Book #2 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's dazzling new series:
The Shaughnessy Brothers are back
He lives by a schedule
Aubrey Burke is on the run from an about-to-be-disastrous mistake when resort owner Hugh Shaughnessy catches her climbing through his office window. Until Aubrey tumbled into his life, Hugh had relied on work and discipline to safeguard a heart damaged by family tragedy. Now his careful world will never be the same.
She lives for the moment
Hugh's approach to life and love is the opposite of Aubrey's, but she soon finds herself falling hard for the handsome hotel mogul. There's a darker reason behind her "live for today" attitude than Hugh could possibly know, but for the first time Aubrey dares to hope this man's love might make it worth taking a chance on the future.
Praise for Made for Us:
"Delightful...heartfelt...classic romance." -RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
"Chase grabs readers by the heartstrings and reels them right into the antics of the lively Shaughnessy family...gratifying and realistic." -Publishers Weekly
About the Author
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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Love Walks In
By Samantha Chase
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It was completely unacceptable.
"I don't think I understand."
Hugh Shaughnessy straightened the cell phone that sat on his desk until it was completely in line with the rest of the items there — all while keeping eye contact with his assistant Dorothy. "I said," he began slowly, "it isn't going to work for me. It's unacceptable. Tell her no."
Dorothy shifted nervously. "Um ... I don't think that's an option, Hugh. You ... you can't exactly ..." She hesitated, clearly trying to choose her words. "What I mean is, I don't think you get a say in this."
He arched a brow at her. "Really?"
"I could see if it was a request for time off or for vacation, but ..."
"Technically, she is asking for time off," he said reasonably.
"No. What she's doing is quitting," Dorothy stated in the same tone.
A sigh of frustration escaped before Hugh could stop it. He rose and crossed the office to stare out the open window. "Tell her we require a minimum of two weeks' notice or else."
"Or else what?"
Looking over his shoulder, he replied, "Or there'll be no letter of recommendation. If anything, I'll make sure she never works in the industry again."
"Don't you think it's a little harsh?"
Turning and walking back to his desk, Hugh sat down, clearly restless. "Don't you think it's a little harsh for Heather to quit — with no notice — because she fell in love and wants to run off and get married in Vegas?"
Dorothy chuckled, quickly stopping when she noticed the glare on her boss's face. "Personally, I think it's romantic."
"Vegas? That's romantic for you? We run some of the most beautiful and romantic resorts in the country — hell, the world! — and you're choosing Vegas?" he snapped.
"Now I didn't say that, Hugh." She bristled. "What I said was how I thought the whole thing was romantic — meaning the relationship. Heather and Dave have waited so long for this and with his military service coming to an end, they can finally get married. And they're going to have a baby and —"
"She really hasn't told anyone, but clearly you can see why they're anxious to get married."
Honestly, he didn't. People had babies all the time without rushing out and getting married. He didn't agree with it, but that's the way it was. The fact that his special events coordinator was deserting him on such short notice to do it? Well, it just added fuel to the fire.
Folding his arms on the desk, Hugh looked at his assistant pleadingly. "Dorothy, we are getting ready to start a very busy season at our resorts. We've got full calendars. And on top of that, you know I've been courting a new wine distributor. He's due here tomorrow. Heather is supposed to sit in on those meetings and come up with a presentation to convince him to do business with us. Can't you convince her to stay through the end of the month?"
"Hugh, you're not listening. Heather's gone. She wasn't giving us a heads-up, she wasn't giving us an option. She stopped by earlier — with her bags packed, loaded, and waiting in a cab — and said good-bye. She's probably at the airport right now waiting to board a flight. Face it, we have to come up with a plan B."
"You'll have to sit in on the meeting and come up with the presentation. You know what we're looking for. You can just —"
"Hold it right there, chief," she said sternly, holding out a hand to stop him. "That is not going to happen."
"There are many things in my job description, but party and event planning isn't one of them. From everything you've told me, this guy is a little high maintenance and demands perfection. My idea of a party consists of inexpensive wine, cheese and crackers, and a deck of cards."
Hugh rolled his eyes. "Dotty ..."
"I'm serious, Hugh. I'm from another generation. I don't understand yours. My friends and I enjoy going out for a quiet dinner and then playing mah-jongg. We're not into music or the latest trends. Trust me, having me work on this would not help you in any way, shape, or form."
Unfortunately, Hugh knew she was right. He just hated being in a jam like this, and having Dorothy's help would have simplified everything. Scrubbing a weary hand across his face, he looked back at her. "Any suggestions then?"
