on May 1st 2018
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Megan Montgomery has always been the careful type. Except...one time at her cousin's wedding when she threw caution to the wind and had the steamiest hook-up of her life. But that was two years ago— why can't she stop thinking about it? So when Megan accepts a job at her cousin's company, she does everything she can to avoid Alex—knowing he'll shake up her carefully crafted world.
Alex Rebat's been living a good life. He loves his career and friends, but like Megan, hasn't been able to stop thinking about their passionate encounter. And once Megan moves to town, Alex makes it his personal goal to show her that maybe it's time to start taking a few more risks...
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
UNTIL THERE WAS US is the seventh novel in the successful Montgomery Brothers series by Samantha Chase. As a fan of this wonderful series and this author, this story of second chances hooked me immediately and I polished off the book in one sitting.
Instead of a Montgomery brother playing the lead in this story, we get the story of Megan Montgomery, a workaholic who, up to this point, has managed to avoid getting swept up in the family business. When asked to join cousin Zach’s branch of the business as the IT specialist, however, she agrees to take the position even though it involves a cross-country move from New York to Portland. While she won’t admit that it had anything to do with her acceptance of the job, Megan knows that, in Portland, she will have to come into contact with sexy Alex Rabat, Zach’s best friend. Megan and Alex had a secret (or was it?), steamy two-night stand after meeting at Zach’s wedding. Megan felt that the fling with Alex had been so out of character for her that she let the long-distance romance quickly fizzle out.
When Megan and Alex meet again, it’s obvious to both that the incredible attraction between them is still there, but Megan tries to avoid Alex. She claims that getting involved with Alex will negatively affect her ability to do her job. Alex does not give up, and he does everything he can to pull Megan out of her comfort zone and back into the fire of a sizzling relationship with him. Can he succeed?
I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story of Megan and Alex. I especially liked that Megan and Alex were not your typical romance novel characters. Megan was not overtly beautiful, or at least she didn’t feel that way. She was most comfortable wearing sweats and little or no make-up, and she preferred to work over almost any other activity. None of this mattered to Alex who still thought she was beautiful. I also liked the way the author chose to write their romance. At the beginning, their attraction was purely physical, and their early encounters were definitely R-rated (but not the near-porn you find so often anymore). As their love for each other developed, the author gave them some privacy by moving the love scenes behind closed doors and into the imagination of the reader. Nice touch.
Without going into spoiler territory, there is one very emotional element to Alex’s story that was very difficult for me to read because I had a very similar situation in my own life recently. While I, sadly, was able to connect to this story in a very personal way and the entire scenario left me in a puddle of tears, it was so realistically and sensitively written that I doubt there will be any readers left unmoved,
UNTIL THERE WAS US can easily be read as a standalone novel and an introduction to this series, but after reading it, I would highly recommend that readers that have not been following this wonderful series, start at book one and binge your way through the earlier novels. Samantha Chase is a wonderful storyteller, and she has masterfully crafted all the Montgomery family stories. You will not be disappointed!
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book and all the opinions in this review are mine.
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