Falling by Jolene Perry

Book description via Goodreads:

Dana is definitely not the kind of girl to be living in the dump of a wilderness lodge she finds herself waitressing in. But when Craig, the sexy cop who’s handling the murder case where she’s a witness, suggests it—it seems like a good idea. Now she’s got no BMW, no shopping and an assortment of hairy Alaskan men who definitely belong in a run-down old lodge. Her exciting visits from Craig are getting less exciting, and the lodge owner, Jason, is quickly moving from grouchy and judgmental, to funny, smart and unexpectedly complex.

Jason knows exactly the type of girl Dana is—beautiful, spoiled, and high maintenance. She’s everything that hurt him in the past, and why he now lives as far away from city life as he can manage. If he wasn’t so hard-up for help, he would have never said yes to his friend, Craig. Despite his reservations, Dana becomes the perfect antidote to everything in his life—both his disaster of a divorce and precocious little sister who shows up on his doorstep. Jason realizes he’s falling for Dana too late to stop it, or even slow it down.

Dana witnesses a murder and is sent to stay in Jason’s lodge for protection while waiting to testify in the case. She has a fling with the cop involved in the case, whom is married to Jason’s cousin. Jason isn’t too happy with this and dislikes her from the get-go. After a while though, they start to get comfortable with each other. They get closer, get to know each other, and pieces of their walls start to come down, little by little.

Dana starts out sort of unlikeable because her way of thinking is far from mature. She has an affair with a married man with a family and lets it go on for weeks. It finally ends only because she sees his wife and kids in the flesh and it makes her feel stupid. After this though, she starts to grow up.  Jason has his guard up in the beginning as well. He’s newly divorced and sees her as Craig’s mistress so he treats her with disregard. After she ends the affair, he softens towards her and starts letting her in.

They fall for each other but are totally in denial of it and try to convince themselves that their paths are just going in different directions. As their relationship progresses, their characters do as well. This is what makes me root for them to be together, because it’s clear that they bring out the best in each other. They’re just afraid of falling in too deep, even though it’s too late.

This was a super sweet read, with some angst mixed in. I loved it! Jolene Perry is an amazing writer. I am such a fan of alternating POVs. Jolene does an amazing job with this one because I feel like I was able to connect with both characters.

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