"Off the top of my head? No. But give me a few hours to make some calls and I'll see what I can do."
"This is a nightmare," he grumbled.
Reaching across the desk, Dorothy patted his hand. "It's definitely not the greatest thing to have happened, but it's far from the worst. We'll make it work. We always do." With an encouraging smile, she turned and walked out of the room.
With a curse, Hugh reached for the phone and began scrolling through his contacts. Surely he had to know someone who could take over the position on short notice. Hell, right now he'd even consider letting his sister come and do it. Darcy was in her first year of college back in North Carolina and he needed someone right here in California, but maybe she could get school credit for this. While she didn't technically have any experience, she was young and social and in touch with the latest trends. Hell, her vivacious personality alone would be an asset.
"Now I know I'm getting desperate," he muttered. Pulling his eighteen-year-old sister out of school was not the solution to this. Although ...
The buzzing of the phone in his hand brought him out of his reverie. His brother Aidan's face showed up on the screen and Hugh almost wept with relief. A distraction was exactly what he needed right now.
"Aidan! What's up, man? You don't normally call midday."
"You know, you use that greeting on me no matter what time I call," he replied with a chuckle. "Is there a time slot when I'm supposed to call that I don't know about? Did I miss the spreadsheet?"
Hugh couldn't help but smile. He knew Aidan was right. He should be thankful for a friendly voice on the phone and not nitpick about when it came. "Sorry, bro. You just always seem to catch me off guard."
"Maybe let your guard down every once in a while. Live a little."
"Ha! This coming from the king of control. Nice!"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah ... once upon a time that was me. Clearly I've passed the torch on to you."
"Whatever. So what's going on? Everyone okay?"
"Yeah, everyone's fine. I wanted to talk to you about ... um ... well, Zoe and I were thinking of having a destination wedding. And the more we talked about it, the more we figured who better to get advice from than you. So? What do you think?"
"Wow! So you're ready to start making plans? That's great! I didn't realize you were there yet."
"If it was up to me, we'd be married already. Zoe wanted us to settle in and spend time getting to know each other more, and get her business off the ground before we started planning a wedding."
"So she's ready to branch out on her own? What about Martha?"
"She's still going to do stuff with Martha, but it's going to be more like a partnership. Martha deals more with commercial accounts and Zoe really enjoys doing residential. They've been playing around with the idea for a while, and they're going to give it a trial run."
"How do you feel about it?"
Aidan chuckled. "I want Zoe to be happy and she's much happier being her own boss and choosing her own clients. So we'll see how it all goes. But that's a story for another time. We want to talk to you about options for the wedding. We want to meet with you and your event person and figure out which resort fits our needs and what the availability is. I think it would be great for the family."
"What do you mean?"
"Hugh ... when was the last time Dad went anywhere?"
Too long ago. "Okay, stupid question. Sorry. So this is your way of forcing him to break out of his rut."
"He's been making progress since Darcy left for school but ... baby steps. He goes bowling with the guys once a week, he went fishing last weekend with the same group."
"For him, it's huge. At least he's spending time with friends."
"Yeah, but it's still ... He's still sticking close to home. You travel. Riley travels. Hell, even Owen travels. But Dad?"
"Fine. I don't travel either. So it will be good for a few of us. Happy?"
Hugh laughed. "Extremely."
"Okay, so who do we need to talk to and what's your schedule like? Zoe and I are open to flying to wherever you are so we can talk in person."
"Here's the thing — I'm happy for you guys. I really am. You've just caught me at a bad time."
"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize you were busy. Why didn't you cut me off? You can call me later or —"
"No, no, no. That's not what I mean. I mean it's a bad time — my events coordinator just quit and I don't have a replacement lined up."
"Is that all?"
"Is that all?" Hugh repeated incredulously. "It's huge! We have a lot of events scheduled and without someone overseeing them, it could be a disaster!"
"She wasn't your only event coordinator, Hugh. I mean that would be ..."
"She was your only events person? You own twelve resorts, Hugh! How is that possible?"
If there was one thing Hugh hated more than chaos, it was being questioned on how he managed his business. "Look, Aidan, you run a construction business. You have no idea how to do things in the hospitality business. I know I have twelve resorts, but they're small. Intimate. We're like a family. Each resort has someone who acts as an assistant to Heather, but she was the go-to on all events."
"That's just weird. And probably not the smartest managerial decision you've ever made."
"And we're done here."
