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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402246048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402246043
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The story is well written with more than a few burning pages of sexual heat. If you like your paranormal heated up and quickly served, this book is for you." - BookLoons.com

"Hogan's book has a LOT going for it... What was there intrigued me and has me waiting for the next book with bated breath." - Long and Short Reviews

"An inventive melding of science and imagination combined with an erotic tale of semi-forbidden love." - Seductive Musings

"This book was great and had just about everything! All manner of paranormal creatures, action, danger, a little mystery, and sizzling hot romance!" - Book Liason

"Intrigue, sensual energy, and danger makes for an addicting combination." - Redheads Review It Better

"A great new twist to a paranormal series..." - EBook Obsessed

"Wildly passionate and warmly tender." - Star-Crossed Romance

"Hogan keeps things light and humorous yet can also bring out strong deep emotions in her characters." - Reading Between the Wines Book Club

"It's sweet. It's fun. It's downright naughty." - Pure Textuality

"I highly recommend Chase Me to readers who are interested in a paranormal romance with a sci-fi twist." - Urban Girl Reader

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Chapter 1

Gabe Lupinsky whistled as he kicked off his snow-covered dress shoes and hung his coat and suit jacket on empty hooks in his parents' mudroom.

He'd done it. He'd actually done it. Maybe things were finally looking up.

"Gabe, is that you?" Glynna called.

"Yeah." He entered the big country kitchen to find his younger sister hopping barefoot across the cold tile floor.

She wasn't wearing her prosthetic. Again.

"I know, I know. Don't say it." She hugged him, probably as much to stave off his nagging as to say hello. "So? The announcement was today, right? Did you hear?" Eyeing him, she bounced up and down in his arms. "You know. Hurry up and tell me. Cruelty to handicapped people. My foot is freezing."

"Handicapped, my ass," he muttered. "Why don't you wear some damn slippers? And some clothes, while you're at it?" Releasing her, he followed her into the carpeted living room. It was snowing outside, a classic March squall, yet Glynna wore shorts that barely peeked out from under the hem of her oversized Minnesota Vikings T-shirt. The void where her lower left leg should be-had never been-was evident.

"Problems with the new prosthetic?" he asked. "You know there's a break-in period. If you don't wear it, it just extends the process."

She shot him a look. "I think I know that."

Gabe let the snippy response slide. He'd lost count of how many prosthetics Glynna had broken in and outgrown over her lifetime. Though his sister was an adult-barely-watching her deal with the inevitable bruises and pressure sores still made his heart ache as much now as it had when she was a little girl.

"I'll put it back on after we talk with Mom and Dad." Glynna sat down and pulled a fuzzy purple slipper on her foot, leaving the sweatpants lying over the arm of the big L-shaped leather couch.

Sisters were a mystery he knew he'd never solve. "Have you heard from Gideon and Gwen?" He and his siblings all got together once a week to talk to their parents, who were one month into a half-year trip of the Asian subcontinent, gathering material for their next travel book.

"Gideon caught a case and won't be here. Gwen's on her way. You are not going to make me wait until she gets here."

He couldn't hide the grin for long. "Yeah, I got it."

"Ha, I knew it! I knew it! Congratulations!" She launched herself off the couch and hugged him again, pogoing up and down with excitement. "Director of Physical Sciences at Sebastiani Labs. Do you get a bigger office? Underground parking? A big-ass raise?"

He smiled, shaking his head. "Remember that the position's temporary, just while Alka's on sabbatical." Yeah, the position was temporary, but he'd beaten out Alka's own daughter for the job. Satisfaction warmed him like a crackling fire.

"Well, gawd knows you're bossy enough to actually be the boss." She hopped back to the kitchen they'd just left. "Let's break out the bubbly!"

As he followed, Gabe reached under his glasses to rub his tired eyes. He'd racked up too many late nights and too much screen time preparing for the grueling series of interviews, and it wasn't like he'd get a break from the pace. That was the gig, and he wanted it more than he'd wanted anything in a long, long time.

