Evan lands her pampered behind in court and gets sentenced to community service. Which she knows she deserves. But the hard labor and humiliation may be her undoing.
Until she meets Winchester Youngblood on the site.
Everything about him is tricky, confusing, not at all what it seems, and so sexy, Evan can’t resist pulling closer. But every step she takes to get to know him gives her more of a reason to back up and put him as far out of life as she possibly can. Because Winch is one hundred percent complicated, and Evan isn’t looking for that. At all. She needs to meet a nice, responsible guy, not share searing kisses with the charming hustler she met after they both got sentenced in court.
But Winch is so much more than what he seems, and Evan finds out that she’s falling hard for the guy everyone underestimates and writes off. And Winch realizes that Evan is the one person who’s ever challenged him to ask for more out of his life, and her courage inspires him to try to be the person she sees when she looks at him. With every single odd stacked against them, Evan and Winch need to find out whether they have what it takes to fall for each other.
I love Liz Reinhardt. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably continue to say it as long as I read her books. She has a serious knack for nailing this New Adult genre, and I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read. Fall Guy was no exception. We met Evan Lennox in the the third installment of the Brenna Blixen series, Slow Twitch. I loved her because she a perfect best friend for Brenna, and sort of a loose cannon. But she was a strong girl, and she meant well. I couldn’t wait to get to read her story. I knew it would be great.
Fall Guy picks up after Evan is sentenced to community service for her accidental arson (she was trying to burn memories of her sleaze ex, and started the entire pecan orchard on fire). She’s living with her Gramma and Grandaddy as her family has officially fallen apart. She’s in a new school and her best friend lives in rural New Jersey. Needless to say, she’s feeling lost and then she meets Winchester Youngblood. She notices something about Winch right away (he tries to console her at the courthouse, where he’s always awaiting punishment for his crime), and though both know they should stay away from the other, they can’t. They begin community service together and sparks fly. Oh, do some delicious sparks fly. There’s also plenty of secrets, trust issues, family interference and miscommunications.
I particularly loved getting both Evan and Winch’s POVs in this story. Liz does that so perfectly. Slow Twitch is like that and so is her collab book with Steph Campbell, Lengths. To get into both characters’ heads, and experience their thoughts and actions firsthand is perfection. The heat between these two was undeniable, and because it’s New Adult, we aren’t spared any details! ;) SCORE! The drama between them is heartbreaking and angsty, and will piss you off, but make you cheer for them too. Especially Winch! LOVE WINCH! He’s scrumptious. He’s tough and sweet. He knows how to push Evan more than anyone else, but at the same time, he has her heart in mind.
Another fantastic aspect of this book was we got a little more of Brenna! I love the hopeless romantic in her trying to steer Evan in the right direction where Winch is concerned. I will say, though, it made me SO SO anxious for a 4th Blixen book, because I’m pining for Jake Kelly again. SIGH. Winch definitely helped me get over missing Jake, though. I want to note that just because the kids are younger (Winch is 22, Evan is 18), does not mean there isn’t steam, potty mouths and lots of drama. There’s plenty. And then some.
I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it. If you haven’t read any of Liz’s books before, you should get on that now. You can read my reviews of Double Clutch, Junk Miles, Slow Twitch and Lengths if you need more assurance that picking up one of her books is for you. I cannot wait to hear what we’ll be getting from Liz next. Although I’m sure she’s ready for a nap. ha. Because this is a Youngblood book, I know that we can assume we’ll be getting some more stories from this crazy family. I loved all Winch’s family members, so I’m sure they’ll be great reads, as well. In the meantime, though, make sure to pick up Fall Guy and also the rest of Liz’s books! You will not be disappointed.