The second part of Allie and Hudson's story is here and It. Is. So. Hot! I have a gut wrenching excerpt for you to read! There's also a tour wide giveaway you really need to check out and if you haven't picked up Remind Me, you need to!
Chasing Fire #2
Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers
Releasing July 21st, 2015
Alessandra Sinclair knows that Hudson Chase is the last man she should want. The boy from the wrong side of the tracks has grown into a man who would do anything to get ahead, even if it means breaking Allie's heart. But whenever she's near him, the attraction between them is undeniable. And now that they're working together, keeping her distance from Hudson is almost as impossible as keeping her feelings in check...
Hudson already lost Allie once and he refuses to lose her again. He's determined to use their new business partnership to rekindle the spark he knows is still there. Only the closer he gets to winning her over, the clearer it becomes there are still secrets that could tear them apart for good...
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In the distance Allie could see the black limo waiting at the bottom of the hill. She paused, her hand reaching out to rest on the gleaming wood of her father’s casket, before turning to leave. She and Harper had nearly reached the car when she heard someone call her name.
“Alessandra,” Benjamin Weiss said, hurrying to catch up to her. “A word, please.”
“I’ll wait for you in the car,” Harper said. She slid into the limo and Clayton closed the door behind her before assuming his post a few feet away. Allie knew that behind those dark sunglasses his razor-sharp gaze was scanning the crowd, and that beneath that well-tailored suit a loaded gun was holstered. She tried not to think about why, focusing her attention instead on Mr. Weiss.
“I’m sorry to bring this up now,” he said, “but the board has called for an emergency meeting at Ingram headquarters. I’d hoped to put this off until at least next week, but between your parents’ passing and the revelation of Mr. Chase’s acquisitions . . . Well, I’m sure you can understand their concern.”
Allie nodded. Of course the other board members were concerned. Richard and Victoria Sinclair were gone, and now their daughter, a relative stranger to them, was at the helm alongside a man who’d spent the past few months covertly acquiring a substantial portion of their stock. When he wasn’t fucking her on every available surface, that is. At least the last part wasn’t general knowledge. It was going to be hard enough to face that room with Hudson sitting across the table from her. Thankfully no one on the board knew about their personal involvement.
“When?” she asked.
“Tomorrow morning.” Mr. Weiss gave her a quick rundown of the proposed agenda before ducking into the back of a waiting town car.
Allie pulled her coat closed and crossed her arms over her chest, holding the pieces of herself together as she stared out across the top of the limo at row after row of headstones. When she’d walked out of Hudson’s penthouse two weeks prior, she hadn’t planned on ever seeing him again. Now she had a little less than twenty-four hours to prepare for her first board meeting with him. She had no idea how she would react once they were in the same room, but one thing was certain: she had to keep her distance. And never, under any circumstances, allow herself to be alone with him.
To say I was eager to read this book might be an understatement. The first book in this series ended in a very surprising manner and so I was impatient to see what happened to Allie and Hudson. This book did not disappoint. It was both hot and surprising. I'm learning I shouldn't make theories about what's going to happen next because I'm going to get it wrong.
Allie and Hudson are dealing with a lot of change. Their personal and professional lives are going through lots of upheaval. My heart broke for Allie. She's lost so much in a small amount of time. I admired her for her resolve and strength. Even going through half of what she did would leave me a mess curled up in my bed. I like how she took charge of what was going on around her. I also felt bad for Hudson. He was trying hard to what Allie asked of him, even if it broke his own heart. I was also concerned with how he was handling his recollections of the past. It really made me wonder what had happened to him.
I liked seeing Allie with her friend Harper and Hudson with Nick his brother. I really liked seeing the latter; it was as if they were bonding again, and part of that was due to Allie. I really liked the range of emotions this book made me feel. There were moments of sadness, happiness, fear, and even anger. I'm liking how the story keeps my interest from the first page to the last. It did seem like all the major action happened in those parts though. I'm really concerned about Hudson and Allie. I'm once again intrigued about the direction the story has taken.
Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers have done a great job at moving Hudson and Allie's story forward. They've made great progress as a couple from the start of Remind Me to the end of Release Me. I'm can't wait to see how they grow as a couple in Reclaim Me. I'm hoping things will get easier for them, but I have a feeling they will have to struggle some more before that happens.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
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