Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Chance Encounter by Christy Reece

Chance Encounter (LCR Elite #2)

By Christy Reece
Releasing June 29, 2015 


She’s the face of innocence whose secrets, if uncovered, could destroy her carefully crafted life.

On the cusp of achieving every goal she’s set for herself, Kacie Dane is one step away from superstardom. The hell she endured five years ago is a nightmare of the past. With a new name and a new life, no one would ever recognize her as the ravaged victim she’d once been. Her secret is safe…or so she thinks.

He’s a disgraced former sports star looking for redemption, determined to stay in the shadows.

Once the golden boy of the NFL, Brennan Sinclair’s fall from grace was witnessed by the entire world. Determined to stay out of the limelight and make his life count for something, he joins the Elite branch of Last Chance Rescue. Brennan never expected his first assignment would draw him back into the life that almost destroyed him.

Some secrets should never be kept. Some sins can never be forgiven.

Someone knows exactly who Kacie Dane is and will stop at nothing to destroy her. Brennan is sure that he, along with his LCR Elite partners, can keep Kacie safe and unmask the evil trying to destroy her, but he never expected to lose his heart to the one woman he couldn’t have.

A killer bent on revenge. A woman who refuses to be broken. A man in need of redemption.

No one is safe.

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Growing up in a tiny community in Alabama boasting only one stop sign and a gas station gave Christy ample opportunity to create daring adventures in her head. When she wasn't thinking of her story characters, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys kept her entertained and out of trouble. Later came the chills of Stephen King and the thrills of John Grisham, but the romance genre always held a strong place in her heart.

A few years ago, she decided to write the stories that had been rattling around in her head. Now she and her characters couldn't be happier.

Christy lives in Alabama with her husband, five adorable fur-kids and one very shy turtle.

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Chance Encounter is a consider a light romantic suspense and there is enough page time dedicated to build up the romance between the H/h. Too often when it comes to romantic suspense book, the couple was thrown together in a whirlwind of action/drama and they sorta hooked up due to the adrenaline. So I can appreciate how the author let the characters experience a slower build up of connection.

Kacie Dane is the star model who had it all. But only few knew her tainted past. Five years ago, Kacie was a victim of a kidnapping, tortured and raped. She did all she could to bury her past, but now someone out there is determine to unearth it. 

Brennan Sinclair used to be the star footballer until a tragedy befall his family and he was painted as a villain by the media. In order to avoid the public eyes, Brennan build a new life for himself by joining the LCR Elite Team. 

The beginning of the book really creep me out because I totally had no idea of is the villain at all. The original perpetrator who kidnap Kacie years ago was supposedly dead. So why did all of the sudden, Kacie is receiving this creepy message and hearing weird sound in her head?

Brennan first assignment after being transfer to LCR is to guard Kacie while acting as her stand-in boyfriend. The last thing Brennan need is to be under the spotlight again, but he is professional enough to take things in stride.

The thing with Brennan and Kacie is that they are both such nice and genuine person at heart. Kacie is one of those understanding heroine who know how to accept help and listen to advice. As for Brennan, after learning what she endured, which man wouldn't be all protective of her. Having these two admirable characters together is simply too sweet. I actually wish they would do something to piss each other off just to see how they react.

Of course, they do have their own set of problem. The major challenge is with Kacie's intimacy issue. Poor girl didn't feel sexually interested in men after her ordeal. Then is up to Brennan to help her break down all these walls. Meanwhile, Brennan can't really see a future with a famous model by his side. How will they make it work? 

As for the suspense department, apart from receiving these creepy warning and being there with Kacie, Brennan was not involved much in the investigative work, much to my disappointment. The middle portion of the book was a bit on a slow side and focusing more on the budding romance between these two.

However, Christy did manage to end the book in a high note. I was engrossed with the later portion of the book when the deranged villain finally make the appearance and there are few twist thrown at me, which totally caught me off guard. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the last 30% of the book. I wish there is more action in the middle part of the book, which will make it more engaging.