Review: Chasing Ava
CHASING AVA - Siera London
PGM Press
PRINT | EBOOK
April 2015
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell|  RATING: B+
REVIEW: In CHASING AVA, Ava Walters, the heroine, and Logan Masters, the hero are involved in a relationship that hits barriers, falters, restarts, and stalls again because of secrets and mistrust. Ava, a pediatric nurse, has a series of issues ranging from an abusive past, sexual harassment, to a dream of becoming a nurse in the Navy that impact her relationship with Logan. On the other hand, Logan, a surgeon, is running from a family arranged relationship that is deeply tied to his future, a mysterious past relationship of betrayal, and a parent who is undeniably prejudiced. To top it off, Ava is African American and Logan is Caucasian. Can this relationship survive? The chase is on!

The setting for this story is Shell Cove, Florida, a waterfront community that serves as an apropos background for the characters and the storyline. If there is one thing that is made clear from Ava and Logan’s relationship, it’s that love cannot survive without complete honesty. Neither Ava nor Logan enter their relationship being honest with each other, so the secrets harbored by both parties erode their relationship. Don’t get me wrong; their affair does have its romantic and steamy moments. Logan is determined to win the heart and soul of Ava in spite of her reluctance. He finds the ‘chase’ a challenge that he is up to and determined to win. Ava…not so much. The baggage that she carries, in spite of her passionate attraction to Logan, puts a barrier up that derails the chase.

Some of the side characters are delightful, some a little sinister, but all are important to the plot. Ava’s girlfriend, Lina James is such a dynamic side character, I am sure she will have her own story since this is the first book in a series. Plus, I’m sure we’ll see Logan’s brother and friend again, and maybe, the villain-like Randall; just to point out a few. However, the main side character (the one you love to hate) is Logan’s mother, Maribelle, who’s described as a ‘force of nature’. On the other hand, Ava’s grandmother, Granny Lou, the polar opposite of Maribelle, is a ‘voice of reason’. I loved the side characters because they added considerable substance to the story.

The one flaw of this novel would be the length of ‘the chase’. The author seemed to get a little bogged down in the hero and heroine’s feelings and reflections about their relationship that made for a slow read.  In spite of that one critique, I liked
CHASING AVA, and I look forward to the next one in the series.

1st April 2015 | romcol@caribsurf.com