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Love is a sanctuary
Christian Montgomery is burnt out—the family business might be his entire world, but his father’s judgment means Christian never stops working. His only respite is gazing at the beach and the carefree surfers riding the waves…especially the curvy redhead who’s caught his attention.
Sophia Bennington has just fled from her small Kansas town to California, where she’s trying her best to embrace her new beginning. Soon Christian and Sophia find one another, and it feels like sanctuary. But when their difficult pasts catch up to them, will they run away from each other?
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Fly Girl’s Review:
Uumm…Didn’t see that coming. I was prepared for another sweet romance with some family drama mixed in, but Samantha really brings the drama and turmoil in this one. She keeps you on your toes from the first to last page. I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t read it yet, so I’ll do my best.
Christian was profiled pretty well in the last book, Until there was Us, as an extreme workaholic with father/trust issues and everyone in the family was very worried about him. Well, in this one we see why they worry so much. He ends up having a panic attack that felt more like a heart attack which makes him change his mind about his driven lifestyle. He spends the rest of the book making a lasting connection with Sophie and figuring out what kind of a life he really wants to have and battling with the unreal expectations his father has set on him. (Ok, there is a twist in all of that, but that is a spoiler I don’t want to ruin.) Meanwhile you have Sophie who is dealing with her own family drama and trying to make a new start for herself. She ends up coming to Christian’s rescue and helps him discover the life he’s been missing.
Before the panic attack his mom and aunt do their best to play matchmaker, but think they’ve been thwarted by bad luck. I think we find out how his mom and aunt feel about their matchmaking skills in the next book, I hope. So for the most part everyone gets their happily ever after, but some family members will be reeling from changes to the family in this episode for a long time to come. So don’t let it be said I didn’t warn you that you might hate Samantha after you finish this one. I’m optimistic that she will find a way to make us happier with the next in the series.
Honestly though, I’m giving this 4.5 of 5 because it pulled at my heart strings and I just couldn’t put it down. I knew they would be together in the end, but I wasn’t sure how they were going to get there and that made me keep reading right up to the last word. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.
4.5 of 5 Propellers
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Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.