Title: Chilling with Max (Love Off Leash #3)
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Page Count: ~100
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
High tension meets laid back in a collision of opposites.
Grant Edgerton hasn’t had free day in years. From overachieving student to workaholic real estate developer in a high-pressure firm, he’s striven for success to the point of developing a stomach ulcer. When he literally crashes into a dog walker and his charges, it’s time to let loose the hounds of change. After failing to land a very important client, Grant takes an afternoon to play.
Max Thompson rolls through life’s curves with easy grace. Dog walking supplements his gigs as a musician, and he’s content with his easy come, easy go existence. He’s fluid to the point of not standing firm for anything, until an eye-opening encounter with an uptight businessman shakes his cool.
As lust stirs, then love grows, Grant begins to reevaluate what it really means to be successful in life. And as Max teaches Grant to chill, he learns some things are worth making an effort to hold on to.
Blurb is almost as long as the story itself, so I won’t rehash.
I’ve read number one in the series, Caring for Riggs, somehow missed number two (which I need to go back and read), and got my hands on number three, Chilling with Max. These are all standalones so they can easily be read out of order.
Blurb sums the book fairly well so I won’t rehash. And with it being a short(er) story, I don’t want to give away too much.
Chilling with Max is short and sweet with just the perfect amount of first date jitters and angst. Both men have been seeking “something”, they know they eventually want a long-term relationship, but both men have personal issues to overcome. For Grant, it’s his over-developed work ethic, his need to please his parents (only child), to prove he’s worthy of the job assignment even though the company is obviously trying to screw him over.
Max comes from a very large blended family, he rolls with life’s punches, and enjoys being a part-time musician and dog-walker. He makes enough to keep a roof over his head and food in the fridge.
These two opposites are strongly attracted to each other, but as with all things in life, there are a few hiccups along the way. The Misunderstanding the fledgling relationship hit was well written, had the just the right amount of loggerheads, and was topic/plot appropriate. It worked really well.
My couple of small quirks with the book was the dogs seemed to have a smaller roll in this when compared to Caring for Riggs. I kind missed that. And this quirk is entirely mine and I know others don’t mind as much – the female Best Friend or Sister “Tell me EVERYTHING!” trope just grates on my nerves.
Ultimately, an enjoyable, well-paced, solid romantic read that would be perfect for a rainy Saturday, to unwind at night, or for traveling.