Taking Chase

Taking Chase

by Lauren Dane

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ISBN-13: 9781488081248
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Series: Chase Brothers Series , #2
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 8,909
File size: 837 KB

About the Author

Lauren Dane is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres. She lives in the Northwest with her patient husband and three wild children.

Visit Lauren on the web at www.laurendane.com

E-mail laurendane@laurendane.com

Twitter: @laurendane

You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

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Taking Chase


By Lauren Dane

Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Copyright © 2006 Lauren Dane
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59998-383-7


Chapter One

Three weeks after Cassie had started at the store, she and Penny were closing up when Maggie came in.

"Hiya, Penny. Hey, Cassie, I saw you had some pretty flowers on your front porch. Looks nice. Kyle was impressed when we stopped over at Matt's on the weekend."

Cassie just smiled. It wasn't like she could get a word in edgewise with Maggie Chase if she tried. But as it turned out, Maggie, like the rest of the Chase clan was simply a nice person and fun to be around.

"It looked so forlorn, I wanted to make it more colorful. Just trying to make it a home, you know? What are you up to?"

"Well, I have an ulterior motive for being here. You and I haven't really hung out much and I'm on my way to The Pumphouse for some beer and staring at some Chase brothers. Tonight is their pool game and really, we just gossip and watch tight butts in faded jeans. Sounds good doesn't it? What do you say? You and Penny should come and hang out."

How long had it been since she'd gone out with girlfriends for beer and burgers? And pool? "Pool?" Cassie grinned. "Really?" She loved pool. Before marrying Terry, she'd played several times a week at the tavern near the medical school. After they'd gotten married, he'd bought a table for the house. Of course he couldn't deal with losing so eventually she refused to play with him.

But as Brian was so fond of telling her, she had to start living her life again and who cared what Terry did or didn't do? He was long gone.

"From that slightly scary look in your face I take it you play? Those boys play every Friday night. I'm sure they'd love for you to join them."

"Shane would," Penny said as she locked up the back door and came toward them. Cassie blushed and Penny chuckled. "Come on, Cassie. Anyone with eyes can see how he looks at you. He's smitten."

"I uh. Well, he's just being nice. And I think he suspects I'm up to no good. But yes, I love pool. Or I did. I haven't in a few years. I used to be pretty good."

"Well then I think some beer, gossip and watching you play pool with some handsome boys is just the ticket." Maggie grinned and they all headed out.

Liv and Dee were already waiting at a table near the doors when they arrived. Once seated, Cassie tried to pretend that she wasn't watching every move Shane Chase made. The man was so big and bad but there wasn't anything threatening about him despite that. She loved the color of his hair, sort of coffee brown with a hint of blond. He had a savage kind of handsome that she found herself thinking of during the day. Many times during the day.

Forcing herself to focus on the women at the table, she tried to put him out of her mind. She did not need any more men.

As if he felt her gaze on his skin, Shane turned and noticed her there with Maggie and the others. So tall and striking. She stood out every time he saw her. The woman was seriously beautiful.

"Oh for cripes sake! Just go over there already." Kyle took his shot and rolled his eyes as he straightened. "You look like a starving man. It's pathetic."

"Yeah, the last time I saw that look you were wearing it." Marc chuckled. "Go on, Shane."

"I will, only because you three won't shut up until I do. Bunch of old women." He leaned his cue off to the side and headed toward their table.

"Hi, Cassie. Nice to see you here."

Cassie looked up at him and smiled hesitantly. She'd lost most of her fear with him but there was still a shadow of it in her eyes. He wanted to wipe it away.

"Hi, Shane. How are you all tonight? Who's winning?"

The sound of her voice, smoky sex and velvet seduction, stroked over his skin and made his gut tighten.

"Cassie here loves to play pool," Maggie said with a grin.

Shane adored his meddling sister-in-law at that moment. "That so? Well, show me what you've got, then." He held out his hand and Cassie scooted out of the booth, grabbing his forearm instead to help herself stand.

The shock of the cool, soft skin of her hand touching his arm shot through his body. As always, she seemed so many things at once. Strong and independent, yet vulnerable and scared. And he was seriously messed up if a woman's hand on his arm made him cow eyed. He was so pathetic he wanted to kick his own ass.

