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At twenty-five, American graduate student Cressida Taylor lost control of her borrowed bicycle. She barreled into a tall, gorgeous undergraduate, Max Grant, on a busy Oxford street. Her skirt caught in the chain, Cress flew over the handlebars and landed on top of him. Assured that only his dignity was injured, she scurried away. Twenty years later Cress has moved on from t At twenty-five, American graduate student Cressida Taylor lost control of her borrowed bicycle. She barreled into a tall, gorgeous undergraduate, Max Grant, on a busy Oxford street. Her skirt caught in the chain, Cress flew over the handlebars and landed on top of him. Assured that only his dignity was injured, she scurried away. Twenty years later Cress has moved on from the embarrassment of her Oxford encounter. Now a successful author, she‘s been nominated for a prestigious writing award. Her career is threatened when a rival accuses her of plagiarism. When Max turns up at a book signing and wants to renew their acquaintance, she isn’t sure whether to fall into his arms or run like hell. As a MI6 operative, Max believed his career made lasting relationships impossible. Now working for a global security company, he must let go of his past beliefs if he wants a future with Cress. As their relationship deepens, Max feels driven to protect Cress as the persecution escalates to physical danger. They must learn to work together if they want to stop her tormentor and find their happy ending.


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At twenty-five, American graduate student Cressida Taylor lost control of her borrowed bicycle. She barreled into a tall, gorgeous undergraduate, Max Grant, on a busy Oxford street. Her skirt caught in the chain, Cress flew over the handlebars and landed on top of him. Assured that only his dignity was injured, she scurried away. Twenty years later Cress has moved on from t At twenty-five, American graduate student Cressida Taylor lost control of her borrowed bicycle. She barreled into a tall, gorgeous undergraduate, Max Grant, on a busy Oxford street. Her skirt caught in the chain, Cress flew over the handlebars and landed on top of him. Assured that only his dignity was injured, she scurried away. Twenty years later Cress has moved on from the embarrassment of her Oxford encounter. Now a successful author, she‘s been nominated for a prestigious writing award. Her career is threatened when a rival accuses her of plagiarism. When Max turns up at a book signing and wants to renew their acquaintance, she isn’t sure whether to fall into his arms or run like hell. As a MI6 operative, Max believed his career made lasting relationships impossible. Now working for a global security company, he must let go of his past beliefs if he wants a future with Cress. As their relationship deepens, Max feels driven to protect Cress as the persecution escalates to physical danger. They must learn to work together if they want to stop her tormentor and find their happy ending.

30 review for At First Sight (Global Security Unlimited, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris Jucius

    Love at first sight is an experience that many cast aside as an impossibility. How can you fall in love with someone from just a mere look or glance? "At First Sight" by debut author Sharon Michalove takes that concept and explores what happens when you see someone, instantly fall in love and not see them again for decades. Do you feel the same at second glance, is it a different love or do you not feel anything at all? Max Grant faces that question when he sees Cress Taylor on a TV interview -- t Love at first sight is an experience that many cast aside as an impossibility. How can you fall in love with someone from just a mere look or glance? "At First Sight" by debut author Sharon Michalove takes that concept and explores what happens when you see someone, instantly fall in love and not see them again for decades. Do you feel the same at second glance, is it a different love or do you not feel anything at all? Max Grant faces that question when he sees Cress Taylor on a TV interview -- the second time he sees her, with the first being 20 years prior at Oxford, where they were both students. He is sure that Cress is someone he wants to be with, while Cress is skeptical -- and rightfully so. The book progresses with Cress contending with a smear campaign intended to hurt her both professionally and personally; meanwhile, Max is in the background quietly using his job and influence to help fix things -- despite Cress' insistence not to interfere. Max's desire to make Cress' life easier is certainly on par for someone deeply in love with another. Michalove ensures Max, Cress and any secondary characters are three-dimensional and well-rounded. We see them at their best and their worst. Additionally, Michalove lays the ground for future books with these characters without sacrificing plot. Well done.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gay Lynn

