Series: Sapphire Falls #1
on July 14, 2014
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Sapphire Falls has few good memories for Mason Riley. So what’s he doing in the middle of the annual town Festival/class reunion eleven years after leaving town without a look back?
Letting the most popular girl in town—then and now—kiss up to him.
Mason has come a long way from the nerdy outcast Sapphire Falls remembers. His genius IQ has helped him make a name for himself with everyone from the World Health Organization to the White House. He’s also got the bank account to make the Mayor of Sapphire Falls herself—the girl who broke his heart in high school and the one who now wants him to donate to the town’s big building project—take notice.
He can’t wait to tell her no in person.
Adrianne Scott loves Sapphire Falls. The sleepy little town where her college roommate was elected Mayor has been the perfect place to escape the fast-paced, high stress sales job she had in Chicago. She’s happy, healthy and the new project means her dream candy shop can now become a reality. Everything is good in her quiet life. Until Mason Riley comes home.
Mason sure doesn’t look—or kiss—like a socially awkward geek. In fact, he makes Adrianne’s heart pound like nothing she’s ever experienced. Which means she needs to stay far away from him.
A great plan, until her friends inform her that Mason’s donation to the project is dependent on keeping him away from the Mayor while he’s in town.
Now all Adrianne has to do is keep Mason busy, distracted and feeling good about—and generous toward— his hometown… oh, and avoid falling for the world-saving, nerd-turned-hot-guy in the process.
**possible spoiler for those who haven’t read this yet so read at your own discretion!**
So this is a big thing. I was so excited about this new series. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Bradfords and Dixons but I knew this was going to be something special. A shiny new gem. 🙂 I knew it was going to be good because, come on, it’s ERIN NICHOLAS people, but this blew me away.
Adrianne was great. At first I was kind of on the fence about her but she had very quickly won me over. I enjoyed her take charge attitude. It wasn’t a very in your face thing but more of a sneak attack. At least when it came to corralling her boss, the mayor of Sapphire Falls, Hailey, as best she could. We also get to see that Adrianne has overcome and is still dealing with something that happened to her health in the past that is currently shaping her life which had her make the decision to slow down in a small town and follow her dream of owning a gourmet candy shop. Oh, and those descriptions of some of the stuff she was making sounded delicious! I need a friend who can make me candy! Or maybe not since I have no self control. Lol. Adrianne’s character was completely refreshing in Getting Out Of Hand. Something I love about Erin’s novels are that she is able to form (or should I say have a hand in forming since we all know characters have minds of their own) these strong females that all of us wish were our best friends. I know I will never have to worry about not liking the female lead which I absolutely love!
Mason, Mason, Mason. A genius, sexy nerd. I abso-freaking-lutely loved Mason. Growing up in Sapphire Falls, since he was so smart, he was a few grades ahead and more than a little awkward. Once graduating and going to college, he met his now best friend, Lauren (who we get to read her story in the third installment-Getting Dirty-and am twitching, wanting to get my hands on it), who gave the awkward geek a life-changing makeover. He went from geek to chic and women started noticing. Of course he is still a genius and that makes him sexy as hell. I loved how he was instantly drawn to Adrianne when he first comes back to Sapphire Falls. Their chemistry was instantaneous and explosive. And I loved that everytime Mason and Adrianne would get intimate in any way, Mason would have a breakthrough and need to write down what was flying through his head. Adrianne became his muse and his notepad in their first intimate session. Having Mason use Adrianne as a human notepad was hilarious and a stroke of writing genius herself.
I know there are going to be some people out there who will complain about this but I really liked that Mason and Adrianne fell in love so quick. I am a firm believer of when you’ve met that person you want to spend the rest of your life with you will know. My husband and I told each other we were going to marry the other person a few weeks in (of course I was a senior in high school and he a freshman in college so that wasn’t happening right then and there lol) and we’ve been together for going on ten years this October. I’ve know people, even an author, who met their spouses and got married within a few months of meeting and are still together and going strong after over twenty years. Even my little brother met his wife and married her in a year and are still happily married. It can happen so I don’t care what anyone else thinks. And it didn’t seem like Mason and Adrianne was just in lust either. They got each other, got their quirks and were still madly in love. It was exactly the route the story needed to go.
And let’s not forget the secondary characters. They made the story even better. And the town was even it’s own character. I think any small town is a force of it’s own with gossip and all the fun things that normally go on. There isn’t a thing I would change about this book. It was absolutely perfect. Erin knocked this one out of the park!