With: Sara Rider
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Make Me Fall is a sexy, light-hearted romance about Nora and Eli, two feuding neighbors who find themselves on a date after Eli overhears Nora’s friends giving her a hard time about being too uptight to get a date after her divorce. The two are complete opposites, and neither of them expects to actually like each other, much less start to fall for each other after one night, but that’s exactly what happens. Make Me Fall starts of as an enemies to lovers book but quickly turns into a friends to lovers story, which comes with it’s own set of complications for Nora and Eli.
Nora is struggling to find her place in the town of Shadow Creek, Washington, after moving across the country for a new job. She desperately wants to make friends and fit in somewhere, but is finding it hard to do as a divorced woman in her thirties. Thanks to Eli, she finally meets a new group of friends when he introduces her to the Books & Brews club—a romance-themed book club that runs out of his brewpub.
One of my favorite things about writing this series was creating strong heroines with real quirks and struggles. Nora is uptight and particular and a perfectionist, but that’s what Eli loves about her. Eli, on the other hand, is gregarious, charming, but also secretly really hard on himself. Even though they are complete opposites, he doesn’t want her to change who she is. I like playing with the opposites-attract trope to explore the characters more deeply and ramp up the chemistry, but I also love that it allows the characters the opportunity to show kindness and understanding toward each other.
Nora and Eli are two characters who’ve been through a lot, but as they slowly learn to trust each other, they learn to trust themselves, too. Along the way, there are a lot of laughs, swoons, and a little bit of heat, too. I loved writing a love story for these two characters, and I hope you enjoy reading about them.
Author: Sara Rider
Release Date: September 24, 2018
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.
MAKE ME FALL Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Sara Rider
His truck was in his driveway, covered in mud, sawdust, and probably every other kind of dirt imaginable. She managed to hide her grimace but hesitated before opening the passenger door. He came around and opened it for her, looking almost embarrassed—despite seeming like the kind of guy who never got embarrassed. “Yeah, sorry. I haven’t had a chance to wash it with all the work I’ve been doing. But it’s clean inside. I promise.”
“It’s not that,” she lied. Just looking at the dirt made her skin itch. But there was something else she needed to do. She pointed to the back of the truck. “Can you stand there for a second?”
He gave her a curious look but complied. She pulled out her phone and snapped a photo.
“It’s a bit presumptive to be sending brag photos before we’ve even had dinner.”
She rolled her eyes and headed back to the passenger side. “I’m sending my best friends a photo of you next to your license plate so they can call the cops in case I don’t check in by ten o’clock.” At least he wasn’t lying about the fact it was pristine on the inside. She wasn’t exactly a germaphobe, but she’d paid a lot of money and waited more than a few years for an excuse to wear this dress, and she’d like to make it at least five minutes without getting it covered with mud.
He came around the driver’s side and hopped in. “The old ‘what if he’s a serial killer’ photo.”
“It’s nothing personal.”
“No worries. I sent one of you to my friends earlier, too.”
She laughed. “Yeah, right. When could you possibly have gotten a photo of me?”
He reversed the truck onto the road and headed north. “Not telling. It’s one of my super-secret serial killer stalking techniques.”
“Hate to break it to you, but insisting someone go out with you in front of a bunch of witnesses is pretty amateur for a serial killer.”
“Or so amateur it’s actually brilliant.” He winked at her before casting his eyes back on the road.
“I should not be laughing right now.”
“Why?” He shifted gears smoothly as they pulled onto the highway, merging seamlessly in between the fast moving cars. How was it fair that even the way he drove was sexy? “Scared you’ll actually have a good time tonight?”
“Hardly. We have nothing in common. And—”And you only asked me out as a pity date. She cleared her throat. “So, what would your mad genius serial killer name be?”
“The Weed Whacker Whacker, of course.”
She shook her head, trying not to laugh. “That’s not too bad.”
“I was going to go with Sex Machine Killer, but I’m pretty sure it’s already trademarked. But Death Stare Slayer is up for grabs.”
She responded with said infamous stare. “My resting bitch face is not that bad.”
“Only because you’ve never been on the other end of it.”
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About 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.