    At First Sight drew me in from the first sentence. Cress, the main character, captured me with her intelligence, kindness, and strength. The Rotary scholar and Oxford-educated protagonist embodies knowledge and diverse life experiences. I wanted to get to know her like I'd be interested in getting to learn about a new friend. A stalker's threats against Cress adds tension and intrigue throughout the novel. Meanwhile, her love interest, the Scottish-born Max, piques her emotions and physical resp At First Sight drew me in from the first sentence. Cress, the main character, captured me with her intelligence, kindness, and strength. The Rotary scholar and Oxford-educated protagonist embodies knowledge and diverse life experiences. I wanted to get to know her like I'd be interested in getting to learn about a new friend. A stalker's threats against Cress adds tension and intrigue throughout the novel. Meanwhile, her love interest, the Scottish-born Max, piques her emotions and physical responses. He fascinates Cress and Max’s character kept me turning pages. Add to this international and literary references that gives Michalove's writing style elegance and depth. The novel incorporates mystery, romance, and suspense in a perfect trio.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Jasper

    After catching the blurb of At First Sight I thought this second-chance romance sounds and that hint of competition and danger is right up my alley. I'm not going to lie, I found it hard to connect with Cress and Max. There was so much time spent describing everything from the clothing to the scenery to the cars, that the budding romance between them almost seemed like an afterthought. That being said, I enjoyed how Max put his intentions towards Cress out there. Let her know he was interested, After catching the blurb of At First Sight I thought this second-chance romance sounds and that hint of competition and danger is right up my alley. I'm not going to lie, I found it hard to connect with Cress and Max. There was so much time spent describing everything from the clothing to the scenery to the cars, that the budding romance between them almost seemed like an afterthought. That being said, I enjoyed how Max put his intentions towards Cress out there. Let her know he was interested, had never forgotten their encounter all those years ago. When accusations and threats against Cress start piling up all Max wants to do is keep her safe and figure out who is stirring up trouble. Let's just say things got way worse before they got better. But it was pretty obvious from the get go who was behind it all. So while I was able to get through my first read from Sharon Michalove, I was left wanting more. More connection between Cress and Max. More build. More anticipation. More danger. More steam. Just more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danys Castillo

    Never under estimate the power of serendipity. At First Sight is a captivating read with great plot, wonderful descriptions, and intriguing characters. I loved watching Max and Cress fall in love after so many years. I highly recommend this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)

    A slow burn with underlying intrigue. I had a hard time connecting with this book. While I tried to pick up and find something to connect with, personally I really had a hard time. The author spends a lot of time describing places, people, and items instead of spending time with the two main characters and building their connection. While this is a slow build, which wasn't the problem, it just lacked the chemistry build up to help that slow burn.  Cressida or Cress is a published author who begins A slow burn with underlying intrigue. I had a hard time connecting with this book. While I tried to pick up and find something to connect with, personally I really had a hard time. The author spends a lot of time describing places, people, and items instead of spending time with the two main characters and building their connection. While this is a slow build, which wasn't the problem, it just lacked the chemistry build up to help that slow burn.  Cressida or Cress is a published author who begins receiving threats after her newly published book gets recognized for an award. Who is threatening her and why? That is part of the mystery. Max is a former MI6 operative who now works cybersecurity and knew Cress when they both attended Oxford years ago. He believes in fate when meeting her again, but Cress isn't exactly sure. Can they both work out their past issues and find the present threat so they can have a future? 

