Book 1 :
I have never read anything by Elisabeth Grace before, but I must say I have become a fan. She writes character who are very believable.
Chloe Griffins has had a hard life. Her dad has never been in the picture and her mom passed away in a car accident and she was left leave college to raise her younger sister. Now that her sister has left to go away to college, Chloe is finally able to have a life. Chloe's friend, Jackie, is getting married so the group of girls go to New York City for the bachelorette party. While they are at the bar On The Rocks, Chloe accidentally falls into the arms of a hot guy in the men's room of all places. Max wants to get to know Chloe better so he invites her to a private VIP room to talk. While talking they develop strong sexual chemistry. One thing leads to another and they end up having sex at the bar! Chloe freaks out and leaves, figuring she will never see him again.
Two months later, Chloe is back to her regular life in Bar Harbor, Maine and who walks into her work place....Max! He has been thinking non-stop of her and is shocked to see her. He wants to date her while he is in town for the summer. She finally agrees to a friends with benefits arrangement. I loved their times spent together. Chloe is so straightforward and honest and I love the way she talks to Max. I love how Max has to work for Chloe.
I knew there were multiple parts to the story but I didn't realize this would end with a cliffhanger! I'm not the most patient person having to wait for the next part! :)
Overall, I really like this storyline. The characters are well developed and very likeable. Chloe is someone I could see being friends with. Max is someone I could see dating! I can't wait to see how this story continues!
Book 2 :
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this volume. Thanks goodness because I needed to see how Chloe and Max handle the bear! I cannot even imagine that happening to me! Chloe calls her friend, Gabe, the park ranger, to tell him about the bear and he tells her he will go back to the area to get her things that she left.
Chloe and Max continue their friends with benefits role, but secretly each of them are starting to fall for the other. Chloe ends up spending the night at Max's suite. The next morning while doing the walk of shame, she finds Gabe waiting for her at her house. He thinks she is just coming back from being out early, but when he realizes she is just coming home from last night he does not seem too happy. I'm not sure if I like Gabe yet. He seems like he has a hidden agenda.
After Chloe has a long day with working and a meeting she goes to see Max. I swooned with what Max did for Chloe after she showed up! I want a Max of my very own! ;) The chemistry between these two is HOT and I love the banter back and forth.
We finally get a little bit of Max's dad, Winston Richfield. He sounds like a piece of work. The volume ends with Chloe's boss, Mr. Cullen telling her that she has to do a certain thing. I can't believe what her boss is making her do! I also can't wait to see what the deal is between Mr. Cullen and Winston Richfield!
The the cliffhanger....ugh! What the heck did the paper say? Killing me here Ms. Grace!
Overall I am really enjoying this series and can't wait for the next part!
Book 3 :
Chloe confronts Max about the newspaper article. He explains that he gave that interview months ago, before he even knew Chloe and forgot all about it. He knows what is in the article is not true. Chloe forgives him but explains that she needs to stop their relationship or risk losing her job because of Mr. Cullen's demand. Max convinces Chloe otherwise but they will keep their relationship secret.
Max is not happy that someone came into Chloe's house to leave the newspaper. She agrees to contact her best friend's husband, Jamie, who is a police officer. Jamie seems to think that the person didn't want to harm Chloe, just wanted to make sure she saw the article. Gabe shows up just as Jackie and Jamie does and wants to help. Chloe is confused as to why Gabe is there, but let's it go.
I loved Max and Chloe's weekend getaway, especially the car ride! ;) They had a sweet and romantic trip until they get back to find 3 of Chloe's car tires have had the air let out. Now Max is really worried.
It is now the night of the Charity Gala. Max and Chloe manage to sneak away for a few minutes alone before the event starts...in a broom closet of all places! Max arranges for a special guest to be there as a surprise for Chloe and she is thrilled.
At one point Mrs. Cullen tells Chloe the reason behind the feud between her husband and Max's dad, Winston Richfield. This helps Chloe understand things better.
Just as Max sees his dad, he sees the young woman on his arm and stiffens. Suddenly, Max leads this woman out of the gala by the elbow.
Chloe performs her song on stage at the gala. As she gets off she is given a note. It's from Max telling her to meet him outside by the pool. She thinks he wants to sneak more time with her but when she shows up he is still with this other woman! And she is not happy with what she sees! In fact, she is pissed.
Ugh....such cliffhanger endings! I think Elisabeth Grace just enjoys torturing her readers. I am really loving this story and can't wait for the last part!
Book 4 :
I was shocked what Max did at the dinner with his ex. Seems like a Max type thing to do but I still felt bad for Chloe. I'm glad it was resolved quickly. Had I also known that a character was going to have a certain issue, I'm not sure I would have read this book. It is a tough subject for me. I'm glad it wasn't dragged out too bad and I am very glad for the wonderful happy ending.