`Title: In Pursuit
Author: Olivia Luck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Eddie Neff needs space. Not the type that country stars croon about, but physical distance from her emotionally distant father and the tatters of a broken relationship. So when the opportunity to relocate her life and interior design business arises, the answer comes easily.Adjusting to life with Claire, her gregarious new roommate, is more than simply testing comfort limits. With just one meeting, Eddie finds herself unable to resist the draw of Harris Grant, Claire’s brooding and overprotective older brother. Harris doesn’t fit her idea of a safe relationship. He pushes Eddie to face her deepest insecurities and fears of abandonment. And Harris holds on to his own painful loss, unable to overcome personal demons. Eddie and Harris must learn to conquer their internal struggles. But as they navigate their new love, outside forces fight to drive them apart. Author note: In Pursuit is the first book in a two book series. Intended for 18+ readers.
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My Review: 4 stars
Edith (Eddie) has just moved to Chicago to get her career going and make a new life for herself. She finds a great living situation thanks to a connection from a friend, and is quickly swept up into a whirlwind of new experiences and opportunities thanks to her roommate Claire. Claire has a very over protective brother names Harris who Eddie is very drawn to despite their awkward initial interactions. Harris also feels a lot of strong emotions towards Eddie, but Claire is not happy about the prospect of sharing her brothers attention with anyone.
I think we know quickly that Claire isn't a completely genuine person. While she does a lot of nice things and is generous at times, there is also an edge there that is a little unstable and a little scary. Eddie is a hard working girl who has had things rough growing up with a single father who provided for her financially, but not emotionally. She has found a strong support system for herself through her friends, and it is clear that they care about her very much. Her authenticity helped crack the hard shell around the sexy but elusive Harris. Watching them experience and explore their attraction to one another was great. They both have some issues that present road blocks, but both seem to be able to suck it up and deal with them...eventually. The chemistry between them is very hot and I kept hoping that they could work through the challenges in their path and find happiness together. We are left on a bit of a cliff-hanger, and I will definitely be reading it to find out what happens next. These are characters that I enjoyed and would like to spend more time with. Soon, if possible.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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ExcerptThe 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. “Good.” His arms drop and he puts distance between us, his features oddly calm. Wow.
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
Girls Just Want to Have Fun – STRFKR
Babel – Mumford and Sons
Hummingbird – Alex Clare
I Think of You – Rodriguez
Get Lucky – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
Sideways – Citizen Cope
Timekeeper – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Be Good to Me – Sia
One Heart Missing – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals