(Chase Brothers #4)
by Sarah Ballance
Published: September 12th 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Who knew a sweaty photo would be good for business?
Now unwanted booty calls are coming in as fast as work orders, and Liam Chase needs to get away. Cue a job upstate. His new client is hot as hell, but he left NYC to escape attention, not to hook up with the city’s “Runaway Bride”.
With three disastrous relationships under her belt, it’s clear Claire Stevens’s judgment sucks. And what’s she’s feeling for America’s newest sex god? Obviously another hormone-fueled mistake.
But when she accidentally fells a tree on his truck, leaving them stranded in a winter storm with a chocolate-snatching raccoon, there’s something to be said for body heat.
Too bad neither can trust their explosive chemistry…
I love, love, loved this book! It’s my first read from Sarah Ballance and my biggest question is why? The 48-hour Hookup is the fourth book in her Chase Brothers series and I’m wondering why I’m just now hearing about it. Where were all my reader friends? This story was laugh-out-loud funny, very romantic, had a few twists and turns to keep me guessing, extremely likable main characters, and perfect pacing… keeping my attention from the beginning to the end.
I admit the hero was swoon-worthy. Clearly he wasn’t given the nickname hot HVAC guy for nothing. But I love that instead of being the typical cocky player, Liam Chase was embarrassed by all the attention he was receiving. One sweaty, bare-chested photo might have been enough to go viral causing women all over the country to be lusting after him, but in truth he’s mostly a shy, somewhat introverted man who openly admits he has no game when it comes to women. I found this adorable and when combined with the fact he was a gentleman, kind, and quite witty when compelled by a situation, I could easily see how it would be impossible to resist his attractiveness.
Likewise Claire Stevens is also a media sensation, having publicly broken up with three men in a row, she’s been unfairly nicknamed The Runaway Bride. She’s hiding out in the remote mountain lodge she inherited from her uncle hoping to avoid the public long enough that she can go back to her job as a television personality reporting the news instead of being the news. She’s certainly not looking to gain attention or get involved with another man.
When Claire needs to hire a contractor to repair the heating system in the lodge she has no idea she’s hired the hot HVAC guy or that the very first thing she will do is drop a huge pine tree on his truck right before a snowstorm which forces them to spend a few days stranded and alone together. One hilarious thing after another happens to these two, including the invasion of a raccoon they named Stanley. I don’t want to give up spoilers so I’ll just say this story was amazing… well-written, romantic, sexy, light-hearted, and let me just say one more time. Hilarious. And now it’s time for me to read up a little on those other Chase Brothers! 5 stars
~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley for the purpose of a honest review.
LOOKING TO BE LOVE STRUCK?
DON’T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE CHASE BROTHERS SERIES BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARAH BALLANCE!
The Chase Brothers Series in Order
California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother’s New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It’s only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?
Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn’t Crosby Chase’s finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she’ll love about New York.
Falling in love wasn’t part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn’t need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.
He needs one big reason to make her stay…
Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister’s wedding—and her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got “serial dater” written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.
Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He’s got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more.
But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, there’s something on the line worth fighting for…
Ethan Chase isn’t interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, he’d much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and he’ll be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on.
Rue is literally counting the days until her plane leaves New York City. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but being Ethan’s pretend girlfriend can’t hurt, right? Wrong. With Ethan, there’s no faking anything—in or out of the bedroom. With the sheets burning hot and the clock ticking on their arrangement, Rue realizes she’s falling for a man guaranteed to derail her goals…and break her heart.
About the Author:
SARAH BALLANCE and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out.
To learn more, visit her website at sarahballance.com.