For Seven Nights Only

For Seven Nights Only

by Sarah Ballance

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ISBN-13: 9781633755369
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/18/2016
Series: Chase Brothers Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 100,594
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She hasodd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves a vast variety of genres and writes in quite a few. If you love historical romances, check out her alter ego, Michelle McLean.

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For Seven Nights Only

A Chase Brothers Story


By Sarah Ballance, Tracy Montoya

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Sarah Ballance
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-536-9


CHAPTER 1

Friday night. Alone. The situation went beyond an aberration and straight into rainbow-shitting unicorn territory, but it was what it was: Sawyer Chase was bored. The usual weekend crowd at Foam's For You, the neighborhood bar he frequented, had been out in full force, but a thorough search of the room left him without prospects. He'd been left to choose between the girl who declared every single hookup a "relationship" — he'd learned that the hard way — and the one who had a thing for stealing his T-shirts, which might have been a bit more tolerable if she'd be down for anything other than missionary. In the end, vanilla sex hadn't been worth it, and neither had the potential for a restraining order.

So here he sat, kicked back on a leather recliner with a cold beer and real potential for a kickstand problem.

Plop.

A small ring of moisture spread on his chest.

Plop. Plop.

He looked from his shirt to the ceiling in time to see another drop fall. A brand new water stain marred his ceiling, and the rate at which it spread before his eyes indicated he'd have a lap full of plaster soon, if someone didn't handle their business. Which meant he'd have to handle his and head upstairs to the source of the leak. Hopefully his neighbor was home.

He drained his beer, then climbed out of the chair and pushed it safely away from the damaged ceiling. He found a pot in the kitchen and put it under the drip, then grabbed his keys and hit the hallway, counting doors on the way to the elevator since he wasn't sure if the numbers lined up. After a short trip upstairs, he counted his way back down the corridor, then knocked on the door of the apartment directly above his.

No response. That would be just his luck, for the ceiling to cave in while no one was home. He knocked harder and put his ear to the door.

The sound of a woman's muffled, not-the-least-bit-pleasurable screams greeted him.

He snatched at the knob, and a sense of foreboding hit him in the chest when he realized the lock wasn't engaged. He threw open the door just as another shrill screech split the air. Directly across from him, on the kitchen side of the small apartment, a geyser of water spewed in every direction, except the one that would muffle the woman's eardrum-splitting noise.

Entertaining a small sense of relief that the issue wasn't more serious, he launched across the room, his long legs quickly closing the distance to the sink. He tore off his shirt and crammed it over the broken faucet. The water shot sideways and soaked him before he had enough pressure on it to kill the spray, but he had it tamped down in seconds, leaving the apartment silent but for the wrong kind of heavy breathing and the discontented gurgle of water from the plumbing under his shirt.

He and the woman stared at each other for a stupidly long time, all things considered. Water droplets clung to a pair of cat-eye glasses better suited to a 1950s librarian. Her wet dress, despite its shapeless, bohemian vibe, made little mystery of a nice set of curves. There was enough damp, translucent fabric for him to see her bra covered a little too much for his taste, but he could remedy that easily enough, and then there'd be nothing to stop him from closing his mouth on those tight nipples of hers. He bet that would warm her right up. He could almost feel them stabbing his tongue —

A distinct hissing caught his attention seconds before a cold stream of water smacked him in the side of the face. He tightened his grip while her discontent edged into amusement territory.

"Hold this here?" he asked, focusing for the first time on her eyes. They were a deep, velvety brown that matched her hair. Or the top half, anyway. The strands lightened on the way down to nearly blond tips that fell in damp waves and rested midway down her back. "I need to cut off the valve."

She nodded and placed her hand over his, at which point he noticed a towel in the sink. "I tried," she said. Her voice wavered, hinting the water works might not be over.

"It's fine," he said.

She managed a small, unconvincing smile. Close enough. With some regret, he reclaimed his hand, then closed his fingers over hers to make sure her grip was secure. Then he dropped to his knees and reached in the cabinet to find the shut-off valve. The whole underside of her sink was soaked, which probably explained his wet ceiling a lot better than the geyser did. "Um, did you know you had a leak down here?"

"Yes," she said, her voice still a bit wobbly. "Maintenance came today and fixed it."

He crawled from under the sink and stood. "Clearly." He paused and looked over his shoulder toward the stove. "Is something burning?"

