Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Guiding the Fall by Chrisy Hayes

About the book
Guiding the Fall is the second book in the Golden Rule Outfitters series by Christy Hayes. The book was published on 29th April and it is 306 pages long. I received an e-book for review through NetGalley.

Jack Forrester has never needed anything or anyone, even when he suffered a massive blow to his personal and professional life. He’s recently moved to Hailey, Colorado to work with a biographer who will be writing about his life and career. Then he meets Olivia Golden, the woman who everyone in town seems to know but for the wrong reasons.

Olivia knows she’s gorgeous and has always enjoyed being the centre of attention. But, she wants something more out of life and is near the end of her student teacher job and will soon be qualified. That is until something threatens her whole career. Olivia thinks she can get out of the mess all on her own but Jack makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

As the two spend more time together, neither can fight the attraction each of them feels. Jack has always been a man relying only on himself but can he let Olivia in enough to gain something extremely special?

What I thought
I really enjoyed the first book in this series even though it did have a couple of problems, so I was looking forward to reading the next instalment. Even though this is the second book, it can be read as a stand-alone. Characters from book one are included though so there may be a tiny bit of confusion at times.

Olivia Golden not only works for her brother but is also training to become a teacher. Early on in the book, Olivia meets Jack over the phone and they have an instant connection. Olivia is curious about the man on the phone with the sexy voice and playful personality but thinks nothing of it as he’s only on the phone… even if he does say he’ll meet her soon (not in a scary, stalker way). I really liked Olivia from the previous book so I was glad to see her get her own story.

Now Jack is a man with many secrets. He’s openly wealthy, travels with his sister and isn’t one to shy away from the women especially when he finds one he really likes. Olivia piques his interest immediately. I really enjoyed discovering Jack’s secrets and finding out more about him, his life and what he’s been through. He’s incredibly smooth but also has a wonderful personality and was a character I warmed to immediately.

There is quite a lot going on in this book plot wise. Olivia has problems with her teacher training, Jack is trying to sort his life out and is having a book written about him and then there are secondary characters Lyle (Olivia’s friend) and Erica (Jack’s sister). These two characters have their own sub plot going on which I really liked although I would also like to see them get their own book at some point as their story wasn’t really finished.

Guiding the Fall carries on nicely from Mending the Line and was a fabulous addition to the series. There is plenty of chemistry, romance and great characters along with a wonderful plot. Highly recommended. 

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