First to Fail Marie Johnston


Title: First to Fail
Series: Unraveled #3
Author: Marie Johnston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2020


By day, I’m a strict principal of a private school filled with wealthy families like the one I grew up in. By night, I’m a lithe assassin with a penchant for latex and roller derby. At least my cosplay character is, and I never let my personal life bleed into my professional one. Until the handsome comic book shop owner I had a steamy session with at the local comic con walks into my office.

Chris is the father of one of my students, and completely off limits. I wouldn’t be a good role model for all my young students if I trashed my career over a guy, not even one I can’t quit thinking about.


As a business owner and single father, I don’t have time to date. But when work and pleasure collide in a dark corner of the local comic con, I’m willing to make dating a priority. Only the hot cosplayer in the tight body suit disappears in the crowd before I get her real name.

When I see her again, she’s behind an imposing desk, wearing eye glasses instead of a mask, and reprimanding my daughter. Natalia’s determined to keep our roles strictly professional, but I’m determined to get another taste of the uninhibited woman hidden under that business suit.


First to Fail is a full-length standalone novel in the Unraveled series. It was previously published as Based on Principal in the now obsolete Fanboys series. 



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First to Fail by Marie Johnston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have enjoyed these three billionaires a heck of a lot! Their stories were exciting and sexy and full of heart. I especially liked this story because of the character growth and deep emotions that carried with it. Natalia and Chris had an instant connection and when the y meet, she is her true self. However, Natalia has lived her life behind a mask, if you will, for most of her life. There are expectations put upon her of who she should be. I’m pretty sure if I leave it at that, most of you will understand what I am trying to say. Chris got to see the real her and they connected instantly, and he loved it, and so did she. But that mask that Natalie wears … Chris can’t live like that because been there, done that, not doing it again … again, I’m sure you get where I am coming from.

This story was more than just a romance story. It’s a story of learning to be true to yourself is the ultimate goal in happiness. It’s the story of learning that expectations of yourself are truly the only ones that count in the long run. It’s a story of growth and family and love and breaking the chains that keep you from being who you really want to be. It was sexy and moving and I enjoyed it very much! Now I can’t wait to get started on the Oil Kings and the Walkers very soon!

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Meet Marie

Marie Johnston writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She also works as a medical laboratory scientist and has worked as a public health microbiologist. Depending on the situation, she can be oddly unconcerned about germs or weirdly phobic. Marie’s been a volunteer EMT, a college instructor, a security guard, a phlebotomist, a hotel clerk, and a coffee pourer in a bingo hall. All fodder for a writer!! She has a husband, four kids, and even more cats.