"Oh, no." She jerked toward the stove, but apparently high heels weren't much for traction on wet tile because her forward momentum consisted entirely of pitching into his arms. He caught her just as a light knock sounded against the open door.

"Kel —" The man in the doorway stopped short when his gaze rested on Sawyer. His grip on a bouquet of flowers visibly tightened.

"Brian!" The woman threw herself away from Sawyer so quickly, she nearly fell again. He offered a steadying hand, and she immediately shook him off.

"I guess you weren't expecting me" — her friend Brian paused to look at his watch, probably one of those new Apple douche bag detectors — "five minutes early."

"It's not what it looks like." She shot a pleading look Sawyer's way. "He's helping me with a plumbing emergency."

Sawyer shrugged, feeling a bit territorial for no good reason. "Sorry, man," he said without an ounce of sincerity. "It's not my fault she's wet. Nor is it my fault she's burning whatever —"

"They're peas." She pushed past Sawyer and moved the pot off the burner while her friend Brian gave him such a thorough once-over that he began to question which team the dude pitched for. But then again, Sawyer wasn't wearing a shirt to hide his six-pack, while not even the loose suit jacket the other guy wore could hide the kegger situation he had going on.

Kel, or whatever her name was, turned away from the stove just in time to see ol' Brian throw down his flowers and hit the bricks.

Her crushed expression killed Sawyer's grin.

She took one step toward the door, and her heel slipped. Before he could reach for her, she grabbed the back of a chair, steadying herself. In dramatic, arm-flinging, footwear-flying fashion, she yanked off her shoes and threw them well away from the puddle that encompassed most of her floor, then stomped over and kicked the flowers out of the way before she slammed the door, shutting him inside with her.

He'd been inside more women's apartments than he could count, but all of the yelling had always been sex-related. He wasn't sure what to make of this. Or of her. He knew his way around a wet woman, but not an angry one. And clothing had rarely been a factor, whereas this one seemed to want to hide herself under as much fabric as possible.

Realizing something still smelled hot, Sawyer looked to the stove. She'd left the vacant burner on. He surreptitiously turned the knob and half wished he'd made it out the door before the fireworks started. "I'm sorry about the ... Was it a date?"

"Yes, it was a date." She opened a linen closet and yanked out a stack of towels, then tossed them to the wet floor before walking to the table and blowing out candles Sawyer had just noticed were lit. A couple of impressive-looking steaks sat on the table next to a bowl of what he assumed to be mashed potatoes parked next to an accompanying gravy boat.

He stared at the stark white towels that had landed at his feet. He didn't do floors — at least not anyone else's — but he managed to kick towels around until he'd hit the majority of the mess. "If it's any consolation," he said, "he wasn't worth it."

Kel-whatever froze. Her eyes flashed, and Sawyer thought hard about edging for the door. Drama was a big reason he avoided relationships.

"How could you possibly know that?" she snapped.

He shrugged, a smile threatening. Even with frizzed hair, her giant nerd glasses, and soaking wet — or perhaps especially that way — the woman had potential, or she would have if he went for hippie types. He didn't know why she felt the need to hide herself under yards of fabric, but the currently clinging material probably conveyed more than she'd like. That she didn't seem to have a clue how revealing her outfit had become amused him. "He didn't take two seconds to fight for you, that's how."

She stared blankly. "It was a blind date. You expect him to fight for me?"

He leaned against the counter and crossed his arms. "I'd fight."

An edge of humor glimmered in her eyes. "Maybe he figured as much and didn't want his face smashed in over a woman he'd never met."

"Or maybe he's a loser."

She flailed her arms like she was shooing pigeons. Or falling into a manhole. So much for humor. "He's not the loser. I am."

Sawyer took a step back as she steamrolled toward him. He didn't relax when she paused to grab the peas off the stove — he figured he was about to wear them — but all he got was a look that straddled the line between anger and exasperation as she spun and dropped the pan on the table. He cringed at the noise, and again at what the hot metal might do to the wood surface. "I'm pretty sure you're not a loser," he said mildly. "Not the way that dress is showing off your curves."

Her jaw dropped, and her gaze followed, straight to her chest.

"Though you're wearing a granny bra. That could go," he offered helpfully.

