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Series: Chase Brothers #3
Author: Sarah Ballance
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: April 4th, 2016
I’m so glad that Ethan has his own story with a HEA! I’ve enjoyed reading about the escapades of the Chase brothers and the author has skilfully made the reader feel that I’ve grown to know the family through her stories. Having said that, I suspect that you could also read this as a standalone novel and thorough enjoy it.
Ethan had found love whilst in school and had been happily married to his childhood sweetheart until she tragically lost her battle with cancer three years ago. He’s been going through the motions of living ever since but has protected himself against further heartache by barricading his emotions away, keeping his heart protected and avoiding any possible romantic relationships. However, after trying to help a damsel in distress, a feisty elderly citizen assumes the worst and tries to deter him by attacking with a spraying water hose, drenching him! So much for gallantry being rewarded! This then introduces him to the young lady in question and, after a somewhat reluctant arrangement is brokered between the two, life is about to take a turn for the better as they both try to ensure their family and friends believe they are in a relationship with each other – if only for the three weeks she’ll be in the country. As they say, the best laid plans ……
This is a great romance, with a strong male lead who has closed himself away from relationships after his wife’s untimely demise. How his self protective layer is broken down following an accidental encounter is portrayed brilliantly. The reactions of family and friends are central to the story, as are all the animals involved! The plot is well structured with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing how everything can be resolved in the end. A great addition to the series, all of which I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys reading romantic stories about families, where past grief is overcome to enable a future HEA to be achieved. I can’t wait to eat Liam’s story!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ethan Chase isn’t interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, he’d much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and he’ll be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on.
Rue is literally counting the days until her plane leaves New York City. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but being Ethan’s pretend girlfriend can’t hurt, right? Wrong. With Ethan, there’s no faking anything—in or out of the bedroom. With the sheets burning hot and the clock ticking on their arrangement, Rue realizes she’s falling for a man guaranteed to derail her goals…and break her heart.
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