Giving Chase (Chase Brothers Series #1)

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Some small towns grow really good-looking men! This is the case with the four Chase brothers. The homegrown hotties are on the wish list 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 ...
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Overview

Some small towns grow really good-looking men! This is the case with the four Chase brothers. The homegrown hotties are on the wish list 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. Now, despite Maggie's happiness and growing love for 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.
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"This good book has a very hot hero. . . . There's plenty of heat between Maggie and her hero, and plenty of secondary characters." —-RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452613765
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Series: Chase Brothers Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.00 (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.

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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Giving Chase


By Lauren Dane

Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Copyright © 2006 Lauren Dane
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59998-259-5


Chapter One

Halloween came and went and Maggie worked in her garden all day the first Sunday of November. She tore out the old beds in the side yard and finished installing the raised beds she'd begun to build during the early fall. After getting her spring bulbs in the ground, she trimmed her climbing roses and fertilized her grass and trees. By the end of the day she'd cleaned out her yard and felt like she'd cleaned out her life. It felt damned good.

Sore but pleased with a very hard day's work she showered before retiring to her back porch with a novel and a cup of hot tea.

"Wow, you've done some major work here."

She turned and saw Kyle Chase standing there, hands in his pockets. He looked so handsome it took her breath away.

"Idle hands and all of that." Her words were wary, even as her pulse sped at his presence.

He grinned and raised one hand in a casual wave. "Now that I've said, hey, you gonna invite me up there for a cup of tea? You're a southern woman after all-it's hardwired in your genetic code."

"Tea?" She began to lose her battle against a smile.

"No. Unfailing courtesy, even when you don't want to be courteous."

Laughing, she put her book down. "Come on up and sit, then. I'll go and get another cup." Motioning to the couch she disappeared into her house.

With a secretive smile of his own, Kyle made himself at home on the small couch gracing her back sun porch. As a landscaper, he knew just exactly how much work she must have done to make her yard look so great. Somehow, knowing she was such a hard worker only made him want her more.

Within moments she appeared again, carrying a tray with two steaming mugs of tea and a plate of muffins. She bent to put it down on the low table in front of him.

He smiled, grabbed the tea and breathed deeply, letting the heat from the cup warm his hands.

She motioned to the plate of muffins. "Blueberry muffins. I've been baking for the retirement home. Have one, they're still warm."

The porch was enclosed and had a fireplace at one end that sported a warm blaze. The popping of the wood accompanied the soft clinking of his spoon against the mug as he stirred in sugar. She looked comfortable and beautiful as she sat, curled into her chair.

"These muffins are criminally good," he said around a mouthful. Hot damn, was there nothing this woman wasn't good at?

"Thanks." Her smile faded as she got down to business. "Okay, niceties out of the way. What brings you here, Kyle?"

"I don't know." He hesitated. "Yes I do. I wanted to see you."

She narrowed her eyes at him. "You wanted to see me?" she repeated blankly.

"Yes. Maggie Wright, I wanted to see you. I can't stop thinking about you. I should you know, but I can't."

She sat utterly still, staring at him for a few moments. Pleasure warred with panic inside her. She couldn't deny she'd been attracted to him from the start. But she kept telling herself he was out of her league and also related to someone she'd dated, however briefly.

"You should what? What do you mean?" Her voice was careful.

Leaning forward, he sat his mug down, wiping his hands on his jeans nervously. "I mean that I can't get you out of my mind. Your lips, your beautiful amber eyes. God, the way you smell-rain and vanilla. Is it a perfume or do you just naturally smell that way? Your skin, it's like milk. That dusting of freckles across the bridge of your nose, it makes my hands itch to want to run a finger over them. Your smile, you're so genuine, Maggie. It's a very appealing total package. And I can't stop thinking about you."

She closed her eyes slowly and put her head down. "Please don't do this. I can't take it."

He came to kneel in front of her and slowly raised her face to his with a hand on her chin. "Don't do what?"

"This! Damn it! You heard my story that night and now you feel even sorrier for me. You had to get on your white horse to come over here to try and make me feel better."