Without a word, she spun and left the room. This time he did edge for the door. He made contact with the knob just as a yipping brown blur came tearing toward him, claws screeching a manic staccato against the flooring. When the blur slowed, he found himself staring at a bug-eyed shrimp of a dog who wagged his tail so hard his whole hind end slung back and forth.

"Marmaduke!"

Sawyer looked up to find Kel-whoever in a pair of sweats and a top that looked like burlap. Was she actually wearing a feed bag? He thought better of asking. Her hair had been pulled into a messy ponytail, leaving a few stray tendrils to caress the column of her neck. "What the hell is a marmaduke?"

"My dog." She glared as she dropped into a dining chair and scooped a hunk of potatoes onto one plate, then the other. Same with the burnt peas. That she found them edible enough to put on a plate gave him pause. He once again gave healthy consideration to making a run for it, but she was making two plates, and he was pretty sure one was for him. She confirmed as much when she asked him to stay. "You might as well eat. It's the least I can do after you helped me out with the water situation. I'm Kelsie Reed, by the way."

"Sawyer Chase," he said, eyeing the steak. It had grill marks — impressive ones. He glanced around the kitchen, wondering how she'd managed them. "It was a selfish attempt to keep the ceiling in my apartment from caving in. And that meal clearly wasn't for me, so —"

She let go of the plate, then dropped her head in her hands. "I can't believe this happened again," she moaned.

He had to work his jaw loose before he spoke. "This happened before?"

She looked up at him, utterly crushed. "I suck at dating, okay? That's why I had a blind date to begin with. I accidentally spilled hot coffee on the last guy who took the time to talk to me, and he left, saying he had an ambulance to catch. And before that, I went on precisely one date and started talking about the salary gap between men and women, and he excused himself mid-meal and didn't return. Please eat. I don't want to throw this out."

He hesitated for a nanosecond. Long enough for her face to fall, and while he knew he could leave, he wasn't sure he could do so with a clean conscience. Besides, what was he going to do at home? Mop the floor. Well, yes, but he really wasn't in a hurry to go downstairs and do that twice in one night. Besides, he'd feel guilty if he left her like this, so instead he joined her at the table. As he walked, he dragged the dog, who had chomped down on his pant leg. The mutt didn't seem to notice. Neither did Kelsie.

He sat, eyed the plate in front of him, and tried to ignore the faint sniffling from her side of the table. He didn't do emotions or relationships, and he avoided drama like the plague, yet somehow he'd ended up mired in a shitstorm that seemed to be comprised of all three. But with food. "Steak looks fantastic."

The shrimp dog growled at the sound of his voice, then went to town on his pant legs once more, snarling and shaking its head. Sawyer nudged him with his foot, but the little jerk didn't relent. He couldn't have weighed five pounds, but every ounce seemed determined to tear Sawyer apart.

She managed a watery smile. "Thank you. I don't usually attempt steak. It's just ... He said it was his favorite, and I wanted to make a good impression and ... Well, you know how that ended."

Yeah. With Sawyer getting his ankle chewed. He nudged the dog again to no avail, so he gave up and reached for his knife — to attack the steak, not the dog. He managed to remember to tuck the cloth napkin onto his lap before diving in. Or trying to. His attempt to stab the meat with his fork failed when the steak held its ground. He pushed harder, managing a shallow dent. Not exactly enough penetration to get the job done, but maybe it would at least hold the meat in place. With that hope, he tried to cut into the meat with his knife, but the knife didn't do it. Perplexed, he sawed harder, only managing to score the surface.

Barely.

He glanced at Kelsie. Finding her watching him, he shoved the meat to the side and snagged a forkful of mashed potatoes. "Maybe you're just looking in the wrong places," he said.

"Where are the right places?" she asked, eyeing his plate before meeting his gaze. "I need to know. Because my sister is marrying my ex-boyfriend's brother in two weeks, and I'm the maid of honor. Guess who the best man is?"

Sawyer put his fork in his mouth so he wouldn't have to answer. Bad move. That meant she was looking at him when he almost choked on the sour garlic taste that assaulted him.

She threw down her fork. "See?"

"Actually, no," he choked. "I can't see a thing. My eyes are watering." He swallowed and immediately regretted it. "Here's a tip. If you want romance, lay off the garlic."

She stared at him, openly wounded. "It's supposed to complement the buttermilk."

Buttermilk?

