Release: April 28, 2014
5 Star Review
He shoved a hand through his hair, breathed out harshly through his nose, and rubbed his hand on his jaw. It rasped over the dark stubble, the noise loud in the silent room. I braced myself for his outburst. When the words fell from his lips, they dropped like bombs from a clear blue sky. I jerked back against the pillows.
It took nearly a full minute for my brain to process that Chase wasn’t yelling. He was apologizing. To me. The words were rough, but soft.
“W-what?” The word was all I could stutter out of my mouth.
He sighed, dropping heavily onto the bed. The movement jarred me a little, making the wound in my arm twinge. I winced and Chase grimaced.
“Shit, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I let you get hurt.”
I stared at his gorgeous, scarred face and didn’t know what the fuck to say. I opened my mouth, but nothing came out so I closed it again. Really, like I’d said at the hospital, the whole situation was my fault. Well, the part that wasn’t crazy Julia’s fault. But it was true that if I hadn’t been where I shouldn’t have been, it wouldn’t have mattered how nuts she was, she wouldn’t have been able to get her hands on me.
“It’s not your fault, Chase. You didn’t let me get hurt. I got myself into this mess.” I reached up with my right hand and gingerly touched the bandage. “It doesn’t even hurt that bad. I’ve gotten hurt worse on other jobs.” I chuckled, though the sound was more than a little strained. My heart was still running quick and heavy, even more now that Chase was so close. The weight of his body made the mattress dip down at the corner. It felt like I was slowly, inescapably sliding toward him.
Or maybe that was just my imagination.
Chase ran his fingers over the smooth fabric of the comforter beside my knee, and just that small movement made my mouth go dry. When he raised those blue eyes to my face, I froze.
“Did you mean what you said? At the hospital?” His voice had gone even softer, like velvet.
I’d said a lot of things at the hospital. Which thing in particular did he mean? I didn’t bother asking, because…I knew. I could still pretend, though.
“That it was my fault Julia managed to grab me? Yeah. I never should’ve left the apartment. It wasn’t your fault that I completely ignored Landon’s rules.” I shrugged my uninjured shoulder, my gaze sliding sideways so I wasn’t actually meeting Chase’s eyes. We both knew that hadn’t been what he’d meant. I was hoping he’d let it go, though.
But of course he wouldn’t. Chase Preston liked to needle me. He slid forward just a little bit, bringing him from the spot by my feet to up by my knees.
I continued, hoping he’d let it slide. “I mean, Julia was kind of crazy, but–”
“Not that,” he interrupted. His hand was still resting on the comforter, his pinky just touching the edge of my thigh. I tried to ignore it. But he still wanted an answer. His eyes were intent on my face.
I licked my lips, and tried for a lighthearted tone. “About your brother being an idiot? Oh, I definitely meant that.”
Chase snorted, which made my lips quirk upward. He shook his head. When he lifted his hand, I froze for just a moment. I thought, by the glitter in his bright-eyed gaze, that he had noticed my body getting hotter, but he didn’t say anything. He slid closer again, dropping his hand on the other side of my legs so that his thumb was now touching the outer edge of my right thigh. His hip pressed against my left thigh, just as it had in my fantasy, caging me in.
I felt the heat building in my blood and tried to ignore it. This close, I could see the stubble on his jaw and the circles under his eyes – darker than usual. I could smell the warm spice of him, headier now than before, mixed with the salty tang of his sweat. I wondered suddenly if this is how he smelled first thing in the morning if you woke up beside him.
I hastily shoved the resulting mental image away.
He shook his head again and leaned closer. “No. Although you’re right about that. But that’s not what I meant either.” Chase’s breath, scented with the bite of alcohol, wafted across my nose and lips.
If he moved any closer, we’d be kissing. I leaned back, pressing as hard as I could against the pillows Eli had just fluffed. I wished I’d put on something more than just a pair of boxers before getting into bed. My skin felt hot and hypersensitive. Even just the movement of air in the room made every hair prickle. Goosebumps raced up my arms.
