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|After the Climb||Chasing Serenity||Taking the Leap||Making the Match|
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About the Author
Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Heroes, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation and Honey series along with several standalone novels.
Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, was a fourth generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.
Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.
You can learn more about Kristen and the Rock Chick Nation on her website: www.KristenAshley.net--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B092N18KYZ
- Publisher : Blue Box Press (September 7, 2021)
- Publication date : September 7, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2246 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 532 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,487 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Chloe Pierce will do anything for those that she loves. She learned from the best. She’s always stood strong to keep her family together. But life has been rough lately with the hits coming one right after another, and Chloe’s life has effectively crumbled. She’s lost without the man who has always had her back, comforted her, and guided her. Understandably with her life a shambles, when she runs into the gorgeous Judge Oakley it’s almost more than she can handle. He’s a mountain man to her city girl, beer drinker to her pink lady obsession, hiker to her shopper. Being exact opposites, their first meeting is not so cute. And neither is their second. Chloe is also wary. Her romantic history leaves a lot to be desired. But Judge loves the challenge. There’s just something about her. He knows she’s dealing with loss and grief but isn’t aware of how deep it goes. Can he get Chloe to open up to him and help her to learn that she can trust him? Can he do the same when it’s Chloe’s turn to hold him together and have his back?
I had a lot of trouble starting this book. I was not one of the readers that was interested in Corey or felt sympathy for him after reading After the Climb. The fact this book started in his POV was hard to read because I didn’t particularly want to hear from him at all. I got past that, though, and actually ended up learning a lot about Corey and the love he gave through those snippets. I got into the story, eventually loving Chloe and Judge’s romance. That said, it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride and had me deep in my feels. I loved Chloe in After the Climb. Her love for her mom and the way she was with Bowie was so sweet and I loved her personality. I was definitely down with getting more of that from her in her own story. While I still adored Chloe’s stubborn personality and loving determination when it came to anyone she loved, I struggled with a few of her decisions and courses of action. At one point, I was reading with a stunned look on my face because I couldn’t fathom why she made the decision she did or pursued it with intention. Thankfully, that train of thought didn't really come to fruition here. Judge was dreamy. He knew who he was and what he wanted, and that never wavered. My heart hurt for him and his childhood, but he became such an amazing man in spite of the chaos and instability he went through. I loved that he could be just as stubborn as Chloe because she needed that from the man in her life. As a couple, they were hot, sweet, supportive, and steadying. Chloe made Judge work for it, no doubt, but I liked that Judge saw through her and chased her anyway. The things they were able to pull out of each other and settle sometimes had my tear ducts working. Not to mention, their intimate scenes were scorching. In the end, I really enjoyed Chasing Serenity after I got passed the first bit. Supporting cast was awesome as we got to catch up with Gen and Bowie and all the various Swan/Pierce/Holloway members. We were also given a few new characters to know and love. The Oakleys have been brought in and I’m really looking forward to learning more about Jamie. As I said before, this book was full of emotion. I laughed, cried, cringed, got angry, sad, and everything in between and I loved it all. Rix and Alex are next and I’m more than ready to see a relationship for convenience, KA style. ♡
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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.