Release Me by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K Rogers
Overview by Amazon:
The second in the “seriously sexy and sinfully steamy”* Chasing Fire series, about a pain too deep to forgive and a passion too hot to forget…
Alessandra Sinclair knows that Hudson Chase is the last man she should want. The boy from the wrong side of the tracks has grown into a man who would do anything to get ahead, even if it means breaking Allie’s heart. But whenever she’s near him, the attraction between them is undeniable. And now that they’re working together, keeping her distance from Hudson is almost as impossible as keeping her feelings in check…
Hudson already lost Allie once and he refuses to lose her again. He’s determined to use their new business partnership to rekindle the spark he knows is still there. Only the closer he gets to winning her over, the clearer it becomes there are still secrets that could tear them apart for good…
This is the second book in the Chasing Fire series and it’s just as great as the first book! I commended the authors when I reviewed the first book for their choice of basing the character Hudson on the gorgeous model David Gandy. I had a good laugh when I read the dedication page and their message to him. You really can’t go wrong when you use such a beautiful man as the template for a character as complex as Hudson.
In the last book Alessandra’s life changed irrevocably. She discovered some very difficult realities about her fiancé, her parents and her feelings. This book picks up with the devastating deaths of her parents. Now Alessandra is on her own and suddenly thrust into the starring role at Ingram Media. However, the silent majority stakeholder is none other than Hudson. The man she keeps coming back to and now wants nothing to do with him.
Hudson is such a great character. He reminds me of a character that Judith McNaught would create. Complex, emotional, driven and passionate. He cares for his brother and doesn’t take his successes for granted. The one thing he wants more than anything is Allie. Losing her again is not an option. That is what makes the writing so exciting – how is he going to win her back?
Allie spends a good chunk of time struggling in this book. She is figuring out who she is and what she wants in life. Her reality forces this of her and while she actively avoids Hudson, she can’t deny how he makes her feel.
I loved how this story unfolded. The boardroom struggles were just as interesting as the sparks flying between Allie and Hudson. Clearly they don’t spend the whole book apart, and once they are together, it was SO rewarding. They wrap themselves in each other and create a quiet world where only they exist. Of course the sex is so smoking hot between these two that it makes you wonder how Allie could have ever imagined being away from him. Lush, descriptive scenes make it easy to fall in love with the characters and their passion.
One of the best parts of this book was the awesome trip that Hudson plans for Allie. After a first Christmas together, he whisks her away to the Orient Express train. I don’t know how the authors conceived this idea, but it works really well. The luxury, the class and the complications of travelling by train are both exciting and amusing.
Wrapped in their private world, Allie and Hudson are able to ignore the world for a while. But Allie’s former creepy fiancé Julian rears his ugly head at the end of the book. It is going to cause a big complication for the couple, so I can’t wait to see what happens and the lengths Allie and Hudson will go to protect each other.
Another great book by this amazing team. They manage to bring characters to life that are real and exciting to spend time with. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!