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Ruthven

    This was a new to me author. I'm going to keep this review short and sweet as unfortunately this just wasn't the book for me. It's a crying shame as the way the author adds descriptions to even the littlest things, it felt like you were right there beside the characters. But sadly that's where the slight enjoyment ended for me as it felt like so much effort got put into describing things the plot and characters were almost an afterthought and I couldn't connect with either. I persevered until th This was a new to me author. I'm going to keep this review short and sweet as unfortunately this just wasn't the book for me. It's a crying shame as the way the author adds descriptions to even the littlest things, it felt like you were right there beside the characters. But sadly that's where the slight enjoyment ended for me as it felt like so much effort got put into describing things the plot and characters were almost an afterthought and I couldn't connect with either. I persevered until the end as I kept hoping for a plot twist. I'm sure many will enjoy but as I said just not for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    Sharon Michalove takes the hindsight fantasy of what may have been and polishes it up with a thrilling dose of it's clear to see, we were meant to be. Read full review in the 2021 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine. Sharon Michalove takes the hindsight fantasy of what may have been and polishes it up with a thrilling dose of it's clear to see, we were meant to be. Read full review in the 2021 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  8. 4 out of 5

    R J Mckay

    I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review. Two things happen to throw Cress Taylor’s life into disarray… an anonymous threat concerning her recently completed book and the sudden re-appearance of a guy who she literally ran into back in her college days in Oxford. Are the threats real or just something to throw her off her game? And why, suddenly, did Max Grant turn up in her life? Are they connected? Both Max and Cress are loners. Max, because of his past life as a s I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review. Two things happen to throw Cress Taylor’s life into disarray… an anonymous threat concerning her recently completed book and the sudden re-appearance of a guy who she literally ran into back in her college days in Oxford. Are the threats real or just something to throw her off her game? And why, suddenly, did Max Grant turn up in her life? Are they connected? Both Max and Cress are loners. Max, because of his past life as a spy, and Cress because of a life filled with ridicule and cruelty. Both keep their secrets close to their vest. The few friends each have are friends of long-standing. So how are these two ever going to work together? How do you build trust with someone who mocked you 20 years earlier? But someone is definitely out to destroy Cress, and Max’s old life as a spy and his new life as a coder working for Global Security Unlimited might be the only connections that can help. The danger is insidious and malignant. The relationship between Max and Cress is so fragile. The story does a masterful job of slowly building trust while the danger lurks, getting closer and closer. The plot captured my attention and held me enthralled throughout. Well done, Ms. Michalove.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Cress Taylor and Max Grant literally met by accident at Oxford University – she knocked him over with her bicycle. Embarrassed, she checks that he’s not injured in the crash, then disappears. Max could kick himself that he didn’t ask her name, but he can’t get her out of his mind. Twenty years later Cress, now living in Chicago, is author of several best-selling historical novels. She’s a finalist for a prestigious international writing award, and is being interviewed on a morning TV show. The o Cress Taylor and Max Grant literally met by accident at Oxford University – she knocked him over with her bicycle. Embarrassed, she checks that he’s not injured in the crash, then disappears. Max could kick himself that he didn’t ask her name, but he can’t get her out of his mind. Twenty years later Cress, now living in Chicago, is author of several best-selling historical novels. She’s a finalist for a prestigious international writing award, and is being interviewed on a morning TV show. The only shadow on her good fortune is the threatening texts she’s been getting from an anonymous sender: You’re a thief. I will make you pay. Max is also in Chicago. Following an international career with MI6, he’s now working for a private security firm, Global Security Unlimited. He happens to tune into morning TV and sees Cress being interviewed. He’s stunned to recognize her as the girl he’s never forgotten: the one who crashed into him back at Oxford. A bit older now, but her eyes are still mesmerizing. And now he knows her name. As Cress’ interview ends, the host announces that she’ll be at a book signing the next evening. Max decides to show up and introduce himself. Cress has almost forgotten the bicycle incident, and is a bit annoyed when Max inveigles his way into circle of friends. She has to admit, though, that he’s attractive, but she wonders why there’s almost no information available about him online. Does he have a secret life? Max does have secrets, but so does Cress. As the ominous messages continue and the threats against her become increasingly real—affecting not just her reputation but her physical safety— she finds herself relying on Max’s security expertise. But she’s not sure yet how far she wants to trust him on a personal level. He’s determined to make her fall for him, but he’s not ready to share everything about his background. As the danger mounts and their romance heats up, we fallow the story with alternating scenes from first Cress’s point of view, then Max’s, rising to a satisfying ending.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Pierson