He motioned toward the table in the back and she walked ahead of him. Which was fine with him. He had no problem at all watching the delectable sway of her denim-clad ass. And it was a mighty fine ass, Round and high and juicy. Did she wear a thong? Boyshort type panties would look nice too, just a nice little slice of her cheeks showing out the bottom. Okay that had to stop or he'd be embarrassed in about a minute or so.

"Cassie's gonna play a game with us. She says she used to be pretty good. So let's take it easy on her." Shane cleared his throat and thought about the college football scores to get rid of the substantial hard on she'd given him.

Rolling her eyes, she grabbed a cue and chalked the tip. All four men watched, rapt, as she blew off the excess. Annoyed, Shane elbowed Matt and glared daggers at Marc but both men just shrugged and Kyle laughed.

"Rack 'em up, boys."

Oh, the way she said that made his heart stutter. Didn't matter what she said, he was sure she'd sound drop dead sexy ordering a grilled cheese sandwich.

"Ante's ten bucks," Matt said with a wink.

Cassie snorted, pulled a ten out of her jeans and slapped it down on the side of the table.

"Ladies first," Shane said, motioning for her to go ahead.

"You sure about that?" She stood, hand on her hip.

"Of course. Guests and ladies first."

Cassie shrugged and took her first shot and proceeded to wipe the floor with them. Shot after shot, she'd call and sink it. She cleared the table without breaking a sweat.

Turning back to them, a sexy grin broke over her lips. Satisfied, she grabbed the money and tucked it into her pocket. "Thanks boys. That was a very profitable few minutes."

"You're a pool shark!" Shane had been dumbfounded but now he found himself even more attracted by this mystery woman. Okay, so watching her bent over the table as she played helped a bit too.

"Nah, not anymore. See I could have played dumb and suckered you in until the pot was much bigger and then kicked your asses. But I played true from the first shot. I wasn't even sure I could still play this well. I'm glad I still have it." She smiled and Shane's cock sprang from hard to impossibly hard.

"You guys underestimated me." She patted her pocket. "The element of surprise, boys. Kept me in milk money." Her laugh was honeyed sexual heat.

"Another game?" Shane wanted her there longer.

"I need to be getting home. I have to be up early to get all of my stock ready for the Sunday market day after tomorrow. It was a pleasure taking your money, though. Enjoy the evening." She waved back over her shoulder as she walked away.

"Totally devious." He shook his head in wonder. "She's the perfect woman." Shane watched her go to the table and say her goodbyes to the women there. "I'm going to be sure she gets home okay." Blindly, he shoved his cue at one of his brothers, heading toward the door that she'd just walked out of.

"Cassie." He'd noticed how prone to spooking she was so he made sure to always make a lot of noise when he approached her.

She turned, a bit startled but relaxed when she saw it was him. "Hello, Shane. What's wrong?" He looked good coming toward her. Handsome and masculine.

"I just thought I'd offer you a ride home. Police escort and everything."

"Oh, that's all right. I have my car just up in front of the bookstore."

"I'll walk you to it then."

He didn't give her much chance to run away when he fell into step next to her. The heat of his body rolled over her as they walked. The more she was around him, the less he scared her, but still, it was hard to not cringe when he walked so close to her. He just took the world for granted. Lived without fear of being assaulted or raped. Men his size could walk around any time without worry. She wished she knew what that felt like. For even just a few minutes.

He was patient as she unlocked her car but stopped her from getting in with a gentle hand at her shoulder. "Cassie, uh, would you like to get dinner sometime? Maybe go dancing?"

"I ... well, I don't know if I'm ready to date just yet." Her words came out in a rush and the tenderness she brought out in him bloomed through his heart. Damn, what was it about this woman that got to him so deeply?

"Just yet? Are you with someone? I should have asked." He knew she was divorced of course. Nothing stayed a secret very long in Petal. Hell, her landlord share that tidbit innocently enough the first night she'd landed in Petal and Shane had done a background check as well.

"Not anymore. I'm divorced."

He wasn't sure what emotion was in her voice as she'd said it. Sadness? Did she miss the ex? Pain? Was she afraid? It was petty of him but he far preferred that she hated her ex than her still wanting him. "Oh, it's still new. I'm sorry."

