Summary from Goodreads:
Sometimes one look is all it takes
Chloe Peterson has vowed never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Her reasons are as vivid as the bruises on her cheek. So when her car skids off a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true.
As a successful international photographer, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. He’s satisfied with his life—until he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley.
With every loving look—and every sinfully sweet caress—the attraction between them sizzles, and Chloe can’t help but wonder if she’s met the man who may be the exception to her rule…
Lately with this series being released in paperback form a lot of people seem to be reading this long series. I was really craving an adult contemporary read so I decided to give the Sullivan’s a chance to wow me.
When I started reading this book I liked that Chase had a huge family and that each and every one of them has their role to play. I liked seeing that Chase was a man who wasn’t an alpha male but a man who did have a heart and feelings and that he wasn’t going to hold those feelings back once he eventually found the right girl. I have to say I really loved that from the beginning of the story Chase wanted to be there for Chloe and he wanted her to fully trust him before anything happened. I respected the distance he gave Chloe all the while trying to make his intentions known. It was really refreshing to see a male character comfort the female character so much and not to rush anything with a contract for sexual things or any of that other stuff that romance books have become lately.
I also did like Chloe because I felt bad for her. I felt she just needed someone to help her get back on her feet. Being abused in a relationship never leads to strong feelings of trust in future men but I’m glad she took her time getting to know more about Chase. If she had just jumped into his arms a few pages into the story it wouldn’t make her tale about physical abuse hold any weight with the reader. I do have to say she did go back and forth on some of her decisions for a little while in the book. She kept thinking that she could simply have Chase as a sexual partner for a few days and then leave without her heart being affected. I thought she was a little silly in this especially when she pretty much knew how Chase felt about her.
Overall, the author didn’t let the couple jump into bed during the first 100 pages or even 200 pages. I really like that the author took her time to let the characters get past their fears and fall for one another. However, as I say that she took the whole book to make the relationship develop the relationship took place in about four days worth of time. This bothers me a little because then it cheapens the story a little by making it be instant love even though the couple took have the book to fall into bed with each other. So I really wish that the book had taken place over a longer timeline just to make that point a little more realistic. Ultimately it was a good contemporary romance that didn’t blow me away but I thought it was good all the same.