I’ve really been enjoying The Original Heartbreakers series so far. Showalter has always been an automatic must read for me due to her Lords of the Underworld series. I absolutely love her style of writing. So when given the chance to read this book for review, I jumped on it.The Harder You Fall is the third book in The Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter. It is about Lincoln West and Jessie Kay Dillon. Showalter does a wonderful job of building a heart wrenching love story between two very different characters that are set in their ways.
Jessie Kay has decided to change her wild child ways and be a better person. Overwhelmed with guilt over a tragedy from her past, she is determined to reform herself. I have to admit I went into this book not exactly thrilled with Jessie Kay due to her behavior in previous books. I really didn’t want to root for her at all. However, as I kept reading pieces of her past and her true character were revealed, and I ended up really liking her.
Lincoln West is a computer genius with a troubled past. He lives by a strict set of rules that he has imposed on himself after mistakes he made in the past and a major case of OCD. West’s backstory made me have the FEELS, I felt so bad for him. I think he’s way to hard on himself though, and he made me want to slap some sense into him during some parts of the book. These two together are trouble just waiting to happen.
At first, their chemistry didn’t really work for me. As they developed as characters, they kind of grew together and as a couple they made more sense to me. I really like how Jessie Kay takes West’s OCD in stride and does everything she can to get him to loosen up a little. He’s organized and plans out every detail of his day. She’s impulsive and lives in the moment. Logically, the two wouldn’t mix but they balance each other out in the most beautiful and imperfect way.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Harder You Fall. The writing flowed well, and the pacing of the story was pretty steady throughout the book. I laughed a lot over all the things Jessie Kay does to mess with West’s schedule. I cried over the back stories. This book just had my FEELS all over the place. If you enjoy contemporary reads with a bit of angst to them then you’ll definitely want to read this book.
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