He brushed his lips along hers and she stilled again as his taste warmed her. "First of all that was way over a month ago. I don't feel sorry for you, Margaret Wright. I feel something else for you. I want you. I want to get to know you better. I've tried not to think about it because of Shane. But since that night when he made you spill those fries, I've been crazy about you. I've gone out with a dozen women since then to try and push you out of my mind and it hasn't worked.

"The story you told me about your sister and the professor, it did change things but not in the way you think. It made me realize just how stupid I was being for letting you go because of Shane. Especially when Shane was such an ass. Life can be about taking chances and finding really great things and yes, failing sometimes. Or it can be about wondering what if because you never dared to try. Now see, I look at you and I kick myself because I was willing to say what if because of Shane. And damn it, he doesn't deserve you." His eyes looked deeply into hers. Her heart quickened but not out of fear. Instead she let go and fell into his gaze.

"No more, Maggie. I want you. I don't care what Shane thinks at this point. I would have come earlier but I wanted to give you some time to deal with how he treated you. It was about the hardest thing I've done in my life so far, watching you and wanting you but waiting. But as far as I'm concerned, Shane's loss is my gain. Give me a chance to show you that not all Chase brothers are bad. Let me get to know you, show you who I am."

Maggie looked at him and she felt her heart open back up, just a tiny bit. "I don't know. What about Shane? He's your brother."

"What about him? Are you in love with him? If you are, I'll back off, but only for a while because I'll be waiting for it to wear off. If not? Well, I've talked with Matt and Marc about it, to get their opinion on the matter and they're under the same impression I am. If Shane wants to continually close himself off because of an ex-fiancée, the rest of us should be able to follow our own hearts."

Maggie eyed him warily. "Love? I went out with him a few times. No, I'm not in love with him. I liked him and he made me feel like less than nothing. It was cruel and I have no clue why he acted the way he did. Ex-fiancée or not, he was a total jerk. Contrary to what he may have thought, I knew what our situation was, I wasn't looking for a ring, for goodness' sake!" She rolled her eyes at Shane Chase's giant ego.

"But I don't want to cause any problems between you two, either. Plus, Kyle Chase, why are you interested in me anyway? How do I know you aren't just doing this out of some kind of sibling rivalry thing and will lose interest in a few days?"

"First of all, I'm going to be totally honest with you. I've never actually pursued a woman before. They always come to me. That should show you a bit about how interested I am. I like you. You intrigue me. You're beautiful and sweet and funny and a hell of a baker. Why shouldn't I be interested?

"Second of all, I have no need to compete with Shane over women. Pool? Sure. Baseball? Oh yeah. I would never use you like that." He drew a fingertip down her cheek. "Let me in, just a little bit. Get to know me. Let me know you. Come on, let me court you, woo you. I've never wooed before, it should be fun."

"I've never been wooed."

"See? We'll both learn something. Let the woo begin." He grinned and she smiled hesitantly. "We'll take it slow, Maggie," he whispered and kissed her softly, his lips feather light over hers.

Her body tightened, moisture pooled between her legs, her breasts grew heavy and her nipples hardened. All from a kiss. Wow, he was good.

Breaking the kiss, he leaned back to look into her eyes. "Your lips are softer than I'd imagined. And I've been imagining, a lot."

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Excellent Series

    Read this for free but get hooked enough to pay for the next three... great series... you won't want to put it down.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

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    Full-bodied

    With all the heroine's man problems and the abundant cast of characters, Giving Chase could have ended up very corny. Instead the author provided the characters a lot of individual personality and the background story was well thought out. There was intrigue, humor and a sophisticated sensuality that won me over to Maggie's story. I would recommend Giving Chase to any Romance reader who enjoys a full-bodied story.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    Excellent

    I loved reading this book. The characters are very well developed. The story fantastic.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

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    Awesome book

    This was a lovely story and not at all predictable...i fell in love with the characters...read this book

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Amazing

    A true love story with kick

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Horrible

    So boring took to long to get to the point

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    The plot premise was OK, but the execution was juvenile. It read

