Chloe has trust issues. She cares for Gabriel. She's falling in love with him. But she's also afraid. All of her experiences with men have been negative, starting with her father. And now Gabriel is making a huge mistake. He's focusing on how beautiful she is.
Chloe does not see her looks as a blessing. Being told she's beautiful makes her feel worthless. She's accustomed to men who want her only for her looks, and it never lasts. She feels her father left her in spite of the fact that she was a cute, well-behaved child.
Enter Gabriel. Yes, he thinks she's beautiful. But if he can't show her that he values her for who she really is, he risks losing her. To win her trust, he will have to prove he's not like the others.
On a side note: It's been suggested on more than one occasion that James and I have been using Gabriel and Chloe to tell each other how we feel. Guys, when have you ever known James and I to have any trouble saying what we feel?