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Review: Chasing Romeo by Sarah Ready

Chloe Daniels is a starry-eyed romantic who believes in true love, soul mates and happily ever afters. So when a psychic predicts the identity of her soul mate Chloe will do anything to find him.

But there’s a tiny problem.

Chloe’s soul mate is 1 of 7 men, spread across the U.S. and she has only one week to reach him.

Out of desperation she hires Nick O’Shea, a cynical private investigator who thinks soul mates, love and happily ever afters are a load of crap.

Chloe and Nick have nothing in common. She wants her soul mate. He wants to get paid.

But on their crazy, true love chasing road trip across the U.S. Nick starts to wonder if maybe he was wrong about love, and Chloe starts to wonder if she was wrong about the identity of her Romeo.

Soon, Chloe will have to choose between her soul mate and the man she hired to find him.

Title:Chasing Romeo
Author:Sarah Ready
Series:Soul Mates in Romeo (Book 1)
Pages:220
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Enemies to Lovers
Road Trip Romance
Forced Proximity
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:All across the USA
HEA:✔️
Release Date:25th May, 2021
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A hoot with heart

Sarah Ready is a new to me author but after reading this book, I suspect she will soon become a firm favourite of mine. I already can’t wait for the future books in this series – although this one stands alone with it’s own HEA.

The story starts off with a very grumpy, very angry Nick tied to a chair in the middle of Chloe’s birthday party. And while she’s happy that he’s not happy – she’s not very happy that he’s there either. This kicks off a story that I devoured from start to finish and it never once lulled or lost my interest.

Chloe is a die-hard romantic and determined to find her soul mate. Yet she’s not the sweet small-town girl that I think I expected. She’s was smart, sassy and gave Nick as good as she got. However, she also revealed an inner turmoil and a deep complexity to her character that made her ridiculously relatable. I adored her.

And Nick – well, he was my kind of hero with bells on. He’s grumpy, cynical and is so over Chloe and her infernal optimism. Even though he ultimately agrees to go on a cockamamy search for a soul-mate road-trip with the girl that drives him nuts. But it was in his quiet, sweeter moments, when he lets his emotions show, that I fell hard for Nick. I ached for him and so desperately wanted him to get what he’d always wanted.

“…definitely a 5-star read for me and one of my best of the year…”

Together, Nick and Chloe were divine. They bickered, argued, bantered and, throughout the road trip, ultimately grew closer and discovered themselves, each other and what they really wanted.

That road trip was something else, too – abso-freaking-lutely hilarious! Actually laugh out loud funny. I almost couldn’t continue reading – especially about Matt the Doctor – because it was too much. Yes, it was all kinds of silly and far-fetched but I loved every second of it. What an absolute hoot. If I don’t see this book made into a mad-cap romcom movie then I’m writing several strongly worded letters of complaint! Each situation outdid the last and yet it married well with the more tender – and at times sexy – moments in between each of the Matts.

In terms of those sexy moments – there were a couple and they were nicely naughty. Not very frequent but still a good bit of heat. I also think I’m right in saying that there’s not a jot of swearing in the book, in case that’s important to you.

As I mentioned, I whizzed through this book. The story was excellent and the writing was top-notch, too. First person, present tense from both Nick and Chloe’s perspectives, you’re right there in the action but still with that hint of not knowing how – or even if – it’s all going to turn out okay. But this is romance so of course it does. And delightfully so. I was laughing and smiling and clapping in happiness. This is definitely a 5-star read for me and one of my best of the year so far. I’ve subscribed to Ms Ready’s newsletter, followed her on all the socials and very much look forward to reading more from her.

Author Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy.

Her books have been described as “euphoric”, “heartwarming” and “laugh out loud”. Her debut novel The Fall in Love Checklist was hailed as “the unicorn read of 2020”. She loves to write fast-paced, emotionally compelling romances about quirky, smart women and the men who love them.

Before writing romance full-time Sarah had lots of fun teaching at an Ivy League. Then she realized she could have even more fun writing romance. Her favorite things after writing are adventuring and travel. You’ll frequently find her using her degree at a dino dig site, crawling into a cave, snorkeling, or on horseback riding through the jungle – all fodder for her next book. She’s lived in Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and NYC. She currently lives in the Caribbean with her water-obsessed pup and her awesome family.

You can visit her online at www.sarahready.com

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