2013: #20 – Giving Chase (Lauren Dane)

Title: Giving Chase
Author: Lauren Dane
Series: Chase Brothers #01
Format: Kindle
Pages: 204
Release Date: September 19, 2006
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Source: personal copy

★★★★☆ 

Together they find a special love—can it survive the threat stalking her?

Some small towns grow really good looking men! This is the case with the four Chase brothers. The home grown hotties are on the wishlist of every single woman in town and Maggie Wright is no exception.

Maggie has finally had it with the men she’s been dating but a spilled plate of chili cheese fries drops Shane Chase right into her lap. The sheriff is hot stuff but was burned by a former fiancée and is quite happy to play the field.

After Shane’s skittishness sends him out the door, Maggie realizes that Kyle Chase has had his eye on her from the start. Now that Shane has messed up, Kyle has no intention of letting anything stop him from wooing her right into his bed.

Despite Maggie’s happiness and growing love with Kyle, a dark shadow threatens everything—she’s got a stalker and he’s not happy at all. In the end, Maggie will need her wits, strength and the love of her man to get her out alive.

My thoughts:

I read my first Lauren Dane novel, Once and Again, a few months ago, and was introduced to the charming little community of Petal, Georgia. A lot of the minor characters in that novel were members of the Chase family, so I thought I would give the actual Chase family series a try.

As a romance, I thought this was solid. It checks off all of the right boxes – instant attraction (or at least chemistry), a character (usually the woman) who doesn’t feel worthy of the other, inner conflict, and in this case, some outside conflict. And, a fair amount of sex. Somewhat explicit sex, in this case. I don’t think it rises to the level of erotica, but it’s more explicit than your run-of-the-mill Harlequin, for example.

Overall, this was exactly what I was looking for – a quick, satisfying read, even if the Chase brothers are unrealistically sappy at times. I liked the whole damn (perfect) Chase family, so I’ll be continuing this series.

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Other reviews:

  • “This might not be the most memorable Lauren Dane book I’ve ever read, but I feel it’s the beginning of a great series and I can’t wait to read all about the rest of the brothers.”Under the Covers
  • “Overall, the story was a good, quick read. I read it in one night and stayed up way too late to finish it.”My Kindle Reviews
  • “There were a couple of times I thought the story could have wrapped up sooner, but overall it wasn’t bad.” What’s On the Bookshelf

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