Chasing Me: Sex on the Beach

Chasing Me: Sex on the Beach

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by Jennifer Probst
     
 

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It was supposed to be a love story....
I knew she was out of my league but I didn't care. Looking back, I wonder if I hadn't pursued her, would things have turned out differently? Is it Fate that determines our choices in life? God? Free will? Or just plain old innate selfishness?
I got her, of course. There hadn't been a girl I wasn't able to seduce. Problem

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It was supposed to be a love story....
I knew she was out of my league but I didn't care. Looking back, I wonder if I hadn't pursued her, would things have turned out differently? Is it Fate that determines our choices in life? God? Free will? Or just plain old innate selfishness?
I got her, of course. There hadn't been a girl I wasn't able to seduce. Problem was she seduced me right back, body, mind, and soul. She possessed me, tormented me, and showed me a world that was so bright and pure I was almost blinded.
Didn't she know after such a drug I could never settle for less? Didn't she realize no matter how many times I screwed up, or broke her heart, or bent her to my will, I'd never be able to let her go?
If I hadn't known such intensity existed, would it have been better for both of us?
True love, the real kind, isn't nice and sweet and pure. No, it's dirty, and sinful, and messy. It's like ripping a chunk of flesh from your body and watching yourself bleed out in slow, helpless intervals until you thankfully pass out.
This isn't a love story. But it's the only story I got.

James and Quinn steam up the pages again in Chasing Me. Their chemistry will pull you in and keep you on the edge of your seat in this deliciously sexy story of love, trust, and forgiveness. --NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Kelly Elliott

"Probst brought an unexpected edge to CHASING ME. She tests her characters' loyalty, trust and love for each other, making readers question the outcome of the story.
I held my breath with anticipation from the beginning until the very last page. Fans of Quinn and James will not be disappointed!" -- Under the Covers Book Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621252368
Publisher:
Cool Gus Publishing
Publication date:
02/24/2015
Pages:
156
Sales rank:
635,794
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Probst is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of both sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her novel, The Marriage Bargain, was the #6 Bestselling Book on Amazon for 2012. Her first children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, was co-written with her 12 year old niece, and her short story, "A Life Worth Living" chronicles the life of a shelter dog. She makes her home in New York with her sons, husband, two rescue dogs, and a house that never seems to be clean. She loves hearing from all readers! Stop by her website at http://www.jenniferprobst.com for all her upcoming releases, news and street team information.

