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Taking Chase by Lauren Dane
Chase Brothers series, Book 2
Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1-59998-301-X
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

Cassie Gambol’s first day in Petal, Georgia doesn’t go as planned.  Wanting nothing more than to quietly find her new apartment, her car is hit from behind by a tiny virago with bouffant hair.  Then, to make matters worse, the woman’s son is the sheriff and he is looking at her quite intensely.  He sets her on edge and feelings she thought long dormant reappear, but Cassie knows that in order to heal, she has to take things one day at a time and stop being scared.

Shane Chase is instantly attracted to the beauty that his mother rear-ended with her car.  He wants to know more about her, but she avoids answering personal questions and seems very ill at ease with him.  Wondering if maybe she doesn’t like him, he is disheartened but yearns to find out the truth.  What he finally finds out makes him want to resort to his own brand of violence and Shane vows then and there that no one will hurt his Cassie again, ever.

Cassie and Shane slowly explore their feelings for each other.  Both are stubborn and pride often gets in the way.  Just when they come to grips with the emotional intensity of their feelings, Cassie’s past catches up to her and the only person she can depend on is herself.

Taking Chase called out to my heart with the first scene.  When I started reading, I could not believe the change in the man I loved to hate, Shane Chase.  Still angry at his meanness in Giving Chase, I made myself give him another chance and I do not regret this decision for a moment.  Shane is the ultimate stubborn hero.  Content to chase away Cassie's demons, he found redemption in allowing Cassie the freedom of healing.  Cassie Gambol.  What a fighter she was.  Her triumph over adversity made me proud.  Scarred, scared, and oftentimes hurting, the words, “uncommon valor” come to mind when I think of her.  She humbled me with her spirit.

Taking Chase by Lauren Dane is book 2 of the Chase Brothers series and it is one of those books that you must read over and over. I found it hard to breathe at times because I was so caught up in the story.  As Taking Chase unfolded, a sense of calm invaded my soul and I happily continued the ride.  Lauren Dane’s writing continues to amaze me, and it gives me great pleasure to Joyfully Recommend Taking Chase!



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