He tried to stay patient as possible, watching as she took deep breath and licked her lips before deciding to answer him. "It's not really new. I'm not pining away for him or anything. It's ... complicated." Her voice trembled at bit at the end and he locked his knees to keep from moving to her.

The fear was there, unmistakable. "I know you're afraid of something. You can trust me, you know. I want to help. You can share your story with me. I like you, Cassie." His voice was soft and he had to grip the top of her car door to keep from reaching out to touch her.

Her big blue eyes looked up at him for long moments, wavering. But at the last minute she looked away for a split second and when she looked back, the moment had passed. "I'm ... it's not something I like to talk about. Anyway, I should be getting home."

"Just come as my friend then. I won't rush you. I want to get to know you. Unless you're not attracted to me at all. In which case, I'll back off anything other than just being friends."

She sighed. "I'll think about it." She got into the car and then rolled down the window. "And any woman not attracted to you is blind or a damn fool."

Before he could respond, she'd pulled out and was driving away, leaving him wearing a goofy grin.

(Continues...)



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Taking Chase (Chase Brothers Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 634 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It was as good as Giving Chase. The plot is fantastic. As a Lauren Dane fan, I can only recommend this to those who love romance.
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
After reading my first erotic novel (Rude Awakening by Veronica Chadwick), this book precisely kept coming up as a recommendation from Ms. Dane, both by Amazon & Barnes & Noble, the two websites I write my reviews on. So after some time of having this book on my wish list, I decided to give this series a try. The first novel in this series, "Giving Chase," I absolutely loved. I can immensely relate to the heroine, Maggie, for the way society just casted her aside, made her feel worthless, including her own family members. And worse of all the man she thought she didn't have a chance in HELL of being with, just basically dumps her A**, because of commitment issues--is pretty screwed up. But if that didn't happen we would be reading this book. I'm really disappointed with this novel, I couldn't wait to read about Shane's story, yet it left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I yearned for more details from the interactions with the other Chase family members, for example what exactly happened during the Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday. What type of present did Shane give Cassie? I felt dead in the water, for me it was extremely difficult to read. I was about midway, and at times I made the connection between Shane & Cassie, and at others not really. Granted I don't know what it's like to be violated by a so-called husband, and left for dead by him as well, as Cassie had to endure. I understand completely being skittish around men, but the push & pull love bothers me immensely. Normally I try my best to stay away from novels like that, and I especially don't write reviews for books that didn't appeal to me either. But with this novel, I couldn't shut up and just continue with the series, without giving my opinion of it first. This review is based on just part of my completion of the book, I still have a dreaded twenty more pages to read. Unfortunately with both novels, first & second there were a vast amount of grammatical & punctuation errors. I became annoyed at the fact, that if we (the reader) are to pay for a novel, at least make sure we can read it properly without these travesties--having us to guess which word to use. Please don't misunderstand me, I know I'm not perfect. I make an enormous amount of errors when writing my reviews (within the second previous paragraph I used a double-negative), but NO ONE is paying any MONEY for them--besides your internet provided to make the internet assessable to you. Ms. Dane I'm NOT going to give up on you or this series, I will definitely continue, hopefully Liv & Marc's story is better. I know some people won't agree with me, and I'm extremely sorry but I have to give this novel a 3 1/2 Star Rating!
Chrisbails More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about 2 people that need to learn trust and love again. Both Shane & Cassie have troubled pasts and need to learn that love is not always so hard. I love series of books and this is one my list of fav series. I love the Chase family and love that use all the family as characters in the books. Can't wait to finish the rest of the series. I think this is a must read book, but read in order and start with book #1.
Btrfly More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book. It kept me on my toes and l could not put it down.
AuntieJudy More than 1 year ago
This is a great story! Well written with enough suspense to keep it interesting. She is a stong woman working through tramatic events from her past and he trys to be patient while she deals with it. The two leading characters are well matched. You just want things to work out with them.
DunnFunKat on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the 2nd book in the Chase Brothers series and is about Shane Chase and Cassie. Very good storyline but still a lot of snorting from the characters which was a major turnoff for me.
guiltypleasures on LibraryThing 5 months ago
These Chase brothers are HOT!!! Polly is a Matriarch to love and fear =) I can't wait to read the last two books, I wish there were more brothers...sigh