"Just great." She frowned, fastening a death glare on him he wasn't sure he deserved. "I can't even mash potatoes. Of course I can't find a guy. If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, I'm beyond screwed. And that's a direct quote from my grandma, by the way. Even my sister told me not to bother trying to catch her bouquet — that I should leave it for someone who stands a chance of landing a decent guy. Like it's my fault my ex thought cheating was a good idea. Like I want to waste time on jerks."

He didn't touch the food, having decided the topic of relationships was far less dangerous. "Consider this near miss a win. Did you see that idiot? He wasn't even willing to give you a chance to explain. That's not your guy, and if this is a consistent thing, then clearly you haven't tapped into the right market."

One of her eyebrows rose. She sniffled. "The right market?"

He leaned back against the thickly padded dining chair, putting some much-needed distance between him and the plate. Marma-what's-his-face released Sawyer's pant leg and looked up, head quirked, not unlike Kelsie's. Sawyer bit back a grin. "For starters," he said, "your so-called date needs to have his balls revoked. I've yet to meet a woman I couldn't seduce, and you can bet your ass I'm not threatened by another guy. He's a joke."

"Says who?"

"Me. I am an expert in satisfying a woman."


(Continues...)

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For Seven Nights Only 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But my Nook wouldn't let me bypass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U had what could have been a wonderful love story and ruined it with every other word being the f__k word. This had the possibility to have many humorous moments. Sad. I deleted it and will not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow at moments but enjoyable overall. Sometimes you want to bonk them both over their head. As to the cooking reference in the previous review, some women can not cook and some men enjoy it. So please get over it. It adds to the story and it does not degrade women in any way. I know several couples where the man cooks.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Another short (187 pages) book is Book 2 of the series... Brother Sawyer is a serial dater.. One night stands his specialty... Upstairs neighbor Kelsie has a faucet break and his ceiling gets wet... Being a partner with his brothers in an HVAC business he grabs a couple of tools where he meets Kelsie trying to stop a flood with a shirt... Once the emergency is under control he learns that her sister is getting married and she has no date for the wedding (her ex boyfriend is the grooms brother and she is the bridesmaid... Not a relationship guy, Sawyer says he will date her seven times to teach her how to get a date... LET THE FUN BEGIN... Excellent characters and a very unique story line... Great series!! While some complain that these books are short they are all complete stories and I have now read the first three and never felt short-changed by any... Excellent reading!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and likeable characters. Now a question for modern romance novelists: What is the deal that heroines no longer can cook? Are they stupid? Can't they read cookbooks? I cooked my first meal on a broken stove the day I came back from my honeymoon, and I managed to get something edible on the table. Home cooking is to haute cuisine what hemming a skirt is to haute couture. It's as basic as knowing how to run a vacuum, yet the inside "joke" in too many recent romances is women who can't boil water. It's an insulting concept, especially since meals eaten together are an intrinsic part of marriage. So knock it off, authors. And for those of you who can't cook, Betty Crocker still puts out an excellent cookbook.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED it!!! This is one of the best contemporary romances I have read in a while. It was realistic, engaging and had juuuuuust the right amount of spice and humor to keep it very interesting. Kelsie cracked me up to no end. I loved everything about her. Her dog added some wonderful comic relief to the story at many different times, and had me laughing at loud more than once. Kelsie was just too quirky not to love. Sawyer, while a player, revealed his vulnerable side to Kelsie and that made him so endearing. Yes, they had some kind of half-baked arrangement in the beginning, with the "teach me how to date" business, but the they lingered longer, and I loved reading how their their feelings changed towards each other. I am a total sucker for that kind of scenario. This book was so well-written, and the humor was fantastic. I would not classify this as a romantic comedy by any means, but some of the one-liners had me laughing out loud! (As an avid romance reader, I also appreciated the many jabs at the cliches used in far too many romance novels) All in all, I am SO happy I bought this book and would, without hesitation, buy more in this series!!!
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* Kelsie needs a date for her sister's wedding and agrees to let her neighbor, one night love 'em and leave 'em Sawyer, coach her in the finer points of attracting a man, only the more time he spends with her, the more unwilling he is to hand her over to another man. At the beginning of their arrangement, Kelsie said sex was off the table but she's finding Sawyer hard to resist even though she knows she'd be just another notch on the bedpost. I liked this story a lot. It's a great romance, lighthearted and sexy. It's kind of predictable but the great writing makes it a very enjoyable read.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
