Monday, September 6, 2021

NEW REVIEW: Chasing Serenity by Kristen Ashley

Chasing Serenity, an all new sexy and swoony opposites attract standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!


Chasing Serenity was yet another Kristen Ashley novel that I inhaled in a matter of hours. Chloe and Judge were exactly what I wanted when I started reading. 

Chloe was equal parts frustrating and adorable and strong and vulnerable. Judge was equal parts wonderful and wonderful...As I'm sitting here typing this I'm realizing that I don't see anything not to like about him. Hmmmm. He's warm, understanding, smart, confident, good sense of humor, observant. Hmmmm. Interesting. It's unusual that I find a character that is *that* good, but really he is. Judge was really the perfect counterpart for Chloe. She was carrying the whole world on her shoulders and had an armor of chainmail and steel that made it impossible for the average man to get through. Luckily for all of us, Judge immediately calls her on her BS and she does the same for him. 

I thought Chasing Serenity was an interesting continuation of After the Climb.  While it features Chloe, a daughter of Imogen, the stories of Imogen and Bowie, and Corey play an important part in the development of Chloe and Chloe's story. It was neat to see it so interconnected. I liked that this was a love story but it was also a story about family and family dynamics. And also, the definition of family and how sometimes our friends are more of a family than our blood relatives. 

As with all of Kristen Ashley's novels, food and fashion and interiors are almost characters as they play a huge role in defining people and places. There also hilarious instances of banter and inner monologues and swoony romance. But most of all, for me, this novel, like all of her novels, is like putting on my favorite oversized, cozy cardigan--it's comfort; it's warm; it's hard to put down.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new novel in her River Rain series…

From a very young age, Chloe Pierce was trained to look after the ones she loved.

And she was trained by the best.

But when the man who looked after her was no longer there, Chloe is cast adrift—just as the very foundation of her life crumbled to pieces.

Then she runs into tall, lanky, unpretentious Judge Oakley, her exact opposite. She shops. He hikes. She drinks pink ladies. He drinks beer. She’s a city girl. He’s a mountain guy.

Obviously, this means they have a blowout fight upon meeting. Their second encounter doesn’t go a lot better.

Judge is loving the challenge. Chloe is everything he doesn’t want in a woman, but he can’t stop finding ways to spend time with her. He knows she’s dealing with loss and change.

He just doesn’t know how deep that goes. Or how ingrained it is for Chloe to care for those who have a place in her heart, how hard it will be to trust anyone to look after her…

And how much harder it is when it’s his turn.

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.
Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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