Title: The 48-Hour Hook Up
Author: Sarah Ballance
Series: Chase Brothers #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 12th Sept
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…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Lovestruck via NetGalley
This fourth installment in the Chase Brother’s series is all very nice and sweet, with plenty of clumsy-cute moments and humorous disasters, but I found it a little slow and a tiny bit dull. Liam is sweet, shy and prone to awkward moments when he blurts out the wrong thing, while Claire is nice enough, if rather accident prone. They get stranded together in a snow storm, are both notorious for stupid things and share an attraction they can’t easily deny.
But of course they try, because two notorious people getting together will not equal a quiet life. However, getting stranded together is just too much of a temptation… And you can pretty much fill in the rest yourself.
It is a cute read. The raccoon was fun and the sleigh ride definitely made me snicker. There’s also added Christmas cheer, but I don’t know, something was missing for me. This wasn’t helped by the way Claire is adamant that things between them can go no further, before changing her mind mid-argument! This is made worse by Liam sort of hoping for more, before he too changes tack in the middle of their discussion. This left me ever so slightly confused as to who was arguing for what. Throw in the stupid bet and I gave up trying to follow anything.
The ending is rather lovely, though, and maybe if it was closer to Christmas I would have been swept up in the holiday spirit and cutesy feel. Sadly, though, it’s only September and although this book has a general “nice” feel, it neither grabbed nor held my attention quite like the rest of the series.
The 48-Hour Hook Up is out September 12th.
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