A light, fun and sexy read! Sawyer and Kelsie are entertaining as they try to fight their attraction while he is supposed to be helping her get a date to her sister's wedding. Sawyer has never one to go out with a woman more than once or twice, but he immediately feels possessive towards Kelsie and can't help but get jealous when a guy gets close to her. Pretty soon Kelsie becomes more than a project and the lines begin to blur. Kelsie is aware of Sawyer's reputation and has a hard time believing that Sawyer isn't just feeding her lines. The ending is great as Sawyer proves to Kelsie jsut how much she means to him. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Once again, Sarah Ballance delivers the entertaining, sweet and sexy read I have come to expect from her books in this second installment of the Chase Brothers' series. Kelsie Reed is in a dilemma. She has the worst luck when it comes to dating and men and as the maid of honor at her sister's wedding, she needs a date ASAP especially because her ex who just dumped her is the best man. Well, she doesn't have to look very far for help because a plumbing accident brings her in contact with the solution to her problems in the form of her neighbor and serial dater, Sawyer. Sawyer Chase is an undisputed ladies' man and his reputation precedes him, so when his dating-challenged neighbor enlists his help in finding a man, Sawyer is all in. But will he be able to teach her everything she needs to learn in seven dates? Or has the commitment-phobe met the one woman who will tempt him to settle down? FOR SEVEN NIGHTS ONLY is an enjoyable story of opposites attracting, with humorous moments, fun banter guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and the heat set to high. Kelsie and Sawyer kept me laughing as they navigated their non-relationship while trying to make Kelsie over into a man magnet. I like the growth in their relationship from barely tolerating each other to their HEA. It's always delightful to see the men that are most resistant to love and commitment fall really hard and the author does a great job with the build-up to that. This was cute and lighthearted fun and I look forward to more from this series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Chase went upstairs to find out why water was dripping in his apartment from his ceiling. Once there, he helped Kelsie with her plumbing emergency, but also spoiled her blind date. This was an awesome story. I loved all the ups and downs for Chase and Kelsie to find true love. The characters and plot were great. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
BarbaraVW More than 1 year ago
Given to me for an honest review. Sawyer is relaxing at home because there were no female prospects at his favorite bar. Now he's in his recliner and he's being rained on from upstairs. As he knocks, he hears a woman scream and luckily the door was unlocked. He takes his shirt off and uses that to stop the geyser of water. After the water is turned off, she starts to run to the kitchen. High heels and water don't mix so she landed in Sawyer's arms. She has burned the peas that she was going to use as dinner for her blind date. Sawyer tries to make her feel better by saying her blind date wasn't worth her time. She tells him that she's a loser. During their conversation, she tells him that she needs a date for her sister's wedding in 2 weeks. Sawyer tells her that he can make her dateable in 7 dates. With all of her problems (including nerd glasses, can't cook) will he improve her enough for her sister's wedding?
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
After really enjoying the first book in the Chase brothers series , Five Things I Love About You, I was looking forward to another brother meeting his match, and that's definitely the case here. Sawyer's reputation as a player in the game of love is well known, having been caught perhaps one too many times with his latest fling in a public place like in the elevator of the building where he and Kelsie live. So when he comes to her rescue with a plumbing disaster (unable to not help since the leak is into his apartment), she's happy to take his help on that front, but wary of any other suggestions, especially when he scares off her blind date. With no recourse but to accept compensation, Sawyer's offer to get her a new date by teaching her the ins and outs of the dating scene through spending seven evenings together (where he'll show her all the great places to pick up men) is something she can't refuse, since showing up at her sister's wedding solo, with her ex boyfriend in the wedding party is cringeworthy at best. But to her surprise Kelsie finds in Sawyer a depth she didn't expect. And the feeling is mutual - Sawyer's the last person looking for anything resembling commitment yet he finds himself looking forward to the time he spends with Kelsie. When their arrangement is over, will they be able to go back to their neighbourly acquaintance-only relationship? I loved this story! The banter between Sawyer and Kelsie had me laughing out loud many times as they navigate a friendship and the sexual attraction that's under the surface. Kelsie was great as an