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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.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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chasing Reese – Imy Santiago- Spotlight – Release Day January 5 2015

January 5 is release day for Imy Santiago’s debut novel ‘chasing Reese’.

Look out for my review of this engaging novel later today.

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 Title: chasing Reese. a SAFELIGHT novel

Author: Imy Santiago

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Date of Publication: January 5, 2015

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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+).*

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Excerpt - 1I grab Catalina by her shoulders and push her against the door of our shared suite, my arms pinning her in place. My heart is racing a mile a minute with my sudden display of aggression. Catalina gasps loudly when I bring my mouth to the soft, silken skin of her neck. I kiss her gently, feeling her pulse throbbing against my lips.

“Don’t make fun of me, Pardo. It’s not nice,” I whisper, my nose trailing up this delectable territory of hers. I inhale her delicious scent without shame or regard. “God, you smell like candy.”

Gently removing my lips from her delicate skin I raise my head, my eyes beseeching hers. Removing one hand from the wall, I allow it to caress the skin of her jaw, my thumb tracing circles on the low of her cheek.

Catalina’s shuddered breaths fuel me further. I move in closer and feel the rising and falling of her chest with each breath she takes. Ripples of desire roll through me, my cock twitching in my pants. She looks at me, drunk with lust, and that gives me all the reassurance I need. I would never pull this stunt on just any woman because it’s the quickest way to get kicked in the balls. But my need for Catalina goes beyond all reason.

Inching closer, my nose collides with hers. Her whole body tenses, and a low moan escapes from her throat. When Catalina closes her eyes, I let out a long-drawn breath.

“You’re unraveling me, Catalina.”

Catalina nods and lets out a sigh, her breath caressing my lips. She replies softly, “And you’re breaking me.”

©2014 Imy Santiago – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Author Bio -110649587_512526455551125_6965858920922217337_nI love to read stories about loss, heartache and redemption so it didn’t shock me when I ended up writing stories of my own revolving around those themes. I write with my heart, using my life experiences and emotions to dictate the tone and path in which my fictional characters embark. I believe in the power of friendship and to always have hope because life is always full of pleasant surprises. If you were to ask me if I consider myself an author, I would tell you no, I am not. I’m just a girl who loves to write a good story that makes you consider life choices and the darkness that envelopes a broken heart. My stories are about loss, friendship, hope and love.

I hope to continue writing more books in the not so distant future. It could be said that writing keeps me sane and brings a smile to my face. When I’m not writing Adult Contemporary Romance novels, I’m enjoying a quiet life with my family on Long Island New York.

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UntitledEverything 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+).*

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‘Lifting her high heels, I explain the reason for my visit. I stopped by to return your torture devices you so recklessly abandoned.” Admiring the stilettos one last time, I place them in her hands.

Thank you,” Catalina replies appreciatively. Playing along, she puts them on, one foot at a time with such grace I swear it’s unfair. With a raised eyebrow and a wicked gleam she says playfully, you’re right, they’re torture.”

The way those words slipped from her tongue and rolled against her lips took all of my willpower away. My eyes connect with hers and like always, the energy between us becomes palpable, seemingly electric. Catalina regards me with lust filled eyes, the roundness of her cheeks flushed. She’s turned on alright.

Oh but what a sweet torture,” I admitted seductively, hoping she caught the double entendre behind my words.

Without thinking, I move towards Catalina with the force of a freight train. My hands grab her luscious waist and pull her flush against me. The sound she made when I took hold of her body made me harder than I was two minutes ago. Catalina quivers in my arms, an obvious confirmation that my actions are welcomed. Catalina’s head nestles sweetly against my chest. I’m sure she can hear those riotous heartbeats as much as I can feel hers pulsing against my abs.

Allowing one of my hands to roam the expanse of her back, I tuck my fingers underneath the hem of her t-shirt, tracing the small of her back, and another whimper escapes her lips. Raising that palm I tilt her chin upwards, beckoning Catalina to look at me. My voice, hoarse and fueled by desire commands her attention.

I’m going to do something I have wanted to do since the moment I first laid eyes on you.”

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imy Santiago author photoI love to read stories about loss, heartache and redemption so it didn’t shock me when I ended up writing stories of my own revolving around those themes. I write with my heart, using my life experiences and emotions to dictate the tone and path in which my fictional characters embark. I believe in the power of friendship and to always have hope because life is always full of pleasant surprises. If you were to ask me if I consider myself an author, I would tell you no, I am not. I’m just a girl who loves to write a good story that makes you consider life choices and the darkness that envelopes a broken heart. My stories are about loss, friendship, hope and love.

I hope to continue writing more books in the not so distant future. It could be said that writing keeps me sane and brings a smile to my face. When I’m not writing Adult Contemporary Romance novels, I’m enjoying a quiet life with my family on Long Island New York.

For full bio, please visit my website.