Giving Chase by Lauren Dane
Series: Chase Brothers #1
Also in this series: Five Things I Love About You, Taking Chase
Published by Carina Press on February 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Previously published; newly refreshed by author
The Chase boys. Ridiculously hot and notoriously single.
When landscaper Kyle Chase takes notice of Maggie Wright, all of Petal, Georgia, wonders what the quiet schoolteacher is hiding underneath her tight bun and boring blouses. Even Maggie doesn’t quite get it, but after a failed relationship and a disastrous attempt to get back out there, she’s no match against the famous Chase charm, and Kyle has it in spades.
Kyle wants Maggie in his life—and in his bed—and he doesn’t mind getting down and dirty to prove it. For years he’s avoided the kind of trouble that comes with “good girls” like her, but Maggie’s the best trouble he’s ever been in. He craves more of it. And more of her.
But even as their love grows into thoughts of forever, a hidden danger from Maggie’s past threatens to tear them apart. And when Maggie suddenly disappears, Kyle must put his faith in his family and race to save the love of his life before he loses her forever.
The Chase is on. One small town. Four hot brothers. And enough heat to burn up anyone who dares to get close. Don’t miss the next books: Taking Chase, Chased and Making Chase.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’m really enjoying these re-release ARCs as they are like going back to your hometown for a visit. You get to sit for a spell and reacquaint yourself with old friends and that’s always a fun thing to do. Giving Chase was probably the first Lauren Dane book I read long enough ago that it’s actually on my very first eReader, an old Nook. I loved the small town aspect of the story, and it had a bit of suspense to it, both things I’ve always enjoyed in my books. Once I’d read all the Chase Brothers series, I discovered her paranormal books and devoured her backlist.
I loved that Maggie actually dated one brother before falling in love with Kyle. It was handled well and never felt like a love triangle. This is mainly because when Shane screwed up, he did it in a huge way so that door was not just closed – it was sealed shut. Kyle, close to his family, wisely waited a bit before making his move. Because of this, it felt more like an interesting twist than an angst fest.
Kyle was just absolutely swoon-worthy. Once he decided he would take a shot, he set out to woo his woman in a way that would do any southern mama proud. Just like all his brothers, he’d always had it pretty easy with women. He’d never seriously dated one, and certainly never had to work for one, but he was all in when it came to Maggie. He was gentle when she needed it and extremely protective even when it meant taking on her own family. Needless to say, Maggie was one lucky woman.
Maggie had a tough upbringing with the mother and sister from hell. Because of this, she had an inferiority complex that did get on my nerves a bit. She also aired her mother issues at the drop of a hat which I found a bit odd. When she wasn’t stressing about that I liked her. She was a bit of a lost one but blossomed under Kyle’s care.
I loved Kyle’s family and some of Maggie’s friends. Each of the brothers has their own distinct personality and I even found myself liking Shane at the end despite his asshattery. The suspense aspect didn’t necessarily have me on the edge of my seat, but it had just enough action to keep things interesting.
I enjoyed this little blast from the past and am thrilled these books are being brought back to life. Yeah, I could see some dusty corners and maybe an outdated window dressing or two in this little trip down memory lane, but the story felt just as sweet, the chemistry was just as hot, and at the end, I was smiling just like the first time I read it.
Rating: 4 Catching Up With Old Friends Stars
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