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Chasing Me: Sex on the Beach 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
James Hunt comes from a wealthy, influential family, and has never wanted for anything, but his passion for the visual arts doesn't belong in that upper-echelon world. When he risks losing the woman he loves more than anything else, he moves to Chicago to begin study in his art at the Brush Institute and to be with her, to prove himself worthy. Maybe he has no idea how to do that, after all. With his art teacher keeping him constantly off-balance and the pressure to support himself weighing more and more heavily on him, stress makes him suspicious and difficult to live with, even for Quinn. Quinn Harmon is nearing graduation, delighted to be living in Chicago with her boyfriend James. She's working at a rehab clinic, hoping for a full-time position when she graduates, and juggling part-time work in addition to her time with James. But things aren't what they used to be between them. James is secretive, holding back, and she has no idea why. Can they overcome the increasingly overwhelming obstacles to stay together? New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst presents CHASING ME, the sequel to her renowned BEYOND ME in her scintillating Sex on the Beach series. Though CHASING ME is a sequel, as aforementioned, Probst expertly handled its writing such that any reader can pick it up and step right into the immediate story without having read the prior book, although reading both in order certainly only improves the experience. She uses the contemporary romance format to explore themes of insecurity, fear, self-doubt, ambition, the definition of success, love, lust, sacrifice, betrayal, and more. In Quinn, readers have a sweet, dedicated, hard-working woman for whom to cheer, as she works to achieve her dreams in her chosen field and to support and encourage the man she loves. Meanwhile, James is by far the edgier character, not only in terms of his obsessive sexual desire and passion for Quinn but also in regard to his emotional stability, mercurial temperament, and overall cynical outlook, all of which he struggles to pour into his art, to his creations' detriment. For those who read the first book and perhaps came to know James as someone who had no problems toeing and even occasionally crossing the line between the lip of the precipice and a deliberate dive over the edge, he spends a great deal of this second book playing it safe in all aspects of his life based on a number of false assumptions. (You know what they say about making assumptions, after all.) Chicago certainly turns out to be a different milieu for him. If you don't mind spicy eroticism, a survey of some of the typical societal issues that new adults face, and a fair amount of emotional and psychological suspense, then CHASING ME is one romance you won't want to miss. # # # Author: Jennifer Probst Title: CHASING ME ASIN: B00SX6KIAK Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the connection between quinn and james...such an amazing story of true love...cant wait for more
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
Great sequel! I enjoyed the story and the angst!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read more about Quinn and James. They met last year on spring break. Quinn has returned home to Chicago and James has decided to follow her there. They are both still in school and trying to make their relationship work. This is an emotional roller coaster with their relationship, jobs and friends. Get ready for a fun, sexy journey with these two. I highly recommend this book. along with the first book in the series, Beyond Me part of sex on the Beach. How can you wrong when they eat at Gino's East in Chicago and have deep dish pizza.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Probst brought an unexpected edge to CHASING ME. She tests her characters’ loyalty, trust and love for each other making readers question the outcome of the story.  I held my breath with anticipation from the beginning until the very last page.  Fans of Quinn and James will not be disappointed. Chasing Me is the second installment in Quinn and James story in Jennifer Probst’s Sex on the Beach series.  Though the sequel to Beyond Me was not a need, it was a pleasant surprise.  I enjoyed Quinn and James before and getting more of their story was a great treat. The story starts shortly after Quinn and James’ happy-every-after in Beyond ME.  Obviously, despite their HEA, life goes on.  After moving to Chicago, they will encounter life troubles of insecurities and trust.  Rightly so, considering how they had a rough start.  While Quinn starts her career, James struggles to adjust to his new life without his trust fund and weekend parties.  Making a name for himself without his parents’ connection and money will be a big hit on him but he is determined to make it work.  A very commendable move on his part but working hard is not what he’s used to, and problems will arise.  Quinn, on the other hand, still has her head on straight.  She’s planned out her moves from the very beginning, and she is following through.  Unfortunately, with James in the picture, moving forward will not be as smooth as she planned. I enjoyed seeing their story unfold in this book. The struggles were real, and so were the insecurities.  I love what James has done to his life, and I love that he is trying his best for the better.  Quinn, well, she was a bit different in this book.  She is still very smart and very driven, but her ambitions were too high almost taking away her very nice persona.  Almost. Because I didn’t expect a sequel to Beyond Me, I had no idea where Ms. Probst was leading the story or this series of that matter.  I was actually bracing myself for cliffhanger thinking  a possibility for the third book.  Unfortunately, I can’t confirm a third book, simply because I don’t know, but I can tell you that there is no cliffhanger in this book.  I’ve always enjoyed Jennifer Probst writing, and though this is not my favorite of her books, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Looking forward to more of her work. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read. Chasing Me is an emotional, touching read. James (poor rich boy) & Quinn's relationship is tested as insecurities are brought to the forefront. TIME is the determining factor in this story whether it be timing or amount needed to cultivate this relationship. A beautifully written deep and moving story of staying true to oneself.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Awesome read! After meeting in Key West during last years spring break, a young couple, Quinn & James, struggle with finding their way in life and their relationship. James moved to Chicago to be with Quinn and is struggling with being the man he thinks Quinn deserves. Quinn is still in school, working hard and trying to find the time to just be with and enjoy James but she feels something is different. Great story with a wonderful romance at the core. I highly recommend this one!!