, Pippa Grant, Jenny Holiday and Kate Clayborn.

Eli marked off twenty-six and three-quarter inches as precisely as he could and lifted the blade of the circular saw.
“Oh my God, I soooo wasn’t kidding,” one of the women next door said loudly. “Nora really does need to get laid.”
His shoulders tensed. This wasn’t the first time he’d overheard the women loudly shit-talking his neighbor behind her back. He had no idea why she hung out with them.
“Maybe you should set her up with someone,” another woman added.
The other two laughed. “Can you imagine Nora on a date? She’s so uptight and frigid. Who would want to date her? No lay is worth that kind of torture. Can’t you just picture her busting out her bottle of sanitizer before the poor sap tries to hold her hand?”
His jaw tensed and he felt the last of his patience snap like an icicle in his warm hands. He sliced the saw through the wood, threw his protective glasses onto the ground, and marched over to the waist-high chain link fence. “I’d do it.”
All three women turned to look at him like he was a space alien who’d just beamed down to earth. The one who’d been talking the most leaned forward in her seat. “What did you just say?”
“You heard me. I’d go out with her.”
“You can’t be serious.”
The more this woman pushed, the more he wanted to put her in her place. No, Nora was not the kind of woman he would normally ask out—mainly because she was one of the few who didn’t seem to fall for his charm. In fact, he was pretty sure she didn’t think he had any charm whatsoever, but she was attractive and smart enough to read a book every month. That alone made her more dateable than half the population in this town. “Sure as hell am.”
The woman leaned forward, smiling at him like he was freshly caught prey in her snare. “If you’re looking for a date, I could show you a much better time.”
He shrugged, keeping his fake smile on his face. “No thanks. Backstabbing and mean isn’t my type.”
He probably enjoyed the shocked look on the woman’s face a little too much, but it was seriously fucking rude to trash-talk the hostess while sitting on her porch and eating her canapés.
The screen door slid open right at that moment. Nora walked out with a plate of decadent-looking mini-chocolate cakes that made his mouth water on sight. Her eyes darted from her friends to him and back again. “Um, what’s going on?”
He rested his hands against the old chain-link fence. “What’s going on is that your so-called friends are talking trash about your love life behind your back and don’t seem to think you can get a date. So I volunteered.”
“You what?”
“Volunteered. You and me. Tomorrow night at seven. I’ll drive.”
She slammed the cake tray onto the coffee table and set her hands on her hips. She looked around, like she couldn’t decide where to focus her anger. Of course she settled on him. “Who says I’d want to go out with you?”
He raised his eyebrow, liking the way she got flustered around him a little too much. “Got better plans?”
Even at the distance between them, he could see her suck in a breath. Her mouth hardened into a flat line, but she didn’t say no.
“Tomorrow. Seven. Dinner. Oh, and consider making new friends who aren’t so damn mean. These ladies don’t deserve any of those amazing-looking cakes.” He grabbed his plank of wood and headed into the house, wondering what the hell he’d just gotten himself into.  

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Sara Rider writes contemporary romance full of heart, heat, and happily ever after. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and daughters. She spends far too much time in public libraries and never leaves the home without her e-reader stuffed in her purse.

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