Chased

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Liv Davis has just about given up on her happily ever after. Burned by love more than once, she's beginning to think Mr. Right isn't in the cards for her.Marc Chase is a confirmed bachelor and lover of women-lots of them. He's determined not to fall head over heels the way his brothers have. Until he kisses Olivia Davis and realizes head over heels may not be such a bad thing after all.Can Liv open her scarred heart for this younger ladies' man? She loves Marc more than she can begin to admit but she's terrified ...

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Chased (Chase Brothers Series #3)

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Overview

Liv Davis has just about given up on her happily ever after. Burned by love more than once, she's beginning to think Mr. Right isn't in the cards for her.Marc Chase is a confirmed bachelor and lover of women-lots of them. He's determined not to fall head over heels the way his brothers have. Until he kisses Olivia Davis and realizes head over heels may not be such a bad thing after all.Can Liv open her scarred heart for this younger ladies' man? She loves Marc more than she can begin to admit but she's terrified of being rejected again. Marc faces a challenge greater than he's ever faced before: making a woman believe he's more than just a great bedmate-making her believe he's in it for good.In the end it will all come down to two days in a hotel and a bet. Can they both win?

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"This has been a terrific series thus far and Chased adds another great layer of family drama and humor. Lauren Dane definitely stands out in contemporary romance as a shining star." —-The Romance Studio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599986319
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Chase Brothers Series , #3
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 234,715
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Dane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many novels and novellas in a variety of genres, including the Bound by Magick novels, the Cascadia Wolves series, and the Chase Brothers series. She lives in the Northwest with her husband and children. Aletha George grew up in a home surrounded by romance-shelves of it, Avon, Ballantine, Harlequin-and the classic movies of the 1940s and '50s. She is a passionate reader, writer, and audiobook narrator. She believes in happily ever after.

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Chased


By Lauren Dane

Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Copyright © 2007 Lauren Dane
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59998-631-9


Chapter One

"Hey there. Whatcha doing in here?"

She nearly jumped out of her skin when Marc spoke behind her as she left the building on the side away from the crowds. "Jeez, give a girl a heart attack!"

"Sorry. I ran to my truck to grab a blanket. It's getting a bit cold. Should have known. It is mid-April."

He made no move to leave though. Standing there, staring at her mouth in the moonlight.

"Do I have sugar on my lips?" She felt slightly guilty for eating the popover and made a promise to herself to go and grab Bill a piece of something sweet.

He stepped forward and she had no place to go, the wall was at her back. "I don't know. Do you?" he murmured, his body just shy of touching hers.

"I ... uh." Before she could say anything else so spectacularly witty, he closed the last inch between them, his hand moving to cup her cheek.

"You're one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. I've always thought so. Soft. You smell good too."

"Marc ..."

His lips brushed hers, just the barest hint of pressure but within a breath, that soft touch exploded and need so dire it scared her, welled up and swallowed her whole.

It must have been the same for him because he angled his mouth and went in for a real kiss this time. A skillful combination of teeth, tongue and lips all working to devastate her defenses. Her fingers gripped his shoulders, digging into the muscles, registering the softness of the sweater he was wearing.

His taste bloomed through her, spicy, delicious. It made something deep within her ache for a moment, seize and then warm all over. A soft moan escaped her and he swallowed it eagerly.

His hands, large and capable, held her hips, the tips of his thumbs stroking over the naked skin just beneath the hem of her sweater, just two inches shy of the bottom slope of her breasts.

That's what snapped her out of it, the longing, the yearning to reach down and move his hands up over her breasts and arch into his touch. She let go of his shoulders, sliding her palms down to push him back gently.

"Holy moley," Marc breathed out.

She nodded.

"When can you leave? We can go get a late drink somewhere or you could come to my place." Marc brushed a thumb over her bottom lip and she shivered.

"I'm here on a date, Marc. God, I shouldn't have done that." Especially because it awakened something deep inside her, a recognition that freaked her out. It was something she couldn't afford to feel. He wasn't capable of giving it back.

"Of course you should have. Olivia, this thing, that kiss has been brewing between the two of us for a long time now and you know it. We can go to dinner another night. I'm sorry for suggesting you dump your date. I know you're too kind to do that."

"I can't have dinner with you, Marc. Not tonight, not tomorrow night."

"Okay, well then come to my apartment. I'll make you dinner after I've had you three or four times." He grinned and she groaned, pushing him back so she could move away from the wall. She felt cornered in more ways than one. She vowed to eat a cupcake that very night. Two even. This addiction to dangerously handsome men without an ounce of desire to commit would be the death of her.

"There'll be no having!"

"Oh now, Olivia, don't be offended. I didn't mean it to sound crass."

She shoved a hand through her hair. "No, not that. I'm not offended. I'm flattered. Confused." Panicked, scared, freaked, aroused and a dozen other things it would not pay to feel. "But it can't happen, Marc. Not ever."

He narrowed his eyes at her. "You're joking. Olivia Davis, that was the single most hottest kiss I've ever shared with a woman and you were on fire in my arms. I felt your nipples through your sweater. You wanted me, you can't deny that."

Oy. "I'm not denying that. Yes, yes there's chemistry but there are too many reasons to not give in."

He put his hands on his hips. "Like what? You're single, I'm single. We're attracted to each other and you know we're going to be hot in bed together."

"Marc, you're too young for me. I'm six years older than you are. And," she held up her hand to silence him, "I've just recently decided that I'm done with casual relationships. I am not going out with another man who thinks of women as a box of chocolates and he has to sample every one. I want something real, something lasting and that's not what you want. I'm not judging you, Marc, but I want a relationship. I want to end up married."