"Okay, okay ... I'm sorry. Look, give me a call when the smoke clears so we can set up a meeting. Like I said, Zoe and I aren't in a huge rush and we're willing to meet you wherever you are."
"I appreciate it, I do. But you're going to have to give me something to go on here. Are you thinking beach? Mountains? Do you want to stay stateside? Or were you thinking of Australia?"
"Get things settled where you are, Hugh, then we'll talk. Trust me, Zoe and I can wait until you're ready."
"Thanks, man. I'll give you a call soon."
Hugh placed the phone back down on his desk and sighed. Yeah, maybe it wasn't such a great idea to have one main events coordinator, but Heather had been the best. She oversaw her staff and managed to make every event unique. Now he had to figure out how to move forward and find a replacement.
He looked up when Dorothy knocked and poked her head back through the door. He knew immediately the news wasn't good. It was written all over her face. "What? What's happened now?"
"Your wine guy? William Bellows?"
"He's arriving today."
"No. He's arriving tomorrow."
She shook her head. "His assistant just called. He's on his way now. He wrapped up his other business early. She called to make sure we would have a suite ready for him."
Cursing, Hugh stood and kicked his chair out of the way. "This is unbelievable! I can't catch a break today!"
"I did manage to tell her you would be tied up in meetings and would have to stick to your original plans with him. She said it would be fine."
"Okay," she began, stepping farther into the room. "Again, it's not an ideal situation but it's not a catastrophe either. We'll make sure his suite is ready, we'll arrange for spa services and dinner and keep him pampered like a VIP. In the meantime, we'll continue to figure out who you're going to use as a replacement for Heather."
"Where's Josie? She's worked as Heather's assistant here. We'll use her as a temp."
Dorothy shook her head.
"What? Why not?"
"She's on vacation. Two weeks."
"So call her in. Tell her it's an emergency."
"Already tried. She's in Europe."
"Has everyone stopped working?" Hugh yelled. "How is it possible all of this fell into place like this?"
He glared at her. "Not the time, Dotty."
"Can I ask you something?"
He nodded even as he rubbed his temple to ward off the headache that was building.
"Why are you freaking out so much about this meeting? I've never seen you like this before and you've done business with people from all over the world. What is it about this guy that has you so overwhelmed?"
Hugh dropped his hands into his lap. "He's a little ... eccentric. Unconventional."
Dorothy quirked a brow at him. "Unconventional in what way?"
"He's not the kind of guy who follows any kind of plan. He tends to go with the flow and follow his gut instincts ... that sort of thing. One time, he was on vacation in Italy and hired a guy to handle sales of a particular wine here in the U.S. just because he liked his shoes! And the guy didn't even speak English!"
"The guy he hired or Mr. Bellows?"
"I'm glad you're having fun with this," he said in a near growl. "The guy he hired! Then Bellows hired a tutor to teach the guy English!"
"And? How did it turn out?"
Hugh raked a hand through his hair. "He's the top salesman in the company."
"Oh dear," she murmured. "And you want to do business with him? You're his complete opposite! How are you going to handle working without any structure? You know how much you hate that."
"I know, I know." He sighed. "Honestly, I'm hoping if I present a completely well-thought-out plan to him, he'll simply agree to go along with it. There won't need to be any gut instinct or flowing because I'll have it all covered."
She chuckled, and when Hugh glared at her, Dorothy quickly placed a hand over her mouth. Clearing her throat, she continued, "You're not counting on that, are you?"
Hugh straightened in his seat. "As a matter of fact, I am. That's why this presentation has to be flawless!"
"Oh, Hugh ..."
"Look, I'm getting it all worked out. It's not the way I envisioned but ..."
"You're just going to go with the flow?" she finished and then smirked.
"Let's take a walk. We'll go over to the suite we're preparing for Mr. Bellows, check on the grounds. Sometimes a change of scenery can help us brainstorm. What do you say?"
"I'd say you're talking to me like I'm a moron, and I don't like it."
She smiled at him sweetly. "But are you coming with me?"
Dammit. Without a word, he strode from his office and waited for his assistant to catch up.
* * *
An hour later, Hugh strolled back to his office. His mind was still scrambling for a solution to his current crisis, but his eyes were fixed on the immaculate landscaping along the path between the resort buildings.
He had chosen every tree, every plant. He had worked with a team of electricians to ensure guests would be able to see at night without seeing the lights. There had been dozens of meetings to find the perfect combination of mulch and stone and brick. He'd made every decision. He'd solved every crisis.
