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Heather Tornsten needs a man…a celebrity, more specifically, for a fundraising gala for the Dallas art museum, where she works. And what better headliner than bull rider Wyatt Lawrence? Although why people idolize grown men who make their living falling off animals, she’ll never understand. When his mom was diagnosed with cancer, Wyatt determined to focus on doing what she Heather Tornsten needs a man…a celebrity, more specifically, for a fundraising gala for the Dallas art museum, where she works. And what better headliner than bull rider Wyatt Lawrence? Although why people idolize grown men who make their living falling off animals, she’ll never understand. When his mom was diagnosed with cancer, Wyatt determined to focus on doing what she wants—like visiting some art museum. But when his mom teams up with Heather Tornsten to get him involved in a fundraiser, he knows he’s been set up. The more involved he gets with the pretty events coordinator, the more he realizes falling off a bull is far safer. Because falling for Heather–who has made it clear that she won’t risk her heart on any man who courts danger–might break a whole lot more than his bones.


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Heather Tornsten needs a man…a celebrity, more specifically, for a fundraising gala for the Dallas art museum, where she works. And what better headliner than bull rider Wyatt Lawrence? Although why people idolize grown men who make their living falling off animals, she’ll never understand. When his mom was diagnosed with cancer, Wyatt determined to focus on doing what she Heather Tornsten needs a man…a celebrity, more specifically, for a fundraising gala for the Dallas art museum, where she works. And what better headliner than bull rider Wyatt Lawrence? Although why people idolize grown men who make their living falling off animals, she’ll never understand. When his mom was diagnosed with cancer, Wyatt determined to focus on doing what she wants—like visiting some art museum. But when his mom teams up with Heather Tornsten to get him involved in a fundraiser, he knows he’s been set up. The more involved he gets with the pretty events coordinator, the more he realizes falling off a bull is far safer. Because falling for Heather–who has made it clear that she won’t risk her heart on any man who courts danger–might break a whole lot more than his bones.

30 review for The Art of Falling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    3.5 Stars! I really liked this cute story by a new to me author. My thought when I started this story was that it would be a quick, fun story of pure fluff, and yes there was a bit of fluff to it. But it was also so much more than that, I loved the deep message about trusting God and facing your fears. Overall this was a fun romance that was a good one time read. I will probably read more books from this author in the future.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shash

    Heather Tornsten needs an emcee for the museum's fundraising gala. Bull rider Wyatt Lawrence is just the man, and with a little help from his mom, she might make it happen. Of course, she only needs him as an emcee. A relationship with a risk taker is out of the question! This was definitely an opposites attract story with two great characters. Heather was careful and safe. She also had great strength. I was impressed with the way she faced her fears. She had such a big heart and was so willing t Heather Tornsten needs an emcee for the museum's fundraising gala. Bull rider Wyatt Lawrence is just the man, and with a little help from his mom, she might make it happen. Of course, she only needs him as an emcee. A relationship with a risk taker is out of the question! This was definitely an opposites attract story with two great characters. Heather was careful and safe. She also had great strength. I was impressed with the way she faced her fears. She had such a big heart and was so willing to do things for others. Wyatt was a strong, tough cowboy with such a sweet tender side. I loved his relationship with his mom! This was a quick read, and the perfect way to spend a morning. I could imagine myself there with the characters, and wished I really could be. I wanted to be at the rodeo. I wanted to see Wyatt's land. I wanted to wander the museum with Heather. And I really wanted to meet Lorraine and Nana!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lori R