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Probst, Jen McLaughlin and Jenna Bennett have each written two books in the Sex on the Beach series. Chasing Me is Ms. Probst's second contribution, and the story picks up after Beyond Me's happily ever after. This book is all about Quinn and James's relationship after Key West, as they begin their life together in Quinn's hometown of Chicago. Quinn is extremely busy completing her undergraduate degree, while working two jobs as a care giver in an alcohol clinic and a geriatric center. She loves helping people and takes everything she is involved with very seriously, which of course includes James, the love of her life. James is trying to find his way in a new city, by giving up his trust fund, working tenuously to become a successful artist, while struggling to make ends meet with his job as a barrister. He wants to be successful on his own, earning a living with his art while loving Quinn. This is both a hot and emotional love story. Quinn and James have amazing chemistry and Ms. Probst does an excellent job of combining scorching sexy times with raw emotion. The book is nicely-written and steamy, with a feeling of hope and optimism running through it. Ms. Probst creates wonderful, realistic characters that are both interesting and engaging. I really liked this story and plan to read the entire series in addition to anything else Ms. Probst pens. This book may be enjoyed as a standalone. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Quinn and James, to me, sounded and acted as a real couple, with their ups and downs and insecurities like all couples in new relationships have. This is the second book in the series so reading the first one isn't that important but it might be helpful. It reminds me of life right out of college or being in your mid-twenties, as you are trying to figure out what you want to do and trying to balance that life with your personal life. Very emotional and poignant and it was a different foray into an area that I don't read very much. Not that I don't want to but that I get into a rut and just stick with stories that I like.
tasha0508 More than 1 year ago
This book was beyond emotional. The joy of a new relationship, the doubts, the insecurities. Trying to find your way in the world and how to maneuver this new relationship and your career. They went through it. There was alot of second guess (mainly on James part). There was a lot of love. There was hurt. As i got closer to the end of the book my heart was racing. I felt like i was experiencing the emotions. Quinn stood by James. She believed that love could conquer all (seriously how many of us go into a relationship with this mind set). James meant well. But he needed to work on his own issues and what he wanted before he could do anything else. he was too easily influence by others because every time someone but a bug in, he believed. But there is still an HEA. Loves does conquer all. He found his strength and his happiness and went after what he wanted. Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and wanted more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James and Quinn had fun in the sun in the first book. In Chasing Me they find that real life is hard on love. They have to make time for each other, prioritize and forgive. Each one has to work through their own self doubts and rememeber it was more than physical attraction between them, though there are still plenty of those. This book, this series, is a good read. 
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
James and Quinn's story now continues in Chicago. The idyllic atmosphere of Key West is replaced with the reality of earning a living, studying and dealing with the problems of every day life. Their love is still strong and growing. That primal attraction continues to electrify them and their passion knows no bounds. With reality come insecurities. James is dealing as best he can with the changes he must make in order to pursue a more normal life. He has not touched hi trust fund, which means he is struggling like everyone else to make ends meet. This is totally contrary to the live he has known. It is quite an adjustment to work in a cafe as barista, deal with working with his hands preparing coffee for the students. He stays true to his dream of fame and fortune and deals with long hours at work in order to make a living. This story is so emotional. Both Quinn and James are now growing up and fighting for the dreams they have. There are obstacles, temptation, and the negative attitude of parents and advisers. To the world, they appear to be too young to take such a risk with each other. To them, they need each other like they need the oxygen they breathe. Jennifer Probst has given us here a story of true love. She describes the struggles of these two young characters with such realism, you will not be able to stop thinking about your own life and how you accomplished your dreams. This is also a story of determination and moral strength I would not hesitate to recommend to all over the age of 18.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series when I read it last year. There was just something refreshing (and super sexy) about James and Quinn's story in Beyond Me. When I finished I wanted more of their story so I was thrilled to learn there would be a sequel. After reading the blurb, however, I was more than a little concerned. It made the book sound pretty dire, didn't it?  Well, much to my relief, it wasn't. It wasn't all sunshine, puppies and rainbows for James and Quinn as they adjusted to life in Chicago together, but it all rang so very true. It was obvious how much they loved each other. It was just outside forces like family, professors and co-workers who were causing the trouble this time around. And boy did the tick me off. I wanted to scream at all of the secondary characters in this book. You know when you watch a scary movie and you're like "NO! DON'T GO IN THERE!" ... that was me reading this book. I could see the trouble coming a mile away, but I had no way to protect James and Quinn.  There was definitely some relationship drama in this book, but I didn't find it too angsty. There were also some fantastic moments between James and Quinn. And the sexy times? Holy hell. I thought the first book was hot, but dang. This one was even hotter. Sweet James is nice, but dominating James is even hotter. *fans self*  I definitely enjoyed this one. It was a short book that I devoured in a little over an hour. To be honest, I didn't initially love the idea of James and Quinn's relationship being put to the test, but I really liked the direction the story took. Like I said above, it never felt overly angsty or forced. Chasing Me was a great addition to the Sex on the Beach series. I just love Jennifer's writing. I really need to read more of her books. I've only read four, but I've enjoyed all of them.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Liza_Flor More than 1 year ago
