"Samantha Chase's stories have a way of wrapping around the heart..." —Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick!
Love is a sanctuary
Christian Montgomery is burnt out—the family business might be his entire world, but his father's judgment means Christian never stops working. His only respite is gazing at the beach and the carefree surfers riding the waves…especially the curvy redhead who's caught his attention.
Sophie Bennington has just fled from her small Kansas town to California, where she's trying her best to embrace her new beginning. Soon Christian and Sophie find one another, and it feels like sanctuary. But when their difficult pasts catch up to them, will they run away from each other?
Wait for Me (Book 1)
Trust in Me (Book 2)
Stay With Me (Book 3)
More of Me (Book 4)
Return to You (Book 5)
Meant for You (Book 6)
I'll Be There (Book 7)
Until There Was Us (Book 8)
Praise for Samantha Chase:
"Chase's three-dimensional characters leap off the page…"—Publishers Weekly for Until There Was Us
"A sweet romance: classic, thoughtful, and as lyrical as the stars."—Kirkus Reviews for A Sky Full of Stars
"Chase just gets better and better."—Booklist
I received a free, advance copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my unbiased and voluntary review.
I like how Samantha Chase writes a love scene but leaves the details to your imagination. It makes the characters and story line much more developed and less steamy. However, this book seemed to take forever to get through. I enjoyed the story line and it had its family drama but it just went on a bit longer than I would’ve liked.
I love the Montgomery series. All of these kids are victims of their parents matchmaking. Christian is just the next in line. He is the workaholic, trying to prove to his father that he has what it takes to make the business successful. He doesn't have time for a relationship nor does he want one after what happened in the London office. He has put all of that behind him. Every morning he sits on his deck and watches the beach. There are yoga classes, fishermen and surfers. One sufer in particular catches his eye. How can he miss her? She's a red head in the sea of blondes. Plus she's not very good. He finally gets to talk to her and they hit it off. Too bad he doesn't get her number.
Sophie has moved to San Diego to escape her small home town. She wants a fresh start where not everyone knows your business. She needs it no matter how uncomfortable it makes her. She wants to learn new things and surfing is one of them. She needs a job though and one seems to fall into her lap one morning after surfing. These two wonderful ladies talk to her about a health program in their family business. Since Sophie wants to try new things, why not this different nursing program? She'd be able to work at different companies through an agency. It's the family business that gets her back in touch with the guy from the beach.
When Christian has a major health scare, Sophie is there to assess. She took the guy's advice on the beach and insisted on an interview. Good thing she did. She was there through his whole time in the hospital with him. And he was someone she wanted to know more. Christian found the same to be true of Sophie.
I loved these characters. Sophie is a strong woman who stepped outside her comfort zone in everything. She knows her heart and her mind and won't settle for anything less than the truth. Christian is much the same. He has been torn apart by lies in his past and won't put himself in that situation again but he has guarded himself against everyone. It's difficult for him to ask for help in work and in the relationship. Sophie has to stay with it and be patient. Christian is complicated but worth it.
A must read!
I LOVE the Montgomery’s, but Christian just might be my favorite! My heart broke for him throughout the story, and what he went through. To see this strong, smart, outgoing hero be knocked down a notch here and there was almost more than I could stand. Thankfully, he had Sophie there when he needed her most. She’s sweet, funny, feisty, and definitely a heroine I could see being besties with.
The story itself was one of healing, and finding love. Of forgiveness, and moving on. Samantha Chase did a fantastic job of drawing me in from the start and kept me there until the very last word.
A must read I would highly recommend!