Fall For Me
Synopsis:Melanie Kincaid is a trust-fund baby with a knack for sassy comebacks and unnecessarily complicating her privileged life. So, of course she would have to fall in love with a man she can't have.
Jameson Hayes is a NYC firefighter for Manhattan’s oldest ladder company with big shoes to fill and a city to protect. He’s strong, sexy, and not looking for the complications Melanie brings. But he can't stay away from her either. The attraction between them is immediate and the pull between them is crazy powerful. But she's only home for the summer and long-distance relationships never work.
Unfortunately, Melanie’s beauty and smart mouth are a lethal combination and Jameson isn't the only Hayes who's interested. As if his brother isn't enough to compete with, now the city's most famous arsonist wants to claim her as his next prize. Jameson can't stand to watch Melanie get hurt and she can't seem to keep herself out of trouble.
***Fall for Me is the first Ladder Company novel, a stand-alone companion series about New York's most elite firefighting family with hot alpha heroes, snarky heroines, and an arsonist hell-bent on destruction.***
An Excerpt from Fall For Me
I let my imagination run wild with thoughts of me, panting and unfolding with every moment he touches me. Large hands—check. Long legs—check. I’d like to say I’m never like this, but that’s a lie. I still have a few celeb crushes that turn me into a panting hoe. But this guy isn’t a celeb crush. He’s a real person so that kind of makes this a bit unprecedented.
“Run a marathon, did ya?” he asks. He’s got to be around six feet tall and he’s got these sexy gray-blue eyes with light brown hair and a complexion that’s almost a light peach color.
“No,” I stutter. Why he would think I’d been running a marathon, God only knows. I place a hand to the base of my neck only to find that I’m perspiring. Shit. I really need to get myself under control. It’s been a while since I’ve been with anyone and it’s showing. I’ve always been that woman who sees what she likes and goes for it. Not that such tactics have worked out well for me in the past.
“Why?” I try to cover up the mess I’m making of myself. I just… like him. I like the way he’s standing here in the doorway and the way he’s studying me. His eyes linger as he drags them up my body, spending more time than appropriate on my breasts that peek out the top of my dark red dress, and finally rest on my face. I just hope my makeup isn’t fucked up. I made sure that both my dress and the makeup met with my mom’s approval before we arrived. Classy not trashy, that’s the motto. These things matter to her so, by extension, they matter to me even if I don’t want them to.
He opens his mouth to respond but clamps it shut almost immediately. There’s a silence for a long moment before he rubs the back of his neck and looks back at the landing behind him. A smile forms that overtakes his entire, gorgeously chiseled face. He can’t be too much older than me though he’s definitely more mature than the guys I go to school with. His features have lost that youthful boyish look that’s common to those in their early twenties but they have yet to acquire any gray from what I can tell and he doesn’t look seasoned just yet. He’s practically perfect in every way I can see. Oh, screw practically. All I can see is perfection which means he must be a serial killer or he collects parakeets or has some kind of strange fetish with corn because perfect never means perfect. It means I’m in trouble because this guy is going to crush me. Hopefully naked as I come apart around him.
This was my very first JC Emery read and I have to say I truly enjoyed this one. I had a few issues, mostly with the way it ended but overall the story kept me on the edge of my seat and left me begging for more. JC’s writing is spot on and she really has well developed main characters, as well as secondary characters. In this book we follow the story of Melanie & Jameson… These two will make you want to pull your hair out, and at times I was worried that things were going to go too far that it would end up destroying them both…
Melanie is a socialite, her self made millionaire father, landed them in the lap of luxury. Which is a place Melanie just doesn’t fit into. From the very beginning she will have you laughing at her antics when it comes to dealing with the snobby elite of Manhattan’s finest… Not only does Melanie not fit in but neither does her new best friend, Royal, who like Melanie doesn’t fit with the “in crowd”, they bond over using the men’s bathroom and being a lookout for one another. But when Jameson needs to use the restroom too and he finds Melanie standing guard, sparks fly, tension grows, passion flares, and all while standing in a bathroom doorway. But alas, some things aren’t meant to be, and no matter how much Melanie wants him, one thing stands in her way…
Jameson is just F.I.N.E. fine! I loved him from the minute he jumped into the story. I was so excited at the prospect of these two till we find out that he isn’t exactly available. *frown* and so begins the game of cat and mouse between Jameson and Mel… Their back and forth, will we, won’t we, relationship will drive you bat *sh!t* crazy at times. Most of the time I wanted to hit him more then I loved him. It wasn’t till the evil woman in his life *cringes* Lydia, makes a final move that destroys their relationship for good that you finally think things are going to work out for him and Mel. However, it doesn’t quite go down the way you would expect… Jameson struggles internally with his worth and his feelings about it, Mel is used to a lifestyle, that as a firefighter, he just can’t provide for her. But we all know that making assumptions, typically doesn’t lead us in the right direction.
All throughout there is an underlying suspense to this novel, there is someone and something working against them, we don’t know who or what, or even why at this point… This was the only part that I struggled with. I felt like this plot line was left a little bit too vague, and felt like it wasn’t fully developed. While I understand that there are more books and this story line will build, I did feel the book ended a little abruptly. I truly hope that we will see more of Jameson and Mel in future installments, cause I didn’t quite feel like their story was over yet. But that shouldn’t deter you, because the book was written very well, kept me flipping pages furiously, made me fall in love with Jameson’s brothers especially Hennessy, and left me wanting more of this series… Passion, love, lust, angst, this book truly had all the feels…