Tuesday, December 1, 2015

review || I'LL BE THERE { blog tour } by Samantha Chase

Sourcebooks Casablanca | December 1, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Montgomery Brothers, book 6


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.

{ about samantha chase } .

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

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.

{ excerpt } .

“Zach Montgomery,” Gabriella began seriously. “I was wondering if you were still looking for a roommate.”

A slow smile played across his lips. “A roommate? No.”


He shook his head. “What I had in mind was a lot more…intimate.”

“Ooo…I like the sound of that,” she purred as she stepped closer. “I like the sound of that a lot. If you’re still looking for someone to fill that…position, I’d really like to be considered.”

“You would, huh? It would mean moving all of your things here.”

“Well then it’s your lucky night because I happen to have a ton of my stuff over there in the car just waiting to be moved in here.”

Zach’s eyes went wide. “Are you serious? You really have your stuff in Summer’s car?”

“I do. And if we don’t get them out soon, her car may just explode.”

Gabriella didn’t have a chance to say more because Zach lifted her up into his arms and swung her around.

“I take it this means you’re happy?” she asked.

“You have no idea,” he said. “So happy that I want to take you inside ride now and have my way…”

“Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! La la la la la!!” Summer sang out as she stepped from the bushes. “I don’t want to hear any more of that. Sheesh!”

Zach looked at his sister and chuckled. “What, may I ask, were you doing in the bushes?”

“I was going to snap a picture of you to prove to the world you really do smile. But then you went and got gross with your sexy talk and now I may have to stab pointy things in my ears. Blech.” She shuddered and walked over to her car. “C’mon. Give us a hand with all this luggage so I can go home and make Ethan give me a massage.”

“Oh, so you can talk about you and Ethan but I’m not allowed to mention sexy stuff with me and…”

“You’re doing it again!”

“I haven’t said anything yet!”

“But you were going to!” Summer said, pointing a finger at him. “Just…no talking. Just get the luggage and go in the house and don’t tell me about what happens after that!”

{ review } .

Those meddling fathers are at it again -- and I say 'fathers' because if you recall, William has now enlisted the help of his brother, Robert, in getting Robert's eldest hitched off.

In one of my earlier reviews in this series, I mentioned how some of the themes seem to repeat and that (at time of review) it annoyed me. The stories felt like the author had a singular theme she wanted to work on, and found different avenues to write that single theme.

And while the secretary theme is certainly not a new one, I absolutely loved how Ms. Chase wrote Gabrielle and Zach's story.

...granted, I knew I'd like them from the moment the both of them came across the pages earlier.

While it is unnecessary to read the previous books in the series, if you want to see how Robert and William work their 'magic', you'll see similarities with this next child of theirs. You'll also hear from Summer, Ryder, and James about how adventurous Zach is, as well as hear about how Zach was going up to Alaska.

...you may even catch on to the accident and the way Gabriella worried over her boss.

But that was all before. In this book, we get burly Zach and his recovery (or his lackthereof, if you were to talk to him), a Gabriella that's had just about enough of his sour ways, and of course, meddling old men who throw the two together but plant seeds in the youngins' minds that they really want to set Gabriella up with someone else in a different office. Oh! And more of the entire Montgomery clan -- I loved catching up with them all! And I loved Zach's siblings and their need for picture taking...

Of the entire series, I would probably venture to say this was my favorite. Definitely. I loved brooding Zach, even if his reasons for pushing away the original easiness with Gabriella were annoyingly male. I loved how strong Gabriella was, even though I wanted more for her by way of her family -- I sided with Zach on that front, but completely understood why she wouldn't push them away once and for all. I loved that he called her Gabs (because she hated Gabby). I loved Zach's eventual friendship with the final therapist to cross his path -- kudos, Alex, for not putting up with his crap, but also taking the time to listen to Zach's fears and needs.

The other part that I appreciated was that the true turn-of-relationship for these two didn't happen until well in to the story. Of course, as Zach tells it, the relationship was five years in the making but... So while I appreciated that relationship didn't truly happen until the last third or so of the book, it did make the end events of the story seem rather rushed. The set up of the story was extremely consistent and flowed well; the friendship/co-worker-ship turned to relationship at a fairly organic time; but the relationship to the 'boom'/demise happened too quickly, and I felt that Gabrielle was a bit wishy-washy with her wants and actions at the very end.

Samantha Chase writes extremely well; I sometimes feel, though, that she has a grand idea and writes up to it in a great fashion, only to push through her idea to get to the end. This was a story that could have easily been a great deal longer, though, so I suppose sometimes 'rush' is warranted.

for other reviews & tour goodies,

{ earlier review of series } .

MONTGOMERY BROTHERS bks 1-5 { review }

{ giveaway } .


  1. Thank you so much for the review and thank you for hosting today!!

  2. Great review! Thank you for hosting!

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