But for the life of him, he didn't have a clue how to solve this current one.
A soft breeze blew as the sun was going down in Napa. It was a beautiful time of day — very peaceful. Very tranquil. And nothing pleased him more than seeing the beauty around him. The blue oaks were in full foliage, the lawn was perfectly manicured, the hot-pink suitcase accented the ...
Wait. What? The hot-pink suitcase? "What the hell?" Hugh muttered as he looked around to see if any guests were wandering around. "Who would leave a suitcase in the middle of the lawn?" Stepping closer to it, he continued to scan the area. Sometimes guests got caught up in the scenery and stopped to take pictures on the way to their room.
It was a hideous piece of luggage. Neon pink with white polka dots, hard-shelled ... it was an eyesore. There were no tags on it and while he knew he should be suspicious, his first thought was getting rid of it so the grounds could go back to looking like they normally did.
Free of blinding pink baggage.
There was no time to call a bellhop. He was on a schedule and there was still so much he had to do. With a huff, Hugh grabbed the suitcase and rolled it behind him to the main building, hoping whoever owned it would come looking for it.
There were guests checking in at the front desk when he arrived, and rather than interrupt, he took the offensive luggage back to his office, making a note to call the concierge and let him handle it. Unfortunately, his phone started ringing as soon as he closed the door and for the next thirty minutes, he did his best to sort through the short list of assistants who might be able to fill in for Heather.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love series, especially when each book is completely different. You get to see some of the characters you grew to love in the first book but focus on a new couple and their situation. That's exactly what you get with this book. Hugh is the second oldest Shaughnessy and is extremely cautious. He likes things in order and the same, does not like people messing up his plans. Aubrey Burke on the other hand is an only child and has always felt like she can never be good enough to make her parents happy. She has finally had enough and decides to start living her life her way. And that's when she meets Hugh in an unusual way. They are both attracted to one another but thought their paths were only crossing for a short time. This was a great book with lots of emotion. It made me smile, laugh, and even cry a little. I would highly recommend this book and this series!!
An emotional read, that will have you shedding happy and sad tears. Loved every page of this book, true to life characters, that will have you wanting more. The Shaughnessy family has suffered a tragic loss of their mother years ago and it has affected each child different. Hugh blames himself for the loss, and has now become a rule follower and all business. He has a large resort business. Life goes on for Hugh until he meets The Runaway Bride, Aubrey, who turns his life upside down. Aubrey has not had a good life growing up, so she wants to live life on the edge. Can these two opposites find a happy medium. Loved this book!!! This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this series!
Such a sweet story! I felt so many emotions as I read this book .. I felt sorrow for their loss, joy to see some of them finding happiness again and awe at the sight of so much unconditional sibling love. It really must be surreal to have such a big, loving family such as this. Can’t wait to read more of their stories! The Shaughnessy family suffered great family tragedy years ago, and they each have dealt with it differently over the years. Hugh chose to live a strict, regimented life. Nothing is allowed to be spontaneous, and everything must be planned down to a tee. When Aubrey Burke busts into his life unexpectedly, she is a breath of fresh air. She makes him put down the schedule and actually see what living is like for a change. Aubrey is trying to live her life to the fullest and is tired of the restraints that were placed on her for most of her life. She wants to have fun, do things, go places, LIVE! Will these two be able to find a middle ground where she can be free and happy while at the same time he can guard himself from going crazy at the thought of something being out of his control?
Loved this story! These Shaughnessy brothers are all so amazing and each one affected in his own way by the loss of their mother years ago. Some things become a way of life though and for Hugh Shaughnessy, schedule and routine are what got him through the dark days and what still works for him today. That is until Aubrey Burke literally tumbled her way into his office. She's running from what could have been the biggest mistake of her life. Luckily Hugh helps her out of a tough situation and she can get on with living her life. When she garners the attention of Hugh's very important client, they have not choice but to find a way to get along. She's a live for the moment type person and he's all scheduled up. Will they survive?? And what about that pesky attraction between them? As I said I loved this one. These characters are amazing and the story that Samantha Chase has crafted around them is stellar. I definitely recommend this one.
