Giving Chase (Chase Brothers #1) by Lauren Dane

Publication Date: September 1st, 2006
Samhain Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 2 out of 5 Stars

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 fiancie 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.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and some violent situations.

Well, this series didn’t really start off with a bang. I failed to understand how a heroine could go to swooning over one brother and then doing a switcheroo by loving the other brother. What’s up with that? I mean, sure, she’s entitled to change her mind but come on.  Why can’t you just get to the point of the story which was Maggie and Kyle? Why bother set me up to fall in love with the idea of Maggie and Shane only to let it all turn to dust? [Sigh] Don’t get me wrong, Kyle is no slouch; I just didn’t like the build up and I felt like I was duped. Anyway.

There is something about Ms. Dane’s narrative that didn’t sound like she’s a natural at telling a story. As a result, the first book to this series was hardly enjoyable and far from remarkable. There are hundreds of authors writing hundreds of books in this genre; you’d have to offer more to the readers in order for us to come back. I’m a little worried that my July Addiction choice would not end well.

Maggie and Shane’s angle didn’t really make sense to me. It was like a trial and error of sort that ended conveniently…okay. To be honest, the whole story felt like a filler instead of a novel. Is it possible to feel about a book like that? The story is about them and yet, it felt like it wasn’t. Not really. I’d hope that the story will get better but it didn’t.

I also had a problem with Maggie’s vitriol mother and sister. Their sharp tongues and rude behaviours were unreal. I’m sorry, but that kind of childish public display of belittling only happens in high school. In fact, they both sounded like queen bees of the quad if you ask me. And ohhhhhhmyyyyGod. Are they immature.

VERDICT: Since this was one of Lauren Dane’s earlier work, I’m going to ignore how amateurish the writing was. I’m going to persevere and continue on with this series and see how well her writing has improved. Overall, this book is your below-average romantic novel. The book was passable enough – if you’re looking for a temporary enjoyment. Not magnificent by any stretch of imagination but it’s good enough to distract you even for just a few seconds.