Date published: April 21st, 2015
Publisher: Berkley InterMix
Synopsis: First in a tantalizing new trilogy about reigniting a forbidden desire from long ago…
As heiress to a media empire Alessandra Sinclair was raised to put family obligations first. But everything changes the night her first love walks back into her life and turns her whole world upside down. Haunted by the memories of a secret romance with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, she can't seem to get Hudson Chase out of her mind. Once again torn between two worlds, Allie must decide how much she’s willing to risk to have the love she’s always longed for.
Ten years is a long time to wait, but billionaire Hudson Chase didn’t become CEO of one of the country’s fastest growing companies by giving up on what he wants. Now that he’s got Allie in his sights again, he’s determined to make her regret breaking his heart. And this time, he’s going to make damn sure he’s not so easy to forget.
Includes a preview of Release Me, book two of the Chasing Fire trilogy.
What I Thought:
I love when I pick up a book because it has one of my favorite themes, second chance romance, and find a story that I can't put down. Alessandra and Hudson had fiery chemistry and it was a pleasure watching them try to deal with it. I loved how the story allowed me to be sort of an onlooker to what was happening between them and I loved the drama and passion. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, new twists appeared, leaving me eager for more.
I liked both Alessandra and Hudson, especially when they were younger. As adults I had moments when I didn't like how they behaved. Things have changed quite a bit since Hudson and Alessandra "Allie' have last seen each other. Hudson is no longer the hired help, while Allie is still a golden girl in high society. I loved the way they reconnected. That scene is one of my favorites from the book. Things have changed with their families too, some are noticeable and others not so much.
Allie and Hudson give off a lot of heat. The only part about them I didn't enjoy was that both of them weren't romantically free to enter into a renewal of their previous relationship. The other thing I didn't like, but understood, was the abuse of the power that came with money and prestige. I have a feeling many of the characters will be feeling the brunt of those abuses in the future. Karma after all is a bitter and tenacious bed fellow.
The book ended on a cliff hanger and I'm so glad the next book comes out fairly soon. I'm looking forward to finding out where Allie and Hudson's story goes from here. If this first book in any indication, it's going to hot, fast, and angsty. Ann Marie and Amy have done a great job at writing a story that's hot and juicy, and that's just the secrets everyone is keeping from every one else!
About the Authors
Though thousands of miles apart, Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers are in constant contact, plotting story lines and chatting about their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel, David Gandy. You can find them on twitter as @AnnMarie_Walker and @Amy_KRogers.
Amy K. Rogers
Ann Marie Walker
*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.*