Chase was watching my face, eyes still unreadable, waiting for my answer. But for once, I didn’t feel like giving him what he wanted. Maybe it was because I was still so goddamned embarrassed.
I cleared my throat. “I don’t know what you mean then.”
Those dark gullwing brows rose as Chase tilted his head to the side. “Oh, I think you do.” The tone made my hands curl into fists at my side.
Jesus, he was close. My eyes scanned the tiny area around me, then met Chase’s blue stare. “C-could you move back a little?”
“Answer the question.” He breathed the words against my lips.
I jerked back. “What question?” My voice strained on the ‘n,’ my throat tight. Chase’s right hand rose, hovering near the bandage before floating back down to rest on the bed.
He shifted, pressing closer. “Do you…really know me that well, Liam?”
My breath tangled in my lungs. “I-I don’t know! I don’t know anything! Can you please just back up? You’re too fucking close!” My voice was nearly panicked, my heart pulsing against my ribs, pumping triple time, apparently intent on pushing every drop of blood southward.
Chase backed up a little, lips twitching into a smile. “You’re so straightforward.” He shook his head, a lock of that black, silky hair sliding over his forehead. “How can you say what you’re thinking so easily?”
I squeezed the comforter between my fingers, unable to think of an answer. The truth was, I mostly just blurted things out around Chase because he overwhelmed me.
But I’d be damned if I’d admit that.
“I don’t know! I just… B-because…” I dropped my gaze to my lap, where the bunched blankets were the only thing keeping Chase from realizing how affected I was by his nearness and why I wasn’t thinking straight. “Because…”
Chase’s fingers on my chin silenced me. I lifted my face, startled at the touch. I opened my mouth to say… I don’t know what.
The kiss silenced me.
The sexy story of Chase and Liam continues in this third installment and I recommend that you read Books one and two in the series to fully understand the complex relationships between these men.
Liam was hired to act as the face of author Chase Preston. At the beginning he thought it was a great idea working for Chase but now things have taken a different turn. Liam is always trying to find more information about his employer and the real Chase and not the one he portrays to the world. Now he is wondering if the sexual high tensity attraction between them is real or just another game for Chase to put his employee through. Liam has many rules that he must abide to while working for Chase and one night he breaks them by following Chase. Liam follows him to a club that seems harmless, that is until he meets this crazy woman who knows exactly who he is. Now Liam is worried that his cover has been blown and what will the ramifications be. It looks like Liam has entered into a dangerous situation and will his good looks and charm be enough to save him from what is about to go down!
What I loved about this story and the previous two books is the slow build up of an emotional and sexual connection between these two sexy men. I loved how the author has developed these characters and the chemistry they face between them. Chase is at times a hard person to love but you know that it's just a wall he keeps up to protect himself from the outside world and it's up to Liam to tear that wall down with everything he has in him. Liam wakes up in The Four Seasons Hotel and realizes that he has been taken or kidnapped by the crazy bitch Julia from the club, and this is all due to Chases brother Felix .This is when all hell breaks loose. The author introduces a new character of Felix which is Chase's brother and trust me he is not as likable as some of the others but well written. I will not be giving away any spoilers as this book is too well done to ruin it for the readers.
J.J"s detailed writing about these fascinating characters is so beautifully done. I am so addicted to the beautiful writing of J.J. Scotts and how she takes us into such deep emotions of her story is simply amazing. The sex scenes needs to be addressed in a big way as they are so crazy hot and so well written that the build up to the scenes will set your ereader on fire. She doesn't use the typical and blatant sex terms that some authors use but a very sensual and high intensity love scenes that you will never want to end. I found myself rereading these scenes over and over as they were so beautifully written and filled with the most intense sexual connection between two hot men that I have read. I highly and I mean highly recommend J.J. Scotts books of The Chase Series.....With Chase! If you like reading about beautiful love, hot and sensual sex scenes, drama, intrigue, suspense and emotional build up, then this is the book for you!!!!
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Feb. 23, 2014