Chasing Shadows – First Wives #3 by Catherine Bybee


This is the third book in the First Wives series and, although I haven’t yet read the previous two, I wasn’t really in much doubt as to whether I would enjoy it as I have already read the entire Weekday Brides series and loved them.

Love is a funny thing. It can sneak up on the most unsuspecting person. Avery Grant doesn’t do love, in fact she doesn’t do relationships full stop. She married her last husband purely for the money, a mutual agreement, but definitely not for love.

Following a traumatic experience a year ago, Avery has become even more closed off emotionally. She lets men into her bed but they had better not still be there in the morning.  Learning Krav Maga has helped restore Avery’s confidence but she still freezes when her back hits the mat.

Liam Holt doesn’t know what came over him when he saw the woman in the bar but doing work in her gym just to meet her does seem a little extreme, and offering to be her sparring partner is just insane! But, as they grow closer and Avery begins to regain her memory of past events, can she trust in Liam and, more importantly, can she trust in herself?

I have to admit that I absolutely love Liam!  He is one of the most down to earth characters I have come across.  There are no airs and graces, you take him as you find him.  Where Avery may be the warrior, Liam is definitely a fighter. And the understanding he has of Avery’s insecurities if just heartwarming.

Learning to trust in someone can be a very difficult process, especially if you have never had to do it before. This story encompasses the human need to share, allowing others to carry some of the burden, opening up our minds and our hearts and trusting that they will do right by them.

I wasn’t expecting the ending as it happened but I am so proud of Avery (can you be proud of a fictional character?). She had the opportunity to make so many different choices but, in my opinion, she made the right one.

These books are essentially standalone but it really is advisable to read them in order. I will most certainly be reading the first two in this series very soon and possibly rereading the Weekday Brides – love Sam, Blake and all the gang!

Rating 5/5

Arc review courtesy of Netgalley


Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.

Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.

But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.


Author: mandy

I love to Read! Mostly romance (of all types) but I also enjoy murder mysteries, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, pretty much anything.

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