I’m a new reader to Chloe T. Barlow. When the first book in her Gateway to Love series, Three Rivers, was released I added it to my TBR because it sounded like it was right up my alley. I love me some sexy times with a strong man, AND a strong female. For one reason or another I didn’t pick it up to read until a few weeks ago when I saw promotions for City of Champions, and noticed that Three Rivers was on sale for 99 cents. (It still is!)
How do you start over when you gave everything to one life, one plan, and lost it all? Althea refuses to allow herself to love again. Imprisoned in grief at twenty-four after her husband’s sudden death, she’s convinced her heart died along with him. She spends her days honoring his memory by clinging to the legal career he helped her to build and to the remaining pieces linking them together. Griffen’s been running from his past. Despite success as an author and investigative journalist, he’s been traveling through life on autopilot. For a decade, he’s chosen perilous adventures and meaningless sex over the danger of any attachments. When he finally returns home to Pittsburgh, he’s slammed by the awakened memories and regret he’s spent years trying to escape. A chance encounter brings them together. Their instant desire for each other – and the bond they discover between them – shocks them both. Despite her best efforts, Althea can’t resist Griffen’s charm or his intriguing proposition – if she agrees to a no-strings affair with him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her. Their perfect plans go awry when the intensity of their connection overwhelms them. Will they risk it all on the chance of something great together…or will the power of their secrets and guilt tear them apart?
HAD TO READ! I was not let down. And the City of Champions was released last week, and it was only 99 cents too. (And it still is for a few more days as well!)
How do you find the will to try, when you’ve spent all of your life playing on a field strewn with shattered lives and broken rules?
Tragedy and betrayal taught Jenna Sutherland early on that her safest bet was to fiercely avoid any risk, whether it is in work, life, or love. Now a respected orthopedic surgical resident on the cusp of finally breaking through in her career, she’s more guarded than ever.
When injured NFL quarterback Wyatt McCoy bulldozes into her life there’s no denying he’s cocky, selfish, and downright dangerous — everything Jenna’s sworn she doesn’t want.
Suddenly the levelheaded doctor finds herself facing down her greatest fear, and she’s tempted to gamble all she’s fought so hard to build. The two embark on an intense holiday love affair that quickly teeters on obsession, and tempts them both to think they could go all-in on a real future together. Yet Wyatt’s desperation to stay on the field — and out of the operating room — lures him to take dangerous risks with Jenna’s trust.
Will they win at love or lose everything — including their fragile chance at happiness?
I am definitely a fan of Ms. Barlow’s, and cannot wait for Book 3 in this series. My heart broke for Jenna, and while her relationship with Wyatt was anything but normal, they are hot together. The book flowed well, and the relationships in the book are relatable. I enjoyed the steam and sweet between Wyatt and Jenna. I am also a fan of the HEA, and Chloe certainly delivers. I would highly recommend checking out this author. You won’t be disappointed!