He paled so much she could see it in the moonlight. She laughed tightly. She'd known it but it hurt to see his reaction anyway.

"See? Even the word freaks you out. You and I are friends. We really are and I like that. I like you. But this can't be more than a friendship, spectacular kiss or not. Now I have a date who'll be wondering where I am and you do too if I'm not mistaken. I'll see you on Monday when I come to work out."

She hurried off before she changed her mind.

Watching her walk away, Marc slammed his fist into his thigh in frustration. Friends? After that kiss? His lips tingled with her taste, his cock throbbed, pressing against the fly of his jeans.

"Too young my ass," he mumbled, heading back to where Becky Sue waited for him. It wasn't like Liv was old. She was gorgeous and totally in shape. He knew that for sure. He'd seen her body enough as he worked with her over the last month.

Images of her stretching and sweating assailed him until he pushed them firmly out of his mind or he'd go find her and fuck her against the trunk of the nearest tree. God, he wanted her bad and he knew she wanted him too. That was the kicker. This artificial barrier she'd created over their age difference was just dumb and she was using it to keep him away.

As he turned the corner he saw her with Bill, head tipped up, body leaning into his as they watched the sky. As if Marc had called her name, she turned toward him. Her gaze caught his for long moments until she let go and returned her attention to the fireworks.

Frustrated, he glanced back toward the blankets where Becky Sue waited with Cassie, Shane, Maggie and Kyle. He smiled when he caught Kyle placing his palms over Maggie's growing baby bump. They were good together.

He froze a moment. Marriage? Liv said she wanted long term. Said she wanted to get married. Okay, so he wasn't too young to have a nice fling with her but he was definitely not interested in marriage. Yikes. No, he'd go back to being her friend, sport a few furtive fantasies about bedding her and continue on with his happily unencumbered life. Marriage was for suckers and he was most certainly not a sucker. Yeah, sure.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent Read

    I enjoyed this book! I have read most of Lauren Dane's books and this one is good!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Not all that

    The book was hard to get through. I like more action in the books I read. There really wasn't much at all going on with the characters except sex and that was boring. It did have one place that was heart touching and that saved the book. All in all I was disapointed because the first two were good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!

    First time reading this author and I loved the first series of the Chase Brothers. I could not put this book down, I had to buy the rest of the series. Bought the rest of the books on Saturday and just finished the lost one. Read the first book and I promise you, you will want to buy the rest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Hmmmm. There is a great deal of telling more than showing in thi

    Hmmmm. There is a great deal of telling more than showing in this book on the emotionial level and in character development and it kept me for completely engage in the romance. 




    I also felt that while Liv was forced to own up to her issues, Marc got away with not doing that in a real way and that made this book less satisfying than it could have been.




    It is still a nice read in the series. The last book is actually my favorite though. 




    If you like small town romances with close families, you will enjoy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Darkheart

    Darkheart smiled. "Thank you!" He responded, purring. <p> May take a shower..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Aspen

    Laughed, nuzzling him. <p>

    Okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Loved this book

    I have enjoyed all the Chase books so far, but this one has been my favorite so far. Marc was an amazing character, loving kind and strong. I am glad he never gave up on Liv.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Ok

    Really no plot to speak of. Great sex scenes. Not a re-read for me.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    It was an ok book deff not as good as books 1&2. Liv was awf

    It was an ok book deff not as good as books 1&amp;2. Liv was awful.Gota love Marc tough.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Excellent Book!!

    Excellent Book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Fun

    Loved this one too. Great characters.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Loved this book also.Marc is def by far my fav chase brother!!!

    Loved this book also.Marc is def by far my fav chase brother!!! The
    series has not disappointed me at all. Love that this was story about a
    woman that needs to trust and know that she can be loved. A great book
    in this series. Was my favorite so far of the books. I loved Marc and
    Liv!!! Can't wait for the next book of the series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Good Read / Highly Reccomend

    Two people attracted to each other, but both are scared.
    **Liv is scared that she can't give her heart because everyone always leaves or cheats and she's hurt.
    **Marc is living in the shadows of his brothers and does not want to get married until the kiss between he and Liv.
    **Anything worth having is worth fighting for. I really enjoyed this book. It was a lend me from a friend and I was suprised becauise this was my first read by Lauren Dane and it will not be my last. I read the Chase Brother Series out of order, but I doubt that matters because I am about to read the first 2. Thanks for letting me borrow the book.
    Happy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Chase

    Kitchen...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    deprived

    I should not have bought all four based on the sample. Still have not completely finished

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    The Chase brothers

    Racy but great series. Can not wait to see who Matt finds as his true love book #4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    recommend

    great read

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    LOVE IT !!!!

    I loved this book....HOT HOT HOT....Must read the series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Hot and steamy!!!

    I love the series. Love the people of Pedal. Love Polly. This one is my favorite cause Marc is just determined to get Liv. He has a no nonsense approach and refuses to give up on her no matter how hard she fights it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

    Loved every word!

    I have read the first two books of the Chase series (and of course this one #3). Each book is awesome and fun to read. In fact I had a hard time putting the books down. The characters are so genuine and incredibly likable. I promise you will be all steamed up one minute and laughing the next. Great combination. This book has it all. You want to fall in love with the guys and go out for drinks with the girls. You cannot help but to fall in love with the characters. Lauren Dane does an amazing job and is now on my "Favorites" list. Enjoy the book. I know I did. Now on to #4...

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