Title: Chasing Happy
Series: Texas Desires #1
Author: Rylie Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 15, 2015
Reed Prescott’s life is complicated enough before a silly little girl in outrageous high heels bites it in front of his moving vehicle. With no other choice, he forces her out of the pouring rain and inside his car. His concern isn’t necessarily with her safety, but to ward off any potential lawsuit.
Lara Hunter’s life is headed in the right direction. With a good education, a great new job, and her dear best friend, Kade, by her side, nothing can get in her way until a freak rain storm leaves her sprawled across the road in the middle of a busy intersection during rush hour traffic. When the gorgeous man in the business suit and too expensive car takes her back to his office, she’s not entirely sure she appreciates his high-handed helpfulness.
When Reed’s assistant finishes with Lara, he finds his entire world rocked by the captivating beauty underneath that soggy exterior. From day one, Reed’s success in business has always been fueled by a deep, unbreakable hate for his grandfather. So when the potential for love stands in front of him, can this hardened man find a way to chase his own happiness?
I have to say, Chasing Happy is quite the debut novel for Rylie Roberts! I really enjoyed this story and the journey with the characters!
Lara is young and ambitious and about to start the first day at her dream job, she’s even got her lucky Jimmy Choo’s on! Trying to get to work though is a bit challenging in heels during a rainstorm. Distracted, she steps off the curb and is almost hit by a car. Lucky shoes ruined and some bumps and bruises, the man who hits her, and then rescues her, is more than what he seems.
Reed is a powerful man, a rich man and not always a nice man. After nearly running over the careless woman who stepped into the street without looking his initial motives are to avoid a lawsuit. He definitely goes over the top trying to make things right, new clothes, shoes and what not. He notices there is something special about this girl and soon his motives change to getting her into bed. Little does he know this woman is about to turn his self-centered world upside down.
I really enjoyed this story and the way the characters developed together. It wasn’t exactly what I expected from them, but it was a great journey. Lara doesn’t immediately fall at his feet, and I appreciated that. I mean let’s be honest, he’s kind of an ass sometimes and she sees that. Both Reed and Lara both had learning to do in this story. But once, they do get it together – oh I just loved their chemistry.
I absolutely loved the secondary characters as well in this story, they really are fantastic. And I definitely want to be friends with Kade, and would totally love to read his book (hint hint). They really made this a well-rounded story for me.
Chasing Happy really is a great title for this book, it fits it so well. While these characters can be frustrating at times, they are still loveable. They both have pasts to overcome to learn what it is to truly love and be loved. I really can’t wait to read more from Rylie Roberts!
*I received and ARC to review for The Geekery Book Review.
“Rylie Roberts’s storytelling voice is great to read. I was given this book. I very much enjoy this story. I look forward to more stories from Rylie Roberts. I am so glad I got to read this book, I think you will be too. Give a new author a try; it will be well worth your time.” ~ Goodread Reviewer
“This was a solid start from a debut writer. It touched on some deeper, darker topics than I expected, and it captivated me enough that I am looking forward to more in this series.” ~ BJs Book Blog
“Captivating…Addicting…Masterful debut novel by Rylie Roberts. Rylie brings her characters to life and made me fall in love with Reed and Lara on every page. Sexy…Lustful….Passionate between the steamy scenes and meaningful topics Chasing Happy makes for an all around amazing read.” ~ Swoon Worthy Books
Rylie Roberts is an award winning author and native Texan who loves to write and read romance. Look for her debut novel, Chasing Happy, releasing Tuesday, September 15, 2015, with more Texas Desires Novels coming soon.
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