    At First Sight is Sharon D. Michalove's debut book, and I have to say that I'm excited for more of this series to be honest as I really enjoyed this first book. Cress & Max met at Oxford when she literally ran him over with her bike, and the connection was instant but she ran off before he could get any info on her. Now many years later, he sees Cress being interviewed as she's a successful author now, and up for a big award. The only thing bad about her life is she has a stalker who is trying t At First Sight is Sharon D. Michalove's debut book, and I have to say that I'm excited for more of this series to be honest as I really enjoyed this first book. Cress & Max met at Oxford when she literally ran him over with her bike, and the connection was instant but she ran off before he could get any info on her. Now many years later, he sees Cress being interviewed as she's a successful author now, and up for a big award. The only thing bad about her life is she has a stalker who is trying to destroy her reputation. By the time she & Max are getting to know each other, her stalker is escalating so luckily for her, he's an expert at these kinds of things. The threats are getting worse, but they're heating up so I was happy about that. There was just one big thing for me from keeping this book perfect, that was there were a lot of descriptions of things that really didn't need to be gone into such detail since it did distract me a bit but that's just me. It certainly won't keep me from reading future books because I'm all about romantic suspense so I'll just end with HIGHLY RECOMMENDING TO ALL! 

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ree

    Max Grant is finally brave enough to pursue his attraction to Cress Taylor 20 years after a fleeting moment at University. But her wariness and distrust, and his own troubled past as an MI6 operative aren't his only obstacles. Someone is willing to go to great lengths to ensure that Cress' reputation dies a fiery death. Max has to hope the fire doesn't expunge their fledgling relationship - and Cress - too. If you are looking for action-packed, danger-filled suspense, this book is not it. The vil Max Grant is finally brave enough to pursue his attraction to Cress Taylor 20 years after a fleeting moment at University. But her wariness and distrust, and his own troubled past as an MI6 operative aren't his only obstacles. Someone is willing to go to great lengths to ensure that Cress' reputation dies a fiery death. Max has to hope the fire doesn't expunge their fledgling relationship - and Cress - too. If you are looking for action-packed, danger-filled suspense, this book is not it. The villain was obvious from the beginning. The author's use of descriptive prose is great, but it sort of worked against the development of the romance itself. Cress & Max sort of just seem to fall together against the backdrop of threats, rather than fall in love in spite of the threats. I liked Max. He was upfront with his feelings towards Cress, and did his best to be what he felt she needed. I just wish there was more time devoted to their actual romance. I especially liked that the couple was older. And I liked their meet-cute and the fact that neither had forgotten the other even after so many years. Looking for a clean/fade-to-black slow burner romance? At First Sight will definitely please you. I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Sturgess

    Max is soooooooo delectable and what’s not to like he studied at Oxford , he’s MI6 so he’s all protective and alpha but there’s also a gentle and vulnerable side to him which just makes me swoon and let’s not forget that accent 🇬🇧❣️ How can I not love a read that contains an author and books two of the things I love most in the world it’s soooooo obvious it was getting 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟before I even started 😉🤪 I was taken in from the get home and there were so many pieces I wish I could quote but I’d I were t Max is soooooooo delectable and what’s not to like he studied at Oxford , he’s MI6 so he’s all protective and alpha but there’s also a gentle and vulnerable side to him which just makes me swoon and let’s not forget that accent 🇬🇧❣️ How can I not love a read that contains an author and books two of the things I love most in the world it’s soooooo obvious it was getting 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟before I even started 😉🤪 I was taken in from the get home and there were so many pieces I wish I could quote but I’d I were to be forced to choose 1 or 2 it would be “ She loves gin , hockey and classical music…” and “ I doubt a bookstore exists that your wife doesn’t like “ ❣️📖 Cressida is awesome and I just liked her right from the start abs I could identify with her clumsiness right from the start and love when that happens 😍 There was so much to like about this read , I had some tense moments though and I had to draw my Kleenex closer at times as well and boy I had a few good laughs 😄 I believe in love at first sight as it happened that way for me 😍

