Title: Chasing Rhodes
Author: Anne Jolin
Series: Rock Falls #1
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Hannah Rhodes has just gotten out of a long term relationship, and she isn’t looking for a new man in her life. But after a night out with the girls and one too many tequila shots, her plans to stay man free are blown all to hell. She finds herself in bed with the smoldering stranger from a party six months back and immediately knows she’s in trouble, big trouble. And the last thing Hannah needs is more trouble.
Her last relationship took her out like an emotional freight train, and she’s trying to piece back the stability her life once had.
Greyson Holt’s biggest fear in life is to end up like his father, like the man who left him as a child, and broke his mother’s heart. He vowed to never be responsible for that kind of carnage. Men could be cruel and that kind of brutality was in his blood. He never allows himself to get too close to anyone, until he meets Hannah.
Something about her makes him want to try, but a man can’t change overnight.
Will Holt be able to catch Rhodes every time he lets her go? Or will their chase end in heartbreak?
Chasing Rhodes is a sweet, sexy, heartfelt beginning to what is sure to be a great series. Anne Jolin has created a fantastic cast of characters that had me experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions and I can’t wait to hear each of their stories as the series continues. Chasing Rhodes is Hannah and Greyson’s story. Their journey traverses a bumpy road with moments of angst, delicious heat, and emotional vulnerability that forced this couple to take several detours. Despite the heartache they faced, Hannah and Greyson shared a connection that demanded to be felt and Anne Jolin did a great job bringing their unavoidable chemistry to life. I knew from the moment they met that this couple was going to share something significant and incredibly steamy and Anne Jolin certainly did not disappoint. Chasing Rhodes was well written, clearly capturing the emotions of the story and bringing the characters to life. I enjoyed the overall fluidity of the story, which made this book a quick, easy read for me. Anne Jolin not only writes with feeling, but her sense of humor is smart and socially relevant guaranteeing a fun and thoroughly entertaining reading experience.
“You might want to put a shirt on, Hunnam. If you pull up at the beach like that, Hannah’s not going to be the only one looking like she wants to lick your Popsicle.”
Both of our main characters carried significant emotional scars that needed to be attended to before they would be able to find their happily ever after. While Hannah had to learn to put herself first and demand the healthy, mutually supportive relationship she deserved, Greyson needed to face his past and find a way to allow his fears to fuel him to do better. To be better. As he struggled with his demons, there were moments where I just wanted to slap him and others that had me wishing I could hug him. While his overall character development was satisfying, there were times where I needed to connect with him emotionally in order to understand his behavior that didn’t quite deliver the necessary character depth or vulnerability to do so. In those moments I felt as if he was simply using his past as a half-hearted excuse for bad behavior and I was left feeling frustrated. I would have liked a more gradual unraveling of this character and I think it would have made my connection with him feel more genuine. Eventually Greyson came around to where he needed to be and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with the end result.
“I am chasing my girl, and this time when I catch her, I am never fucking letting her go.”
With Chasing Rhodes, Anne Jolin has laid the foundation for an enthralling series filled with vibrant personalities and heartfelt emotions. The story was well paced and the plot was not unnecessarily complicated, focusing on the development of the characters as they navigated life as new adults. The best part about Chasing Rhodes for me was the peripheral relationships that rounded out the world Anne Jolin has created. The secondary characters brought so much light and laughter to Hannah and Greyson’s story and I found myself quickly falling in love with each of them. Hannah’s sister Beth and best friend Lennon made me grin and their teasing humor and well-timed wit provided the perfect balance to Hannah’s emotions. I found myself head over heels for Jayden, absolutely adoring his friendship with Hannah and the protective, no-questions-asked nature of their relationship. The unavoidable tension between Jami and Lennon has me totally intrigued and I’m anxious to get my hands on more of their combustible chemisty. Anne Jolin has definitely captured by attention with Chasing Rhodes and I look forward to reading the rest of the Rock Falls series!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Rock Falls series:
Choosing Henley (Rock Falls #2)
Breaking Bennett (Rock Falls #3)
Keeping King (Rock Falls #4)
Saving Steele (Rock Falls #5)
Killing Cross (Rock Falls #6)
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