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5* Review – chasing Reese – Imy Santiago

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Blurb -2Everything in life is not permanent but it was perfect. Catalina Pardo had a career in journalism most people could only dream of, a hot, sexy fiancé to call her own and a brilliant future ahead of her. When tragedy struck, the life she once knew fell apart. Four years later, traumatized by the events that ultimately changed her existence, Catalina sets herself on a punishing work schedule, preventing herself from facing the demons of her grief-stricken past. Emotionally shut down, she’s alive but not living because everyone she ever loved leaves her.

Fate intervenes in Catalina’s life in the form of a last minute assignment to a snowy mountain lodge in Whistler, B.C. Sent there to cover the life of the infamous Jackson Reese; an Olympic Snowboarding Champion, she is faced with many challenges bringing to surface the raw emotions of her past. Compelled to work alongside Stryder Martynus, an award winning photographer brought in to document the Reese press tour, tensions and denial run high forcing Catalina to accept the past and face the present with zero regrets.

*Adult Contemporary Romance – Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen (18+).*

My Review

chasing Reese. (SAFELIGHT, #1)‘Chasing Reese’ is an engaging mix of realistic contemporary dialogue and vivid poignant description; you experience every emotion as the story unfolds. The pacing is gentle which is unusual for this type of story but it works. It’s like watching real life. There’s a slow burn of passion and some repetition as different characters interact and learn what’s happening but it gives the story a uniqueness and honesty, which is absorbing and refreshing.

Orphaned and beset by tragedy, Catalina avoids becoming a clichéd character through her emotional strength and inherent sweet nature. She isn’t afraid to hold onto to those who love her even though they remind her of her painful loss. There is nice first meeting between Stryder and Catalina, dramatically ironic because she doesn’t find out about it until much later. I loved Cat’s grounded personality, she has a runaway mouth but it makes her real and imaginable. There is a sensitively written panic attack scene in the SUV in the blizzard, which underlines the story’s poignant realism.

Focusing on the contemporary obsession with addiction, celebrity and invasive journalism ‘chasing Reese shows how Jackson is affected by it all. It’s not the love triangle you imagine. Cat and Jax bond from their first meeting. His flirty behaviour is never a threat to Cat and they become confidantes. Her reactions to ace photographer Stryder threaten her tenuous link with lost love Blake. Stryder makes her feel alive and needy in a purely feminine way, something she resists at all costs, she isn’t ready.

I like the intimate style of ‘chasing Reese’, sharing of this story from Cat’s, Stryder’s and Jax’s points of view. It’s like being a fly on the wall, with a sixth sense. You not only see, hear and feel the action but know how it makes them feel too.
Hot romance with an inherent sweetness, enhanced with deliciously, vivid sensuality, gives it a fairytale quality, a perfect contrast to the human fragility the story uncovers.

The shocking impact of the final scenes makes you want to find out what happens next.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

chasing Reese. by Imy Santiago

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

chasing Reese. (SAFELIGHT, #1) by Imy Santiago

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Author, blogger and book reviewer. I am the author of 'The Dragon Legacy' series and 'The Dangerous Gift'. Animal welfare supporter. Loves reading, writing, countryside walks, cookery and gardening, .

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