Stay focused. Get a job. Save her father’s life.
Beth Lamont knows far too much about the harsh realities of life her gilded classmates have only read about in class. She’ll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah – a guy who represents everything she hates about the war, soldiers and what the Army has done to her family.
Noah Warren doesn’t know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he’s going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn’t break his promises. Except he doesn’t count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous and distracting as hell. One look at Beth threatens to unravel the careful lies Noah has constructed around him.
A simple arrangement turns into something neither of them can deny. And a war that neither of them can forget could destroy them both.
I like this new turn Jessica Scott is trying out with the younger main characters. Her other stories focus more on career soldiers, men who signed up before there was a war. With this new series we get to meet young soldiers, who signed up knowing they were going to war and their return back home.
Noah is only twenty four and his career in the Army is already over. Captain when he was twenty and since then responsible for taking care of his men. So he definitely feels older than kids his age. Being what he’s been through, college life feels very alien to him. Still it’s the only option he currently has and he made the promise to his LT. To get through it though, he’s in need of a tutor.
Beth is the daughter of an Army veteran. The war ate up her dad and spat him back out. She’s seen what the aftermath of war means for the families, and it sucks big time. The girl has been taking care of her father since she was a teenager. Responsibility, working and studying is all she currently knows. While she doesn’t look forward to tutor an ex-soldier, she does need the money.
When they meet it certainly isn’t love at first sight. Noah is immediately attracted to her, but doesn’t know how to deal with this new normal life and well he just isn’t very smooth. Beth was reluctant to tutor Noah, but it doesn’t take long for her to see he’s quite an amazing guy.
While the romance between them slowly blooms, there is clearly trouble on the horizon. Beth’s dad just keeps getting worse, and even though she can now confide in Noah, the constant responsibility is out to break her.
Noah still has scars from the war, and not just the physical ones. Anxiety attacks, sleepless nights and too much pills are becoming his downfall. It’s only a matter of time ’till it all comes crumbling down and he has no clue how to stop it.
Before I Fall is beautifully written. Once again Jessica Scott has been very accurate in her descriptions and the workings of life after the Army. There were more lighter and sweeter in this moments, and I loved those. That connection between Beth and Noah is clear and real. That realness is why I like her stories so much.