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Blog Tour Stop: Make Me Fall by Sara Rider

Make Me Fall
by Sara Rider
Series: Books and Brews #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Indie
Publication Date: September 24th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Rating: ★★★★

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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.

I've been excited to read Make Me Fall ever since I finished Real Kind of Love and read the excerpt. This time it's Jake's best friend Eli who gets his HEA, and the woman he chose is his neighbour who he has been at odds with for months.

Nora is a chemistry professor who just moved into town following her divorce. She has trouble making connections in her new place; the only 'friends' she's acquired so far are the women from a book club she joined, who are not the nicest people in the world. She's also a bit tightly wound, most of it because she's a germaphobe. Other than the failure of a book club, adjusting to new work environment and the lack of resource for her research, she really has nothing else going on other than the continuing feud with her annoying hot neighbour. It took me a while to warm up to Nora because she was a bit rigid, but I love seeing her grow.

It's not exactly hate to love in this story; it's more that Eli has been a source of aggravation for Nora, and he loves aggravating her even more. I really enjoyed their little fights. I also found it hilarious that Nora didn't even know her annoying neighbour's name until after their first 'date'.

I love the friendship that developed after they actually got to know each other better, and how Eli helped Nora in making new friends by connecting her to his sister's book club people. Eli and Nora's easy relationship is also one of my favourite things about this book. They did a lot of domestic things together that made my heart swoon.

The only thing I didn't really like is the conflict of the story. Eli and Nora are not without their issues; her parents' problematic marriage somewhat affected Nora's efforts of building relationships, and Eli still dealt with a lot of self-loathing over his relationship with his late mother. Objectively I understood why Eli acted the way he did when he overheard Nora's comment--it triggered a lot of things for him--but I still thought he behaved like an entitled jerk when he refused to even let Nora explain herself, and I was a bit disappointed with him.

Overall, Real Kind of Love remained my favourite of the two (did I mention that Jake built Clem a library at his bar?????? TALK ABOUT LOVE) but I still really enjoyed Make Me Fall. Looking forward to read more of Sara Rider! Maybe it's time for me to check out her backlist.


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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