    This is the first book in the Taste of Texas series. It was a fun story of opposites attracting. Wyatt Lawrence is a bull rider who is also very close to his mom, Lorraine. His father was abusive so his mom raised him by herself. He is now taking care of her as she battles cancer. I liked the matchmaker that his mom was. It was funny to watch how she set him up with Heather Tornsten, a Director of Development at a local art museum. I liked the sparks and chemistry between Wyatt and Heather and th This is the first book in the Taste of Texas series. It was a fun story of opposites attracting. Wyatt Lawrence is a bull rider who is also very close to his mom, Lorraine. His father was abusive so his mom raised him by herself. He is now taking care of her as she battles cancer. I liked the matchmaker that his mom was. It was funny to watch how she set him up with Heather Tornsten, a Director of Development at a local art museum. I liked the sparks and chemistry between Wyatt and Heather and the very real fears Heather had after she watched Wyatt ride a bull and have a very, close call. I really enjoyed the christian faith that was woven through the story and how Lorraine helped Heather to follow her heart and to not be afraid. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series! I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Sweet, clean romance. I liked the Heather and Wyatt. Both had things to overcome and found it together. There was growth for both of them. And as fast as their romance went, it was still believable and really sweet. There is a hint of Christianity in there that was a pleasant surprise and so perfect. It wasn't preachy and seemed like a real conversation two Christians would have if they were starting a relationship. Really liked little aspect. It was a short story. I wish it didn't end so soon! Sweet, clean romance. I liked the Heather and Wyatt. Both had things to overcome and found it together. There was growth for both of them. And as fast as their romance went, it was still believable and really sweet. There is a hint of Christianity in there that was a pleasant surprise and so perfect. It wasn't preachy and seemed like a real conversation two Christians would have if they were starting a relationship. Really liked little aspect. It was a short story. I wish it didn't end so soon!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    Wyatt Lawrence rides bulls for a living and doesn’t understand girly stuff like art; Heather Tornsten is works for an art museum and needs a celebrity to emcee their upcoming fundraising dinner … the two are thrown together by his matchmaking mother, who is sure Wyatt will make a great emcee. Wyatt isn’t so sure, given his feelings about art in general, but his growing feelings for Heather might just persuade him … Yes, I know this was a novella, but it seemed short—too short for the amount of pl Wyatt Lawrence rides bulls for a living and doesn’t understand girly stuff like art; Heather Tornsten is works for an art museum and needs a celebrity to emcee their upcoming fundraising dinner … the two are thrown together by his matchmaking mother, who is sure Wyatt will make a great emcee. Wyatt isn’t so sure, given his feelings about art in general, but his growing feelings for Heather might just persuade him … Yes, I know this was a novella, but it seemed short—too short for the amount of plot. I’d have liked to have seen a little more getting-to-know-you before the proclamations of endless love. Yes, I know it’s a romance and has to have a happy-ever-after, and yes, I know it’s fiction, but it shouldn’t stretch logic, and this almost did. Almost. But the ending made up for it. My other grouch is purely from the point of view of this as a 2015 Reading Challenge book: I chose it as a book set somewhere I’d like to visit, Texas. But it could have been set anywhere (well, anywhere big enough to have an art museum and enough people rich enough to pay a small fortune to attend a fundraiser). I never really got the feeling this was Texas, which means it could have done with more setting (although it’s possible this too was a casualty of the short word count of a novell). Overall, I enjoyed The Art of Falling. The title is an excellent play on words, the character were original and interesting, and the writing was good with flashes of brilliance (personally, that’s what I want in a book. I want to be engaged in the story, not be thinking about how good the writing is or isn’t. If I’m thinking about the writing, it means I haven’t been pullled into the story, and that’s never a good thing). Recommended for those looking for a feel-good romance novella. Thanks to Redbud Press for providing a free ebook for review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Oh for the love of that philanderer Zeus! I downloaded this for free on Amazon. Things were just getting interesting--plot lines drawn, back stories explored, characters developed and then there was the Christian tangent!!! I reviewed Amazon's blurb and there is no mention that this is a Christian or sweet romance. I don't have a problem with Christian or sweet romance. I do have a problem when a story is set on such a solid foundation and the whole faith thing comes out of left field to thwack Oh for the love of that philanderer Zeus! I downloaded this for free on Amazon. Things were just getting interesting--plot lines drawn, back stories explored, characters developed and then there was the Christian tangent!!! I reviewed Amazon's blurb and there is no mention that this is a Christian or sweet romance. I don't have a problem with Christian or sweet romance. I do have a problem when a story is set on such a solid foundation and the whole faith thing comes out of left field to thwack the reader up side the head. Seriously? Dude is facing wearing a tux in a situation he's not comfortable in, and the language suddenly turns passive and about faith. The heroine is doing the work of two people and she has time during a business day to sit beside a pond and ponder faith. This sudden change in tone pissed me off and I quit reading. Now that I have that out of my system, and have made myself look like a troll, on to other stuff. Jarnagin has potential. I was totally digging the story and the story line. She set the scenes and populated them with interesting people. There was enough backstory and angst with these folks that there was no reason to suddenly change the tone and pace. On the same note, this story was so well set that the characters have no need to graphically bump uglies to carry the story line. Overall, negative stars for change of tone, pace and the faux pas of passive voice.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Epperson

