Falling for You Blog Tour, #BookReview, & #2Giveaways


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Falling for You
(A Bradford Sisters Romance #2)
By Becky Wade
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
May 1st 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he’s determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become–and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

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About the Author

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy Award and Carol Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

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My Thoughts
Falling for You, the second book in Becky Wade’s Bradford Sisters series, is a fantastic addition to the set! I’m going to be honest and say that I loved John and Nora so much in True to You that I didn’t know if I could possibly fall in love with Willow and Corbin as much as I did John and Nora, but Willow and Corbin did indeed succeed in making their own sweet little place in my heart. 

Willow
Willow is wonderful. 🙂 I love her character, from her good qualities down to her faults, from her rule making and rule following self down to her housewares shopping addiction. Willow doesn’t just follow the rules, she makes the rules for her own peace, sanity, and safety, at least in her mind. It’s how she copes, how she’s dealt with the blows life has landed. Her goodness, her rules are her protection until they aren’t anymore. You can feel the chains of being good that bind Willow. So many of us know that battle of holding yourself to certain standards, of always having a guard up. We can understand trying to be the good girl, trying not to mess up, trying to make sure no one has a reason to be upset with us.

Ms. Wade weaves the theme of forgiveness into Willow’s story, not only forgiving others, but also herself. Because of the standards and rules Willow has set for herself, it’s so very hard for her to truly forgive herself when she realizes just how susceptible she really is to falling. It’s also not easy for her to forgive others, one hunky and maybe a bit cocky man in particular. She is unyielding, at first, in her unforgiveness, using it as a cloak of protection, as a reminder not to trust, not to go there. 

I believe Willow’s story has the power to speak to anyone who’s had their own battle with perfectionism, with self-righteousness, with feeling the need to “be good” and prove yourself, or with the struggle to forgive.

Corbin 
Corbin, Corbin, Corbin. Sigh. 🙂 If Willow is the straitlaced heroine of the story, Corbin is the mischievous yet lovable hero! He is the rule breaker to every one of her made up rules and it is simply fantastic watching him push her buttons. But he doesn’t just push her buttons. Over the course of the book, Corbin proves himself to be trustworthy to a skittish Willow, making himself so very swoon worthy during the process. I mean who doesn’t love watching a determined hero like Corbin Stewart work to get his woman back? 

That’s not all there is to Corbin’s story though. He’s new at this whole being a Christ follower thing and he has his own battles to face. His story will speak to anyone who’s ever doubted whether God is really there and if He’s really working on them, making them different than they used to be. 

Corbin and Willow Together
If Corbin and Willow are charming characters by themselves, then they are captivating fireworks when put together. There’s no question that they have some serious chemistry, making sparks fly when they’re together. The tension between them, the witty banter, Corbin’s hilarious schemes to get Willow’s attention mixed with tender moments and the the heart-rending honesty needed with themselves and each other make for one spellbinding story. The dynamic of Mr. Rule Breaker going after Miss Rule Follower is perfect.

The Rest of the Story
I am not always a fan of second chance romance stories, but this one is very well done. More often than not I just don’t buy the reasons for the break up and it usually feels like so much time was wasted while they were separated when they could have been together. I don’t usually feel very satisfied at the end of stories like those. With Falling for You, for once, I don’t feel like the time apart was wasted. You can truly see God’s hand in the wait, in the in between time. You can see God really being at work, working some things out that needed to be worked out. It was truly a satisfactory story and ending. God didn’t waste a second of the wait, bringing them both to a place where they were really ready to love and forgive and be open with each other.

Extras
A few more things that deserve a mention! Once again, Ms. Wade intersperses letters, emails, texts, journal entries. etc. throughout the book and I love the way those little interchanges add to both the fun and the beauty of the story. I must also mention the relationship and dynamic between the Bradford sisters. I love their humor, their loyalty to each other, and their love for one another. There is, without a doubt, some serious stage setting for Britt and Zander’s story, and I can’t wait to see the rest of it play out in the next book! And last, but not least, I can’t not mention the impish Charlotte and the mystery she introduces to the book. I love Charlotte’s character and the role she plays in throwing Corbin and Willow together.

I loved the witty, and sometimes snarky, back and forth of this story. I loved observing the softening of Willow’s heart. I loved seeing Corbin becoming the hero he is meant to be. And I believe you will, too!

Click on the links in the Tour Schedule below to check out other readers’ thoughts about the book. And definitely don’t forget to check out the Tour Giveaway info below that for a chance to win some fun stuff! If you haven’t had the chance to read the first book, True to You, in the Bradford Sisters series, I am giving away two Kindle versions of it. Click here to enter my giveaway or on my graphic below!

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Tour Schedule

April 30th:
Launch
Amy Watson Author
Remembrancy
Author Austin Ryan
Heidi Reads…
May 1st:
Author Kelly D. Scott
Radiant Light
Cafinated Reads
Jen Around the World
May 2nd:
The Barefoot Reader
Loraine D. Nunley, Author
Moments
The Mary Book Reader
May 3rd:
The Power of Words
Kat’s Corner Books
I Am A Reader
Book by Book
May 4th:
Getting Your Read On
cherylbbookblog
The Green Mockingbird
Author Toni Shiloh
May 7th:
Bringing Up Books
My Scribbler’s Heart
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Hearts & Scribbles
May 8th:
Facebook Party at 8 PM EDT/5 PM PDT
Author Christen E Krumm
God is Love
100 Pages per Hour
Just a Little Creativity
May 9th:
Wishful Endings
Mel’s Shelves
Rockin’ Book Reviews
The Great Adventure
May 10th:
Jorie Loves A Story
`Candle Reviews Chivalrous Romance
Flowers of Quiet Happiness
Author Deborah Hackett
May 11th:
Redeemed Hope Dweller
Singing Librarian Books
Locks, Hooks and Books
Dawn’s Dreams
May 12th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Celebrate the release of Becky Wade’s Falling for You by entering to win a fabulous prize pack that includes some of Willow Bradford’s favorite things!

One grand prize winner will receive*:

  • A model-worthy Kate Spade bracelet
  • A $100 cash card (so you can feed a housewares and home décor addiction like Willow’s)
  • A Seattle Candle Co. candle (that smells just like the setting of the book)
  • Roasted in Seattle Rainy Day Coffee
  • A delicious scone mix (so that you can enjoy scones just like Willow and Corbin do while having high tea)
  • Cozy book-lover socks
  • And of course, a copy of Falling for You

Two runner up winners will receive*:

  • A Seattle Candle Co. candle (that smells just like the setting of the book)
  • A copy of Falling for You

*Due to shipping costs, US entrants only.

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**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley and have chosen to review it. All opinions are my own.
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