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I really enjoyed this book for many different reasons. I loved both lead characters, Cress and Max, Max's family, the references to places, music, history and the descriptions of their feelings based on past experiences. This added to the richness of the story, alongside the unusual, in romance stories generally, of the lead's ages. So relatable. At times the book felt slightly chaotic. The humour was great. Poor Cress. I can so relate to her accident prone tendencies! I did feel that I would ha I really enjoyed this book for many different reasons. I loved both lead characters, Cress and Max, Max's family, the references to places, music, history and the descriptions of their feelings based on past experiences. This added to the richness of the story, alongside the unusual, in romance stories generally, of the lead's ages. So relatable. At times the book felt slightly chaotic. The humour was great. Poor Cress. I can so relate to her accident prone tendencies! I did feel that I would have noticed one of the characters lurk about, a lot sooner and the behaviour of some characters was somewhat like a characature. A bit like wearing a red uniform top☺. This is minor and, overall, I found this book highly readable and very good indeed. 💖💖💖💖

  14. 4 out of 5

    Indie

    loved it !!! a great start for a new series !!! love Max... swoon... love Cress... this is their story... a fast paced action packed drama... the meet twenty years ago at uni... she ran him over with her bike... then ran away... they never forgot... now she's a famous author... he saw her on the telly... he went to a book signing...the sparks are flying... but, she has a stalker and it's not him... it gets worse... can Max help her ? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am volun loved it !!! a great start for a new series !!! love Max... swoon... love Cress... this is their story... a fast paced action packed drama... the meet twenty years ago at uni... she ran him over with her bike... then ran away... they never forgot... now she's a famous author... he saw her on the telly... he went to a book signing...the sparks are flying... but, she has a stalker and it's not him... it gets worse... can Max help her ? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tereza Cronin

    I found the characters to be very engaging and the story hard to put down. I have not finished reading the book yet but I look forward to continuing and will look out for more writing by this author. Highly recommend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Judy Gittleson Hendrickson

    Max and Cress met briefly at Oxford 20 years ago via a bicycle incident. Now she is a successful writer and he was with MI6. Hoping to reconnect, Max seeks her out when her world seems to be falling apart with threats and more. Takes a bit for her to trust anyone but the fire is there and they team up to deal with the issue. The characters are strong, determined and have great chemistry. The storyline is fast paced, exciting, suspenseful, with surprises, twists and deception. Loved the locale an Max and Cress met briefly at Oxford 20 years ago via a bicycle incident. Now she is a successful writer and he was with MI6. Hoping to reconnect, Max seeks her out when her world seems to be falling apart with threats and more. Takes a bit for her to trust anyone but the fire is there and they team up to deal with the issue. The characters are strong, determined and have great chemistry. The storyline is fast paced, exciting, suspenseful, with surprises, twists and deception. Loved the locale and history as I live pretty close and can visualize it all. The ending was great and I can not wait to read more by this author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna Rae

    I’ve met the author Sharon at a Readers Appreciation Weekend and was thrilled to learn she had completed her first book . How exciting !! I ordered the book and could not put it down ! What a wonderfully suspenseful romantic story!!! Lots of secrets and twists and turns and a very real villain !!!! It is so chock full of friends ,family , tragedy, suspense and romantic Love ! You will fall head over heels for Cress and Max It’s a total win-win !

  18. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    is their connection and meeting again suspicious or serendipity? what better time to run into a man with his apparent skills set than when she seems to be a target? cooperation is the best way to forward their survival can they find trust, and maybe some other hot things, in the ashes ? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Tranter

    This book is an entertaining, action packed, danger filled, suspenseful read with romance and an eventual happy ever after.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hollie Smurthwaite