    My Review: What a sweet story about taking chances. This story is also about facing our fears. We are introduced to a world famous bullrider, Wyatt Lawrence who is facing on of his greatest fears, the possibility of losing his mother. Both he and his mother have a great faith in God and know that he is with them every step of their journey. Heather Tornsten lost her brother in a climbing accident and his death has shaped how she lives her life, safe. Of course, when in the course of her job, she My Review: What a sweet story about taking chances. This story is also about facing our fears. We are introduced to a world famous bullrider, Wyatt Lawrence who is facing on of his greatest fears, the possibility of losing his mother. Both he and his mother have a great faith in God and know that he is with them every step of their journey. Heather Tornsten lost her brother in a climbing accident and his death has shaped how she lives her life, safe. Of course, when in the course of her job, she needs a popular name to emcee a gala fundraiser Wyatt's name pops up. Wyatt doesn't feel he's the right person for the job. Jeez, he's boots, chaps and a Stetson not black tie for goodness sakes. A sweet romance with lots of faith thrown in. I really liked Heather and could understand her fears and Wyatt was just as lovable. The entire time I was reading this story I kept telling the characters to let go and let God take control because I knew he would lead them in the direction they were meant to go. This is a quick read, but comes with not only a great story but also a great message. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance or inspirational read. I was given this book via Redbud Press for a honest review without bias as stated above. All opinions and thoughts are my own

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    The Art of Falling is such a cute, fun novella! I really enjoyed reading it. Since it is a novella, the interaction between the two main characters and their “getting to know each other phase” moves faster than it would in a full length novel, however, I still felt that both Heather and Wyatt were characters that were well-developed within the story. I love that the premise of The Art of Falling is based on two opposites falling for each other. One is a man who rides bulls for a living, which is The Art of Falling is such a cute, fun novella! I really enjoyed reading it. Since it is a novella, the interaction between the two main characters and their “getting to know each other phase” moves faster than it would in a full length novel, however, I still felt that both Heather and Wyatt were characters that were well-developed within the story. I love that the premise of The Art of Falling is based on two opposites falling for each other. One is a man who rides bulls for a living, which is a very high risk job. The other is a woman who is extremely cautious because she is scared of what could happen to herself or a loved one. It is a great set up for conflict between the two. This sweet love story is heartwarming and inspirational. Humor is sprinkled throughout and the attraction is definitely there between these two! Very enjoyable. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Redbud Press in exchange for an honest review. You can read this review on my blog at: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Johnson

    This is the first in the Taste of Texas series, what a great place to start. This is a new to me author. I enjoyed how she developed her characters and the details behind them. Both Wyatt and Heather come from very different past with very different issues that they face during this novella. It is well written and a good quick read. I can't wait to read more in this series. Wyatt is a tough, handsome, bull riding cowboy, (need I say more ladies). He is facing many challenges in this book and mayb This is the first in the Taste of Texas series, what a great place to start. This is a new to me author. I enjoyed how she developed her characters and the details behind them. Both Wyatt and Heather come from very different past with very different issues that they face during this novella. It is well written and a good quick read. I can't wait to read more in this series. Wyatt is a tough, handsome, bull riding cowboy, (need I say more ladies). He is facing many challenges in this book and maybe one of his toughest is learning "the art of falling." Heather must overcome some fears of her own to learn what God has for her. She is a compassionate, caring woman. When Wyatt agrees to help her in her fundraising will there be more between them or will her fear win over her faith. I was given a copy of this novella from the publisher for my honest opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Tidwell

    The Art Of Falling by Julie Jarnagin was a great short story to read. This was such an easy read and I did enjoy it but at times it felt rushed and I wish that more time would have been spent on some of chapters in the book. The one thing about short books that I don’t enjoy is they tend to feel rushed because they cut things out to keep the story short. I really did enjoy the characters in this book and the setting of the book. I can’t wait to read others books by this author because she is an The Art Of Falling by Julie Jarnagin was a great short story to read. This was such an easy read and I did enjoy it but at times it felt rushed and I wish that more time would have been spent on some of chapters in the book. The one thing about short books that I don’t enjoy is they tend to feel rushed because they cut things out to keep the story short. I really did enjoy the characters in this book and the setting of the book. I can’t wait to read others books by this author because she is an amazing author and makes you feel like you are their with the characters. If you love contemporary romance books than I know you will love this short story. FTC:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Psusan

