Title: A STEEL TOWN
Series: A Gateway to Love, #3
Author: Chloe T. Barlow
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 11, 2016
How do you protect the woman you love, when you fear you are the very person who could destroy her?
Claudia McCoy has been told what she can’t do enough for one lifetime. After a near-fatal childhood battle with juvenile diabetes and having to accept that her dreams of serving in the military would never come true, she’s thrilled to begin a life on her own terms. Yet, when she finally starts her career in the FBI, Claudia is furious that her condition and overbearing big brother, Wyatt, have both once again interfered with her ability to have the life she truly wants. Now derailed from her high-profile aspirations of a position in the FBI’s D.C. headquarters, she is instead planted far away from the real action, and practically right in her brother’s Pittsburgh backyard.
Trey Adler is known for fixing things, but he’s broken just as many — leaving him with regrets that never go away. He’d be the first to agree he should stay away from a nice girl like Claudia, but he can’t deny his friend Jenna Sutherland’s request when she asks him to use his position as a temporary FBI consultant to keep Claudia safe — especially as it’s clear this little firecracker needs protecting. Far away from all the action she so craves, Claudia is more determined than ever to prove herself in her first major investigation at whatever cost — and those costs are proving to be dangerously high.
Their battle of wills turns quickly into a powerful need for one other, making them both rethink everything they ever wanted.
Will Trey be able to keep her alive long enough to give them an opportunity at something real together — a future that can survive the danger in their present, as well as the darkness of his past?
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5 out 5 stars ~ Review by Kristin
A Steel Town is Trey and Claudia’s book and I have been waiting for this book for what feels like forever and Chloe did not disappoint!
Claudia McCoy is Wyatt’s little sister. She is the sister and daughter of NFL super stars. She is also a Type 1 diabetic and has lived with insulin dependence her entire life. She has lived with everyone treating her as though she is glass. She has dealt with watching other kids live normal lives while she avoids trick-or-treating and birthday cakes. She has lived with her brother shielding her from everything in life that could be dangerous. She is on her own now. She is a member of the FBI office in Pittsburgh and is more determined than ever to prove to everyone that she can be just as good of an agent as any “healthy” person can be.
Trey Adler is the guy that everyone loves to hate. He is friends with Jenna, Griffen, and Tea but at odds with Wyatt. He doesn’t play by the rules, at least not anyone’s but his own. He lives life how sees fit and if someone disagrees or doesn’t like something he has done that’s on them. Trey has been asked to watch over Claudia and try to keep her safe. During this, he realizes just how much Claudia is like him, and like the woman that destroyed him in the past. He brings her onto his team in order to protect her as well as use her skills to help solve the case behind Jack Taylor’s murder.
Trey has always vowed that he would never fall in love. Claudia has vowed that she would never rely on someone else to do for her what she can do for herself. What happens when they discover that they need each other more than ever wanted to admit? Can Claudia deal with one more over bearing protective man in her life? Can Trey let down his walls to allow love in?
Absolutely amazing book!! I loved every minute of it and can’t wait for more in the series! I loved seeing Jenna and Wyatt and Tea and Griffen again as well!
Shock and heat ran through his chest at the sudden sensation of the tip of her tongue sliding across his chest, between his pecs, and down the length of his stomach. She flicked her tongue over every ripple of his abs, which were clenching with each warm, lapping motion.
Her hands yanked off his belt, then quickly undid the button of his jeans and slid down the zipper. Trey’s hands twisted and tugged at her hair, trying to stem his urge to guide her movements.
Glancing up at him briefly, Claudia rubbed across Trey’s length through his boxer briefs with the heel of her palm. Hesitating for a moment, she sucked at her bottom lip, revealing her two front teeth. He took a sharp intake of breath, growing harder under her excited touch.
When she finally pulled down the elastic band, Trey’s cock sprang free so jubilantly that Claudia smiled and swiped her tongue across her lips in response. The sight of her innocent and beautiful, young face next to his rock-hard erection was enough to force him to access every ounce of self-control not to come right there.
Stilling his body, Trey let her take her time. At first she tentatively licked around the head and down his shaft, as though she were charting a course of him. He ground his teeth together at the almost painful pleasure it caused. As if emboldened, in one surprising motion, Claudia took him into her mouth. The velvety smoothness of her engulfed all his senses, filling him with pleasure, desire…and hope, all at once.
“Fuck,” Trey muttered with a jagged growl. The word seemed to make her even more impassioned, as she quickened her pace. Her little happy slurping and humming sounds elicited another series of expletives, until Trey couldn’t take it anymore.
The pleasure was too intense, yet Trey didn’t want to finish like this. He needed to be truly connected to her — to wipe away every word and painful memory with each stroke of him in her.
All titles in the series are only $0.99 during the A Steel Town release week!
Three Rivers: $0.99 instead of $2.99
City of Champions: $0.99 instead of $3.99
Shanghai Wind: $0.99; **Free on iBooks and Kobo
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Now you can experience the first half of the critically acclaimed Gateway to Love series, which takes you on a twisting and turning roller coaster ride of romance and suspense from Pittsburgh, to New York, and Shanghai, all in one sitting!
Like the succession of rings from a stone hurled into a pond, one cataclysmic moment can send unseen ripples of change throughout many lifetimes — the effects of which can be both unknown, and seductive. When Althea Taylor became a widow at twenty-four, she could never have predicted how many lives the mysterious death of her husband, Jack Taylor, would eventually change forever.
In her Gateway to Love series, Chloe Barlow tells the sexy and emotional tales of the many lives, and loves, inexorably connected to this tragic, and suspicious loss. Each story is a fully contained standalone, with no cliffhangers. Yet, secrets and thrills imbue each page, continuing into the next story in a way, which has kept readers around the world eager for each upcoming installment.
In Three Rivers we meet Althea and her best friends, Jenna and Aubrey, who encourage her to take a baby step toward a new life beyond grief, if only for one night, with an irresistible stranger. Griffen Tate certainly fit that bill, but he is not who he seems. In fact, he is so much more; as are the many secrets he keeps.
Next, in City of Champions, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jenna Sutherland fights to resist injured NFL quarterback, Wyatt McCoy, a man who’s willing to do anything to stay on the field. Can their torrid secret holiday affair make it through to the New Year, and overcome hidden threats at every turn?
And in Shanghai Wind, the most suspenseful installment yet, we meet Feng and Colin. These two fell hard for each other when Colin was an eighteen-year-old bad boy forced to stay with Feng’s family in Shanghai. Yet, Colin would go on to break every promise he ever made to her. These high stakes aren’t just for their hearts — it could be for their lives.
Chloe is a contemporary romance novelist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and their sweet puppy. Chloe has always loved writing and cherishes the opportunity to craft her fictional novels and share them with the world.
When Chloe isn’t writing, she spends her time exploring Pittsburgh with her husband and friends. She also enjoys yoga, jogging, and all Pittsburgh sports. She is an avid reader and wrote her debut novel Three Rivers in her spare time. She loves to research every last detail relating to her books. For example, in an effort to bring authenticity to Three River’s treatment of grief and loss, she consulted with a psychologist and grief counselor during its preparation.
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