Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?
As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him?
Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her—and every sinfully sweet caress—as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart.
Chloe is at a place in her life where she has to take a stand for herself. She’s coming off of a bad relationship, trying to find her place in the world. The last thing she needs is another man. Particularly such a fine specimen that women melt into a puddle of goo in his presence. Chloe’s plans include painting her new apartment, finding a job, starting to quilting again…but that all comes to a screeching halt when her car goes off the side of the road and she’s found by a beautiful man who looks at her with heat in his eyes.
Chase has finally gotten tired of bedding models every night. But despite the fact that he is not looking for a relationship, he feels drawn to Chloe. She is this defensive, abused, guarded woman who has such fire, intelligence and strength that he cannot help but fall in love almost instantly. Chase understands her caution and inability to trust, so he systematically makes himself worthy of her by being there, by meaning what he says, and by giving Chloe a way to free herself from her ex-husband’s abuse and belittling. He helps her learn to trust again and gives her unconditional love, whether she wants it or not.
Chloe’s past has made her very wary and distrustful. Most of the issues are with her needing to prove herself to herself, as well as forgive herself for being with a man who didn’t love her the way she should have been loved and her allowing him to control her and her life for so long. Chloe needed to gain a little self-confidence and become the sensual woman she once was, in other words, the complete opposite of the woman her ex-husband was trying to mold her into. While Chase is there to help with her sensuality and self-confidence, continually assuring her with words and deeds of her allure, he is the whole time working hard to become worthy of her trust and teach her what a loving relationship entails. He has his work cut of for him. Chloe gives him her body, he really wants her heart.
I loved this book. It was so sexy, it very nearly caught my nook on fire. There were lots of sex scenes, but they were very well done and sweet, almost reverent, but at the same time, incredibly hot. Chase’s immediate connection to Chloe was expected, but once he decided he wanted her, there was no going back. But he was respectful of her and helped her to realize her own strengths, overcome her issues without any ulterior motive. He wanted to be with her and he knew theirs would be a great love story, but he didn’t push or threaten or tease. Chase was honorable and though she knew he was physically attracted to her, he held off until she was ready. I mean, he was definitely a romance superhero and probably one of my favorite male leads ever. And Chloe was real, her thoughts, her instincts, the way she reacted to things was honest. The walls she had to break down in order to come to a place where she could accept Chase’s love were surmountable but critical to her well-being. I felt for her as a woman and I understood the things holding her back and her overcoming those obstacles made their happy ending was that much sweeter. My one issue with it is that I wish there would have been more interaction with the family. The two of them were pretty much isolated for most of the book. It’s understandable, due to the length of the book, why there wasn’t more interaction, but it certainly would have added to the story and whet my appetite for more of the series. As it is, we met and were given cursory glimpses into Marcus’s psyche, which was definitely enough for me to be excited to get to his story.