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Blog tour, review, & giveaway: Make Me Fall


Enemies make the worst neighbors, but the best lovers in Sara Rider’s MAKE ME FALL, the second book in her standalone Books & Brews series. Eli doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for his uptight neighbor, Nora until he hears about her “un-datable” status and all it takes is one disastrous date with Nora for Eli to fall hard. Fans of Lauren Layne, Jenny Holiday’s ONE AND ONLY, and THE FINE ART OF FAKING IT by Lucy Score will devour this opposites attract, fun buy sexy romance.  

makemefall-rider-ebookTitle:  Make Me Fall

Author: Sara Rider

Release Date: September 24, 2018

Publisher: Self-published

Series: Books & Brews #2

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Page Count: 226


After losing her job, her home, and her friends in her divorce, Nora Pitts is determined not to make the same mistakes when she starts over in the small town of Shadow Creek, Washington. No more toiling away in the lab at the expense of her social life, and definitely no more men. Ever.  But making friends in her thirties is so much harder than she anticipated. And when it comes to her gorgeous yet obnoxious neighbor, it’s a whole lot easier to make enemies.

Eli Hardin doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for his uptight neighbor until he overhears her so-called new friends making fun of her un-datable status. Suddenly he finds himself volunteering for a date with a woman who’s been leaving angry hate-notes in his mailbox, and in way over his head. Because all it takes is one disastrous date with Nora for Eli to fall hard.

But falling for Eli isn’t something Nora’s ready for—not when he’s her complete opposite, and especially not when he turns out to be the best friend she’s made in Shadow Creek. But as her attraction and her feelings for Eli grow hotter, resisting him might just lead to heartbreak anyway.  

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**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sara Rider’s latest in the Books & Brews series, Make Me Fall. This romance is about Nora who is recently divorced and moved to Shadow Creek for a position as a Chemistry Professor at the local college. Nora just so happens to live next door to the sexy and talented brew master, Eli Hardin, who co-owns The Holy Grale with his sister and his best friend Jake. Where Nora is organized, meticulous, and a clean freak Eli is laid back, relaxed and isn’t scared by a little mess. In a nutshell, it was hate at first sight. But when Eli overhears Nora’s fellow book club members bad mouthing her one evening about not being able to get a date, Eli decides to swoop in and save the day, having no idea how everything would change.

I was so excited to read Make Me Fall because I fell in love with the first in the series, Real Kind of Love (although you don’t have to read that one to enjoy this). I did enjoy this one quite a bit, but not sure if I loved it as much as the first one. But anyway, I can say without a doubt that I was crazy about Eli. I adored his character from beginning to end, but it took me a while to really connect with Nora. This woman was borderline OCD about cleanliness and order which I just am not. Whether it was stressing over people walking into her home wearing shoes or the arrangement of cookies on a plate, Nora stressed about everything. I’m certainly not judging the neat freaks out there because Lord knows there are times I wish I were more like that, but it made it a challenge to invest in her character and concern myself with her outcome.

With that being said, I continue to applaud Sara Rider’s quirky and unique female lead characters. Just like Clem from the first book, Nora was not your typical beautiful, perfect, normal female lead – which is so refreshing! She struggled in social situations, was clueless about being friendly and making friends, and honestly just stressed out about almost everything. Yet there was also something about her that appealed to Eli’s heart and made this an engaging and funny romance with a very happy ending.

Sara Rider is a wonderful writer that creates stories that are heart-warming, romantic, funny, and most importantly – different than everything else out there. I highly recommend this novel, this author, and the series.

*Thanks to the author and Barclay Publicity for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 


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Copyright © 2018 Sara Rider

Eli marked off twenty-six and three-quarter inches as precisely as he could and lifted the blade of the circular saw.

“Oh my God, I soooo wasn’t kidding,” one of the women next door said loudly. “Nora really does need to get laid.”

His shoulders tensed. This wasn’t the first time he’d overheard the women loudly shit-talking his neighbor behind her back. He had no idea why she hung out with them.

“Maybe you should set her up with someone,” another woman added.

The other two laughed. “Can you imagine Nora on a date? She’s so uptight and frigid. Who would want to date her? No lay is worth that kind of torture. Can’t you just picture her busting out her bottle of sanitizer before the poor sap tries to hold her hand?”

His jaw tensed and he felt the last of his patience snap like an icicle in his warm hands. He sliced the saw through the wood, threw his protective glasses onto the ground, and marched over to the waist-high chain link fence. “I’d do it.”

All three women turned to look at him like he was a space alien who’d just beamed down to earth. The one who’d been talking the most leaned forward in her seat. “What did you just say?”

“You heard me. I’d go out with her.”

“You can’t be serious.”

The more this woman pushed, the more he wanted to put her in her place. No, Nora was not the kind of woman he would normally ask out—mainly because she was one of the few who didn’t seem to fall for his charm. In fact, he was pretty sure she didn’t think he had any charm whatsoever, but she was attractive and smart enough to read a book every month. That alone made her more dateable than half the population in this town. “Sure as hell am.”

The woman leaned forward, smiling at him like he was freshly caught prey in her snare. “If you’re looking for a date, I could show you a much better time.”

He shrugged, keeping his fake smile on his face. “No thanks. Backstabbing and mean isn’t my type.”

He probably enjoyed the shocked look on the woman’s face a little too much, but it was seriously fucking rude to trash-talk the hostess while sitting on her porch and eating her canapés.

The screen door slid open right at that moment. Nora walked out with a plate of decadent-looking mini-chocolate cakes that made his mouth water on sight. Her eyes darted from her friends to him and back again. “Um, what’s going on?”

He rested his hands against the old chain-link fence. “What’s going on is that your so-called friends are talking trash about your love life behind your back and don’t seem to think you can get a date. So I volunteered.”

“You what?”

“Volunteered. You and me. Tomorrow night at seven. I’ll drive.”

She slammed the cake tray onto the coffee table and set her hands on her hips. She looked around like she couldn’t decide where to focus her anger. Of course, she settled on him. “Who says I’d want to go out with you?”

He raised his eyebrow, liking the way she got flustered around him a little too much. “Got better plans?”

Even at the distance between them, he could see her suck in a breath. Her mouth hardened into a flat line, but she didn’t say no.

“Tomorrow. Seven. Dinner. Oh, and consider making new friends who aren’t so damn mean. These ladies don’t deserve any of those amazing-looking cakes.” He grabbed his plank of wood and headed into the house, wondering what the hell he’d just gotten himself into.  

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Rider HeadshotAbout Sara Rider:

Sara Rider writes contemporary romance full of heart, heat, and happily ever after. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and daughters. She spends far too much time in public libraries and never leaves the home without her e-reader stuffed in her purse.

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