Chasing Rhodes (Rock Falls #1) by Anne Jolin
Chasing Rhodes (Rock Falls Series Book 1)
***Can be read as a standalone or as part of the Rock Falls series
Hannah Rhodes has just gotten out of a long term relationship, and she isn't looking for a new man in her life. But after a night out with the girls and one too many tequila shots, her plans to stay man free are blown all to hell. She finds herself in bed with the smoldering stranger from a party six months back and immediately knows she's in trouble, big trouble. And the last thing Hannah needs is more trouble.
Her last relationship took her out like an emotional freight train, and she’s trying to piece back the stability her life once had.
Greyson Holt’s biggest fear in life is to end up like his father, like the man who left him as a child, and broke his mother’s heart. He vowed to never be responsible for that kind of carnage. Men could be cruel and that kind of brutality was in his blood. He never allows himself to get too close to anyone, until he meets Hannah.
Something about her makes him want to try, but a man can’t change overnight.
Will Holt be able to catch Rhodes every time he lets her go? Or will their chase end in heartbreak?
Chasing Rhodes is really not the book for me. It is a bunch of heavy drinking and partying and just not my thing. Besides that some of the choices the characters made didn't make sense to me, but oh well. The writing was just not good enough for me to really enjoy this story. Some slight spoilers ahead.
Hannah has just gotten out of her last relationship. Her ex is bio polar and she is just drained from dealing with his ups and downs and finally just called it quits with him. They ended on good terms, but that was hard on her. She pretty immediately starts dating Greyson whom she had seen briefly at a party a little while ago. She doesn't want anyone that will be emotionally draining for her so she is hesitant at first, but she just can't help herself. She wakes up one morning in his bed not remembering anything that happened the nigh prior, but when she tries to just blow it off as a one night stand Greyson won't let her.
Greyson is not really a relationship kind of guy, but something about Hannah draws him to her. Once he sees her he wants to be with her and when he gets the opportunity he takes it. He does have a lot of issues with his dad who left him when he was younger. He saw how much that hurt his mom and he doesn't want to ever do that to anyone. Seems easy enough. Just don't leave right? Well what does he do at the first bump in the road? Leaves. Yep, he is so worried that he will be his dad and do what his dad does so he does what his dad did. Um..that makes no sense. He is so worried he would leave he leaves so that he won't leave? See the problem? Yeah.
Of course he comes back and everything is fine and Hannah is basically living with him and all is wonderful. Well all is wonderful except Hannah who gets irrationally angry all the time. I didn't quite get that. She just gets mad at the littlest things and it is just like what is her deal? Also everything is great until Greyson's past comes calling and he is really upset and says some hurtful things while he is hurting. So then Hannah has to run away all he doesn't love me! When it is just like I am rolling my eyes so hard as obviously he just had some deep issues that you are aware of that he had to face and he is kind of in shock and lashing out. Yeah. So of course it all works out in the end but I didn't really enjoy the story very much.
One great thing about this book though, especially since there is so much drinking involved, is that Hannah and everyone are very against drink driving. One point early on when Hannah was drunk and going home with Greyson she goes on about how she won't get in the car if he has had anything to drink and such. She leaves her car all over when she goes out as she just won't do that. It was nice to see the anti-drunk driving message since it is a big deal and the characters did go out for drinks a lot. It was nice to see them being responsible when a lot of books don't seem to care about that.