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?
“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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*** ARC provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***
As I've stated before, I don't read many MF stories, however, the lovely and very talented Kindle Alexander recommended Rylie Roberts to us and I found myself intrigued by the blurb, so I agreed to review Chasing Happy. I'm very happy I did, too, since this is a great story especially if you consider this is Rylie Roberts' debut novel.
Lara Hunter is on her way to start her first day at her new job. She doesn't feel all that confident, but she's willing to do her best, despite it all. She lives fairly close to work, so she's walking there, but it's raining and she ends up falling in front of a passing car driven by none other than Reed Prescott.
The last thing billionaire Reed Prescott needs is more bad press on top of everything else that's happening in his life at the moment. Stress is killing him as he tries to make the best of his latest deal, but things aren't exactly working as they should for him, especially when a girl falls in front of his car as he's driving to his building. Last thing he expected was to find a beautiful woman hiding beneath her soggy exterior, but once his assistant takes care of Lara for him, that's exactly what he finds and he's captivated. Only Reed doesn't do relationships and Lara is not willing to be just a notch on his bedpost.
This story was so much fun to read and very sexy to boot! Lara has a best friend, Kade, that is just amazing and gay and also her roommate, and at first, she thinks Reed has to be gay, too, because he's so good looking and in her mind, he'd be perfect for her friend. And Reed plays along at first, because this allows him the chance to be close to Lara, when she probably wouldn't have been so open to him if she'd known he was actually after her and not interested in men. The story reads a bit like a romantic dramedy, with a heavy dose of sizzling hot love scenes. The chemistry between Lara and Reed is amazing and even if sometimes you have to suspend disbelief at how naive Lara can be and how unconscious of her own self-worth, I really loved it all.
I really hope that at some point, Ms. Roberts considers writing us Kade's story, and even if she doesn't, I'll certainly be looking forward to more stories by her.
Rating: 5 Stars!!!