    The plot premise was OK, but the execution was juvenile. It read like something a middle schooler who knows nothing of courtship and love would write. The story direly needs a good editor. Maggie vacillated between being a blushing just-about-virgin to a party girl to an experienced “cougar” under the prim clothes. The supporting cast alternates between reasonably sophisticated and hokey caricatures of small-town country folk, spouting some of the corniest drivel I can remember reading. As someone mentioned, the over-use of ‘shug’ (as in the Southern endearment ‘sugar’) was an annoyance. But, perhaps because I’m not a Southerner, I wasn’t as sensitive to that, but I found the repeated use of ‘snort’ beyond ridiculous. I finally searched on the word. She used it 26 times – I felt as though I’d taken a wrong turn and ended up on a pig farm! “Maggie snorted”, “Maggie turned to snort”, "Kyle wisely kept his snort to himself”… what is with all the snorting??? Lauren hon, a word of advice, shug: Buy yourself a thesaurus! ::snort, snort:: Her mother and sister started out mean-spirited and shallow, but by the end were so over-the-top evil it defied belief. That Maggie didn’t end up huddled in a corner or a sociopath as a result of their treatment is completely unrealistic. She just snorted (what else?), held her head up and went about her life. I bought the entire series – now I regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    I tried really hard to like this book, but I just couldn't. The

    I tried really hard to like this book, but I just couldn't. The characters were juvenile, and I felt like there were chunks of the story missing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    I had a hard time reading this. I liked the concept of the stor

    I had a hard time reading this. I liked the concept of the story, but the writing style kept putting me off. If there was a point of view change, it took me a bit to realize it. I felt like I was being told rather then shown emotion/action. This was a hard book for me to finish. It was difficult for me to connect to the emotions of the characters which left me feeling uninterested in the book itself and certainly in the rest of the books in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    :) It makes you smile.

    Great story with a sweet southern flare.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    What a story! I can not put into words how much I love the Chase

    What a story!
    I can not put into words how much I love the Chase boys! This is the first of four in the Chase Brother's series.You will fall in love with all of the characters and the great storyline. I enjoyed the smoking hot brothers, but their mother has a tendacy to steal the show in this one. Polly Chase is such a hoot! This family has strong values and stand by each other and the people they care for. These books have everything you could possibly want in a romance novel. There's suspense, drama, humor, steamy love scenes, and best of all love with a happliy ever after.
    I have read 46 different series, and this one is in my top three. Make sure you set aside plenty of time to read this book, and the money for the next three in line. You will want to devour the entire series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Truly disappointing

    The characters, their relationships, and the plot were all underdeveloped and I felt as though I was reading an early draft or half written effort instead of a book by a woman whe work I had previously enjoyed. I loved her Brown Family series and was expecting a similar high level of plot and steamy scenes, instead this book is likely a solid 'R' rating, but no more. Often while reading this I wondered if I had accidentally shopped in the 'young adult' department based on the quality of writing and watered down nature of her (limited) sex scenes.

    I wish I had bought this book as a hard copy instead of as an e-book: I would have returned it (something I rarely do) because I was so disappointed.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Loved this book!

    I just couldn't put it down and now im so hooked on the CHASES that im going to read the next 3 books of this series!!! A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Pretty Good

    I like the concepts behind this book, however, at times I feel that the execution of the writing could use some fine tuning. We don't need to be flat out told that the main character has family issues that have led to low self-esteem from the main character, her friends, and her family. Much better if there had been an overheard conversation about Maggie that enlightened the reader and/or Kyle instead; it would have been much more subtle and well done. In addition, many of the social interactions between Maggie and her community and family are overdone. I could never imagine someone actually walking up to you in a public place while you are with other people to blatantly hit on your date while you are sitting directly next to him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Love the Chase brothers

    What can you say another hunky brother falls in love. Love Polly Chase by far. Love for her to be my mom in law. Never a dull moment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Disappointed in the Nook Book formatting

    As a visually impaired reader I'm very disappointed in this book. I have my text size set to the largest setting and the font for this book is still very, very small. I'm having a very difficult time reading this book as I can only read a few pages at a time due to eye strain.

    One of the reasons I have a Nook is so that I can make the print large enough for me to read comfortably. This is the first book I've come across with this problem.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    A good read

    A story about a family, first in a series.. a romance, stories about the other brothers ready for a download.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    a must read!

    I loved this book... read it in one day! You are not going to want to put and down. And when it ends you are going to want more of the Chase brothers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This was book was great. The love story and the plot were mindblowing. LOved it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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