Review: Falling Hard & Falling Free by Tina Wainscott
June 14, 2016
There’s no one Pax Sullivan wants to run into less than Gemma Thornton. Back in high school, she revved his heart more than street racing. But she picked his clean-cut brother over him—only to accuse Blake of an unforgivable crime. Eventually the charges were dropped and Gemma left town, but the hard feelings lingered . . . along with Pax’s gnawing “what-ifs.” Seven years later, just as he quits the police force to open a racetrack, Gemma’s back—and their chemistry is more combustible than ever.
If it were up to her, Gemma would never lay eyes on another Sullivan. She hates them, and they hate her—even Pax, who just so happens to be fixing up her father’s B&B. But the more time she spends with the lean, hard-bodied ex-cop at the inn and on the track, the more Gemma sees that Pax is nothing like his brother. Despite their anguished history, she’s tempted to take their relationship into high gear . . . if she can face the past and risk her heart.
The Third Book in the Falling Trilogy
Rocky beaches, shaky pasts, and second chances …
The bestselling author of Falling Hard (“An addicting read!”—Jen McLaughlin) 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 dead 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 motorsport 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 trouble 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.
I’ve always loved the combination of suspenseful chills and romantic thrills. As of January 2014, I will have published fifteen romantic suspense novels, four romances for Harlequin, as well as ten paranormal romances as Jaime Rush. It was great fun to pull my out-of-print books from the shadows and re-issue them as e-books. But I also felt the itch to write romantic suspense again, and revive my Tina Wainscott name with new fiction. Losing my nephew, a Marine, in the war made me realize that our military men are really the perfect heroes. Not only during the war but afterward as they try to stitch their lives and souls together once they’re home. And so was born The Justiss Alliance, an agency where these men can find purpose, honor, and love outside the war zone.
As for hobbies and interests, besides the many aspects of writing (which consumes much of my time), I love being with friends and family, whom I cherish. I read (There’s a book or magazine on every flat surface in my house) and listen to spiritual books. I love swimming, kayaking, boating, autocrossing, and being in nature.
My beliefs are God, a positive attitude, living life to the fullest, doing unselfish things on a regular basis, small indulgences, believing in yourself, appreciating what you have, and no regrets.
May you find joy and hope in the books that you read!
My thank you like always goes to NetGalley and Random House Loveswept first for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.
When I first saw the synopsis for Falling Hard I wondered how Pax was going to fall for the woman who accused his brother of something so vial as rape. How is someone able to forgive that kind of accusation but as I read the book I came to see that Pax already loved her first. He’d seen her first and should have gotten the chance to claim her as his before his brother moved in and claimed her. Then as you read it more you find out what his brother really did to Gemma and you want to go through the book and kick his brothers ass. Gemma is a strong woman to go back to that place and all those horrid memories. Yes she does it for her father, but it couldn’t have been easy for her. And then to run into the man who she should’ve been with in the first place. The man who really claimed her heart at a race years before. Its a beautiful story of two star crossed lovers who finally get to be together.
Falling Free was such a sad story to begin with. To know that Grace has spent her whole adult life trying to prove her fathers innocence only to find out it was all for not… Its no wonder she goes through a bit of an identity crisis, but its awesome how Tanner helps her see that things aren’t as bad as it all seems. He is a character that comes from out of no where really and captures our hearts. He does show her that things can be different and stay the same all at the same time. I loved Tanners attitude and character in general, he and Grace make a wonderful couple.