Chasing Shadows by Catherine Bybee
Published: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genres: contemporary romance, contemporary fiction, romance, suspense
Rating: 3.5 stars
Recommend to fans of: contemporary romance with an underlying suspenseful mystery, strong women who know what they want, characters working through trauma
Foodie Vibes: burger and fries at a local bar – simple yet effective
Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.
Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.
But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.
Thank you to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Catherine Bybee for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.
Chasing Shadows centers around Avery Grant, who we see as a tough woman who knows what she wants. As the book goes on and we learn more about her character, we also learn more about the reasons behind this. Why she’s taking martial arts classes to ward off an attacker, is determined to be successful at her job despite not needing the money, and why she only has a few close friends. I really liked the main character, even when I wanted her to be a bit more emotionally open with her new love interest. I also liked that the book featured many other strong women that help her on her journey through life. The romance felt authentic and was sufficiently sexy.
I didn’t see the twist at the end coming. And I’m not sure how I feel about it still. I don’t hate it, but I think certain people got away with their bad behavior too easily.
Chasing Shadows is a more substantial read that I initially thought and that’s exactly the way I like my contemporary romance novels. Worth the read!
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