Saturday, November 22, 2014

Review: Three Rivers by Chloe T. Barlow (Gateway to Love #1)

How do you start over when you gave everything to one life, one plan, and lost it all?

Althea refuses to allow herself to love again. Imprisoned in grief at twenty-four after her husband’s sudden death, she’s convinced her heart died along with him. She spends her days honoring his memory by clinging to the legal career he helped her to build and to the remaining pieces linking her to their life together.

Griffen’s been running from his past. Despite success as an author and investigative journalist, he’s been traveling through life on autopilot. For a decade, he’s chosen perilous adventures and meaningless sex over the danger of any attachments. When he finally returns home to Pittsburgh, he’s slammed by the awakened memories and regret he’s spent years trying to escape.

A chance encounter brings them together. Their instant desire for each other –and the bond they discover between them – shocks them both. Despite her best efforts, Althea can’t resist Griffen’s charm or his intriguing proposition– if she agrees to a no-strings affair with him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her.

Their perfect plans go awry when the intensity of their connection overwhelms them. Will they risk it all on the chance of something great together…or will the power of their secrets and guilt tear them apart?

My Review
Three Rivers is the first book in a new series by Chloe T. Barlow. I picked it up after reading about it on a blog and I am so glad that I did. 

Five years after losing her husband, Althea is trying to move on with her life. Althea’s friends Jenna and Aubrey convince her that she needs a night out on the town. The three of them go out and Althea meets Griffen. Althea’s first impression is “Holy hell, this guy is what sexier than is even fair.” And she couldn’t be more right. They spend one amazing, sex filled night together, but before morning comes, Althea sneaks out. Griffen tries his best to find her and has no luck. Just when he thinks that they will never see other again, fate intervenes and the two realize that they are connected in ways they couldn’t ever imagine. 

There are so many reasons why I loved this book. The first being the actually story. It wasn’t your run of the mill girl meets boy, they fall in love and live happily ever after. The author throws in some plot twists that makes the story much more interesting. Althea and Griffen faced many obstacles throughout the book and had to work really hard to get their happy ending. The second thing I loved about the book was the friendship between Althea, Jenna and Aubrey. After her husband’s death, Althea needed help and Jenna and Aubrey were there to support here in any way they could. Anyone who has close girlfriends can relate to the three of them and how they support each other through the good times and the bad. 

The book is a series so I look forward to learning more about Jenna’s friends as well as the mysterious Trey, Griffen’s go to information guy. He’s smart, has piercings and tattoos. I’m in! 

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