This book is part of a series. If like me, you haven’t read book one, do not fear. It’s a stand alone and a story with a great plot and characters. If you like Jill Shalvis, and Kathryn Shay, you will love this one. We have Audrey, a young woman who has become a runaway bride due to a spur of the moment wedding proposal. She comes from a privilege home, but one that offered little love. Hugh , is a workaholic man who owns boutique hotels and leads a very structured life. They meet when he catches her climbing through a window into his office. Throughout the story we learn more about their individual backgrounds, as they develop feelings for each other. But I am going to proceed with my usual review style. This book is about familes and how the dynamics of our families and our interaction with them, mold us as adults. How heartbreaking events we experience, can change us dramatically . How fears , and experiences can hinder us in truly living life. But also the book is a reminder on how love, and understanding from special people, can help us overcome it all . So please, pick up the book and enjoy the story. You won’t regret it.
Hugh Shaughnessy wasn’t always a stickler for keeping schedules, but years ago a moment of misguided pride had catastrophic consequences, and Hugh changed his way of life drastically. He’s compulsive about never leaving room for unpredictable events. Until Aubrey Burke climbed in through his office window. Aubrey lives for the spur of the moment and completely upsets Hugh’s carefully ordered world. And LOVE WALKS IN is so much more than the blurb ever let on. Absolutely nothing happened the way I expected: Ms. Chase gives a completely new spin to the opposites attract trope, mostly due to the exceptionally well-drawn characters and their complex – and at times heartbreaking – backstories. Hugh is a very interesting character, if not entirely lovable at first, but when we get to know more, it’s easy to understand his motivations for his rigid lifestyle. Aubrey is a total delight: I loved her upon meeting her, and even more thereafter. Hugh and Aubrey show much growth throughout the book, and this is masterfully handled by Ms. Chase. The build-up for the romance is meticulous and feels authentic, the pacing is just right, and I loved the Shaughnessy family dynamics: they feel like a real family, warts and all, their banter is exactly what you would expect between brothers, as do the conversations between the women – girlfriends and Darcy, the Shaughnessy sister. I also very much appreciated that Samantha Chase doesn’t waste her precious talent on unnecessary explicit sex scenes, but rather focuses on telling an amazing story. Ms. Chase’s writing is flawless, flowing, elegant, modern and very eloquent. I expected the author to take the easy way out, but she didn’t, and the conclusion and epilogue are perfection itself. LOVE WALKS IN is an astonishingly good book that touched me, made me laugh, and, well, made my day! LOVE WALKS IN is a must-read for anyone who enjoys superior storytelling, great writing, and supremely well-crafted characters! I received a complimentary of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Samantha Chase has introduced us to a wonderful family in The Shaughnessys! Love Walks In gives us the multi layered story of Hugh, the second oldest of the Shaughnessey siblings and his love interest, Aubrey. Hugh is a first rate businessman/resort owner. He owns several properties all over the world and feels most comfortable when he is in control of all things both in his professional and personal life. When he meets Aubrey in an unexpected way, it turns his world upside down, and he finds him self having a hard time distinguishing if these newfound feelings and attraction to Aubrey is for the best or not. Aubrey is bumps into Hugh running from a situation she should never have been in to begin with. She takes delight in getting to know Hugh, but also has her moments of frustration with him as well. Hugh is a man set in his ways, and as compatable as they are, Aubrey may not be able to steer Hugh away from his controlled environment long enough for him to see the forest through the trees. There are many personal obstacles both Hugh and Aubrey need to face and come to terms with. Their story, their attraction, their devotion to each other is enchanting. Seeing the other Shaughnessy siblings, their father Ian and their good friends make appearances throughout the book, really made me smile. I really appreciate how Samantha Chase carefully plots which brother will help who when, or add the right amount of comic relief when some was needed. And it was needed. There were some tough moments in this book that really hurt my heart, to the point where some tears were shed. There are tender, sexy moments too! I embraced this story completely, and I hope you will too!
I love Samantha Chase's Shaughnessy Brothers Series and I was so excited to read Hugh's story, and Samantha definitely didn't disappoint. Hugh is the second oldest of the Shaughnessy clan, he is a stickler for schedules and he needs everything to have structure. This all stems from when he was 17 and they lost their mom. Even now to this day Hugh blames himself for the accident. Aubrey is a free spontaneous young woman who is just what Hugh needs to shake up his perfectly scheduled life. Aubrey has her own set of problems being an only child and learns life is too short, so she lives in the moment and is carefree. This was an amazing read with loveable characters and is very enjoyable, full of love, sorrow and laughs. Samantha Chase writes sweet sexy romances right from the heart
What a pleasant surprise! Normally when the first book in a series is so good, the second one falls a little flat. That is NOT the case with Love Walks In - book two in Samantha Chase's Shaughnessy Brothers series. This book is very different from the first even though it deals with the same family and how the death of the family matriarch still effects them all. Hugh was very structured and led a very cautious life. Meanwhile, Aubrey was sort of flying by the seat of her pants most of the time. They were total opposites but the chemistry was there. But the best part of this story was the depth of the characters. By the end of the book, you feel like you rode a roller coaster with them and that you know them so well. It's a very emotional story and one I won't soon forget. I'm looking forward to book three - Always My Girl!
