Title: The 48 Hour Hook-Up
Series: Chase Brothers #4
Author: Sarah Ballance
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication Date: 12 Sept 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Who knew a sweaty photo would be good for business?
Now unwanted booty calls are coming in as fast as work orders, and Liam Chase needs to get away. Cue a job upstate. His new client is hot as hell, but he left NYC to escape attention, not to hook up with the city’s “Runaway Bride”.
With three disastrous relationships under her belt, it’s clear Claire Stevens’s judgment sucks. And what’s she’s feeling for America’s newest sex god? Obviously another hormone-fueled mistake.
But when she accidentally fells a tree on his truck, leaving them stranded in a winter storm with a chocolate-snatching raccoon, there’s something to be said for body heat.
Too bad neither can trust their explosive chemistry…
Although on the short side The 48 Hour Hook-Up is jam-packed with both the characterisations, their interactions and their back-stories as well as the progression of the precious characters in the series. Sarah Ballance ingeniously develops the characters within the narrative by utilising their past experiences as a way of shaping their identities and endearing them to the reader.
I adored Liam, he is so adorably awkward, and equally matched to Claire. Thrown into fame from one simple instagram picture, Liam became HOT HVAC GUY (the superhero of hotness and central air, lol). Desperate to escape his notoriety he agrees to travel 3 hours away to the mountains to give a quote for a remote lodge. Liam is also a huge winter sport fan, where he lacks game he makes up for in technique 😉
Claire is also infamous in her own way, dubbed the Runaway Bride (you can’t avoid images of the movie playing in your imagination if your my age) having been faced with terrible situations just before her impending nuptials. Having enough self-respect to walk away even when the media portrays her badly. Claire suffered a tragic loss and has been searching to fill the void ever since. Unfortunately, she has been looking in all the wrong places. She craves the acceptance, warmth and unconditional love she lost far too soon.
Claire and Liam’s fame has been the product of other people’s deeds yet has cost them both their privacy and trust in others. Both Claire and Liam are looking for an escape from reality. Brought together by fate yet kept together by a series of unique events. Can anyone say destiny 😉
I absolutely loved how awkward both Claire and Liam were yet, they fit together perfectly and actually understood the other.
For all the upheaval and negative situations Claire and Liam have faced through their notoriety, it has allowed them considerable personal growth and ensured they are on the path their lives should be on. I loved the feeling of completion at the end of the story, as well as the progression of the characters from the previous books.