Chasing Claire by Paula Marinaro

March 17, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★★

Chasing Claire by Paula Marinarofour-stars
Chasing Claire Series: Hells Saints Motorcycle Club
Also in this series: Raine Falling, Taming Crow, Saving Glory
Published by Montlake Romance on March 17, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
Pages: 320
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Claire Winston knows she’s lucky to be alive—and even luckier to have the love and protection of a man like Prosper, her adoptive father and leader of the Hells Saints Motorcycle Club. Yet, try as she may, she can’t leave yesterday behind. She’s still haunted by Reno, the bad-boy biker her heart loves but her spirit fears. And she can’t seem to escape the terrifying memories of a night filled with blood, bullets, and brutality.

Hells Saints soldier Reno has tried everything with liquor and lace to get Claire off his mind. But he just can’t forget her freckles, her fierce fragility, and her tender heart. He knows he’s the only man who can give her the love she truly deserves.

As Claire and Reno spiral back into each other’s lives, they wonder if happiness is finally in their cards. But when violence once again explodes around them, Claire must decide if she really can trust Reno and commit to life with him—or if she’ll stay chained to her past forever.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

By LilyClaire pulled at my heart strings in Falling Raine last year and I was keen to hear more of her and Reno’s story. I just knew it wasn’t going to be a relationship that fell into place easy. With so much baggage from their childhood, Claire and Raine have turned out to be two strong women…well most of the time.

The Saints were all big and gorgeous in that bad boy kind of way – muscled, tattooed, and born to be wild. Every woman knew that draw, felt that pull, at least once in her life. Every good girl dreamed of being loved at least once by an outlaw man. Every bad girl lived for it.

Being part of the MC has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Seeing more than you want to see can prove daunting! It’s been a while since Reno has seen Claire and when he sets eyes on her again he reads the situation totally wrong and foolishly acts out in a way that does not go down well.

Self-preservation was screaming at me not to knock on Reno’s door. Every instinct I had was telling me that opening that door would be bad for me, bad for him, and bad for any chance we had toward working things out for the better. The more I thought about it, the more I knew that for lots of reasons, this was a very bad idea.

Unbeknownst to Claire, she strolls into the clubhouse, straight to Reno’s room planning on sharing her new plans. She hesitates. Then the decision is taken out her hands and it’s not long before all hell brakes loose between Claire, Reno and his ‘guest’. Predictably Reno and Claire aren’t in a space that evokes roses and chocolates, it does eventually bring out the sweet but not until you get past the inevitable dramas!

Prosper was my dad by choice. Having his love and respect didn’t mean just a little something to me. It meant every-thing.

You couldn’t have a story with Claire that doesn’t include Prosper and his Brothers, Dolly, Raine, Willow and Diago are there as well. The back stories that caught my attention were College life (I thought there was a major missed opportunity to focus on her tutor a little more closely) and of course Jules and Glory.  There was angst between those two that left me wanting so much more!

 “I can see by those leathers that your brothers  are wearing that you boys don’t exactly run with the choir boys”  

A good blend of club and biker that included the brotherhood support with all the raw emotions. At times the story felt a little slow but never to the extent I wasn’t happy to keep reading. The ending however had me flipping back and forward to make sure I didn’t miss something! After double checking, I got it but it seemed there should have been another chapter. There was that ‘event’ that we didn’t get to see. And of course that emergency trip overseas which I’m assuming will be the segway to the next book in this series! So a bit of a cliffy but not so bad that I’m full of what ifs that I can’t wait for the next book.

What I loved: 

  • Non verbal communication between Reno and Claire
  • Claire’s tree tattoo and it’s symbolism
  • Prosper -he’s a tough lovable father that gives good advice
  • Reno being there for her on her first day at college
  • Banter between Claire and her tutor – would have been fun to expand on that relationship

What I struggled with:

  • The ending, I had to read it a couple of times…
  • Reno misunderstanding Claire and his initial whoring ways of wiping her from his mind – yeah, that worked well…

Lily’s Rating: 4.5 Stars

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