Slick’s Review – Giving Chase (Chase Brothers #1) by Lauren Dane

Sweet, funny, sexy, with a bit of suspense to make it interesting I still adore Giving Chase even after all these years! ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Blurb:
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.
Way back in 2007, I came across Giving Chase by Lauren Dane and I was hooked on the Chase family and Petal, Georgia. To this day this series remains one of my favorite family series because I adore the characters so much. I will say that Ms. Dane has grown as a writer by leaps and bounds since this book was written, but that is the beauty of a re-release; it allows you to appreciate where the author came from and how well she has honed her craft. That being said, I still LOVE this book. Yes, it is a little rough around the edges, yes some of the characters are bit over the top, but you know what? I don’t care because the core characters landed in my heart years ago and they remain today.

All of her life Margaret “Maggie” Wright has been treated like the ugly step sister by her mother and sister and while her father sometimes faced the wrath of her mother to treat her right for the most part Maggie lived a very lonely life. She’s at the point in her life where she wants to find someone to share it with, but the pickings are slim in Petal, Georgia except for the elusive Chase brothers.

Kyle Chase is fascinated by Maggie after she tells off his big brother Shane and he backs off when Shane asks her out, but after Shane treats her poorly, Kyle jumps in to show her that the Chase men were brought up better than that and he aims to play for keeps.

I always appreciated that this story had several layers keeping the reader on their toes; Maggie’s combative relationship with her family, the fact that a guy she dated is stalking her, Kyle dealing with Shane’s jealousy even though he was in the wrong, Maggie dealing with jealous women in town because she is dating Kyle, and Maggie finally understanding what it means to have family as Kyle’s embraces her.

I love that we saw the metamorphosis of Maggie as she began to realize her self worth and I loved that despite how hard they fell Kyle wasn’t freaked out about it despite being a serial dater. They really complemented one another and brought out the best in one another.

Sweet, funny, sexy, with a bit of suspense to make it interesting I still adore Giving Chase and can’t wait to re-read the next book in this series!

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