tmommy4 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Much better written than the first book. Though Shane was a dumbass at the beginning of the first book you did see him changing and growing by the end. As this is a series about a family the evolution of all the characters involved is essential. I could see where the author was going to bring Shane before I began reading the book. I liked his evolution and growth. Cassie did grow as well, but I did find the author falling into the trap of having the battered/abused woman being overly adament about doing everything herself and expecting our hero to bend over backwards for her to the point of groveling when she is being unreasonable about a mistake or difficulty that he has. I always find it unrealistic when and author portrays a relationship as one where a single party believes they must do everything on their own, that is not a relationship. I found this book to be geared for the adult audience unlike the first which seemed to be caught in between adult and young adult. I enjoyed this book alot and look forward to the next installment.
BuckeyeAngel 5 months ago
Shane Chase is the Sheriff of Petal, Georgia, scarred from when his ex-fiance dumped him years before. Cassie Gambol is on the run from her crazy ex-husband who escaped the justice system while waiting for his sentencing. She eventually finds herself in a tiny town where she meets Shane. When these two scarred people find each other, there is immediately attracted but Cassie’s scars are in need of serious healing. With her ex tracking her down it’s up to Shane to protect her. This was a pretty good story. I’m familiar with this author but it was from many years ago so I decided to try her again. This book didn’t disappoint. I loved how they were able to help each other heal as well as get through all their drama for a happy ending. I recommend and can’t wait to read more from this author. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
sportochick More than 1 year ago
A powerful example of surviving spousal abuse and learning to open one's heart to a worthy man. Stories that impact the reader are rare. This book is one because it shows how a woman can come from such a scary tragic marriage and survive with a lot of ups and downs. I like that the author shows Cassie's venerability as well and her strength to deal with her fears to become a stronger less fearful person. It doesn't make it all fairytale. It shows the struggle that is real in these situations. Mr. alpha Shane is the wrong personality to fall in love with Cassie but he is what she needs most to keep her safe. There are lessons in this book for him as well. Lessons on toning his energy down and not plowing through situations. Lessons on not assuming you know everything and are always right. It is an enjoyable rewarding read so for this reason I give it 4 stars.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
(3.5*, rounded up) We met Shane in Giving Chase and I knew that Dane was going to have to give him a bit of an attitude adjustment to make him appealing as a hero ... I just didn't expect it to be an immediate about face.  In the first book he was pretty much an ass - a jerk to women & completely commitment-phobic, thanks to a previous relationship gone bad.  So I expected that Cassie would have to work some kind of magic and slowly get him to change.  Nope, pretty much from the beginning he's over himself and ready to get involved.  It would have been great, if it wasn't for his portrayal in the first story.  And I will give Dane credit that she does have his baggage still there, but it is on simmer and not out in front like when we first met him.  That aside, though, Shane as a character was great (as long as you forgot that he ever had more jerk-ish moments).  He's caring and, although he stumbles a couple of times, does his best to be sensitive to Cassie's feelings.    And Cassie definitely has her own baggage!  Pretty fresh out of a horrifically abusive relationship, she's trying to have a fresh start.  What she isn't looking for is attracting the interest of a cop.  Luckily for Shane, he's pretty hard to resist.  But it is going to take a lot of patience to work through the scars Cassie past left her with.  She's got a lot of triggers and it might get a bit old for some readers.  She's pretty set on doing things herself and has a hard time separating someone offering help from people trying to manage her.  Her ex did a number on her so it's understandable but it happens a lot.  Good thing new Shane is willing to go all in and help her find a balance that can work for them both.  This is a slow burn romance as the two work their way around Cassie's issues and having to deal with the fact that her ex is still out there in the world.  There are a lot of emotional ups and downs as she struggles to figure out what a healthy relationship looks like and Shane tries his best to help without taking over.  It's not easy for him to ignore the cop in him that wants to do everything he can to protect her.  Instead he needs to support her as she stands on her own two feet.  There is a bit of excitement at the end but overall this is all about the feels, with just a bit of suspense thrown in.   **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of an advanced copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not coerced in any way.**
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
