Review: Chasing Clouds by Kathryn Andrews
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Heart pounding, beat by beat, it expands in my chest with an overwhelming sense of love for him. This man, my temporary husband—can he feel it? Does he know?
All of it...
He's just saved me and ruined me at the same time.
Prior to her latest release, I had only ever read one novel that Kathryn Andrews had written and that was her previous release from last year. After having finished and fallen in love with Chasing Clouds, I have now gone ahead and added her four earlier titles to my to-be-read list because damn, I've clearly been missing out and I'm making up for being remiss in reading her prior to last year. Her latest standalone novel--which I'm seriously hoping is actually the start of a new series featuring select football players from the fictional Tampa Tarpons--has turned me into an instant fangirl, and has gone as far as actually turned my ambivalence towards the fake relationship trope.
Chasing Clouds opens with a wedding, and it's the culmination of five years of a carefully crafted life plan for twenty-three-year-old Camille Odette Whitley. Being the daughter of a sitting senator from Georgia and coming from a family steeped in tradition has always come with expectations and she had every intention of living up to them...until she caught her husband-to-be cheating. But familial duty is a burden she knows she must bear because she doesn't have any other options, no matter how many times her twin sister Clare reminds her differently. Then, just when all hope was lost, Reid Harrison Jackson stands up from his pew and puts a stop to her wedding...and asks her to marry him instead. Does the Savannah socialite move on from the politician wannabe to a twenty-eight-year-old professional football player instead? Things are about to get very interesting for everyone.
I absolutely adored this novel! There was so much about it that proved to be unexpected that it felt as if I was receiving little gifts of originality and creativity throughout my reading journey with Camille and Reid. From the moment they meet the night before the wedding to the wedding itself and everything thereafter, these two seemed to simply click. I loved getting to know them both as their story evolved and their relationship developed. Whatever expectations you may have, I suggest you set them aside and simply let the story unfold naturally. It's extremely rare that I'm not tempted to skip to the end just to see what happens and then resume my reading to get to the eventual happy ending, but with this Kathryn Andrews book, I sat back and read it at a surprisingly leisurely pace and loved, loved, LOVED it. Camille and Reid made my heart thump happily in my chest but they also had it squeezing in empathy at times because these two had their share of obstacles. Chasing Clouds easily gets five-plus stars, and like I said, I'm hoping we haven't seen the last of a couple of Reid's best friends and teammates. ♥
Release Date: 19 July 2018
Date Read: 19 July 2018
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