Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre - ARC Review


From NYT Bestseller Alessandra Torre...
The sexy serial that exploded on is now a full-length, standalone novel.

Chloe Madison. That’s me. A former NYU princess who just fell from grace, right off my pampered Manhattan throne and onto the unforgiving steps of Nicole Brantley, socialite and queen bitch. Now, I walk her dog and mix her smoothies. Try to navigate my own problems while fixing all of hers.

I want what every New York girl wants. A career, an apartment, and true love, preferably in a smoking hot package.

It turns out I’ll have to fight for all of it

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Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: March 2016.

Chloe Madison had the kind of life most people envied, growing up with wealth beyond most people's expectations, a boyfriend most women fawned over Vic Worth, who's wealth exceeded her own families, two best friends Cammie and Benta, who not only understood the perks of growing up entitled but lived it everyday not to mention being able to call New York City home. Finding out the man of your dreams couldn't keep it in his pants, cheating on you with none other than the hired help was one thing, walking in to see it for yourself quite entirely another, but the absolute icing on the cake, being evicted from your home after finding out your parents had been diddling the finances and unabashedly being knee deep in insider trading. In an instant Chloe's world crumbled, between sleeping on a friends couch, and figuring out how exactly to move on from here, Chloe goes from a life of wealth and excess to a role she never dreamt she'd have to play, one of the hired help.

Becoming a personal assistant for Nicole Brantley wasn't all sunshine and roses, wading her way through the murky waters that is Nicole's life, fending off advances from the man that once upon a time she envisioned to be her knight in shining armour Vic, rattling the feathers of Hollywood's playboy Joey Plazen on set, and navigating exactly what is building between her and her sexy super Carter is all in a days work for Chloe V.2.0

Originally released in serial form as The Cosmo episodes, Ms Torre decided to breath new life into Chloe's story, we immediately meet the Chloe who is down on her luck and trying desperately to build a life for herself, outside of obligation to her parents, without her ex's love or financial support, as she juggles memories from her old life, with expectations of how her life should of panned out after graduating college, to the place she finds herself now, we see a myriad of obstacles and emotions thrown her way. From the girl who could fix any problem with the swipe of her trusty AMEX to one who had to penny pinch to secure enough of a deposit to look for a place to call her own, while Chloe never truly hit so rock bottom that she was destitute, and completely alone, for an upbringing such as hers it certainly felt like she had.

Torre paints a veritable tapestry of rich characters that dominate this story, aside from Chloe, her friends Cammie and Benta may have been the epitome of the rich girl stereotype, ones that could jet away at the drop of a hat for a tropical holiday, that's where the similarities ended, they were fiercely protective of their friend, giving both moral and emotional support when needed, while allowing Chloe to figure out what she needed to do and where she needed to go. Joey, the Hollywood star was without cocky and self involved but he also saw something more to Chloe than just a rich girl that fell from grace, Vic, despite his asshole tendencies and inability to sate his wandering eye, had his heart mostly in the right place and Carter...swoon...Carter was the kind of guy you wanted to introduce to your mother, and drag to your bedroom and tie to your bed, he was strong and masculine in a way that left you feeling protected and taken care of, and yet self assured and confident enough that when he spoke you paid attention, everything deliberate, every word considered.

"When I was little, my mom told you should find a man who loved you more than you loved him. That way, she explained, you would never get hurt. In theory, it made sense. But now, I believed the beauty of love was in the loving."

Love, Chloe was a sexy, fun filled romp into the inner sanctum of rich and famous, but more than that, Torre weaved a beautiful message through out, reminding us that life is about far more than material possessions and pre-conceived expectations. Chloe was a dichotomy of characteristics that usually fall either end of a spectrum, strong willed and weak, rich and poor, confident and unsure, ready to take life by the horns and yet scared to take the first step, her belief that there was something broken inside if her didn't deter her from taking steps to cement a future of independence for herself, there were moments where she questioned her decisions, her moral compass, her worth but ultimately made decisions on how best to move herself forward with the least amount of collateral damage. Everything about Torre's latest work was a joy to read, and I found myself effortlessly lost in her words, living vicariously through Chloe's eyes, reminding me that when life hands you lemons, the best course of action is to call your friends to bring the vodka and have a party.

About Alessandra Torre:


I’m a traditionally published and indie author. With a focus on contemporary erotic romances and erotic suspense I write under the pen name Alessandra Torre (erotic romance) and A.R. Torre (erotic suspense).
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