Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: arc e-book
Series: book 1 of In the Light of Shadows series
Rating: 18+ language, themes, sexual content
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29599989-chasing-eva
In the first book of the story we follow Eva as she is stuck with the responsibility of running her father’s company after he abruptly dies. While it may not be what she wanted for her life, she embraces it and tries to make the most of it. Clive also is stuck with a similar responsibility, but his core still speaks FBI which is why he will stop at nothing to make sure that Eva is protected.
I was contacted to review this book because I liked the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. While the book is not as dark as the Crossfire series, it certainly has a lot of the same elements. Eva and Clive’s relationship both have things that they have to hide from one another and that causes problem in their relationship.
The first thing that I loved about this book is the fact that Clive is not a player. A good 95% of the male leads in romantic books have the male lead a player who changes for the love of a good woman. Clive is already a good man who has a bad reputation. I adore the fact that he is a family man who does what he can not only to protect them, but also Eva. For Eva, I enjoyed that she wasn’t just some pushover who bent and fell at every one of Clive’s calls. While she was surprised by his advances, she didn’t change who she was and she didn’t ditch her friends for him. This book felt real and I really liked that.
With that said, there were times that the romance was a bit rushed. At the beginning, it felt like Hart was rushing through the introductions so that she could get her characters together. She jumped over some major plot points and didn’t even acknowledge other ones. I would have liked to have seen them get to know each other better before just instantly falling in love. Yes, it is possible, but for a book series, you have time to show the reader those experiences. By having them in the book, you make the reading experience them to and become more involved with the characters.
I think that this a great start to an interesting series. I am anxious to see where Hart is going to take us and the suspenseful quality that it has is certainly enough to keep me coming back for more. Stay tuned as we get to see who the rat is in her company (though you will probably have a good idea before the end of this book) and see how it all plays out in the end.
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