    Being a mother myself of a grown son, I couldn’t help but love the opening museum scene between Wyatt and his mother in The Art of Falling by Julie Jarnagin. Not that I would ever admit to match making myself. The Art of Falling is a short sweet story about two seemingly opposites who are attracted. Because it is novella the character are not as developed as they would be in a longer story. Then there is the wishy washiness on the part of Heather that I thought should have been explored, more as Being a mother myself of a grown son, I couldn’t help but love the opening museum scene between Wyatt and his mother in The Art of Falling by Julie Jarnagin. Not that I would ever admit to match making myself. The Art of Falling is a short sweet story about two seemingly opposites who are attracted. Because it is novella the character are not as developed as they would be in a longer story. Then there is the wishy washiness on the part of Heather that I thought should have been explored, more as well as, Wyatt’s mother’s cancer. However, it is still an enjoyable read. For a debut work it is good with me expecting great things from this author. If expanded it could go from a good novella to a great novel. 3.5 stars The publisher provided a copy for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Daws

    While the basic story could have pulled me in easily enough, I kept getting jolted out of it with details that just didn't make sense, like how after having two conversations with a stranger, one of them brings multiple meals to the other just because the first has learned the other has cancer. Or how after learning cancer is in this woman, without any other information, she brings her multiple pages of printouts on supplements to discuss with her doctor. Maybe I"m just not that forward, but it While the basic story could have pulled me in easily enough, I kept getting jolted out of it with details that just didn't make sense, like how after having two conversations with a stranger, one of them brings multiple meals to the other just because the first has learned the other has cancer. Or how after learning cancer is in this woman, without any other information, she brings her multiple pages of printouts on supplements to discuss with her doctor. Maybe I"m just not that forward, but it seems odd and pushy to me. Additionally, like another reader pointed out, after chapters of absolute silence on faith, God, trusting His plan, etc., suddenly the female lead thinks the male lead talks fearlessly about Jesus. Although the story has great promise, it just didn't flow well for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    This a must read romance novella about two people who give true meaning to opposites attract. Heather is event planner for an art museum and Wyatt is a bull rider that has made a name for himself. She considers him a celebrity and wants him for to emcee an event I loved the interaction between the characters and it is a well written story. I loved the character of Nana, a woman who knows what she wants. Being a novella, you can climb in your favorite chair, with a glass of sweet tea and read it in o This a must read romance novella about two people who give true meaning to opposites attract. Heather is event planner for an art museum and Wyatt is a bull rider that has made a name for himself. She considers him a celebrity and wants him for to emcee an event I loved the interaction between the characters and it is a well written story. I loved the character of Nana, a woman who knows what she wants. Being a novella, you can climb in your favorite chair, with a glass of sweet tea and read it in one session. I look forward to the next books in the series. A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    The Art of Falling is a short novella that I enjoyed a whole lot. I loved the characters, especially Heather, Wyatt, and Lorraine, Wyatt's mother. Lorraine's matchmaking efforts are amusing and well-intentioned much to Heather and Wyatt's chagrin. While Wyatt and Heather like each other right off the bat, they have some pretty big differences to overcome. Wyatt's job as a bull rider scares Heather more than she can say after she's already lost her daredevil brother to a risky hobby. She's not su The Art of Falling is a short novella that I enjoyed a whole lot. I loved the characters, especially Heather, Wyatt, and Lorraine, Wyatt's mother. Lorraine's matchmaking efforts are amusing and well-intentioned much to Heather and Wyatt's chagrin. While Wyatt and Heather like each other right off the bat, they have some pretty big differences to overcome. Wyatt's job as a bull rider scares Heather more than she can say after she's already lost her daredevil brother to a risky hobby. She's not sure she can cope with it all. But with faith and courage, she and Wyatt find hope to face the future despite the challenges and their differences. I really enjoyed this sweet romance.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Grant

    I loved the beginning between the cowboy and his mother but the female lead in this book sort of annoyed me as she made assumptions about the cowboy knowing certain details for the function he said he would emcee. I loved the Nana character as even when she wasn't in the scene but was being discussed she came across as a more solid personality than her granddaughter. Even the cowboy though had some things to resolve seemed more together than the heroine. Its a sweet story but I'm looking forward I loved the beginning between the cowboy and his mother but the female lead in this book sort of annoyed me as she made assumptions about the cowboy knowing certain details for the function he said he would emcee. I loved the Nana character as even when she wasn't in the scene but was being discussed she came across as a more solid personality than her granddaughter. Even the cowboy though had some things to resolve seemed more together than the heroine. Its a sweet story but I'm looking forward to Kiss the Cowboy as the story has really hooked me in from the description.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Britney

