Melissa Foster on the blog today with the latest book from The Ryders Contemporary Romance series. Please read on for my review, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, then enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of Two (2) ebook copies of CLAIMED BY LOVE
Chased by Love
Trish Ryder and Boone Stryker have it all: looks, talent, accolades and fame. Acting has always been Trish’s focus, and she’s well loved by public and the industry alike. A new film that has Oscar written all over it is her chance to stretch her skills. If only her co-star would act like he cared about something other than himself.
Boone Stryker has attained rock-god status as the lead singer/songwriter of the hottest band around. His PR files are full of parties, women, good times and music. On the set, after he shows up late however, he’s wooden and surly. When the director issues an ultimatum and sends the two off to the isolated house to be used as a set in the movie with the intention that Trish will run her own actor’s studio with Boone, the story takes flight.
I loved the growth of the relationship between these two – their attraction sparked off the pages, and when Boone finally realized that Trish was coming through the door he placed between himself and the world. Slowly she is able to see beyond his carefully crafted PR persona, and he starts to share moments. An acting exercise to ‘make’ him feel the anger, frustration, helplessness and grief from a childhood friend’s overdose brings him to the realization that she won’t walk away, or offer ridiculous platitudes.
There’s plenty to love in this story – their relationship, despite all of the potential pitfalls, never really hits a moment of tension that would have brought some of the necessary angst to the story. With a friend disappearing into his addiction, his mother ill and a younger brother who acts out and dances on the line of legal, we’re told that Boone has plenty on his plate. But shutting down and closing out seem to be his fallback position. And while Trish does push him, the expectations of conflict, that moment where I thought something BIG would happen and didn’t, left me wondering about the lost potential. Sure, the story is engaging, and both Boone’s and Trish’s family are adorable and supportive, if the Ryders are a bit invasive. While I personally believe in that kismet that mean two are meant for one another, and Boone and Trish are the poster children of soul mate, the story stayed lighter than one would expect with the issues of addiction and fame, and the need to worry about image and PR. It’s still a fun and lighter than expected story with a wonderful Cinderella-style ending that is everything a romance reader could want.
Title: Chased by Love
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: The Ryders #3, Love In Bloom #40
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: EverAfter Romance
Published on: 17 August, 2016
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Actress Trish Ryder takes her job seriously and has no time for those who don’t. When she’s awarded a major role in a new movie featuring America’s hottest rock star, Boone Stryker, she’s beyond excited. The six-two, tattooed hunk of burning desire is known for his dedication to his craft—but when he ditches their first meeting, she begins to wonder if he’s just another rocker with a great PR team.
Sex, booze, women, and music pretty much sum up Boone Stryker’s private world. He’s coasted through life playing by his own rules with plenty of people willing to cover his tracks, and he’s not likely to change—until he meets a woman who refuses to give him the time of day, much less anything more.
Sparks fly from the first moment Trish and Boone meet—Tensions run hot and desire runs hotter when they’re trapped together on a remote location with no place to hide. Will sparks ignite, or will a hurricane douse the flames?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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