Series: Chase Brothers, #1
Author: Lauren Dane
Pages: 189 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, LTD
Release Date: September 1, 2006
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 fiancée 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.
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, everything is way over the top, so much so that almost everything fell flat. The characters almost seemed like caricatures. I love a overly possessive, stalker story as much as the next person, but that plot-line was anti-climatic...like the sex.
Maggie is a sweet lady, but she's the stereotypical high school history teacher with the high necked collars, skirts to the floor, and tortoiseshell glasses. That is, until her best friend makes her over, and all of a sudden she gets the attention of the Chase brothers. Now, Maggie's character wouldn't be complete without being ridiculed by her evil mother and sister giving her an inferiority complex that she just can't shake. Both of them are beauty queens and blonde, and they look down on poor Maggie for being a nerd with red hair. Those two are so over the top with the meanness that I couldn't find them believable at all. They both say horrendous things to Maggie...in public! They're suppose to be Southern ladies, so I could understand some backhanded compliments, but not those flat-out insults.
Maggie herself is a bundle of contradictions, but that didn't give her depth, it just made her impossible to understand and connect with. She feels completely inferior thanks to her horrible family, and yet she's super outspoken and stands up to everyone, including her mother and sister. She's never been able to do that before, but now she all of a sudden does at every turn? She also claims to not have any sexual experience, even though she takes the lead and turns out to be a complete sex bomb! AND she's convinced she's a slut/whore/hoochie (yes, she actually says hoochie) just because she's gone on dates with two brothers, who she hadn't had sex with, and who she thinks just dated her out of pity. Yeah, I don't get it.
I was hoping for a light, sexy read, and I partially got that. There's really no action until about halfway through the book, and then it's pretty tame, standard sex. There were a few "oh, they're gonna do it now" moments sprinkled through, that always got conveniently interrupted. But it's not like the build up was so hott that I felt cheated when it didn't happen. But underneath all of my complaints, there is a very sweet love story, and it wasn't a bad way to pass the time.