Tuesday 7 September 2021

✿ Chasing Serenity (River Rain #1) ✿ Kristen Ashley ✿



 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new novel in her River Rain series…

From a very young age, Chloe Pierce was trained to look after the ones she loved.

And she was trained by the best.

But when the man who looked after her was no longer there, Chloe is cast adrift—just as the very foundation of her life crumbled to pieces.

Then she runs into tall, lanky, unpretentious Judge Oakley, her exact opposite. She shops. He hikes. She drinks pink ladies. He drinks beer. She’s a city girl. He’s a mountain guy.

Obviously, this means they have a blowout fight upon meeting. Their second encounter doesn’t go a lot better.

Judge is loving the challenge. Chloe is everything he doesn’t want in a woman, but he can’t stop finding ways to spend time with her. He knows she’s dealing with loss and change.

He just doesn’t know how deep that goes. Or how ingrained it is for Chloe to care for those who have a place in her heart, how hard it will be to trust anyone to look after her…

And how much harder it is when it’s his turn.




 ARC received for an honest review

It has been a couple of years since I have delved into KA's world - work, life, study, so many books, all have gotten into the way,

However the chance to dive in at the start of a new series was  an opportunity I couldn't give up.

Now, I know that Ms Ashley's writing is not for everyone.  I like it (even if sometimes it is overly verbous and descriptive, and could be chopped down a little bit).

I did find the first of the story did drag, and I didn't really like anyone other than our main man Judge.  It took me till after 50% to warm up to Chloe.  Not sure what it was about her, but nope, wasn't a fan.  I think it was that she was just a doormat to all her family and didn't stand up for herself, at the same time as flip flopping when it came to Judge.

However, after about 55%, she grew a backbone and that's when the story really started for me.

The second half of the book was much, much better for me.  There were so many little stories along the way that finally came together for us.

And I am glad I finally got to like most of the other characters - though some I am still meh about,

 I liked the set up for the next book, so I will be onto that when it comes out.





Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.

Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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