opinionated but friendly woman, totally willing herself not to fall for any of Sawyer's lines. She can't cook to save her life, but she still gives it her best effort, to rather humourous consequences. Sawyer is a friendly, somewhat arrogant (I mean, he knows he's good looking and he turns on the charm constantly), but overall a really nice guy (who luckily knows how to cook). Knowing he screwed up Kelsie's date, he really does want to make it up to her. The trouble is he starts to want her to want him. Setting her up to get picked up by other guys gives him a rather uncomfortable feeling, one he's reluctant to identify as jealousy. When they share a kiss, the sparks fly, and suddenly the clothes are coming off and the passion between them results in some super sexy scenes. While Kelsie tries to remind herself that this kind of sex is old hat to Sawyer, the truth is that it's meaningful for them both. There are some great scenes involving Sawyer's family (yay for more Chase brothers!) and it's going to be up to Sawyer to decide whether his feelings for Kelsie are worth breaking his rule of no long term relationships. The conflict is minimal, and we get a great romantic happy ending that suited the story. Highly enjoyable, romantic comedy at its best. 5 stars!
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
When I read the synopsis on this book, I knew that this author would offer up a great book to review and enjoy. From the first words I knew this would be a winner. The author gives us part 2 in a series of brothers who are not only tight but work together too. This book features Chase, a self professed manwhore. I love it when an author brings a man to his knees over a woman. You just know this guy is going down, if he can break through her defenses. But it is his own realization that he is falling for her that is the best part. With plenty of banter and snarky comments between these two, you get the love/hate challenge of a "non-relationship". It is written in a fun, lighthearted manner that includes plenty of humor and enjoyment. I love the process of watching these two become a couple. The author offers a wonderful romance with a sweet HEA that is not to be missed. Plenty of heat and steam, a funny storyline, and some great character development brings this book into a must read for the romance lover in you.
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
Tickle-Your-Funny-Bone Entertaining For Seven Nights Only is the second book in the Chase Brothers series. This is Sawyer and Kelsie’s story and I found it thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. Chocked full of witty dialogue, a bit of angst, sweet and tender moments, this story had me smiling and cheering for these two until the end. Oh, there’s plenty of heat coming off the pages when Sawyer and Kelsie finally get around to locking lips and doing the horizontal mambo. These two have undeniable chemistry, and the banter between them is hilarious. Sawyer’s tall, smoking-hot gorgeous with beautiful green eyes. A man’s man, he is unabashedly male and unapologetic about his hook-ups. Sawyer only offers one night and no repeats. He’s the quintessential player who doesn’t do love or relationships. But Sawyer’s never met a woman like his next door neighbor who challenges him in every way. At twenty-nine, Kelsie’s prickly, wary, and hides under layers of clothing to disguise who she really is. Being dumped by an ex who thought her boring, Kelsie is left feeling self-conscious and her self-esteem is almost non-existent, so she can’t help but be suspicious with a playboy like Sawyer. But she’s in a tight spot as she needs a date for her sister’s wedding where her ex will be attending, and she refuses to die of embarrassment if she shows up alone. Kelsie asks Sawyer for some dating tips, but he does one better by offering to make her dateable within seven dates. She knows it’s a bad idea but she’s desperate. I loved the way Sawyer treated Kelsie, and he was honest with her, never giving her a line. But Kelsie knew her heart was in danger of being crushed after the seven dates, if she let herself be attracted to Sawyer. His irresistible charm, warmth, and panty-melting smiles was her undoing. For Sawyer, Kelsie is smart, funny and everything he thought he didn’t need. I think Sawyer enjoyed the chase. It’s great when a bad boy finally meets his match and he’s brought down to his knees with the realization that love is possible, and with one woman. Some of my favorite parts of the story are when Sawyer interacts with Kelsie’s Chihuahua, Marmaduke. Absolutely, laugh-out-loud moments. I can’t wait to read the next Chase brother book. Well done. Copy provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. My rating:5
