Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Sweetest Chase by Sharla Lovelace

Title: The Sweetest Chase
Author: Sharla Lovelace
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Heart of the Storm #2
Main Characters:Quinn and Simon
Release Date: February 2016
Publisher: Montlake
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Photographer Quinn Parker is getting married in a month, and she’s almost happy about it. Even though her mother is planning the whole wedding. Even though she’s secretly had the hots for Simon Chase forever. But he’s her best friend’s brother and her coworker…off-limits even if she were single. So she’s marrying the man who should be her perfect match—and that’s that.

Simon Chase’s life revolves around his family’s storm-chasing business. The meteorologist of the bunch, he’d rather be out in the weather than reporting it—especially if Quinn Parker is along to photograph the run. He’s been hiding his crush on her for a long time, and it’s only intensified. But she’s marrying someone else—and that’s that.

Or is it? When a Chase family wedding sets the stage for body temperatures to rise and the pressure of Quinn’s impending wedding to build, a new reality breaks. Quinn and Simon discover their unrequited affections have been mutual all along. When the gathering storm of their attraction finally reaches its peak, will it leave their lives in shambles? Or will they find shelter in each other? 
My Review:
Whew...this book. It wasn't the easiest book to read by any means, but that's because of the setup for the story. Although I will say, the emotions absolutely did carry me away. I was completely, 100% emotionally invested with these characters and if they'd ever figure their crap out...mainly Quinn.

Here we go. 
Quinn is the pure definition of "hot mess." Honestly, she's not very good heroine material, although I adore what she can do with a camera and the images of her hanging out the window on the chase vehicle took my breath away. But Quinn isn't a very strong character. She also isn't very in touch with who she is. There was a single point in the story where I thought she finally got it...and then...she just didn't. And I wanted to cry, because there are so many amazing possibilities for her. And I get it. I do. Every time she pushed her wants down I wanted to scream at her. But she didn't want to rock the boat. She didn't want to go against what's expected of her. She WOULDN'T stand up for herself. And that just made me sad. Yes, it does happen eventually, but gah... Her mother AND her fiance walk all over her. She tries to stand up and say no, but then someone gives her a sad look and she caves...for 85-90% of the book. 

BUT the idea that she will finally find her spine kept me read and completely involved with the story...to the point that I was tempted to stay up all night reading it. It seems like everyone and everything is against her...her mom, her fiance, the TV show people, even the freaking weather. But Simon has her back. He sees her wants and wishes and wants those for her. 

Poor Simon. 
Everyone can see that he's completely head over heels for Quinn...except for her. But she's engaged to another man...off-limits in the biggest possible way. But they are best friends and get thrown into tight situations together where it's hard to deny that chemistry. On top of that, they are both under incredible amounts of stress in their lives so things like self-control and tempers are beginning to fracture. It's a tempestuous combination that as the reader you can see is totally about to erupt. Again, I did mention how riveting reading this book was, right? Almost from page one you can see this train wreck coming and it's impossible to look away. 

The entire story is emotionally charged and there are some amazing action scenes with the storm chases that took my breath away. It is an incredibly entertaining book. Although I spent most of the book wanting to scream at Quinn (and her mother and her fiance), there were also moments when I cried and laughed. Overall, I did enjoy the action of reading it. No, Quinn was absolutely not my favorite heroine, but she made me feel...so mission accomplished. 

Note: There are a TON of characters in this book. It's the second book in the series and I did read the first, although I am notoriously bad at names. I spent a LOT of the book lost about who exactly the side characters were each time one of them was introduced into a scene. I could have used a character glossary for this one. :o)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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