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Sarah MacLean is such a good writer, you'll read her romance novels for the story and not just the * ahem * action.

I've maybe read one other romance this entire year, so when I decided I was in the mood for a saucy read, it seemed like a good idea to go with one of the most popular writers out there. People constantly rave about Sarah MacLean, so I knew I was unlikely to be disappointed. Still, there's a lot of mileage between “not disappointed” and my reaction to this book, which was something like “fireworks and shooting stars and baskets of puppies.”

I couldn't tell you what it is that makes this book special. It's formulaic in a lot of ways. It's not necessarily anything I haven't seen before in a romance novel, plot-wise or character-wise. But...I really liked it. It was fun to read, even when everyone had their clothes on. And I'm rarely one to read deep into a series, but I can't WAIT to see what happens with Penelope's sister and Cross from the gambling den!

Bonus: Would make an excellent stocking stuffer for anyone on your naughty list.

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I had a good time with this thriller, but I think it has higher aspirations than it’s able to reach. It’s marketed as a tale of moral ambiguity, purportedly raising profound questions like “How far would you go for love?”, but in execution it never stops feeling like a beach read. If you’re looking for a tawdry little escape, it would be the perfect choice. Not so much if you’re expecting a deep dive into ethics.

Main character Ellie finds out on her wedding night that the man she has just married is not who she thought he was. Turns out he’s a bad, bad man who’s done bad, bad things, and now the only way they can stay together (and alive) is if she does bad, bad things too. Far-fetched, you say? You bet it is, and if you struggle with suspending your disbelief, well, get out now. If you can accept the premise, though, and the increasingly wild curveballs Sadowsky throws, Just Fall is a dirty, fun ride.

With regards to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for the review copy. On sale now!