Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.
Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.
So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.
Priscilla Glenn did it to me again…she has made me fall so in love with characters that even 3 months after reading this book I still look back at how much I love Andie and Chase.
When you first meet someone, are first impressions important? Will the things you first thought about them last forever?
Andie is a very guarded person and is a bit of a control freak. She is easily offended but yet she is also so poised and self assured. I loved her from the beginning! When Andie first meets Chase she is on a date with Colin. She and Chase get stuck together in a wine cellar and it is not what I would consider a comfortable encounter. Andie definitely did NOT like Chase the first time they met. Her first impression seems to have stuck with her. When they happen to be traveling together it is clear that she is not happy, well Chase will have nothing to do with that…
“I do what I want to do. I refuse to hold back what I’m thinking or what I’m feeling anymore. And if someone doesn’t like it, then they don’t need to be in my life. If that makes me an asshole, then so be it. I don’t want to spend any more time trying to make other people happy. Life is much more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by people who just accept you for you.”
Chase makes no apologies for who he is or what he does. He is a care free soul and tells it like it is. I really loved how he could be so sarcastic in one moment and then come out with these really deep thoughts the next. Being forced to spend so much time together Andie begins to see another Chase.
While these two are beginning to like one another, we need to remember that there is still a Colin…who happens to be good friends with Chase. This doesn’t stop Chase from wanting Andie more than anything
Chase sees an Andie that I don’t think Colin could ever appreciate. He genuinely respected who she was and what she aspired to be.
“Why do you hide? Why can’t you just be brave and do what you want instead of what you think your’e supposed to do?”
But Andie plays by the rules…she thinks with her head and not with her heart. I think that this made her feel safe. She has a rough past that comes back to haunt her and I really feel that this is how she guarded herself.
“Na agapas me to kefali sou, kai tha eisai asfalis,” she said, tapping her temple. “Love with your head, and you’ll be safe.”
The development of their relationship was amazing to watch. The realizations that they both came to while they were finding themselves was true and genuine, not fake or forced in any way.
…now she knew all too well how meeting someone could change the way you looked a the world around you or even the way you looked at yourself.
He brought his forehead down to hers again as a contentment he’d never known wrapped around him, nearly taking his breath away.
I loved how Chase surprised Andie at every turn, he even surprised me. I must say that I whole heartedly agree with Andie here…
It seemed like every time she though she had him figured out, he did or said something that revealed him to be even more complex, more amazing than she initially gave him credit for.
Learning from mistakes, learning to be yourself and do what you want to do, finding where you belong. Emancipating Andie will steal your heart and make you fall in love.
“If we can’t recognize when we’ve messed up, then how will we know when we’ve gotten it right?”
Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts for the past twelve years while moonlighting as a writer, mom, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.
If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.
Glenn is the author of the contemporary romance novels Back to You, Emancipating Andie, and Coming Home. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org