After reading Made for Us I couldn't wait for the next book in the series to come out. Hugh and Aubrey are complete opposites from each other but they work well together! Samantha knows how to weave a story with such heart and humor that it leaves you turning the pages. I would definitely recommend reading this book! I can't wait for the other sibling's stories! ARC copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Love Walks In by Samantha Chase...She has done it again!! Samantha know how to capture what makes a great romance book that you do not want to end. I absolutely loved Hugh Shaughnessy...what a great book boyfriend. Hugh and Aubrey are perfect together, can they work through there issues and make it work. You will have have buy it and read to find out, you will fall in love as I did. Samantha Chase is my #1 author, I love every book she writes and they just keep getting better. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
So I read two books from this series but in order. Just randomly. But honestly while you should read the books in order, you can also read them out of order? At least for me anyway. And while I liked this one, I had taken a break from it and took longer to finally finish it. Another good installment and I loved that ending.
Love Walks In is a captivating and thoughtful contemporary romance novel. Hugh blamed himself and his impulsive behavior, for the death of his mother. Aubrey blamed herself for having had cancer, and for being a disappointment to her parents. Hugh hated surprises. Everything in his life was governed by rules and rigid schedules. In his teen years, Hugh was irresponsible and rebellious, and that’s when his mother died. Hugh’s zest for life and spontaneity left him that day. Aubrey craved her parent’s approval and love. So when her father encouraged her to marry someone whom she didn’t love, she almost went ahead and did it. But, at the eleventh hour, Aubrey bailed. She was elated and relieved that she had the courage to act on her own behalf. If she hadn’t, Aubrey would never have met Hugh. Because of Hugh and Aubrey’s troubled histories, they would have several obstacles and fears to overcome before they could find true happiness. The author does an extraordinary job writing the first part of the book where Hugh and Aubrey first meet and start working together. I found it so captivating and hysterical that I couldn’t put the book down. The dialog between the two of them was natural and witty, and the story flowed easily. The middle part of the book, though, slowed the pace a bit, because of repetitions. But all in all, Love Walks In is a very enjoyable and entertaining read. I’m looking forward to book three, where I am sure I’ll find the answers to some dangling questions. I received this ARC from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
Just wanted to say Thank you to everyone who has sent Caleb and Hannah a card (Hannah's I am saving for graduation day!) Caleb is home from surgery after 6 days in the hospital!! Recory is not going to be fun or easy but in the end the good out weighs the bad!!! So Thank you all!!
Favorite Quotes: “Some would call it obsessive. Hugh preferred to think of it as considerate.” “She smiled, knowing she would never forget this moment. This man, who was confident in every aspect of his world, suddenly seemed a little uncertain. A little vulnerable.” ‘Sometimes time doesn’t matter. Sometimes you have to just go with what feels right… And this? This feels right.” “How was it possible this man had the ability to make her anxious and overwhelmed one minute and then a complete puddle the next? Why did being in love feel so much like an emotional roller coaster?” “I’m so sorry for everything you suffered. For all you lost. I want to give you all I have. Everything. I know I can’t make those years go away, but I promise to make all the ones coming for us better.” My Review: I adore sweet romances with endearing yet somewhat flawed characters – which is exactly the type of story where Samantha Chase excels. Her heart squeezing moments and observant and insightful musings never fail to entertain. I discovered her work through one of my favorite authors S.J. McCoy and her Sweet N’ Steamy Facebook group. Funny how those things happen. Love Walks In finds an overly sheltered woman with a distant and cold family (and a serious shoe addiction) finally breaking out from the constraints of her oppressive family, and I just adore Aubrey. Aubrey finds herself falling for an extremely buttoned up, handsome, smart, yet tightly cinched and overly controlled man with OCD. While she is enjoying her newfound sense of freedom and adventuresome spirit by exploring some risk taking adventures such as zip lining – her new man is extremely risk avoidant and needs to carefully plan every moment… major dilemma – yet they click. Oh these Shaughnessy’s – they are an intriguing and lovable bunch. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Chase does with the next family member.
