Love endures all things.
Darby McKenzie’s heart started beating funny the day that she met Trace Chamberlain. She was four, he was five, and that meeting altered the course of both their lives forever.
Trace was born into a nightmare. Before meeting Darby and her family, the only love he ever knew was that of his twin brother. The two of them endured years of abuse that left scars. The permanent kind.
For Trace, meeting Darby was like catching a rainbow. She exploded into his life in a pop of Technicolor that awakened his senses. She wasn’t just his best friend—she was his life. His touchstone, his safety, his heart—she was everything.
Darby had been through it all with Trace and her love for him never wavered for a second. But no amount of love could make Trace believe that he was worthy of her. Knowing that she deserved better, Trace pushed her away, when what he really wanted was to pull her closer. Emotionally destroyed and bitter from the back and forth, Darby finally let go and decided to move on.
Sometimes hitting rock bottom is the only way to understand that you need to change. Realizing that losing Darby means losing everything, Trace sets out to fight for the love of his life.
Is it too late for Darby and Trace to have a happily ever after?
Review by Amanda
Catch and Release is book 2 in Ella Fox’s Catch series, and follows Trace and Darby. This isn’t your everyday romance – this is a book that will knock everything you have come to expect from the typical romance on its head.
Trace is dealing with the darkness that is his past; he feels that he isn’t good enough. He has loved Darby from the moment they were introduced. Saved by her parents and raised in the same home, the two of them have forged a bond that is almost on par with the one that he shares with his twin. Trace loves Darby, but when you have constantly been told that you are not good enough and that the world is a better place without you, it is only a matter of time before you truly believe that this is the case.
Darby does her utmost to prove her love to Trace, but at what point will her wounded pride and heartache force her to turn away from Trace. We have all heard the saying that "love isn't finding someone you can live with, it's finding someone you can't live without." But what happens when the person you fall for isn't ready to catch you just yet? What happens when the pain of loving someone is more than the pain of watching them walk away.
Catch and Release by Ella Fox tells the story about a knight in shining armour, in the form of Darby. She is the heroine we all love and reading about her consistent attempts to try and save Trace fills you with equal parts heartache and hope.
Darby’s character is spectacular and she is someone that you can almost envision as your best friend. Ella Fox has nailed this 3 dimensional character to the extent that she really does step off the page and become a real, living and breathing person. Darby is the girl we are all routing for, but at the same time shouting at – I loved this character so much, to the point that I think that she may actually be my favourite female lead this year. She is strong, hilarious, bright and bubbly. She has known pain and heartache, but instead of letting it make her weak and insignificant, she has used it as a tool for strength and love.
Trace, my dear sweet Trace – I have never wanted to hug someone and simultaneously smack them as much as you. Trace is the hero that everyone wants to protect and care for. He is broken and battered, although he only shows his damaged side to a select few. He is the epitome of a bird with a broken wing. Ella Fox writes this magnificent character in such a way that you connect with him immediately and his pain becomes yours. Ella Fox has the uncanny ability of drawing you so completely into a story that it almost feels as though it is part of your life.
This is a tale of best friends to lover, but as we know the course of true love never did run smooth, and Ella Fox rakes us over the emotional coals with this incredible tale. We feel the emotional pain of Trace Chamberlain as he battles the inner storms of his past.
The book is written in dual perspective, and allows us a closer connection to both the main characters. I really loved how we were sucked into this world of pain. It wasn’t always easy to read about the hurt that Trace had been through, but it was an epic read of emotions that took you to the gauntlet.
I enjoyed that Ella also had Tristan and Mia make appearances throughout this book. I also enjoyed how Catch and Release ran concurrently to Catch My Fall. It always amazes me how authors tie things up so succinctly and perfectly – so that you can think back to what you read previously and realise what was actually happening.
Catch and Release gets 4.5 amazing stars from me. Ella Fox is one of those authors that always exceeds expectations. I always think I know what to expect from her and then once I have finished a book, I am always left reeling and beyond blown away. This book is no different.
Meet Ella Fox
Ella Fox writes like a woman possessed whenever she gets the chance! She is the author of The Hart Family Series, The Renegade Saints Series and The Catch Series.
When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.
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