To the Fall by Prescott Lane
Publication Date: March 8th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
You know the story.
Boy meets girl, they fall in love, two kids, white picket fence.
This isn’t that story.
This is more like . . .
Man meets woman. Man sleeps with woman.
Man meets another woman, sleeps with her.
And so on. You get the idea.
I own a small boutique hotel in New Orleans, the Kingston. I’ve seen men do some stupid stuff in the name of the woman they love, or at least the woman they love for the night.
That’s not me. I’m always in control. You’d be surprised how much you can get away with on just good manners and a smile. It’s the only way to keep my secrets safely locked away.
And my smile hides a lot. Until her.
She turns me down flat. Playing hard to get is my favorite game. It’s the thrill of the chase.
Only problem is, I think it’s me that’s getting caught.
Dr. Lorraine laughs and pulls out her prescription pad. Scribbling something, she turns it to me. The title reads: The sex diet.
I bust out laughing. “You’re writing me a sex prescription.”
“Sort of,” she says. “You ever gone on a diet before?”
“The thing with diets is, you usually start off strict.”
“How did I know that?”
“No touching by either party, not even kissing.”
“Wait, not even a hand job?” I ask.
“You’ve got your own hands. Use them.”
She writes jerking off on her script pad, then puts a checkmark beside it. This is the craziest shit.
“Once a day as needed,” she says, writing that down.
“I’ll never make it.”
“How many times do you want?” she asks.
“At least twice, morning and before bed.”
She shakes her head. “Okay, twice a day,” she says and points her pencil at me. “That’s it.”
“I really don’t think I need . . .”
“You won’t be released from therapy until I’m satisfied you’ve completed this,” she says.
She has me by the balls, and she knows it. I can’t believe I’m being forced to agree to this, but what choice do I have? “I haven’t had sex in a couple days. Can I get credit for that?”
“No,” she laughs out. “Start fresh today.”
“What about it?”
“Can I use it?” I ask.
“You don’t have enough memories to sustain you?” she asks.
She gets to her feet and sticks out her hand. “Good luck.”
Shaking her hand and smiling, I’m sure I’ve got this.
I bite the inside of my mouth, realizing the old lady has tricked me. It’s Thursday. I’m not seeing her again until Tuesday.
That’s five days! Shit, what have I done?
Why do women always think they can change a man? Piece of advice, ladies: the man you meet is the man he is and will be until the day he dies.
At first glance, it’s easy to believe that Pierce Kingston is a player, a one-and-done kind of guy that has absolutely no room in his life for a relationship. He’s the king of non-commitment, finding it easier to remember what he had for lunch than anything about who he had in his bed the night before. His heart belongs to his sister and his best friend, and he’s fine with that. Really. Until Sutton…
I’ve read and enjoyed several books by author Prescott Lane, but none had the same impact on me as TO THE FALL. Prescott has managed to take a delicate and difficult premise and weave a story of friendship, true love, and redemption that stayed with me long after I reached the end of the book.
This is a tricky book to review, because it must be read blindly, with no knowledge of the big reveal, in order for it to work so well. The journey, though, is well worth the read, as Prescott has crafted characters that are multi-layered and deeper than they seem. Pierce and Annie, especially, are funny, smart, and a wonderful example of selfless love. Sutton brings humor, dignity, and strength, and is the perfect foil for Pierce, with all of his swagger.
TO THE FALL is, by turn, sexy, funny, and tragic, but it is done beautifully and with a respect for the subject matter that makes it one of the more memorable books that I’ve read lately. I was already a fan of Prescott’s work, but this one cements her position as a must-read for me, and is an easy 4.5 stars. Lovers of a romance with a refreshing depth will appreciate this book, and should definitely have it on their TBRs.
Prescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She’s got seven other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, The Reason for Me, and The Sex Bucket List. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.
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