Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: 'Chasing Happy' by Rylie Roberts

Texas author Rylie Roberts has three books published to date and living in and being a native of Texas, it is easy to see why she elects to group these first three books in the category of ‘Texas Desires novels’ - CHASING HAPPY, ACTING HAPPY and MISSION HAPPY.

Having started with Book 3 it is a pleasure to back track and see Rylie’s growth as a writer. She Introduces Reed Prescott in her Prologue dated 1992, keeping Texas as the main character – ‘Wind ruffled Reed Prescott’s hair as the cool crisp breeze filtered through the driver’s side window of Mr. Bryant’s new pickup truck. Mr. Bryant and his wife sat up front, Reed chose the back, sitting utterly still, and quietly looking out the window. The night made it impossible to see much, but even at eight years old, he knew these roads reasonably well. Lubbock, Texas, wasn’t known for its interesting scenery. He’d visited this place many times throughout his short life. Even though it felt like home, he’d learned to hold his excitement. Nothing ever worked out too well for him, and no matter what Mr. and Mrs. Bryant said, Reed wasn’t completely certain that Child Protective Services wouldn’t come for him someday.’ That degree of involvement in the atmosphere of the story is present throughout.

Riley’s fine synopsis keeps us ready to read – ‘Lara Hunter’s life is finally 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. Reed Prescott rakes in millions on business deals every day. He’s driven and hard-edged and his life is quite complicated enough before a silly little girl in outrageous high heels bites it in front of his moving vehicle. With no other choices, 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. While Lara’s not entirely sure she appreciates Reed’s high-handed helpfulness, Reed’s whole world is rocked by the honesty and genuineness of the captivating beauty underneath that soggy exterior. Reed’s success in business has always been fueled by hate for his dysfunctional birth family, so when the potential for love stands in front of him, can this hardened man find a way to chase after happy?’

Rylie takes time to let the story develop before the climatic erotica – well written and in keeping with the rhythm of the story. That is why the novel works so well – timing! Grady Harp, November 16
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited.

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