I am a huge fan of Lori Foster. I loved this series and looked forward to each additional book as they were released. Throughout each of the books we got to know a character named Chris Chapey and we fell in love him. So when I found out that the author planned to release a novella giving us Chris’s story, I was overjoyed.
Chris may have come off as laid back in his too long hair, board shorts and ancient t-shirts, but looks can be deceiving. Chris is the heart and soul of the operation run by Dare Macintosh, and without him the men could not go out and do the jobs they do. He is an integral part of the organization. But because of the nature of this business, security is top priority and therefore, what Chris or any of the men involved do is on a need to know basis.
Chris met Matt through Priss, Trace’s wife and there were definitely sparks. Matt really likes Chris and with every encounter their bond grows, but Chris keeps pushing Matt away. This causes a lot of tension between Chris and Matt as Matt doesn’t understand what is going on. He sees Chris as a ‘house boy’ or Dare’s personal assistant and Matt can’t imagine how that alone can make Chris happy; not when Matt thinks he could do a better job.
Once the wives get involved and the husbands are made privy to what’s going on, they set Matt straight and things fall into place in a nice and tidy manner.
I’d guess that Ms. Foster never planned to write Chris’s story. I imagine she did it for her fans and that is why we only got a novella. While I was happy to revisit this series, see all the characters and get little updates and even see Chris get his HEA with Matt, there is really only so much that can happen in 44 pages. I have to admit I was disappointed; I simply wanted or needed there to be more. I didn’t feel the romance between Matt and Chris even though it had been built up and hinted at since Trace’s book.
I am thankful that Ms. Foster gifted us with this story, but it didn’t meet my expectations.