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Eddie Neff leaves her old life behind to start a new one in Chicago. She ends up rooming with the rich socialite, Claire Grant. This new life of hers goes in a direction that she never imagined. Claire's brother, Harris is mysterious, brooding, and HOT. You feel the instant attraction he has to Eddie, but he tries to fight it. He has a heightened sense of responsibility to Claire, and his want or need for Eddie is in the way. Eventually, Harris can no longer harbor his feelings the more he gets to know Eddie.
“Because holding you settles my chaos.”
Eddie is a heroine that I really liked. While she has been through a lot in her past, she is strong and independent. She makes the move to another city and establishes her self professionally. She has a fighting spirit about her. Harris. Sigh. Where do I begin? He demands attention when he walks into a room. He's assertive and dominant in everything he does. Yet, he has a soft vulnerable side to him that we eventually get to see a glimpse of. Something tells me that we are going to get to see more into his beautiful soul. He is in unimaginable pain. You feel his pain as you read this story. You also feel his need and want to care about someone and to have someone care about him. It's like he's been afraid of feeling again, but Eddie breaks down that barrier and allows him to feel again.
"Because you've shown me that there's a woman out there who can being me to my knees..."
The author was able to successfully mix romance in with mystery. It allowed me as the reader, to keep thinking of what would happen next, and I was surprised at the twists and turns in the story. I found that it was a beautiful debut. It was well-written and I look forward to more of this authors work.
In Pursuit is one of those books that you instantly fall in love with. I found myself, laughing out loud, yelling at the characters, and swooning over Harris. I loved the flow of the story. It kept me engaged and I found it hard to put down. The characters are unique and likable. I absolutely cannot wait until the next installment of this series is released.
The next week begins uneventfully. Claire and I go about our normal work routines, and things are peaceful. I know that this won’t be a long term living situation for me, but this existence works for the time being. Of course, the absence of Harris probably has made her more relaxed. I haven’t seen or heard from him since Saturday evening. Now, Wednesday night, I’m antsy for another encounter. Sarah’s right, I need to get his number and make things happen.
I’m working on dinner when the front door opens and closes more softly than usual. I’m in the middle of singing to myself, On my Own from Les Miserables, when he starts making his way into the condo. I do not hide my voice from him, instead I work through the words of the song, emoting the loneliness held in the lyrics.
Before I see him, I feel him. The way my heart starts galloping in my chest, the knife becoming slippery in my damp palm. My skin starts to tingle, still humming in appreciation from his earlier touches. I sing softly to myself, the words slipping out. I don’t feel the usual rush of shyness. He should see this side of me.
When our eyes connect as he enters the kitchen, I know he’s feeling something, too, by the way that his eyes soften at the sight of me and his lips flicker upward for a half second. I cut the song short, ending before the singer professes her love.
Neither of us speaks as he crosses the galley kitchen. I avert my eyes back to the task in front of me as he moves behind me. He places one palm on either side of countertop, caging me in.
I concentrate on my breathing, but it doesn’t help the racing of my heart or the butterflies of excitement fluttering in my stomach. We’re not physically touching, but every pore of my body hums with energy.
“Do you feel that?” he asks huskily.
“Yes,” I breathe.
His cheek brushes against my hair in an achingly tender gesture.
His arms drop and he puts distance between us, his features oddly calm.
Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family.
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