Chasing Happy by Rylie Roberts (Review and Excerpt Stop!)

Title: Chasing Happy
Series: Texas Desires #1
Author: Rylie Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 15, 2015
Reed Prescott’s life is complicated enough before a silly little girl in outrageous high heels bites it in front of his moving vehicle. With no other choice, he forces her out of the pouring rain and inside his car. His concern isn’t necessarily with her safety, but to ward off any potential lawsuit. 

Lara Hunter’s life is headed in the right direction. With a good education, a great new job, and her dear best friend, Kade, by her side, nothing can get in her way until a freak rain storm leaves her sprawled across the road in the middle of a busy intersection during rush hour traffic. When the gorgeous man in the business suit and too expensive car takes her back to his office, she’s not entirely sure she appreciates his high-handed helpfulness. 

When Reed’s assistant finishes with Lara, he finds his entire world rocked by the captivating beauty underneath that soggy exterior. From day one, Reed’s success in business has always been fueled by a deep, unbreakable hate for his grandfather. So when the potential for love stands in front of him, can this hardened man find a way to chase his own happiness?
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Pages Abound is pleased to bring you our review of the amazing debut novel Chasing Happy by Rylie Roberts. She is to be commended on bring forth a solid, well-written, and enticing story with a series of character that readers will be eager to meet.
A  ⭐️⭐️⭐⭐️  Review of Chasing Happy

Chasing Happy is the story of two very different individuals who believe they have little internal value to offer the world. Due to the hardships and damaged created during their youth, both character seem to think there are reasons they will never be good enough for someone as a long term commitment. One has been hardened by life, seeking revenge in all he does, and one has learned to love and care with her whole heart regardless of how much it may hurt later.

So when the when the cocky, sexy, controlling, and revenge-driven billionaire and CEO Reed Prescott meets the smart, compassionate, and genuinely humble Lara Hunter, his world is tilted on its axis. But will Reed’s anger and hurt be more than he can overcome? And will Lara find she is proven right in her self-doubt, knowing that Reed is only interested in her for the short term?

If this is the level of writing that Rylie Roberts is producing with her debut novel, I will continue to follow her work. Well done! It was the deep level of hurt and the heavy topics that were mention in the book that gave a surprising depth to the story and created an emotional connection to the characters introduced in the series Roberts has planned. And although the story focuses on the relationship between Reed Prescott and Lara Hunter, it was not necessarily their romantic relationship together that kept me asking for more, as their chemistry took a longer time for me to appreciate; instead, it was the childhood background and the damage each was fighting in life and the support each brought to the other that grew on me. Both Reed and Lara will a little more difficult to immediately love: Reed with his alpha male ego and hardened heart, and Lara with her meek disposition and self-doubt. However, both character will grow on the readers, and the background and history of the lives these characters has will help readers connect with how situations of the past can shape the behaviors and attitudes of the future.

There was, however, a stronger side story between Lara and her best friend Kade Michaels. The love and care Kade bestowed upon Lara was heartwarming. Kade is the type of friend every person needs—someone who cares so deeply and passionately, someone who is willing to protect their friend no mater the consequences. For me, Kade was the showstopper. He was the character with the most depth in the story, and I am sure we have not seen the last of him. Roberts was also able to build in a strong set of supporting character. Both Lara and Reed had people in their lives cheering them on and looking out for their best interests. It is this group of secondary characters and their love and passion for one another that will keep readers searching for more from this series.

Overall, this was a great read, and I am looking forward to the continuation of this series with the next installment, Acting Happy.

“Rylie Roberts’s storytelling voice is great to read. I was given this book. I very much enjoy this story. I look forward to more stories from Rylie Roberts. I am so glad I got to read this book, I think you will be too. Give a new author a try; it will be well worth your time.” ~ Goodread Reviewer

“This was a solid start from a debut writer. It touched on some deeper, darker topics than I expected, and it captivated me enough that I am looking forward to more in this series.” ~ BJs Book Blog

“Captivating…Addicting…Masterful debut novel by Rylie Roberts. Rylie brings her characters to life and made me fall in love with Reed and Lara on every page. Sexy…Lustful….Passionate between the steamy scenes and meaningful topics Chasing Happy makes for an all around amazing read.” ~ Swoon Worthy Books

“What? Do you want me to say you’re my first to get you back in there? Not even you can be that naïve.” She figured those hurtful words had the impact he’d intended. She reached for the only thing she saw, pushed and a small door opened with a single button inside. She reached in hoping that called the elevator, but he knocked her hand away. 
“I need the elevator; I’m going home.” She almost yelled those words. 
“Fuck, Lara, what the fuck’s your problem? It’s sex. Adults have it all the time. You want me. I want you.” He yelled those words right in her face. When she tried to press the button again, he reached out and knocked her hand away a second time. She went for the phone on one of the desks, but he was right behind her, slamming the phone down. “You’re a fucking cock tease. You’ve been giving me the signals all fucking week.” 
She schooled her facial features at his words. They were getting more derogatory with each comment he made. He was mad, but no longer pushing her to perform. Instead, he walked away, muttering, “I could have brought anyone up here tonight. You fucking wore that fucking dress, flashing me those fucking tits all goddamn night, and now you get a conscience?” 
Lara wanted out. She went for the call button and the elevator doors opened. She rushed on, fighting the tears his stinging words caused. “Goddammit! You’re fucking pissing me off.”
He darted across the foyer, sticking a hand between the closing elevator doors. He entered, quickly working a hidden keypad on the inside. He left the elevator and the doors didn’t shut. Even when she reached out to push the close button, they remained open. He came back into view, and she moved to the far side of the elevator, wiping a stray tear away before it fell. He stepped back inside, this time with his suit jacket on. 
“What are you doing?”
“You aren’t walking home alone.” He punched another code into the keypad. The elevator doors shut and they began to descend. 
“I don’t want you to walk me home,” she said defiantly.
“I don’t care.” He stood at the front of the elevator and she stood in the back. Neither said another word. He walked out first, keeping his distance. She ignored him as he exited through his private entrance. She went the other direction through the parking garage. He frustratingly met her on the street at the front of the building. At the street corner, she was so disgruntled by his presence she didn’t see the car until Reed took her arm, hoisting her back on the sidewalk as it passed by. 
She’d have rather been hit by the car than to have him touching her again. She yanked her arm free with such force she stumbled several feet. 
“You’re a hard-headed, stubborn little thing.” Once on the street, she walked the distance to her apartment with him by her side. Aggravated, she whipped around when he entered her building. 
“Why are you following me? I’m not having sex with you at my apartment either,” she stated, trying for a cutting remark. Every eye in the foyer turned their way. 
“Yeah, that offer’s off the table now, babe. You don’t play fair,” he said, following her inside a waiting elevator.

Rylie Roberts is an award winning author and native Texan who loves to write and read romance. Look for her debut novel, Chasing Happy, releasing Tuesday, September 15, 2015, with more Texas Desires Novels coming soon. 
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