Thursday, July 16, 2015

"Chasing Shade" by Sommer Marsden


SERIES: Stand-alone
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: NetGalley
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

If she was selfish, she’d let him love her. If she was more selfish, she’d tell him that she loved him too. Betsey’s trying to recover from a violent past that’s still haunting her. Paying emotionally for something she’s never done. She’s created a small safe life. Archie’s homeless, jobless, living on the road and clueless as to where he’s going. Until a hair piece and gas station directions leads him to her. Then he’s just trying to hold onto his emotions as he finds himself falling hopelessly fast for the girl in the yellow uniform. Fate is not dealing them an easy happy ride, though. They’re trying to get through one day at a time. Making it work. Chasing shade…


A stand-alone that can be easily read in one sitting, "Chasing Shade" makes for an interesting read, especially thanks to the dark past that keeps haunting Betsey. A past that now seems determined to ask/get something from her...

I must say, the romance was quite too fast for my taste, but I liked the storyline and the discoveries that we get to make during the read. Plus, with the hero being broke, I found a certain originality that definitely made for an appreciated, refreshing change. I won't hide the fact that I would have preferred for Archie to be more of a mysterious character, but I still really liked his personality and how he helped Betsey with her issues. Yet, although understandable, her insecurities and breakdowns got on my nerves more than once. They seemed to be repetitive, and I also felt like less sex and more relationship development would have had a better impact.

"Chasing Shade" was my firs Marsden's book, which—despite some issues—I enjoyed. I'm happy I gave it a go, and I will probably try some of her other titles in the future.

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