Title: Taking Chase
Author: Lauren Dane
First published November 21, 2006
253 pages, Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781599983837 (ISBN10: 1599983834)
After surviving a traumatic experience with her ex-husband, Cassie is starting over in the small town of Petal, Georgia. She’s determined to keep a low profile and avoid any entanglements, but the town sheriff, Shane Chase, has other plans.
Despite Cassie’s reservations, she can’t help but be drawn to Shane’s protective nature and rugged good looks. However, when Cassie’s past catches up with her, she must rely on Shane’s help to stay alive.
As they race against time to uncover the truth, Cassie and Shane find themselves falling for each other. But will Cassie’s fear of being controlled and Shane’s fear of commitment keep them apart?
This steamy romance novel contains explicit sex, graphic language, and some violent situations.
About the Author
Since she was old enough to hold a pencil, Lauren Dane has been crafting stories. In fact, even before that, she would tell tales to anyone who would listen.
It’s no surprise that she still loves to talk, but now she’s grateful that she can share her writing with others.
Lauren wears many hats: she’s a devoted mother, a loyal partner, a cherished best friend, and a beloved daughter. She resides in the stunning yet damp Pacific Northwest, and spends her late nights writing away after putting her children to bed.
Despite the late hours, she feels incredibly fortunate to be living such a fulfilling life.
Taking Chase by Lauren Dane is a contemporary romance novel first published on November 21, 2006. As a romance novel, it falls within the broad genre of popular fiction that tends to focus on the development of a romantic relationship between two or more central characters.
Lauren Dane is a prolific author known for writing steamy, emotionally charged romance novels that center on strong, independent heroines and the alpha males who love them. Set in the fictional Pacific Northwest town of Petal, Taking Chase revolves around the complicated relationship between Shane Chase and his estranged wife, Cassie.
After years of living apart, Shane returns home to Petal to rebuild his family’s business and try to win back Cassie’s heart. However, Cassie is not easily swayed, and the couple must navigate a web of family secrets, small-town politics, and personal baggage if they hope to reconcile.
Dane’s writing style is accessible and engaging, with a focus on dialogue that propels the story forward. The novel is fast-paced and emotionally intense, with plenty of steamy scenes to satisfy readers looking for a bit of romance.
One of the strengths of the book is Dane’s ability to create nuanced, multifaceted characters that feel like real people. Despite its many strengths, Taking Chase is not without its flaws.
Some readers have criticized the novel for its portrayal of a problematic relationship dynamic between Cassie and Shane, arguing that the book romanticizes unhealthy behavior. Others have noted that the pacing of the novel can be uneven at times, with some sections feeling rushed while others drag on.
Overall, Taking Chase is an enjoyable, emotionally charged romance novel that will appeal to fans of the genre. While the book may not be perfect, it is a well-crafted example of popular fiction that explores themes of love, family, and forgiveness.
Readers looking for a steamy, engaging read will likely find much to enjoy in Dane’s work. Rating: 3.5/5 stars.
While Taking Chase is not a perfect book, it is an enjoyable read that brings a fresh perspective to the romance genre. Despite some flaws, the novel is well-written and engaging, with well-crafted characters and a compelling storyline.
Recommended for fans of contemporary romance looking for a fun and emotionally charged read.