Monday, December 7, 2015

Tour-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: I'll Be There by Samantha Chase

I’ll Be There
Montgomery Brothers #6
By: Samantha Chase  
Releasing December 1st, 2015
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Book #6 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's popular Montgomery series

This Montgomery Has a Head for Business
Working for Zach Montgomery is challenging on many levels-coming from a wealthy and powerful family, he lives by his own rules and doesn't answer to anyone. But Gabriella Martine has no intention of backing down. She's used to handling stubborn men, and it doesn't hurt that Zach is smart, charismatic...and gorgeous.

And a Heart for Adventure
Zach's perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help...but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella's love.

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She was nearly out of breath and wished to God Zach would say…something. Anything. He continued to stare at her—hard. It was almost too much to bear. It was enough to make her squirm. Then, without a word, he reached out and banded an arm around her waist and hauled her roughly against him. Her eyes went wide and she gasped right before his lips came crashing down on hers.
It was pointless to fight it, or pretend she wasn’t interested. Her arms went around him, her hands raking into his hair. It was hard to say who was in control because they were both so out of control. 
Zach pushed her back up against the kitchen counter, his entire body pressed intimately against hers. Gabriella slowly rubbed against him and smiled at the feel of his hardened length against her belly. Of course it didn’t matter what part of him was pressed against her, Zach Montgomery was solid muscle from head to toe and she wanted every inch of him whether she was pissed at him or not.
Gabriella purred as Zach’s hands began to wander and reached down to the hem of her skirt and began to lift it. He had it up around her thighs when he finally raised his head. They were both breathing hard as he looked down into her glazed eyes. “Damn, I’m ready to take you right here,” he growled. “Tell me you don’t want me. Or this. And I’ll stop. But if you do, say something now so we can take this inside and I can finally do all of the things I’ve been fantasizing about for five damn years.”
Slowly, Gabriella licked her lips as she lowered her hands and smoothed her skirt back into place. Keeping her expression neutral, she almost felt bad when she saw the hint of vulnerability in Zach’s eyes. Then she reached for his hand and led him from the room. With a knowing smile she said, “I guess it’s a good thing we have all day then. I’d imagine we’ll need it to cover those five years.”
Zach groaned with relief. “Sweetheart, one day won’t be nearly enough.”

Let me start by saying this is the first book I've read by Samantha Chase.  When I read the synopsis, I thought this would be right up my alley, and I was excited to get started.

For the first two-thirds of the story, I enjoyed the characters and their tempestuous interactions.  It made for engaging reading, even when you wanted to smack some sense into them.  Zach's character was absolutely spot-on when he was giving everyone a hard time, though his "revelation" seemed a bit forced.  Gabriella was pretty tough, tough I'm surprised she took so much crap from Zach for so long.  Once the two of them moved past Zach's attitude, things got pretty interesting.

For me though, the last third of the book-and in particular everything that happened after Gabriella's brother-in-law comes by to see her-really bugged the heck out of me.  Zach's reaction felt way overboard, and I felt Gabriella was justified in her response.  The other thing that rubbed me the wrong way about this story was Gabriella and the purring.  Over and over.  Oh, and over again.  That got old pretty fast.

But, the overall story and the way things ended did make up for a lot...resulting in my 3.5 star rating.  There's some hot scenes between Zach and Gabriella, but nothing explicit so this will appeal to a wide range of readers.  I'll definitely be going back to read the other stories in this series since the supporting characters were pretty intriguing (especially Summer and Ethan).

Author Info
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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