Love Walks In is the second book in the Shaughnessy Brothers series and tells the story of Hugh. He is the CEO of a boutique hotel chain and likes to be in control especially when it comes to business. Aubrey enters his life and inadvertently helps him a land a major wine contract. The owner insists that Aubrey be in charge of the event planning, and Hugh is forced to agree. Aubrey ran away from her wedding/family and is happy to be independent. She and Hugh work closely together and start to build a relationship. Will these opposites attract or will they drive each crazy? This is a cute clean book that pairs smart leading characters, beautiful settings and fun dialogue in a great romance. The story is clean and fast paced. I liked reading about the Shaughnessys and look forward to the next book in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Hugh and Aubrey left me laughing and crying, sometimes both at the same time. Some say opposites attract and in this instance I would say it was true for our H and h. Hugh and Aubrey both have their own demons and issues to resolve, and reading their journey was uplifting. No one tells great emotional romance better than Samantha Chase. 2nd in the series, each can be read as a stand alone, but I knew in book 1 that this was going to be a great series with the Shaughnessy clan. I admit that I am a huge fan and I can't wait for book 3 of this series for Quinn and Anna's story. If you have not read her books, and love romance with HEA, then I highly recommend you read this one. ***Thank You to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for gifting me with ARC and only asking for an honest review*** 5 stars!
Oh my gosh. I am in love with this book. The story was so freaking good. I could not put this book down for a minute it was so amazing. The story drew me in and kept me in its grasp until I got to the last page. I have yet to read the first book in the series, but it is on my list to read as soon as possible. I understood the story as if it was a stand-alone, so there is no need to read the first one if you already have Love Walks In. The plot was so good. The story just kept getting better and better as it progressed, which I have probably now repeated a few times. The writing was hilarious, the characters had witty banter back and forth and of course a few steamy romance scenes that just made the story so much better. Aubrey is so great. I keep reading stories with amazing female characters, and it is making me so happy. She has been kept locked up by her family and just wants to break free and live her life, which she does quite well. She isn’t afraid to take chances and all she wants to do is enjoy the things she was never able to do under her parent’s watchful eyes. She is such a free character who is just trying to grow up on her own and does she grow. She doesn’t let anything hold her back once she decides what she wants, she goes for it. She has such a creative mind and watching her work was great. She fought for what she wanted in her life and it was quite beautiful. Hugh is a freaking control freak! I wanted to reach into the story and shake him until he loosened up a bit. Gosh, was he a frustrating character. I know a bit about being a control freak, being one myself, but he took it to a whole new level. It was quite annoying. His whole was based on this one characteristic trait and did he make his life difficult with this controlling attitude. He didn’t want anything to mess up his perfect schedule and boy, did Aubrey do that. When he let his guard down, he was downright great. READ THIS STORY NOW. Please and thank you. You won’t regret it. It will be a great read to add to your TBR list or just buy it and read it automatically. The second option would be the best option. Because you would be reading a great book right away. Go forth and enjoy!
This is the second book in this series and we get to know what makes Hugh tick. He is the owner of several resorts and travels the world but he is more like an old man in an young man's body. He basically stopped living when his mother died and stopped being spontaneous and took responsibility and organization overboard. Aubrey Burke showing climbing through his office window was like a lightning strike and wake up alarm all in one for Hugh. Before he knew it, Aubrey was working with him and they were quickly falling in love. I love this family and I'm really looking forward to finding out what happens with the rest of the gang! **Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
On the run from the biggest mistake of her life, Aubrey Burke comes climbing into hotel mogul, Hugh’s life. Aubrey has been cowing to her father’s wishes for too long, when she discovers he is behind the marriage proposal she has agreed to Aubrey decides she can’t take it anymore. Hugh is a highly organized, routine oriented hotel mogul. When his managing events coordinator quits without notice he is left with way more than he can handle. To top it off, a big wine distributor is coming to meet with him about an exclusive contract he really wants to land. Aubrey inadvertently lands the wine distribution contract for Hugh, but the contract comes with the condition that Aubrey handles the promotion. Aubrey’s free spirit and Hugh’s regimented life makes for quirky, fun and wonderfully romantic reading. Chase, once again, provides a fun filled, sweet romance with wonderfully enigmatic and unique individuals that will suck you right in. I received this ARC copy of Love Walks In from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for a honest review. T
Every so often a story comes along that makes a reader stop and take notice. It's never one specific aspect for me but the combined product that has a profound affect. Love Walks In by Samantha Chase is one of those reads. Thank you Samantha Chase for writing such a thought provoking story. Sourcebooks for publishing it and NetGalley for approving my request. This story was a hard read for me. Beautifully written with characters that any reader can picture and love. What broke me into was the heartbreaking circumstances that left such a lasting footprint on the lives of such young vital people. Aubrey lost her dream, her family and the way she felt about herself in one instant. Hugh lost his center and closed his heart. There was a positive with Aubrey and Hugh's story they learned not to take life for granted. That is a lesson we all need to remember. A powerful story...but then again from Samantha Chase, I'd expect nothing less.