Sweet but I needed more. Beyond Me was my favorite on the first installment of the Sex on the Beach series. However, Chasing Me left me with an okay feeling that I'm not okay with. It was an endearing story and I was so excited to read more of Quinn and James. I think I expected a lot. Although, the romance and the sweetness were retained. James was fogged by his insecurities and doubt while Quinn kept supporting him with or without money. I still adore them as a couple. I hope I got more heartache but for a short story, this was an enjoyable and easy read nevertheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Probst's new book, “Chasing Me,” part of the Sex on the Beach series, is a wonderful read.  I previously read Jennifer’s “Beyond Me,” which I also thought was fantastic.  If you are anything like me and love a good series, then I suggest you read both “Beyond Me” and "Chasing Me” - in that order, so that you can see how Jennifer’s characters develop.   Now, as I said, I love a good series because I like seeing what happens after, how the characters grow, whether their relationships last, and if there any twists in turns in their future.  Unfortunately, most books are single storylines or, even if you are lucky enough to become engrossed reading a good series, you only see snippets of prior characters’ lives because the author is now focused on the other characters.  I have found, though, in reading other series by Jennifer, that she expertly weaves former characters in and out of her books in a series so that the reader really feels like everyone’s stories are still being told -you get more than just a glimpse here or there.   Even better, however, is "Chasing Me" in the Sex in the Beach series because this book truly is a second book about Quinn and James - the main characters from "Beyond Me.”  In “Beyond Me,” Quinn meets James while on Spring Break and, after dealing with some bumps and bruises (figurative, not literal), they decide that they are meant to be even though they come from completely different worlds.  What a treat it was for me to be able to read another book about these two wonderful, complex characters and to be able to continue to peek into their lives.  I loved reading in “Chasing Me” about how they were navigating being together in the real world, watching how they faced and dealt with new challenges, seeing how their relationship matured and grew, and learning whether or not they would withstand these new pressures.  I strongly suggest you check out this book and this series.   I received this book for free in exchange for a honest review.
micharch More than 1 year ago
The continuation of the story of Quinn and James was not an easy one on the two of them.  James has done a complete 180 in his life and Quinn is still pursuing her goals and almost zen like in her strive to become something great.  For someone who wants to become a social worker, I was a bit confused how Quinn didn't realize that James was losing his way in trying to become what he thought she needed him to be.  When her father and Brian both put him down, she doesn't do much defending or setting them straight.  It left me wondering how she couldn't see what was happening to his self-confidence and that he was having doubts about himself.  James just wants to give Quinn the best he can and goes above and beyond to try and prove himself to her.  Add in all of the additional stress in their lives and you knew there was going to be a breaking point.  It was a short read and had a good story, but I just couldn't get past a person who wanted to be a social worker not realizing what was going on in her own life.  Not calling Brian out on his feelings and letting her dad take cheap shots at James every chance he had.  To even suggest to her that  Brian would be a better choice should have had her setting things right and not making her boyfriend feel uncomfortable in his presence every time.  Just didn't get why she felt James should have to put up with it or why her father felt it was okay.  He wasn't exactly a great role model to her so why she let him make James feel inferior was just wrong to me.  Kudos to James for manning up and giving it his all and then trying again and again when he failed.  
Mommaof5 More than 1 year ago
Quinn and James. Well, this is my least favorite story of the three. I was distracted majorly by the lack of quotation marks in the story. And so therefore, I spent a lot of times re-reading to see if it was them speaking truly out loud or if they were thinking in their head or if it was just story parts. Very frustrating. And of all the stories, they had the least amount of chemistry in my books. They just did not seem as connected or as in love as the other two couples. Overall, I would give this one a 2-1/2 star rating. Still needed for the triology but just not up to the snuff of the others.
marincheto007 More than 1 year ago
I loved Quinn and James from the first moment when I met them in Beyond Me. That's why I was extremely happy when I found out that I would be able to revisit with them in Chasing Me :) I have to say that I loved this new story even more than the first one. Where the first one was filled with some college fun, mistakes and romantic endeavours, this new story shows the main characters as more mature and grown individuals.  I definitely enjoyed seeing how the relationship between Quinn and James developed, how each one of them was fighting for his/hers own goals. It was interesting to see how James was fighting with his insecurities. And though they nearly cost him everything he held dear, he managed to pull through when it most counted. He found the strength in himself to finally believe that he is worth it and fight for the two things that mean the most in his life: his art and his other half :) Quinn, on her part also made mistakes and had to fight her own insecurities. I have to say that I was a little bit frustrated with her in the end because she was acting a little bit irrational but on the other hand I understand that she needed the time apart to solve her own issues. I have to say that I loved that they reconnected again at the place where everything began.  I have to say that I definitely recommend this story. It has a little bit of everything. There is heartbreak, there is romance and tenderness, and there are also so burn the sheets scenes that will definitely leave you hot and bothered.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this continuation of James and Quinn's story, begun in Beyond Me (which ended on a happy note) as they adjust to couplehood and living in Chicago. They are both pursuing careers, and while Quinn is moving places James is still struggling with his art classes and his own internal knowledge that he isn't good enough for Quinn. He's forsaken his trust fund money to prove to her and himself that he can make it on his own. I thought that this was a realistic portrayal of a couple making decisions for their future and learning what it means to really trust and rely on each other. James's character is the one that exhibits the most growth and I really enjoyed seeing that change from the spoiled brat he was when Quinn first met him to the responsible man he is becoming. I like that the story was told from both Quinn and James's points of view. Also, the chemistry between them is still hot and steamy and the love scenes are rich and emotional. 4 stars, and definitely worth the read!