Falling Free by Tina Wainscott
Series: Falling Fast #3
Also in this series: Falling Hard
Published by Loveswept on June 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The bestselling author of Falling Hard returns to the racing hotspot of Chambliss, Florida, where the only thing faster than the cars on the track is the surge of chemistry in the stands. Ever since she was a teenager, Grace Parnell has had one ambition: to prove her father’s innocence and overturn his prison sentence. That drive led her to become a tough, compassionate lawyer—until the case hits a heartbreaking end. Now Grace is adrift, with no idea how to rebuild her life. It’s certainly not the time to fall in love. But from the moment she meets Artemis Tanner, their instant connection is undeniable. A motor-sports pioneer, Tanner has come to this little coastal town for the racetrack—but he’s staying for Grace. Even though the standoffish attorney seems determined to stay out of reach, Tanner doesn’t need a law degree to tell that their attraction is very, very mutual. As her visits to the track become more frequent, and as Tanner learns more about Grace’s troubled family, he starts to pry open the tiny cracks in her controlled demeanor. Hidden beneath, there’s an incredible passion waiting to be set free. Praise for the Falling Fast series “Falling Hard is the perfect example of going back home to find yourself, and maybe love, in a world full of second chances.”—New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin “An easy and engaging read, Falling Hard is so much more than a sexy second-chance-at-love story. It’s about being brave enough to take that chance and strong enough to fight for it.”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of All I Need Is You “Falling Fast is an emotionally charged story about two people with wounded pasts, and deeply buried secrets, who find their way back to one another.”—New York Times bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor “Falling Fast has wonderful characters you’ll hold in your heart forever. I couldn’t stop reading until I found out if these two star-crossed lovers would be able to survive all the challenges keeping them apart.”—New York Times bestselling author Kathy Clark Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I really wanted to like Falling Free. I actually loved Tanner and Grace, their chemistry was outstanding and I could relate to both of them. I had a problem with both fighting the attraction and not wanting to get involved. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind this kind of storyline as a general rule, but when the whole conflict in a relationship driven story is the main characters not wanting to be in a relationship… well, it got wearisome.
Tanner and Grace had less than stellar childhoods but in different ways. This had set a course for each of their lives and it seemed their paths shouldn’t have crossed. A chance encounter in a bar set things in motion that neither of them expected.
Tanner is in town to help with the race track, a place Grace has come to be a part of of late, and now they run into each other all the time. Fighting an attraction is not so easy when you are constantly seeing one another. This turns out great for us, because when they let go and spend time together it’s a magical thing to behold.
Unfortunately, they kept letting their heads get in the way of their hearts, especially Grace. While I completely understood what she had been through and where she was coming from, I can’t lie and say I didn’t want to boot her in the butt every time she started overthinking things.
The story would drag for me at times, and this meant I almost DNF’d it at 30% then again around the 50% mark. Fortunately, I powered through and the rest of the story was much more amenable, i.e. they finally get it on, start to spend more time together and stop fighting the relationship just because.
I admired how Grace came to be who she was when many in her shoes would have failed completely. She was loyal, resilient, and under all that armor very soft hearted.
With both incredibly bad and very good luck, Tanner was an awe inspiring success story. His sincerity, his openness, and his willingness to force Grace to accept his love and open her heart to him made him…. Just perfect. Yes, I think he could be in a Book Boyfriend Hall of Fame.
“You found yourself in my kiss, and I found home in yours. I’ve never had a home before, and I’m sure as hell not turning away from it.”
The first half of the book was ok, the second half much better. The epilogue was pretty awesome, though I always want more. Falling Free was a sweet love story about two lost people finding in each other what they never dared to dream about.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3 – 3.5 “prince of a politically insignificant European country” Stars
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