Chasing Shadows by Catherine Bybee Release Date: November 13, 2018 Publisher: Montlake Romance Book #3 in the First Wives series Number of Pages: 316 Kindle Edition Source: Kindle Lending Library (November selection) Romantic Suspense M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 11/24/18 to 11/25/18
Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.
Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.
But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.
The things Avery has been through in this series are brutal. I loved reading about her finding her inner (and outer) strength in this story. She was always a bit prickly and closed off compared to the other First Wives, but her experience in the story Half Empty has made her even more on edge with people…especially those she doesn’t know.
Liam is amazing. He’s the definition of Regular Joe. Strong, sweet, sexy, down to earth, caring, protective, nurturing. All things almost anyone would be looking for in a mate. He thinks nothing of helping out his sister and niece, has no problem with Avery’s need to be in charge and set the pace of their friendship, is a true gentleman who know when to let a woman fight her own battles and when to step in. Like I said, a real Regular Joe salt of the earth type of guy who happens to be amazing all around.
It really broke my heart that Avery felt the need to fight her demons on her own. She has such an unbelievable circle of friends but doesn’t really know what that means. While she’s the most protective of the bunch and would do absolutely anything for any one of them, Avery has had enough disappointment in her life via her parents that she doesn’t trust that they would do the same for her. Of course they would and they never back down from letting her know that.
This story went in a direction I didn’t quite see it going at the end. I must say, I appreciate the author taking the chance to give her readers something a little different. Her risk paid off. I was in awe of the way Avery got her closure. Not what I expected, but the perfect way for it all to play out.
I’ve made no secret of my love of this author’s work. She seems to be getting better and better.