Making Chase by Lauren Dane
Series: Chase Brothers #4
Also in this series: Five Things I Love About You, Giving Chase, Taking Chase
Published by Carina Press on August 27, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Previously published; newly refreshed by author.
The Chase boys. Ridiculously hot and notoriously single.
All of Petal, Georgia, is waiting for the last Chase brother to fall. At least, that’s how it feels to firefighter Matt Chase, who’s getting a little anxious himself. His brothers have all found love—why hasn’t he? But fate, in the form of a curvaceous hairdresser, is about to change that.
Salon owner Tate Murphy has come a long way from her trailer-park roots, taking care of her seven siblings along the way. Even though she’s put the past behind her, she knows someone like Matt Chase is way out of her league. But that doesn’t stop her from getting a good eyeful every chance she gets.
When a car accident throws them together, Tate gets more than an eyeful—she gets the whole package. Not that she’s complaining. But when small-town bias and her own insecurities get in the way of their relationship, Matt will have to prove he doesn’t care where she came from…only where she goes.
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 Chased.
This book is approximately 70,000 words
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Someone posted a new topic on one of my Goodreads groups last week that this book for me was a perfect example of. The question was “Have you ever changed your rating of a book on a reread”. After reading Making Chase it’s a resounding yes. I read this the first time back in 2014 and gave it 4 stars. I’m now wondering if I read it post-surgery, because even though my tastes have changed since then, they haven’t changed that much. I’ve always liked strong, smart heroines, and Tate was not one. At all.
I get that she was physically and emotionally abused as a kid and was raised by the town drunk and his whorish wife. I admire the fact that she took on caring for her younger siblings and made herself a target so they could thrive. What I don’t get was her going back to her parents and allowing herself to continue to be a target. Visiting them to get her parent’s signature on her youngest sibling’s financial papers for college…yes. Going over there to referee a fight between her parents knowing they’d just target her instead of each other…hell no. Allowing herself to be blackmailed by her dad…seriously. No.
“Matthew Chase! You can’t love me. I’m a fat little nobody from a horrible family from the wrong side of the road.”
She also had this poor little me thing going on that was a serious turn-off. She thought she was fat and unworthy, thoughts her drunk of a father put in her head. She nourished that ugliness, making an art form out of feeling sorry for herself about it amongst other things. In her mind, she wasn’t worthy of a Chase brother because of how she was raised and what she looked like. In my mind, she wasn’t worthy of a Chase brother because she was TSTL and spent her life having a huge pity party.
What was worse was everyone else’s reactions to her weight, and I’m not just talking about the town’s mean girls (who were eye-roll inducing on their own). Even Polly Chase was in on it saying she wasn’t as “comely” as other women that Chase had dated and that he’d have to face those facts in order to deal with the fallout. I was floored at how anti-big girl this book was even though it was trying to be the opposite.
The best part about this book was time spent with the other couples and getting to see them happily married with lots of babies. If it hadn’t been for that, this would have been a DNF. I really can’t fathom why I gave this 4 stars the first time. I love most of Lauren Dane’s books, but this one didn’t work for me.
Rating: 2 One Big Pity Party Stars
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