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! Between the ambiguous title and the book blurb, I just had to read For Seven Nights Only by Sarah Ballance. This is an entertaining, lighthearted story with a cute premise. The book's opening and ending are exciting and fun, however, the plot drags quite a bit in the middle. Kelsie Reed is a digital strategist that has experienced some bad luck with men in the past. She believes she is incapable of attracting a man's attention, thus making it impossible to find a date in time for her sister's upcoming wedding. Kelsie's cheating ex happens to be the best man and she desperately wants to upstage him. Sawyer Chase, an admitted womanizer and Kelsie's gorgeous downstairs neighbor, believes he can teach Kelsie all she needs to know about landing the perfect man in seven days. As they get to know each other, by going out on dates, they fall in love. Overall, I liked this book. Kelsie has a unique sense of fashion at the beginning, and by the end of the story, her use of scarves to cover herself up is non existent. Her cooking skills are quite comical and yet she is able to take it all in stride. Sawyer's fear of the water is justified, and I loved how he worked through his misgivings in order to win Kelsie's heart. Ms. Ballance creates some hot scenes, and even the opera house is game. This is the second book in the Chase Brothers series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars I really enjoyed For Seven Nights Only. Both Kelsie and Sawyer were fun, likable characters that had me laughing and totally engrossed with their story. Loved Kelsie's little dog and some of the scene's with Sawyer and Marmaduke or Minidick as Sawyer liked to call him cracked me up. Overall this was a sweet romance with an enjoyable storyline that will leave you with a heart full of happy feels. Looking forward to the next book in the Chase Brothers series, I'm hoping we get Ethan's book next ;)
ali_reads More than 1 year ago
This was my first read by this author and I definitely will looking for more of her books especially in this series. This book is the second book in a series about the three Chase brothers who work together but it can be read as a a stand alone novel. Sawyer is a serial dater who meets Kelsie when her plumbing issues cause a leak in his apartment. From the start there is great dialogue and lots of banter that continues throughout the book. Although Sawyer fights it he is a good guy and helps Kelsie ultimately see that she is beautiful and worthy of her HAE. I am looking forward to reading the final book in this series and based on the peeks I am also interested in Crosby and Estelle's story. NetGalley ARC
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
A funtastic read! Now I’ve read several books by this author already and really liked the sound of this one, so I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this one. I’m so glad I did! It is a delightful, fun read with great characters fighting their attraction to each other. The lessons set off with the intention of her finding someone else but their attraction really means neither wants her to find anyone else, even if they are fighting it. The story is packed with fun moments and lots of rule breaking. The characters are believable, charismatic and easy to empathise with because of the brilliant writing style of the author. It was great to have a romance evolving rather than being instant lust, the plot enhanced the reader’s participation in the story, taking them on the journey with the main characters and providing lots of humorous interludes on their roller coaster journey to romance. Sawyer sets off as a philanderer who is unlikely to ever settle down but he became really cute and possessive but fighting it as the story progressed, As for Kelsie - well I really hope she learns how to cook! This is a superbly entertaining read with brilliant banter, imaginative interventions, definitely different dates and an enchanting epilogue. Would I recommend it? Well, if you’ve not guessed yet that I totally enjoyed this, I’ll just make it clear and state that this is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys romances that develop with plenty of angst, humour and laughs en route to a well earned HEA. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for gifting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I thought it would be the normal boy meets girl and tries to change her into what he usually looks for in a date, and in some aspects, that is what this story was, but it was so much more than that too!! I love how Sawyer took the lead and pretty much took Kelsie under his wing to help her in her dating life. When Sawyer had a leak in his ceiling, he headed to the apartment above him to see if he could get to the source of the problem before his whole ceiling fell in on him. When Sawyer gets to the apartment door, he hears the desperate cries of a young woman and takes it upon himself to open the door to see if he can help. What he didn't expect to do was ruin a first date for Kelsie, Sawyer was just trying to be helpful. After Kelsie got over being mad at Sawyer for ruining her date, she explained to Sawyer that she was trying to find a date for her sisters wedding that was in 2 weeks. Kelsie did not want to go by herself because her ex was going to be there with his new date. Kelsie tells Sawyer that she always has a hard time finding good men to date. Sawyer makes a deal with Kelsie that if she gives him the chance to take her on seven dates, he can help her to get a date that she will be happy with. When Sawyer and Kelsie begin to go on the dates, Sawyer quickly realizes that he is not going to do so well with other guys looking at Kelsie. Sawyer developed feelings for Kelsie quickly. Kelsie quickly realizes that Sawyer is not as bad as she had at first thought either. Sparks ignite between them quickly and never go out no matter how hard they try to ignore them. The dates go well, except that Sawyer can not let other guys even look at Kelsie without him being jealous. So, will Kelsie find a date for the wedding or will Sawyer ruin all of her prospects?? You need to read this cute story to find out how things end for Sawyer and Kelsie. This was a quick read that is very well written!!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
