by Sarah Ballance Chase Brothers, #3
Publication Date: April 4, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Entangled Lovestruck
Ethan Chase isn’t interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, he’d much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and he’ll be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on.
I really enjoyed this story, I haven't read the first two books in the series, but it wasn't overly difficult to get caught up on who the characters are.
I liked getting to know both Ethan and Rue, two polar opposites that somehow are the perfect balance for each other, despite the unusual circumstances surrounding their early "courtship". My heart went out to Ethan, and while I realize that his family only wanted him to find happiness, I thought it a bit selfish on their parts for the way they treated him. Not one of them had lost their respective significant other, so I felt they just should have respected his timeline for being ready to move on when he was ready to start dating again. I mean damn, he'd been with his wife since they were teenagers before she passed away.
I also liked that while it seemed like Rue might have brought chaos into his world, what she actually did was bring the color back into his life, but doing it in a way that showed him he didn't have to forget about his wife in order to start enjoying life again. Rue showed him that he was capable of being able to love in the present while still managing to remember the love he shared with his late wife. And remarkably, Rue was able to get him out of his comfort zone by pushing him to be a little bit more adventurous.
Of course there is the requisite break-up between Rue and Ethan, but it's not for the usual reasons that happen in stories, but what was most surprising was the identity of who managed to make Ethan see where he messed up. Thankfully Ethan got his head on straight and he and Rue managed to get their HEA.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
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