    The Art of Falling is an adorable novella! This was my first Julie Jarnigan read, but it certainly won’t be my last. I really enjoyed the humor and heart of this touching story, as well as its delightful characters. Wyatt Lawrence and Heather Tornsten are complete opposites and their conflict and chemistry is such fun to read. I enjoyed The Art of Falling and am eager to read the next book in the Taste of Texas series! I received a complimentary copy of The Art of Falling from Redbud Press. I ap The Art of Falling is an adorable novella! This was my first Julie Jarnigan read, but it certainly won’t be my last. I really enjoyed the humor and heart of this touching story, as well as its delightful characters. Wyatt Lawrence and Heather Tornsten are complete opposites and their conflict and chemistry is such fun to read. I enjoyed The Art of Falling and am eager to read the next book in the Taste of Texas series! I received a complimentary copy of The Art of Falling from Redbud Press. I appreciate the opportunity to read this novella and share my honest opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    June

    Bull rider and the girl that's scared of horses. Wyatt starts reconsidering his need to ride bulls after meeting Heather. It's almost love at first sight. At the same time his mother has just been diagnosed with cancer. His priorities are about to change. The family characters for both Wyatt and Heather are a hoot. Busy bodies who know best. His mother, her grandmother. Good clean story. Bull rider and the girl that's scared of horses. Wyatt starts reconsidering his need to ride bulls after meeting Heather. It's almost love at first sight. At the same time his mother has just been diagnosed with cancer. His priorities are about to change. The family characters for both Wyatt and Heather are a hoot. Busy bodies who know best. His mother, her grandmother. Good clean story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine Meunier

    Shorter than I expected and it felt a little rushed. Ended well, but being at the 40% mark in the kindle file, I was surprised and disappointed to find it was finished and the rest was teaser chapters for 4 other stories. Liked the Christian element but it appeared abruptly and then didn't develop. Shorter than I expected and it felt a little rushed. Ended well, but being at the 40% mark in the kindle file, I was surprised and disappointed to find it was finished and the rest was teaser chapters for 4 other stories. Liked the Christian element but it appeared abruptly and then didn't develop.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Tooley

    I personally felt that the relationship between Wyatt and Heather moved to Fast. It was only about 6-8 weeks after he had known her that he proposed! And in the beginning she had basically refused to be involved with him, but then on the next chapter she goes on a date with him! It all seemed a little rushed if you ask ...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Western meets debutant I really loved this insta love story. To top it off at the end is a bonus chapter from the next book that tells more about the character. I smiled quite a bit, but I was a bit concerned that the characters twisted a bit I. Their personalities from the first novel. I'd love to read more to see a little more of the glimpse into their personalities Western meets debutant I really loved this insta love story. To top it off at the end is a bonus chapter from the next book that tells more about the character. I smiled quite a bit, but I was a bit concerned that the characters twisted a bit I. Their personalities from the first novel. I'd love to read more to see a little more of the glimpse into their personalities

  21. 5 out of 5

    CarolynB

    I'm not a very big fan of novellas. I didn't realize this was one when I started it. I feel that there's no time to develop the characters nor to deepen the plot when the story is so short. If I was a fan, I'd probably say this one was OK, not great. I'm not a very big fan of novellas. I didn't realize this was one when I started it. I feel that there's no time to develop the characters nor to deepen the plot when the story is so short. If I was a fan, I'd probably say this one was OK, not great.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Love

    Unexpected Love Sometimes when we are going through trial and tribulations that can be the time Something special can come to us so don't let your chance slip away because it not the right time love comes when it right just be ready. Unexpected Love Sometimes when we are going through trial and tribulations that can be the time Something special can come to us so don't let your chance slip away because it not the right time love comes when it right just be ready.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Campbell

    Good story A good story and interesting characters. Would have liked some more story after the Gala. Especially since there had to be issues to deal with. The next book sounds great so far can't wait to read it. Good story A good story and interesting characters. Would have liked some more story after the Gala. Especially since there had to be issues to deal with. The next book sounds great so far can't wait to read it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The Art of Falling is a great and fun short story. It is full of humor, faith, inspiration, and romance. I really enjoyed it. Recommended. 5 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Novella, so it was short. Cute, though.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David McDonald

    Okay Marriage between them is a lot of b.s.. she going to do every thing to change him to what she wants. Not what they want out of life.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ugochi Akwiwu

    Cute. I feel the Christian could have been a bit stronger but still a lovely read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Is a great book to read forever and ever since the heart of a great book to read

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Poorly written - unconvincing characters, plot does not develop effectively. It is quick to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    A so-so romance with an uptight art museum lady and a bull riding cowboy. Yep, not the likeliest couple ever, but they get thrown together by his well-meaning mother...sigh.

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