Review: Fall to Pieces by Jami Alden

To Special Ops soldier Dylan Decker, spending a month in his home town of Big Timber, Montana while he recovers from an injury sounds like torture. After ten years as an elite operator, asking him to live a civilian life - even temporarily - is like asking him to live on another planet. All he cares about is getting cleared for duty and getting back to his team. Then temptation appears in the form he least expects it. Sadie Thornton's life has been on hold since she had to move back to Big Timber to help her ailing father. She can't wait to get back to her life and career in California, away from a father who never got over the disappointment that Sadie wasn't born a boy. Then Dylan Decker, who never noticed her for anything but her brains, rolls back into town. Sadie can't wait to show her high school crush that she's nothing like the girl he remembers. Dylan can hardly believe Sadie's transformation from the awkward, skinny girl he remembers. But while she's changed in ways that make his hands itch to explore her newfound curves, inside she’s still the sweet, vulnerable girl who followed him around with her heart in her eyes. Not the kind of woman who can have a temporary, no strings affair without getting hurt. And right now, that's all he has to offer. But it isn't long before temptation overwhelms Dylan's good intentions, and what starts out as a casual fling quickly becomes so much more. And when everything falls to pieces, Sadie is the only one who can help Dylan put it all back together.

To Special Ops soldier Dylan Decker, spending a month in his home town of Big Timber, Montana while he recovers from an injury sounds like torture. After ten years as an elite operator, asking him to live a civilian life – even temporarily – is like asking him to live on another planet. All he cares about is getting cleared for duty and getting back to his team. Then temptation appears in the form he least expects it.
Sadie Thornton’s life has been on hold since she had to move back to Big Timber to help her ailing father. She can’t wait to get back to her life and career in California, away from a father who never got over the disappointment that Sadie wasn’t born a boy. Then Dylan Decker, who never noticed her for anything but her brains, rolls back into town. Sadie can’t wait to show her high school crush that she’s nothing like the girl he remembers.
Dylan can hardly believe Sadie’s transformation from the awkward, skinny girl he remembers. But while she’s changed in ways that make his hands itch to explore her newfound curves, inside she’s still the sweet, vulnerable girl who followed him around with her heart in her eyes. Not the kind of woman who can have a temporary, no strings affair without getting hurt. And right now, that’s all he has to offer.
But it isn’t long before temptation overwhelms Dylan’s good intentions, and what starts out as a casual fling quickly becomes so much more. And when everything falls to pieces, Sadie is the only one who can help Dylan put it all back together.

Fall to Pieces by Jami Alden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second installment in the Big Timber series and is another of the Decker brother’s story. Dylan has been in the military for 10 years and has no desire to do anything else. His plans of being career military are derailed when he is hit with shrapnel in his hip and leg from a bomb. His CO sends him home for month as he waits for final clearance to return to his special ops team. Dylan wasn’t happy about this but went reluctantly.

From the first book in the series we saw the return of many of the now grown children that had grew up in Big Timber due to their parent(s) needing some type of help. Sadie Thornton returned after her father had a heart attack to help him run his horse breeding ranch. Sadie’s reason for initially leaving were she always felt her father’s disappointment she wasn’t born a boy and his surliness when her mother left them made it too hard to be around him.

Sadie and Dylan knew each other in high school but she was a gangly nerd and he a good looking popular boy. Dylan is surprised how much Sadie has changed in the 10 years since he last saw her and finds himself attracted to her but knows she isn’t the type to go for a quick fling which is all he has to offer.

We get to see how Damon and Elle are doing and how Brady and Molly are still obviously attracted to each other but Molly is still refusing to admit to and still plans on marrying her high school sweetheart. Another enjoyable read in the series and I sooo cannot wait until we finally get Brady and Molly’s book..

(there were a lot of errors in this book that at times threw you off because they were so bad you couldn’t even figure out what was trying to be said. I guess these are being self pubbed and the editing has suffered)

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If you havent read the first book in the series here is my review for that.
Blame It On Your Heart (Big Timber, #1)Blame It On Your Heart by Jami Alden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

High school sweethearts who had their lives planned together have a fight which changes the course of their lives. Ellie Tanner ends up going to the east coast to school and eventually marries someone else and has a son. But the man she married swindled millions from their friends and then died in a car accident leaving her with the shame of what he had done and penniless. She has no choice but to return her mother’s and to the hometown where her heart was broken all those years ago.

All Damon Decker wanted Ellie to do was wait for him for two years while he went into the Army. But do to her own father being in the service and never around eventually leaving she didn’t want to live the life her mother lived and in her immature mind she gave Damon a ultimatum that he couldn’t live with nor forgive her for putting him in that position.

When Ellie gets to town she finds out that the family owned restaurant her mother and sister run is now also partially owned by Damon. Damon’s is not ready to forgive and forget. These two, even when they were at odds, were off the charts with sexual chemistry and its not long before they are going hot and heavy but not really dealing with their past issues.

There are lots of secondary characters. One of Damon’s Army buddies is the cook at the restaurant and he and Ellie’s sister are constantly bickering but you can see these two totally want each other but she is determined to marry the guy she has been chasing since high school even though he wont commit to a date. Most of the couples from the Private series either make an appearance in this book or are mentioned.

Even though you wanted to hit Ellie and Damon over the head a few times to get over there fear of the other one hurting them again and just admit they were soul mates this was a very enjoyable read that had both heartfelt and laugh out loud moments. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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