Title: I’ll Be There
Series: The Montgomery Brothers #6
Author: Samantha Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
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.
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.
Read on for my thoughts on I’ll Be There. No true spoilers, promise.
I’ll Be There is an intense story with at times, almost brutal dialogue from our so called hero. Hmmm… can you tell Zach isn’t exactly my favorite person in this continuation of The Montgomery Brothers series?
In many ways Zach is an adrenaline junkie. His need for adventure and to out do his most recent accomplishment is second only to his brutish, arrogant, pure jerk interactions with Gabriella. This time his climbing adventure didn’t go as planned and Zach is seriously injured, in fact he’s lucky to be alive. But his limited mobility, the long recovery time ahead of him has turned him from just your normal grumbly grouchy bear to one with an abscessed tooth – yeah, not pretty is it?
Gabriella is Zach’s personal assistant and she’s been in love with him for years now. But she won’t do anything about that, she will put up with his rudeness, his insinuations and his animosity because… she loves him, and at least she works with him. Now his family has asked her to go face the lion in his own personal den of pain and bitterness to try to bring him back from the edge or at least to what is normal attitude for him. Dealing with Zach in the office is one thing, but in his home on a more personal level is going to stretch Gabby’s nerves and determination to the limit.
Here’s the thing – Zach has had a crush on Gabby for a very long time. Because they work so closely an office romance really isn’t in the cards for him. Besides our hero has taken it upon himself to punish Gabby for some office gossip he’s picked up about a so called affair with someone she works with. And of course he has tarred and feathered her in his mind without ever getting to the truth. The one time he confronted her, she understandably got her back up and wouldn’t tell him a thing since they only work together, he doesn’t own her. So the girl stood up for herself and in Zach’s convoluted mind that equaled guilt. (and they say girls are drama queens)
Somehow these two, who obviously have deep emotional feelings for each other, have to get past the rhetoric and talk the truth to each other. This time during Zach’s recovery could be the perfect time for them to discover who the other person really is deep inside. If only Zach doesn’t blow his chance with another of his tantrums.
I’ll Be There deals with some serious issues in life. No one gets off scot free in the troubles department. But this is an engaging story, in spite of my personal reactions to Zach. He is no hero in my mind. But he could redeem himself. If you have followed the series this will be an enjoyable addition.
*I received an e-ARC of I’ll Be There from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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