    This romantic suspense novel was a fun read. Cress has a stalker. (view spoiler)[The stalker is identified fairly early as Tina, a bully from Cress's childhood. It's sad but believable that even though the perpetrator is obviously this off-kilter woman, without proof, nothing can be done, which only added to the tension. (hide spoiler)] Max comes on the scene at the perfect time, remembering Cress from twenty years in the past, when they were both at Oxford. His infatuation flares to life when he This romantic suspense novel was a fun read. Cress has a stalker. (view spoiler)[The stalker is identified fairly early as Tina, a bully from Cress's childhood. It's sad but believable that even though the perpetrator is obviously this off-kilter woman, without proof, nothing can be done, which only added to the tension. (hide spoiler)] Max comes on the scene at the perfect time, remembering Cress from twenty years in the past, when they were both at Oxford. His infatuation flares to life when he sees her again, and it was refreshing to read about a couple with more life experience, two people settled in their lives, yet each still missing something. Both Cress and Max are surrounded by a core group of friends and they added so much in terms of understanding the characters. It's always fun to read about friends who have been friends forever. The city of Chicago is almost an extra character--so many landmarks, restaurants, and establishments are mentioned. Since Cress is a historical romance writer, she is familiar with the history of so many buildings and institutions in Chicago. It was an unexpected bonus of the story. And the food! There were Chicago classics in there, and so many iconic restaurants. Not only is it a tense story with a strong romance, but it could also serve as a travel guide to Chicago! Fast, entertaining read with instalove (that really went the distance - 25 years), high stakes, and a really creepy antagonist.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Poulton

    This is a well crafted slow burn fade to black romance between the ex MI6 security man Max and scholar and author Cress. There is so much detail in this book from foods to cars to locations. So much love has gone in to creating these characters and the world they inhabit. This is a tale of love at first sight and how destiny will find a way. Max and Cress met when they were students and fate puts them back together 20+ years later. I enjoyed the premise and I finished the story but I didn't connec This is a well crafted slow burn fade to black romance between the ex MI6 security man Max and scholar and author Cress. There is so much detail in this book from foods to cars to locations. So much love has gone in to creating these characters and the world they inhabit. This is a tale of love at first sight and how destiny will find a way. Max and Cress met when they were students and fate puts them back together 20+ years later. I enjoyed the premise and I finished the story but I didn't connect with the characters. I found the story fragmented at times and a little difficult to follow. I enjoyed the emotional layers to Cress and Max but found their connection lacked chemistry.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Meyers

    This book had mystery, suspense, great plotline, and plenty of heat. I thought the characters were engaging and many faceted. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a spicy hot mystery.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reading In the Red Room

    A short meeting in college that neither of them forget. Twenty years later they meet again can this be their destiny? Max was once a man of mystery and intrigue working undercover. He now works in security and is happy with his life. Cress is a award winning author of great history. She is extremely devoted to her craft. She has recently picked up a stalker sending her harsh notes and they are not sure where they are coming from. When Max and Cress run into each other again he is excited to get A short meeting in college that neither of them forget. Twenty years later they meet again can this be their destiny? Max was once a man of mystery and intrigue working undercover. He now works in security and is happy with his life. Cress is a award winning author of great history. She is extremely devoted to her craft. She has recently picked up a stalker sending her harsh notes and they are not sure where they are coming from. When Max and Cress run into each other again he is excited to get to know her and her group of friends. She on the other hand is hesitant and second guessing his timing in her life. This book was very Intriguing and had a different element and I really enjoyed it. Both Max and Cress had tragic past and major secrets that they slowly shared with each other. I enjoyed That they really took their time to get to know each. The friend groups on each side were very strong and very supportive I’m interested to see where this series goes. I look forward to reading more!

