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Book Review: Before We Fall by Rilzy Adams — November 15, 2021

Book Review: Before We Fall by Rilzy Adams

Date Read: November 14, 2021
Published: October 29, 2021
Pages: 408

Book Synopsis:

Tasha Dixon-Turner doesn’t need anybody to save her.
She’s going to save herself.
The man everybody warned her about marrying turns out to be just as bad as predicted. And then some. She’s determined to claw herself out of her situation without letting anybody in on her bitter secret.
Cole Mason threatens all of that when he witnesses a very public fight between her and her husband and Tasha knows can’t risk him revealing the secret she’s worked so hard to keep.
She doesn’t know what to expect when she confronts Cole to ask him to keep her confidence, but it definitely wasn’t him offering to give her the support she’s denied herself for so long.
She didn’t expect him to offer her a soft place to land.
She didn’t expect him… period.
But Tasha has been dancing with the Devil for so long that it’s almost impossible for her to trust the peace she feels when she looks into Cole’s eyes.
Will her desperate desire to be her own savior damn her to hell after all?

Before We Fall is the second book in the Unexpected Lovers series following up Xander and Navaya’s journey in Go Deep. The events of Go Deep and Before We Fall partially overlap but Before We Fall is a contained story and there is no need to read Go Deep before delving into it.

My Review:

This story was the true definition of “it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. Tasha’s journey, much like a big race, was a mental rollercoaster. That feeling of being unstoppable for miles, and then, out of blue your legs stop working. The highs and lows. The times when you’re just cruising on by, passing people and smiling, but also those points of wanting to pull out of the race altogether. We learn quickly that the actual race was only a very small part of the entire process. It’s about the training put in before, and following the plan. That’s the journey we witness throughout the pages of this story. And it’s a beautiful one, filled with pain, triumph, fear, and the greatest soft place to land you could hope for in any given situation.

Book Review: Go Deep by Rilzy Adams — November 14, 2021

Book Review: Go Deep by Rilzy Adams

Date Read: November 14, 2021
Published: June 26, 2020
Pages: 121

Book Synopsis:

It was all supposed to be so simple.
Navaya Howard is an erotic writer in a rut. Her readers are fed up of her stale plots and Navaya can’t blame them. She’s been celibate for over a year and a half since finding her now ex-boyfriend’s side chick’s positive pregnancy test on her bathroom counter. How can she write steamy romances if she can barely remember which body parts go into the other?
Navaya enlists the help of her best friend, Xander, to revive the inspiration that used to have her sitting comfortably at the top of her game. What happens when the sex hits deeper than either of them expected and the tender emotions can no longer be denied?
Navaya and Xander’s arrangement has gone far deeper than intended.
Will their friendship and their hearts survive the fall?

My Review:

Friends to lovers is without a doubt one of my favorite reading tropes. And this one knocked it out of the park. I’ve been seeing Rilzy Adams on my bookstagram timeline for forever, and I couldn’t tell you why it took me this long to finally get to her work, but babyy. I’m glad I did. This story, a few pages in, already had me in the mindset that I’m about to binge her whole catalog. This was beyond hot, had me pulling out my phone to text my guy type of hot. I loved the chemistry between Nav and Xander. What I loved most though was how Rilzy got them to that point. She didn’t brush over any awkwardness as if it shouldn’t have existed when a relationship with a bond that deep transitions the way it did. As I make my way through more of her catalog I hope to see a story for my favorite second place best friends, because sis, I need that tea 👀