Chase Me

Chase Me

by Tamara Hogan
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Chase Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ldosch More than 1 year ago
In the World of the Underbelly Chronicles created by Tamara Hogan, she presents us with a world of supernaturals (vampires, werewolves, sirens, icubus, etc.) who are all decedents from a spaceship which crashed on our planet of a thousand years ago. They live under the radar of the human race and they are self-governed by their own governing counsel which consists of two representatives from each race. Chase Me is book 2 of the series. While on her current dig, Valkyrie Second and anthropologist Lorin Schlessinger comes upon a strange box which might just be the key to understanding the supernaturals’ past. When things start to go array at the dig sight, Sebastiani Laboratories sends up werewolf and current head of Sebastiani Labs, Gabe Lupinsky, to supervise the dig and begin testing on the odd metal box. Tensions have always been high between Gabe and Lorin, so neither are all to excited to be stuck together at the secluded dig site. As is easy to guess in a romance novel, Gabe and Lorin’s tension are caused by their underlying attraction to each other and once they give in to that attraction, the pages certainly heat up. Although Lorin, Gabe and Sebastiani Labs are trying to keep the discovery of this box a secret, the box starts giving off its own signal which is being tracked from space by other supernaturals, and they are quite interested in the vast natural resources to be found on our planet. I thought the crashed spaceship aspect was a great new twist to a paranormal series and a gives a believable background to the existence of paranormals here on earth. Of course, you would also have to believe in aliens as well, but if you couldn’t, you wouldn’t be reading a paranormal romance to begin with. What I also found very interesting in this series is that most paranormal stories start with the basic fact that all paranormals are far superior to humans with enhanced senses, speed, healing abilities, etc. This series indicates that although they mostly have greater strength and senses, they are also suffering from genetic defects. This seems to be most prevalent in the werewolf population which has been suffering the effects of inbreeding, since the Alphas insist on wolf-only matings. Many werewolves, Gabe’s family in particular, suffer from genetic weaknesses. Gabe is nearsighted and is suffering from macular degeneration to a point he does not turn into a wolf since he cannot see without his glasses. This also adds to the strain in the relationship between Gabe and Lorin since Gabe’s family is seen genetically inferior and Lorin’s position on the counsel makes her the equivalent to a Valkyrie Princess. Whenever I try to pick up a book which isn’t book #1 of the series, I always feel a step behind everyone else. But we are given enough of a glimpse into the last storyline so that we can keep up with the many, many other characters who we are introduced to in this series, and more than enough that I feel I definitely want to go back and read book #1 since it sounds like I missed a really good story. I won’t say this is a “stop what you are doing and pick up this book” story, but between the well written characters, very interesting back story, the genetic twist, and the several unanswered questions, I will be looking out for Book #3.
happyendingamust More than 1 year ago
Paranormal and science fiction. I loved it!
SusanSey More than 1 year ago
Werewolf geologist Gabe Lupinsky has just landed the job of his dreams. His boss at Sebastiani Labs--the premier research facility serving the Underworld--is going on sabbatical and Gabe's been named acting Director of Physical Sciences in her absence. Maybe it's just a temporary position but it's also the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his abilities and Gabe's determined to make the most of it. There's just one problem: Valkyrie Lorin Schlessinger. Lorin is the head archaeologist on a dig in northern Minnesota, searching for clues to the Underworld's origins on earth. When she unexpectedly turns up an important artifact, her sleepy little dig goes big time. And while Lorin's a gifted archaeologist, she's no administrator. So Sebastiani Labs sends her a site manager: Gabe Lupinsky. Aside from a ferocious intellect, about all Gabe and Lorin have in common is a raging sexual chemistry which makes working together a mine field of risks and rewards. It would be easy enough to tame the tension the old fashioned way but Gabe doesn't want a summer fling. Gabe wants Lorin's heart. Valkyries, however, aren't in the habit of giving those away. But that's not Gabe's and Lorin's only problem. They're also concerned by the mysterious watcher who appears at the dig site--somebody just as interested in the Underworld's origins as they are. But they have no idea who he is, where he's from, or what exactly he wants. Or how far he'll go to get it. Hogan writes delicious sexual tension, and watching Gabe and Lorin circle each other all summer is a rare pleasure. Their eventual decision to bare their hearts and be truly intimate with one another is hard-fought, and that much sweeter as a result. The writing sparkles, the chemistry sizzles, but what I really love about CHASE ME is the way Hogan uses the paranormal element to underscore the humanity of her characters. In spite of their paranormal abilities and natures, Gabe and Lorin are achingly human and their problems touchingly relatable. In the CHASE ME world, for example, Valkyries hunger for sex as much as food. It's a simple, healthy appetite. As a result, however, both Lorin and Gabe struggle with what their mutual desire means. Every couple grapples with this issue at some point--is it chemistry or is it love?