Chased by Love by Melissa Foster Release Date: August 17, 2016 Publisher: World Literary Press Contemporary Romance - M/F Book #3 of the Ryder series and #40 of the Love in Bloom series Number of Pages: 300 Kindle Edition Source: Pre-ordered through Amazon Rating: NC-17 Read 8/17/16 to 8/18/16
Sometimes you just need a Melissa Foster book to get you over a slump. Due to everything going on in my life lately I’ve been having a hard time getting through the books I’m currently reading. It’s been part being obsessed with watching every possible minute of the Olympics and part stressing over Griffin. Long ago I got into the habit of pre-ordering the next to be released Love in Bloom series book as soon as I finish the current book. When this one popped up on my Kindle I almost didn’t read it right away. Like I said, I was trying to read other books and wanted to finish them. Then I realized I just needed to take a break from those other books and this may do the trick. I’m glad I did because it helped me over that speed bump I had hit.
The heroine, Trish, had great compassion while still having a spine. Boone, the hero, also had a lot of compassion but was an expert at hiding that from the world. There were a lot of creative liberties taken with this story when it came to how a movie is filmed, but I loved the concept so that didn’t bother me. As usual with this author, the characters were set up where they could have had a huge misunderstanding or two. But instead of keeping secrets the H and h actually talk to each other so nothing becomes too big to handle.
If anything really bothered me about this story is that, while the subject of substance abuse was definitely discussed, it wasn’t delved into as deeply as it could have been. I get that this is a romance and there’s a time and place for everything, but there have been some books in this series that gloss over subjects and others that dig a bit deeper. I tend to like when we’re given a bit more.
That being said, I’d love to learn more about Boone’s neighborhood…his brothers and sister and friends. With the way Ms. Foster weaves so many lives together I have a feeling I may get to some day. Which actually brings me to the top of the page, where I put this is book #3 of this series but #40 of the bigger series. You don’t have to read them all, but why not? Some of the books are better than others but they are all entertaining. And I like having that inside knowledge of how certain characters may end up knowing each other, like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
One last thing, I love when authors throw love each others way. In fact, I have discovered some of my favorite authors by looking them up when they’re mentioned in a book I’m reading. In this case, there is mention of Kristan Higgins (one of my favorite contemporary romance writers) and Diane Chamberlain. I have one of Chamberlain’s books on my “want to read” list but have yet to check her out. Now I’m even more interested in trying one of her books.
I’m currently putting together a page that will give you an explanation of some of the abbreviations I use as well as my thought process behind my ratings. But for now I’ll let you know that 3-stars, to me, means I really enjoyed this book. I may not read it multiple times, but I’m glad I read it and was not disappointed.
8/22/16 the link to the above promised page