I was super thrilled to see the next Shaughnessy Brothers book coming out. I had a good time with the first one (a solid 3 star read), and couldn't wait to see which brother was on deck next. I didn't remember Hugh from the first book, and that was fine. After all, there are 6 siblings, and we don't want to or need, to learn everything about all of them in that first book. Getting to know each one a bit at a time makes the journey both more memorable and more fun. The Shaughnessy's life changed the day they lost their mother, Lillian. Hugh is the second oldest and carries a terrible guilt, that he should have been the one running the errand, except he had been grounded. It changed him almost overnight from the wild rebel child to planner and scheduler. If it's Thursday night, spaghetti is what is on the menu. His days are ruthless organized and calculated with an almost ruthless deliberateness to minimize any risk taking. But he finds out quickly that no plan is fool proof when he first gets his first introduction to Aubrey. She is sneaking into his office, through the window, to get back the bright pink suitcase Hugh had stashed there after finding it in the middle of his resort grounds. Aubrey had thrown in out the window of her room and had been in the process of following it out when Hugh picked it up and walked off with it. Aubrey had just changed her mind about getting a quickie wedding to a guy she barely knew and was trying to pull off a Runaway Bride. Hugh feels for her and helps her to hide from her ex-fiance. Imagine Hugh's surprise, when he goes looking for his meeting with a new wine distributor, and finds Aubrey has charmed him so completely he is willing to partner with Hugh, but only with Aubrey handling the details. All Hugh's plans, figures and carefully practiced presentation are now entirely useless. I actually though Hugh's head was going to explode, lol. Hugh and Aubrey were a delightful couple. They truly complemented each other in all the ways that a true partner can. Plus, we got to spend a bit more time with Aiden and Zoe, Quinn and Anna, Ian, Riley, Owen, and Darcy, during Ian's birthday. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised when the opportunity for a cliched move was twisted into something new and entirely more interesting. I am coming to really love the Shaughnessy clan and gave this book 4 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebook Casablanca for the opportunity to read and review the book.
3.5 stars---LOVE WALKS IN is the second installment in Samantha Chase’s contemporary, adult THE SHAUGHNESSY BROTHERS romance series. This is resort owner Hugh Shaughnessy, and corporate planner Aubrey Burke’s story line. LOVE WALKS IN can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. SOME BACKGROUND: Seventeen years earlier the Shaughnessy’s lost their mother to a drunk driving accident that left six siblings (including a one year old infant) without a mother. Fast forward to present day where each child continues to struggle with the loss but none more so than Hugh, who blames himself for his mother’s death. Told from dual third person perspectives (Aubrey and Hugh) LOVE WALKS IN focuses on the building relationship between Aubrey and Hugh, as Aubrey begins a new chapter in her life. On the run from a last minute marriage, Aubrey finds herself the latest ‘organizer’ for Hugh Shaughnessy’s numerous resorts wherein our heroine is the lead designer for a series of executive wine promotions and exotic getaways. What ensues is forbidden relationship between Aubrey and Hugh, and Hugh’s struggle to let go of the past. The relationship is one of immediate attraction but Hugh never saw himself in a committed relationship. Aubrey’s history with her parent’s failed marriage versus Hugh’s tight knit loving family finds our couple at opposite sides of the relationship fence. Like most of Samantha’s story lines, the $ex scenes are all implied, and fade to black. Youngest sibling and only sister Darcy; brothers Aidan and his fiancée Zoe, Quinn, Riley and Owen, as well as patriarch Ian Shaughnessy all play secondary and supporting roles throughout the story. We are introduced to Aubrey’s long suffering mother whose reputation is a case of mistaken belief where her only child is concerned. There is a possible story line set up for Owen with a long-time family friend who has been in love with the Shaughnessy brother for quite a long time. LOVE WALKS IN is a sweet, romantic story. The premise is enjoyable; the characters are real; the romance is clean and ‘safe for work’.