--but CHASE ME ups the ante by making it a physical question as much as a philosophical one. Gabe's failing eyesight is another beautiful example. The Weres have carefully avoided marrying outside their breed for generations, and the soundness of the line has suffered for it. Gabe is both strong and attractive but Lorin is a Valkyrie. She's his physical equal in every sense, and when it comes to vision, she's absolutely his superior. Gabe feels this keenly, both as a man who wants to protect his woman, and as a mate with potentially wonky genes to pass along. Feeling unworthy of our beloved is a universal problem, but again, Hogan deftly uses the paranormal element to give it a fresh and compelling twist. In CHASE ME, Hogan performs the rare feat of delivering both heat and heart, giving us a rich world full of characters worth loving. I personally can't wait to see where she takes us next.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle Olson: "Chase Me", UNDERBELLY CHRONICLES book #2, was another well written and enjoyable read by Ms. Hogan. In my personal opinion, it wasn't quite as good as book 1, "Taste Me" (though that one had a music undertone mixed in with all of the parnormal, so it is kind of hard to beat for me). The world is still great though, I still love the characters, & the romance is, as expected, still steamy - even when the hero isn't an incubus. :) Our hero, Gabe, is multi-dimensional. A go-getter Werewolf with a disability trying to make a name for himself in the corporate world at a young age. Because of the persona he projects to do so however, nobody guesses that he's got a passion font that runs deep and is as sexy and alpha as any other male out there. Our heroine, Lorin, is a smart, sassy, spunky, strong-willed, impulsive Valkyrie with a love for archaology and many, many needs. The two of them together may sound like the ultimate odd couple, but that's what makes their relationship so incredibly fascinating. They don't want to want one another but... boy they do. And circumstances demand that they give in to those desires. When they do, the heat burns up the page. As with the first UNDERBELLY CHRONICLES book, the world and supporting cast were magnificent. Tamara's spin on the origins of the preternatural races is fresh, exciting and utterly captivating. The Council, made up of a 1st and 2nd chair from each of the races, is fiery and makes for great tension within the read. The return of some of our favorites from book #1 was wonderful as well. I hadn't realized how much I missed them until I was immersed back in their world. Like I mentioned above, overall, I didn't love the plot as much as I did the one in "Taste Me", but those with a love for history and archaology and business will probably over-rule me on that point and say it was actually even better than the first one. All in all Tamara Hogan is a fabulous author and I absolutely love the Urban Fantasy world that she has created for all of us to enjoy. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of book #3 to see who we get to learn more about next and what happens within the races in their search for the ultimate truth of whence they came. LITERAL ADDICTION gives "Chase Me", 4 Skulls.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
For the first couple of chapters of Chase Me I was lost as a goose in a snow storm. There was no back story or recap to help you figure out who all these characters are, what was happening and why. I came very close to giving up and not reading past the third chapter but I didn’t. Once I figured everything out, I really started enjoying this book. In fact I didn’t want to put it down! The humor and the romance are perfect and go along quite well with the plot. If I had to do it over again I would have read Taste Me (which is the first in this series) before I read Chase Me. If I had done that, then I think I would have loved it even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for more from this author. I absolutely love where she is going with this series. Such A unique twist and she captures the characters personalities perfectly. I am sooo waiting with baited breath to find out what happens to Paige. I have a new favorite author while waiting for the next Ward or Cole book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intellecutal & emotional delight! The archological science is fascinating -- and the characters are hot!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago