Title: Catch Me
Author: Claire Contreras
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance.
Release Date: November 17th, 2013
In the past, I've always been given everything I've wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I've experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It's the one thing that can’t be bought. It can't even be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway.
Not until him.
Music is the center of both our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path.
I lost myself in more ways than I can count.
The ironic thing is that I didn’t realize how lost I was until he found me.
And now that he has, I have to wonder if he'll stay around long enough to catch me.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Claire Contreras, so when I saw that she was writing Catch Me, I was thrilled. Her first duet, There is No Light in Darkness & Darkness Before Dawn, is on my favorites of 2013 list, and I was so excited to see what she was going to do with a new, stand alone novel. Well, let me tell you, Catch Me more than lived up to the hype.
No matter what Claire writes, her stories always pack a punch, and Catch Me is no different. I was already crying in the prologue, and I knew I was in for an intense ride by the first chapter, and I wasn't wrong. Twenty-five year old Brooklyn, the daughter of a music mogul and former fashion model, she's never wanted for a thing...except for maybe love and acceptance from her neglectful parents. Her father bullies her into working for him, and her mom is constantly throwing eligible men in her face, trying to get her to settle down with someone 'suitable.' All the while, Brooklyn just wants to run her own business, completely out of her parent's shadow, but despite how strong she seems, she just can't seem to tell her father no, so she soon finds herself living in New York with her brother, Hendrix, and near her cousin and good friend, Nina.
Her best friend/former lover, Shea, comes back in the picture, but who knows, Brooklyn included, what he really wants. The interesting part of his reappearance is the sexy music producer, Nick Wilde, that he's working with. I loved both Brooklyn and Nick individually, but as a couple, they were on fire. Nick and Brooklyn have an immediate attraction, and it's not long before they're spending time together, exploring it. I have to say that I loved their chemistry from the very beginning. The sexual tension between them radiated off my Kindle and these two were certainly explosive when they finally came together.
All the while, Brooklyn is still dealing with the fallout and depression from a tragedy that she experienced when she was a teenager, and the twists and turns that she weaves through the pages had my mind reeling. I thought I knew what was happening, but she proved me wrong time and time again-in a good way.
Despite her issues, Brooklyn is a really strong heroine that I loved, but I have to say, Nick Wilde takes the freaking cake in this book. He's gorgeous, successful, and he goes after what he wants, no matter what. He also has a slightly possessive side that I found to be so freaking hot and I just couldn't get enough of him. He's completely perfect, and you simply must meet him.
One thing that I love about Claire's books is that she always knows how to create an incredible world around her main characters. The secondary characters in this book are fantastic and I cannot wait to get more of Shea, Hendrix, Nina, and hopefully Nick's brothers.
Catch Me is not a book to be missed. It's a beautifully touching, albeit, slightly tragic tale of one woman's struggle with overcoming obstacles so that she can find her true happiness, and the man who wants nothing more than to give it to her. I laughed, I cried, I swooned more times than I can count, and more than anything, my heart was full of complete joy when I read the end. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a beautiful story that tugs at your heartstrings. This one definitely delivers.
About the Author
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.
Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.
She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.
Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones or ones that will scare the daylights out of her and have her looking over her shoulder at every turn. Like I said, she's very random.
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