4 out of 5 Stars
*I was gifted a copy of Alarm by the author. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Chloe’s life is safe and comfortable, just the way she likes it. Running into a brick wall of tattoos and winding up in his bed the next morning is not part of her plan, yet she takes a leap of faith and agrees to spend one week with him in Miami despite the alarms going off in her head telling her something isn’t right.
Aiden is beautiful, solid muscle, and intriguing, but he’s hiding something from Chloe. He shows her how to live and take risks, and he provides her with passion like she’s never experienced before. But Aiden’s past is about to catch up with him and Chloe will have to make some tough decisions about what she really wants out of life. She’s not sure if Aiden is worth such a big risk.
Alarm is a contemporary romance told in first person point of view by the heroine, Chloe. She lives a lackluster life, preferring to stay home with her superheroine figurines and a sci-fi movie than going out with friends. But one night out with her friends at their neighborhood bar changes everything. Chloe meets Aiden, and despite so many differences between the two, she takes a chance on the attraction she has to him.
Aiden is able to get Chloe to take risks she’s never even dreamed of taking, starting with an impromptu vacation to Miami. Over the course of the week, Chloe takes even more chances and not only develops feelings for Aiden, but she also realizes how much better life can be when it’s not entirely planned out and perfect. I enjoyed the growing attraction between the couple and the way Chloe opened up and began to truly live her life. The romance was well-paced even if the attraction was instantaneous. I really liked that Aiden wasn’t as stereotypical as he could have been, and the secondary characters added a touch of humor.
A few things kept this story from five stars for me. The writing style included a lot of the main character questioning herself. These questioning interruptions drew me out of the story at times. There were also some editing errors. They weren’t major, but enough for me to notice.
Overall, it was an enjoyable book. This was not my first book by Ms. Savage, and it likely won’t be my last.