Thursday, September 13, 2018

Making Chase by Lauren Dane

The Chase boys. Ridiculously hot and notoriously single.

All of Petal, Georgia, is waiting for the last Chase brother to fall. At least, that’s how it feels to firefighter Matt Chase, who’s getting a little anxious himself. His brothers have all found love—why hasn’t he? But fate, in the form of a curvaceous hairdresser, is about to change that.

Salon owner Tate Murphy has come a long way from her trailer-park roots, taking care of her seven siblings along the way. Even though she’s put the past behind her, she knows someone like Matt Chase is way out of her league. But that doesn’t stop her from getting a good eyeful every chance she gets.

When a car accident throws them together, Tate gets more than an eyeful—she gets the whole package. Not that she’s complaining. But when small-town bias and her own insecurities get in the way of their relationship, Matt will have to prove he doesn’t care where she came from… only where she goes.

The Chase is on. One small town. Four hot brothers. And enough heat to burn up anyone who dares to get close. Don’t miss the other books in the series: Taking Chase, Giving Chase and Chased.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Tate and Matt. Tate is an amazing, snarky woman. She has taken on the brunt of her abusive parents' wrath and also raised amazing siblings who would die for her. She has become successful and opened her own business, as well as hosting family dinners for her siblings weekly. Family is everything to her and she is unwilling to sacrifice them for anything or anyone. Tate is also a realist. She knows that she's not model-thin or the most beautiful woman in the world. So, when Matt starts hanging out with her, she believes that she's just going to be his friend.

Matt has had everything come fairly easy to him. He has great looks and is incredibly smart. He loves what he does, and firefighting is engrained in him now. What he hasn't been lucky in, is finding someone who is interested in him for more than his family money. However, when he helps Tate, he sees something in her that he hasn't had before. She's genuine and kind, loves her family, and isn't afraid to tell him like it is.

These two have a hard road ahead of them. Landmines are all over for Matt, and Tate has to find it in herself to love herself first and allow others to help her. Can Tate and Matt find their way to each other or will their destiny be broken before they even start? This is a sweet story about finding yourself and letting family help when you need them.

This is the fourth book in the series – and they have been recently rereleased, refreshed by the author. I read them all originally and loved them, so was delighted to have the excuse to go back and immerse myself in all things family Chase again. If you have not read them before, do start at the beginning, but I have to admit, this was always my favourite. As I read it again, I knew exactly what happened, and when – which after 5 years, and many, many hundreds (even thousands) of books, I still had Polly, Edward, and the whole clan's stories firmly in my mind.

Tate is a really fabulous character, and in time, we get to see just how like Polly she is, fiercely protecting her family, at whatever cost. What she doesn't understand for a long time is how Matt fits into that dynamic. He, however, is determined to prove it and for the first time in his life, has to really make an effort. Regulars will know much about Matt, but Tate's troubles and strength are surely to be admired. I still find it difficult to believe the way that the Melanies of Petal speak publicly about her, but maybe I am just lucky enough not to move in such circles.

If you like a heartwarming, family story which will maybe make you shed a tear or too, as well as really make you laugh, this will definitely work. I love the quick wit, the wisdom, and the warmth that envelops the Chase family. Thank you for giving me an excuse to revisit them.

This is the story of Matt, a gorgeous firefighter from a privileged family, and Tate, the curvy hairdresser from the wrong side of town that Matt falls in love with. Both Matt and Tate are likeable characters and I loved Tate’s grit.

As a romantic hero, Matt is probably a little bit too perfect for me. I didn’t quite understand the insta-love he feels for Tate – it’s an odd sort of insta-love that happens after living in the same town with her for thirty years and never engaging with her. He is first attracted to her cookies (not a euphemism) and there were moments I wondered if he fell in love with her suitability as a mate rather than her as a person. I enjoyed his dedication to Tate, but he does let Tate walk over him at times. And I hate that he is portrayed as some sort of saint for his attraction to a big girl.

Tate is an engaging character. She has taken herself from trailer park to business owner and from a young age, she has cared for all of her younger siblings. Tate is fiercely independent, and she doesn’t trust anyone except her siblings.

I found the drama surrounding Matt and Tate’s relationship exaggerated, irritating, and completely unbelievable. The small-town mob of vindictive and jealous women didn’t ring true and some of the comments about Tate’s weight and status felt more like sensational plot devices than anything that might happen in real life. It is nice to see a curvier character in romance fiction but I’m not sure I like the way Tate’s weight is used to create conflict.

The nastiness from the town is over the top but the Chase family love-in is equally over the top. I don’t have much time for perfect family values families and the Chase family is nauseatingly perfect. I get that this is the end of a series and the writer is trying to show how each of the brothers is happy and settled, but this was a little bit much. Tate’s family is better. Her parents are dysfunctional and while the siblings are devoted to each other, there are problems and miscommunications.

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Making Chase (Chase Brothers #4) by Lauren Dane to read and review.

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