Chased by Lauren Dane
Series: Chase Brothers #3
Also in this series: Five Things I Love About You, Giving Chase, Taking Chase
Published by Carina Press on July 1, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Previously published; newly refreshed by author
Two days. One hotel room. Nothing but complete honesty between them.
Marc Chase is known in the small town of Petal, Georgia, for being the youngest—and some would say wildest—Chase brother. But when longtime family friend Liv Davis signs up for some personal training sessions, Marc realizes the only woman he wants has been right in front of him all along.
Mayor’s assistant Liv has been hurt too many times to let a Chase brother into her life—or into her bed. She’s ready for something more. Something she doesn’t think the six-years-younger Marc is ready to give. Until they share a wildly passionate kiss, that is. Then all bets are off.
Knowing he’ll need more than pretty words to break through Liv’s wall of heartbreak, Marc takes the gamble of his life to prove his love: two days away, full of hot sex and bared souls. But will this bet be enough to win her heart 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 other books in the series: Taking Chase, Giving Chase and Making Chase.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I have truly enjoyed reacquainting myself with the first two Chase Brothers and their stories. They are a fun, sexy, and alpha bunch. I have no memory of ever having read Marc’s book so I’m wondering if I skipped it way back when. Seeing as how it’s got an older woman/younger man scenario, it wouldn’t surprise me since that trope has never been a favorite of mine.
It’s not that I mind a good May-December romance, it’s when the heroine has a big hangup about it that my eyes get to rolling. Which is what happened here. In fact, Liv had all kinds of hangups. Marc was younger, he was a former manwhore with women falling at his feet on a regular basis and Liv had trust issues etc. etc. She was the epitome of a hot mess.
Marc and Liv had pussyfooted around each other for quite awhile, knowing they had chemistry but never committing to it. Marc came around first to the fact that Liv might be his one, but Liv went round and round with it, pretty much keeping poor Marc hanging for quite some time while she made sure there wasn’t a better alternative. I’m sure this will be a huge surprise to you but this drove me batty. I didn’t know who I wanted to throttle for half the book, her for being a wishy-washy idiot, or him for being kind of a doormat.
I would have probably liked this better if there had been some kind of suspense plot going on to liven things up like in the first two books, but alas, this was an entirely relationship driven book. The main bad guy was Liv’s hangups and fears. Because of the many issues these two had, I had a hard time envisioning them as a couple that would go the distance so I never truly connected with them.
My first thought as to a rating was 2.5 stars due to my issues with the MC’s. Upon further reflection, I decided the writing was as engaging as I expected from a Lauren Dane book. The rest of the Chase family got lots of page time and I enjoyed the easy, teasing banter that they had with each other. Because of this, I felt like it deserved more credit than I was giving it.
Rating: 3 Love Just Shouldn’t Be That Hard Stars
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