For Seven Nights Only by Sarah Ballance is my kind of book, sweet, fun and very enjoyable. Sarah Ballance has a knack at making you fall in love with her character...I always come out with a new book boyfriend and Sawyer is no different. He is hot and sweet and trying to help Kelsie find a guy in seven days. I loved this book so much I will be reading the first book in the series. Make sure you read this book and all of Sarah's books, she is an amazing author. I was given an ARC of this book, for my honest review.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It is funny and interesting book, with lots of laugh-out-loud scenes and some very hot & romantic ones. In my opinion that is the best combination in any book. Kelsie and Sawyer are adorable and all other characters are also likable. I enjoyed it and find it an engaging book from the very beginning until the end. Sawyer doesn't do relationship. He has never been to a third date. There is only one think he wants from women and as soon a she gets it they're history. But then he meets Kelsie, she is a woman who doesn't know her own charms. She is clueless about her beauty. And currently she is in a bind. So when Sawyer suggests that she gets his help in finding a date she agrees. Kelsie knows it's not a good idea. Sawyer is extremely good looking and she is not his type at all. What can he possibly find attractive in her when he has a new girl every other day. But what she doesn't know is that her being not interested in him is enough to get him interested in her. Soon they both start wanting things they can't have. Or maybe fate has something else in store for them...
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Plenty of witty banter and snark makes For Seven Nights Only a great contemporary romance read. Kelsie is maid of honor in her sisters wedding and her ex is the best man. She doesn’t want to attend the wedding alone so when a plumbing mishap brings the hunky neighbor from down stairs to her rescue, Kelsie seizes the opportunity to become the seductress all men want. Sawyer is a guy that likes playing the field. When the ceiling above him starts raining down he gets up close and personal with the girl upstairs. He challenges Kelsie, saying he can make her into every guys dream in just one week. Unfortunately, the guy that never falls for a girl can’t seem to stay away from the enigmatic Kelsi. Fun, sweet and sizzling chemistry, For Seven Nights Only provides everything a romance fan wants and more. I received this ARC copy of For Seven Nights Only from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Lovestruck in exchange for a honest review.
Crystal_Yawn More than 1 year ago
I love Sarah Balance books, they are fun and flirty with a bit of zip to them. Sawyer and Kelsie are no disappointment. Kelsie has very little self confidence, covers her body in ridiculous clothes and can't cook to save her life. Sawyer is a play boy, different woman every night, no second dates. He can help Kelsie, but can he protect himself and his image? The banter between the two is fun and playful. it flips from being rude to helpful to sexually charged. making a great read that keeps your interest
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this one. It's a cute fun read that had me completely entertained. Sawyer and Kelsie had such great chemistry and the witty banter and bickering between them kept me chuckling. Kelsie is a self proclaimed dating disaster and Sawyer agrees to teach how to land her dream guy in one week. Only one rule - no touching. At all!! Will they make it through the week without breaking the rule?? I highly recommend this one.
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
Kelsie has been having a lot of problems in the dating department. She is supposed to have a blind date over for dinner at her apartment but she is the world's worst cook. Not only that but her sink is spraying water everywhere. Her neighbor that lives below her, Sawyer, comes up and saves the day but he would be date sees him there and promptly leaves. She is extremely attracted to Sawyer but knows about his reputation with women. Sawyer isn't used to women not falling all over themselves for him so Kelsie presents a challenge to him. He decides to help her become more approachable with men. They decide that he will take her on 7 dates and teach her "his ways". I really love series romances that have loving siblings involved. They always end up being a favorite of mine. I loved both of the main characters. Kelsie started out being really unsure of herself and slowly got more and more confident. Sawyer could be extremely sweet one second but then some of the things coming out of his mouth had me rolling my eyes. For being so knowledgeable about women, he could be pretty clueless sometimes. I did get a little tired of Kelsie throwing his promiscuity in his face and telling him to stop using "lines" on her. She made it very difficult for him to even compliment her. You can kind of guess what's going to happen in this story but I didn't think that took anything away from it. I enjoyed his romantic gesture at the end, and loved the epilogue. I just picked up the first one in this series on Amazon because I wanted to read more about the Chase brothers. ** I was provided an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **