Chase delivered an absolutely lovely read that left me antsy to get back to the rest of the series and see how it all began.
The quick of it is that Zach had a serious climbing accident and since then he's turned into an angry bear of a man who's wallowing in his own misery and pretty much become a recluse. And the people around him have had enough. They're fucking over his pity party and throwing down an ultimatum. Get his act together--and accept help from his assistant--or the family company he runs...no longer going to be his to run. It's...not the most pleasant of moments to be around him, for sure, but his long time assistant is ready to go to bat for him and help him get back to who he used to be. And he just best get his ass in line. *nods*
Okay so these two. Zach and Gabriella. Their happily ever after was hard won. Whew, boy! Zach is one grumbly pain in the ass hero who lashes out and is pretty much hitting rock bottom when things kick off. And Gabriella? Has the patience of a freaking saint dealing with him. Lord love her. And so did I. She was one tough chickie and I loved seeing her stand up for herself (in a number of ways) and finally seeing Zach overcome everything that was holding him back (namely himself). I liked that these two had some history and had worked together for years. They really had an amazing dynamic--even when things, or rather, he, was being a grumbler.
Heh Okay so heat was actually pretty light. The chemistry between these two was there and there were some sex scenes but for the most part they were lightly detailed or fade to black. But I still loved it and their rocky road to romance. When things were good...man they were good. But holy cow when things were bad? Watch out. Whew! Homeboy could fuck up something fierce.
He couldn't concentrate for a moment because all he could think of, all he could see in his mind, was Gabriella sprawled out on his bed. Maybe he hadn't thought this plan through far enough. Having her help redo his bedroom meant she'd be spending a lot of time...in his bedroom.
"So, what do you think?"
Think? Think? Hell, Zach had no idea what she had even suggested because his mind had wandered down Dirty Lane. "Um...why don't we talk about it tomorrow? What time can you get here?"
"What time do you want me there?" she asked, and Zach had to wonder if she realized how sexy her innocent question sounded.
"How about right now?" he asked silkily and heard her soft gasp.
"What? You asked me a question and I answered it."
"Tomorrow. What time should I come over tomorrow?"
It was interesting seeing these two deal with each other every day. With working alone at his home until he was strong enough to leave the house, with long standing attraction and misunderstandings (of a sort) from years earlier, frustrations as he went through PT and them both dealing with their families. Including his matchmaking uncle who just knew the two were perfect for each other. It was pretty entertaining.
Their romance was far from perfect but I think, in the end, it made it sweeter when they finally came around and Zach got himself together. Chase dazzled with a dynamic pair that were each others match in every way. It was wonderful and frustrating and completely satisfying. I'm so hooked!
Zach's perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help… but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella's love.
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