Sunday, December 6, 2015

Quote-tastic Review & Giveaway: I'll be There by Samantha Chase @Tastybooktours

quote-tastic final with green border"Quote-Tastic" is a meme hosted every Monday on Herding Cats & Burning Soup. To participate you have to post a favorite quote from a current or past read.

Close up on a man and a woman holding hands at a wooden table

Don't you just love when a man admits he needs you and that he's messed up? [br]

This is the sixth book in the Montgomery Brothers series and Zach is dealing with the aftermath of his near-death fall off a mountain. He's not recovering fast enough or so it seems to him. He's been a grouch and has gone through dozens of home aides. His uncle, William Montgomery, the notorious self-acclaimed matchmaker of the family has consulted with Zach's father and they decide to help things along a bit. They threaten his job as president of the company and manage to get Gabriella, his wonderful assistant to agree to help Zach get his head back in the office.

Zach and Gabriella have a mysterious history and a conflicted work relationship. The last time Gabriella saw him, he ordered her to leave the state. Yeah, he was a real asshole. You have to admit at the time he had just been rescued from his ill-fated mountain trip and he was broken in all kinds of places.
This is definitely a story of second chances, which is a recurring theme throughout this series. I like how we get to see the history of their relationship and it definitely wasn't what I was assuming. I liked William, got around the obvious matchmaking attempt by threatening Zach's job, even though it was a big bluff. It forced them two together and they seriously needed to hash out some misunderstandings! Overall, it was another enjoyable read by Samantha Chase.


This Montgomery Has a Head for Business

Working for Zach Montgomery is challenging on many levels, coming from a wealthy and powerful family, he lives by his own rules and doesn't answer to anyone. But Gabriella Martine has no intention of backing down. She's used to handling stubborn men, and it doesn't hurt that Zach is smart, charismatic… and gorgeous.

And a Heart for Adventure

Zach's perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help… but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella's love.

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Reaching across the table, Zach took one of Gabriella’s hands in his and just marveled at how soft it was. He always wondered what her skin felt like and now that he knew, he wanted to feel more. “Don’t leave me. Please.”

Her blue eyes filled with tears and she used her free hand to quickly wipe them away before they fell and then studied their hands on the table. “Zach,” she said softly, “we’ve been over this.”

“I know, I know,” he replied just as softly. “I need another chance, Gabriella. I need a chance to make things right.” He looked up, his gaze meeting hers. “I need you.”

Deciding to be bold, he turned her hand over and twined their fingers together and gently squeezed. He was surprised she didn’t pull away and thought maybe—just maybe—they were making progress. “I know I can’t erase the things I’ve said and done, but if you’ll give me one more chance, Gabs, I promise not to screw up. If I do anything to upset you, you can walk away. Hell, you can slap me in the face, kick me in the shin or throw something heavy at me and I’ll take it. I just…I can’t do this without you.”

Her eyes never left their joined hands.

“I don’t want to do this without you,” he said quietly.

“I’m afraid to…believe you.” He barely heard her words, they were uttered so softly.

Everything inside of him clenched with pain. His always confident, ever-efficient assistant was now distrusting and uncertain—because of him. “I don’t know what to say to make you believe me. Tell me. Tell me what I need to do. Anything. Anything you need from me to gain your confidence, and I’ll do it.”

She looked up at him. “It’s not that easy. Every day I walked into the office, I gave you another chance. Every time you berated me or made me feel like I screwed up and I came back, I gave you another chance. From my standpoint, you’ve had two years’ worth of second chances. I think I’ve been more than generous.”

His other hand reached out to cup her hand in both of his. “I know you have and you have no idea how much I appreciated it.” She looked at him with disbelief. “It’s true! I know I never said it but every morning you were there, I was thankful. Every time you walked into my office, I was thankful. Please. I’m begging here, Gabs.”


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