  24. 5 out of 5

    BG Lamore

    Admittedly I am not much into the romance genre. That being said I am very glad I decided to try romance out again for the first time in 15 years with At First Sight. I enjoyed that this is a book about people, not just love and relationship. Getting to know the strengths and flaws of each of the characters (including the supporting ones) was fun. I felt like I was getting a rounded plot instead of flipping from one love scene to another. Having both the POV of both Cress and Max was refreshing Admittedly I am not much into the romance genre. That being said I am very glad I decided to try romance out again for the first time in 15 years with At First Sight. I enjoyed that this is a book about people, not just love and relationship. Getting to know the strengths and flaws of each of the characters (including the supporting ones) was fun. I felt like I was getting a rounded plot instead of flipping from one love scene to another. Having both the POV of both Cress and Max was refreshing for my anxious mind. It made it easier for me to transition without having to worry about intentions. I felt as if I was nervously rooting for one, even though I knew exactly how they both felt. It was a fun read knowing both main character's POV. At First Sight had me in every single room and tasting every single bite right along with Max, Cress and the rest of their friends and family. A great book to lead off what I hope is a long series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Parker

    Debut Romance Tour Chicago with Cressie and Max. Twenty years after she knocks him over with a bicycle in Oxford, this couple crosses paths again -- and this time sparks fly. With the help of a few friends, danger from an enemy, plus overwhelming memories, this mature couple finds more than good food, fine drink, and top-notch entertainment in ChicagoLand. Ms. Michalove’s debut romance is a winner.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    I enjoyed Max & Cressida’s book. It was an intriguing read. And a new author for me. I got a copy of the book. And am voluntarily leaving my review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Margriet

    I just finished AT FIRST SIGHT and enjoyed it a lot. The depth of research and personal experiences shared make it not your average romance. I loved that the characters are older – heroines in their 40’s and beyond are complex and layered in so many ways. Good read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Johniene

    I found this book very enjoyable. I loved the character development for Cress, the main character. The intrigue was well developed and never wandered into the unbelievable realm.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Florian

    An accidental encounter, turns full circle years later. This book takes you from England to Chicago and back again. It shows you how the one who got away, can be found again. I loved how descriptive this author was in all of the places that Cres and Max meet up at. This book was an exceptional read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Desouzaguedes

    Lots of Chicago details If you love stories set in Chicago, get ready for lots of detail in this book. Lots and lots of detail. Cressida "Cress" Taylor and Maximus "Max" Grant visit many real-life Chicago sites--restaurants, neighborhoods, museums, and car-geek haunts circa 2013. First-time novelist Sharon Michalove includes many places she loves in her hometown. Like Cress, Ms. Michalove lives in Rogers Park neighborhood and visits Andersonville regularly. Much of her novel writing was spent in th Lots of Chicago details If you love stories set in Chicago, get ready for lots of detail in this book. Lots and lots of detail. Cressida "Cress" Taylor and Maximus "Max" Grant visit many real-life Chicago sites--restaurants, neighborhoods, museums, and car-geek haunts circa 2013. First-time novelist Sharon Michalove includes many places she loves in her hometown. Like Cress, Ms. Michalove lives in Rogers Park neighborhood and visits Andersonville regularly. Much of her novel writing was spent in these north Chicago neighborhoods. I can picture each place as she described it. This is a solid effort for a first-time author and I'm looking forward to her next book in her Global Securities Unlimited series. Cress and Max reconnect in Chicago after a brief run-in 20 years earlier when both were students at Oxford. They both felt an attraction, but neither pursued the other. Scottish Max became a spy, then transitioned into security. Meanwhile, Cress became an award-winning author of historical fiction. Cress, 45, doesn't have much experience with romance or dating, even though she's beautiful and successful. The same goes for tall, fit, and handsome Max. And that's not because either truly regrets the one that got away. It's just that neither seems all that interested in dating. After the two reconnect in Chicago, Max seems more into Cress than she is into him. Max immediately jumps in to protect Cress from a stalker/accuser. Just like that, after a lifetime of single-by-choice, the 40-year-old hunk rearranges his entire life for a woman he barely knows? Cress lets Max into her inner circle almost immediately, even though she's under threat--and she has barely dated fir 17 years? This is where the book sort of lost me. Not to mention the plagiarism is never detailed and the motive of the stalker, Tina, is not believable. Neither are her extreme actions or the paparazzi's interest in the writer of historical fiction. Read the book and decide for yourself whether the romance rings true for you. Meanwhile, you'll be taking a lovely "virtual" trip to Chicago.

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