The Sweetest Chase by Sharla Lovelace

The Sweetest Chase by Sharla LovelaceThe Sweetest Chase by Sharla Lovelace
Series: Heart of the Storm #2
Published by Montlake Romance on February 23rd 2016
Pages: 387
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Photographer Quinn Parker is getting married in a month, and she’s almost happy about it. Even though her mother is planning the whole wedding. Even though she’s secretly had the hots for Simon Chase forever. But he’s her best friend’s brother and her coworker…off-limits even if she were single. So she’s marrying the man who should be her perfect match—and that’s that.
Simon Chase’s life revolves around his family’s storm-chasing business. The meteorologist of the bunch, he’d rather be out in the weather than reporting it—especially if Quinn Parker is along to photograph the run. He’s been hiding his crush on her for a long time, and it’s only intensified. But she’s marrying someone else—and that’s that.
Or is it? When a Chase family wedding sets the stage for body temperatures to rise and the pressure of Quinn’s impending wedding to build, a new reality breaks. Quinn and Simon discover their unrequited affections have been mutual all along. When the gathering storm of their attraction finally reaches its peak, will it leave their lives in shambles? Or will they find shelter in each other?

With a month to go to Quinn Parker’s impending wedding, the status-quo can’t – and should not – change during this critical time, especially for Simon Chase, who has always loved her. But circumstances conspire at this juncture for both Quinn and Simon enough to tell them that this sentiment is in fact, mutual – and that’s where the trouble begins.

The storm-chasing universe has always intrigued me and the turmoil in each character’s personal life as always, mirrors the thrill and the unpredictability of the chase during tornado season. This happened in the drama that surrounded Zach and Maddi in the previous book and it isn’t any less intense for both Simon and Quinn as they battle their emotions of guilt, denial and betrayal when it all becomes clear that crossing the line from friends to lovers will change every dynamic they’ve been familiar with. Helped along by a stellar (and hilarious) supporting crew, Simon and Quinn do indeed find their way back to each other, albeit too slowly for my liking and with too much indecision and teetering on Quinn’s part who could have put an end to her own misery a long time ago. Angsty tales of (apparently) unrequited love can be my personal crack, which is primarily the reason I wanted to see how this story played out. Sharla Lovelace burrows deep into the H/hr’s mindsets and balances this rocky path to HEA with the heart-stopping action of chasing storms, yet I thought the drama was drawn out way too long, which Simon’s and Quinn’s abrupt and brief resolution couldn’t balance out by the time it came.