Chase the Sun by Meredith Russell and R.J. Scott

chasethesuncvrTitle: Chase the Sun

Series: Stories from Sapphire Cay, #3

Author: Meredith Russell & R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: Novella (33K)

Publisher: Love Lane Books (August 23rd, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Six years ago, Adam broke Scott’s heart, but now he’s back in Scott’s life and Scott is rightly suspicious.

Is it a case of second chances? Or will history repeat itself?

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In Chase the Sun, Scott Antonelli is about to get the shock of his life. Six years ago, Adam Ross broke his heart and it was the trigger that set Scott off travelling around the world. For the last few years, he has worked at Sapphire Cay with Dylan. On a simple supply run to Marsh Harbour, he is left reeling, as he comes face to face with his first love. Can he trust Adam this time round?

Adam Ross was an idiot. Looking for quick and easy cash, he got himself mixed up in the wrong crowd and paid the price – three years in prison and he lost the one person who had ever meant anything to him – Scott. Adam has done his best, tried to turn his life around and is in the Bahamas looking for a second chance. Finding Scott was the easy part. Getting him to trust him again, could be harder than he ever imagined.

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Review: This is a lovely and romantic story about redemption.

They were once in love, but they were young, one blind, and the other stupid. Harsh? I don’t think so.

When Adam broke Scott’s heart six years ago, they were both at fault. Adam though he’d get the easy money and have a nice, easy life. Stupid!

Scott thought he had the love of his life and their future programmed, when there were leads that told differently. Blind!

It took some police officers to shock that out of Scott’s system, get him moving, or rather running, and trying to mend his heart. Six years later the piercing pain caused by the sight of his ex-lover seems as raw as ever. Now Adam is chasing him, trying to apologize and perhaps win him back. But they never counted on the fury all this accumulated pain has released.

The first part of this story was marvelous. The characters’ reactions were real and had you engrossed in the story in no time at all. The feelings and emotions swirling around both Scott and Adam were so credibly written I thought they would have a pretty hard time getting to talk to each other without Scott reaping Adam a new one.

But right then the twist happened and Adam found himself compromised and in a very vulnerable situation, causing Scott’s protective streak to hit full force. Years of bitterness were forced ahead to be confronted, and years of loneliness and desolate feelings were forced to be acknowledged.

I loved how Adam felt that he deserved the way Scott treated him, yet still faced it with an air of dignity, despite the resignation that colored his every move. I loved how drama-free the context was, how that aftertaste of bitterness from ruining your life and that of your beloved one was there, yet it didn’t sully the text with overbearing emotions.

Yes, it is safe to say that the writing in this book is very good, and while the theme in itself is not light, the way it was written made it easy to read, easy to like, and didn’t add any heaviness or steal the escapism purpose from the read.

I enjoyed the story a lot; I loved both characters very much. Adam, that seemed so “alone” in the world, so desolate, and yet not giving up on what he treasured most. And Scott, that despite his lost trust and his broken heart, dared to dive into those frightening waters again and give them both a second chance.

I might have felt a bit uneasy about how single-minded Adam was on being the man Scott deserved, and how Scott, this and Scott that. It was as if he was only trying to better his life for Scott, instead of himself, no matter what Scott’s decision would end up to be. There were times that I felt that he would go back and ruin his life again should Scott not forgive him. But I got over it as I flew with the story and its romanticism.

Bottom end Chase the Sun is a perfect book for all those who love a good written romance. Strongly recommended!