I jumped right into this re-released series and its second book in the series without having any prior knowledge of the series, and I am glad I did because I really enjoyed the story, the romance, the secondary characters, and I appreciated the way the domestic abuse and recovering of it was done. The story has a great amount of world-building for the series, and reflection to the past events so I didn't feel like I had to read the first book to get what was happening now. The only thing that made me go 'hmm' several times was the continued references to the hero past behavior towards women. Shane Chase is a protective, in-charge man, who loves his family, his town, and takes care of people around him. I liked him, he was over the top at times, but he was honest, he was caring, so tender and considerate with Cassie, so patience, giving her the room she needed to heal from the past abuse. It was obvious he had learned some hard lessons, it was clear he was falling in love for the very first time and fumbling with it at times, but he was transparent with his past mistakes, and he was sincere with his feelings. Cassie Gambol is one strong, fierce, survivor. While my heart broke for her, I admired her immensely. She has lived through the ultimate betrayal by her former husband. The one who is suppose to be there for you and support you do everything in their power to break you. The story is such a strong advocate for surviving domestic abuse, and it is done with the utmost respect towards the survivor. The way the escalation of the abuse is told, and how Cassie survived, and what help there is to seek out if needed, and how long it takes to heal from the physical and mental wounds of the abuse, all told with delicately, respectfully, and carefully, the survivor's integrity intact. I liked that the timeline on the developing romance was stretched long enough for Cassie to truly heal, also mentally, from the past, and find her place in the world again. I loved how well Cassie and Shane fit together, there was sizzling chemistry, absolutely, but there was also sweetness, adoration, caring, protecting each other, and supporting each other when needed. They were equal in more sense than not, and they were challenging each other to be their true selves, to be a better version of themselves, and I just fell in love with them, and with the whole Chase family while at it. With a great mix of small town living, the crazy of a meddling family, adorable, sweet romance developing, and the suspense from Cassie's ex-husband hunting her, the story was intense entertaining thought-provoking and fear-filled experience that I enjoyed immensely. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
ArecRain More than 1 year ago
Typically I stay away from novels where the leads seem “damaged” and opposed to relationships. With Lauren Dane, however, I either love or hate her work so I am always willing to take a chance on her. When she’s good, she’s great and when she’s bad, it’s terrible. Taking Chase is one of those novels that fall into the good category. I tend to like her contemporary romances where the heroine is in some type of danger. Dane just writes them so well. She knows how to write strong women that realize they still may need help or have flaws. Her alpha males also tend to be less obnoxious. As always, her sex scenes are hot with explosive chemistry between the leads. Coupled with an entertaining plot, it just works for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and storyline.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
Cassie is on the run from an abusive ex-husband and ends up in Petal, Georgia where she meets Shane Chase, the town cop. Shane likes women and has most of the women in town after him. When he meets Cassie, he knows she’s keeping secrets but he can’t help falling for her. I really liked the premise of this book but it just kinda fell a little short for me. I found it a little boring ... everything was so predictable and I just couldn’t connect with the characters. The writing was okay ... it just wasn’t for me. But lots of people loved it ... everybody has different taste. I received an ARC courtesy of Harlequin - Carina Press through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a reissue of a great story and one I'm glad I took the time to read. Cassie Gambol is a woman who has created a whole new life in a small town in Georgia. A huge difference from her former life in L.A. After fleeing an abusive ex husband getting into another relationship is the last thing she wants or needs. Shane Chase isn't a man interested in commitment but there is something about his sexy new neighbor that has him considering giving it a try. He's certain she has secrets though so he works to get her to open up. Everything becomes clear when Cassie is in danger and Shane will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. A great read that I highly recommend.
moonfox1234 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Chase Brothers series and features to romance between Shane and Cassie. Both of these characters have painful pasts and they carry the baggage to prove it. Shane has been burned by love. Having his fiancée dump him has left scars, caused him to wall off his heart and yes, often come across as cold, unfeeling, a jerk (as witnessed in book 1). Cassie has not only been hurt emotionally, but also physically by her abusive ex. On the run and hiding out, the last thing she needs is another man in her life. With a well written and very engaging storyline this book is a very entertaining read. Filled with, intensity, drama, humor, danger, suspense and deep emotions this book will touch your heart and keep you turning pages. This is my voluntary, honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
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britbrat14 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the action in this book. I was happy that Shane found someone after the way he was in the first book. Great story, now on to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, but I wish the font was formatted better on my Nook. In order to read it I have to enlarge the font to a huge font. The next smaller size was too tiny to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series
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