Chasing Serenity: River Rain, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York Times and USA Today best-selling 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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|Listening Length||13 hours and 30 minutes|
|Narrator||Stella Bloom, Joseph Discher, Gregory Salinas|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 07, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #17,806 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,249 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#11,951 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2021
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That was most assuredly the case with Chloe and Judge. When Chloe was first introduced in the prequel novella to this series, it was apparent that Chloe was a force to be reckoned with. In that book, she was a scene-stealer in the few scenes that she was in. However, I knew that there had to be more to her story, and I was correct in that assumption. In this book, Chloe is still her fun self but the author finally dived into her vulnerabilities and I was here for that. I loved getting to see how she tackled everything in her life and didn't buckle under the weight of all of that. I felt her pain and guilt and anger over the way that things had and were unfolding. The demise of her parent's divorce, while still loving them despite it weighed heavy. Knowing that the person that she loved the most and had been instrumental in shaping who she was having a role in that destruction didn't help alleviate those feelings.
Judge was perfect in stepping into that role of helping bear the weight and putting her first. I loved that for her. On paper, these two were as opposite as one could be. I am all for opposites attract but even I had to wonder if the author knew what she was doing because this wasn't a love story of a heroine that needed a white knight because Chloe was definitely the type of woman that would always figure out how to come out on top. However, it wasn't until Judge went through some pretty major revelations and discovery of past issues from his childhood and, especially a particular scene, that I realized that the author knew what she was doing because Chloe was the embodiment of love. Together, they were perfect for each other. They were the foundation of being family and a reminder that family comes in a plethora of ways. Judge wasn't the typical KA alpha man who just bulldozed his way into their woman's life. Instead, he let Chloe set the pace and that was perfect for a character like Chloe.
The story had great cameos from previous characters as well as set up some of the other characters that will get a story in this series. There are a lot of characters in this family and I look forward to them all getting their story. I am anxious for the next story, if not a little surprised of who it will be, I thought for sure that it would have been a different character first. I am sure the author has a plan so I will not question it.
There were a lot of great messages that came from this story and made me love the author even more. She gives them without being preachy and makes me ponder her words long after I have finished reading them. She also added a few chapters in this story that gave me insight into a character that should not have the pull that it did but lord, it really did. I want to hate this character but the chapters in this story told me so much about the how and why of things that could have been just brushed aside but instead added another depth to the underlying story that started with Imogen and Duncan. I have a feeling that she will continue that in future stories and that makes me a little happy because there is a definite message about this character.
This book didn't start out perfect for me. In fact, I was a tad frustrated at how long it took for Chloe and Judge's actual relationship to start, which is unusual for a KA book, but after finally getting to the meat of the story I understood the slow approach that the author took in getting to that moment. She was creating a foundation and I am okay knowing that as this series continues the characters themselves will have more room to blossom. I highly recommend anything this author writes, and this book is no different. There is a reason that I own every book that she has ever written.
KA loves having young characters who behave like old souls. Chloe is young and actually comes off as young.
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No dramatic storyline, just a good KA romance with a few twists and turns for this opposites attract couple along the way. Love how Ms Ashley always weaves characters from other series into the story, and this book was no exception!!
Only complaint it ended too soon, and I would have liked a slightly longer epilogue; however I can't wait till Rix and Alex in February.