He'd wanted it, he'd worked for it, and he'd gotten it. Yes, things were finally looking up.

Glynna pulled a bottle from the fridge, hopped to the sink, and popped a cork. When the sparkling wine frothed up over the bottle's lip, she quickly slurped. "No use wasting good Prosecco."

As she poured two flutes, he covertly glanced around the room. His parents had been comfortable leaving Glynna, who still lived at home, holding down the fort while they were gone, but he and Gideon had privately decided to... keep an eye on things, just in case. So far, neither he nor Gideon had heard about loud parties or rowdy gatherings-none loud enough to cause the neighbors to complain, at any rate. The kitchen was spotlessly clean, probably because the pile of empty pizza boxes he'd seen stacked in the mudroom rivaled the Leaning Tower of Pisa for height.

He walked over to the refrigerator and opened it, raising a brow but not commenting on the magnet near the handle that read, "Why buy the pig if you just want some sausage?" A pint of half-and-half, lots of condiments, some Leann Chin takeout, cold pizza... and not much else. There wasn't a piece of fruit or a vegetable in sight. "When did you last grocery shop?"

"Quit snooping."

The letters on the half-and-half carton blurred, and he rubbed his eyes again, squinting into the dimness. "This lightbulb's burning out. I'll bring a new one next time I come over."

"Whatever. It looks fine to me."

The back door opened and closed. Gwen poked her head in from the mudroom, shrugging out of her long down coat. "Am I late?"

Glynna glanced at the clock. "Nope, but hurry up."

There was a muffled double-thump as Gwen's heavy winter boots hit the floor. A couple of seconds later, she entered the kitchen, dropping her bulging briefcase on the kitchen table. She eyed the open bottle and champagne flutes. "I hope we're celebrating?"

"Yes!" Glynna burst out before he could answer. "He got the job!"

"I knew it. Congratulations, Gabe." Her hug was more subdued than Glynna's was but no less heartfelt.

"Thanks, but remember, it's temporary. Alka will be back later in the fall."

"Say again?"

He pulled his head back so she could read his lips. "Remember that it's temporary."

"Well, Elliott Sebastiani hasn't accomplished what he has by not recognizing and nurturing talent. You're on your way."

Gabe shrugged. No doubt Sebastiani Labs' CEO had signed off on Alka's decision since Gabe would report to him while she was gone. It was a fabulous opportunity, true, but now it was up to him to execute, to prove, day in and day out, that they'd made the right decision. His first opportunity to make a good impression would be tomorrow when he, Alka, and Mr. Sebastiani discussed how to restructure his current workload. Earlier today, when Alka had told him the job was his, she'd unknowingly eased his mind about his biggest concern: her daughter, Lorin. Thankfully, Lorin planned on spending the summer in northern Minnesota, working the archaeological site where, it was theorized, their ancestors had settled after being marooned on the planet eons ago. Yeah, he and Lorin would have to touch base occasionally, but she'd be out of sight, out of mind for most of her mother's absence.

Thankfully.

"Here." Glynna handed them both a delicate flute. "It's time to call the 'rents."

They went to their parents' study, a comfortable room cluttered with papers, books, and souvenirs from their travels. Wolves dominated the decor-matted prints of wolves in the wild, figurines carved of wood, jade, and ivory, and candid family snapshots. Glynna sat at the computer and, with a few clicks and keystrokes, placed the call to their parents, who'd somehow managed to find reliable electricity and broadband in Nepal.

"Been burning the midnight oil already?" Gwen asked.

"Huh?"

"You've been rubbing your eyes since I got here."

He jerked his hand out from under the thick lenses of his glasses. He blinked hard, but the damn shadows wouldn't clear. "Can we get some more light in here?"

Gwen looked at him strangely.

"There they are!" Glynna cried. "Hi, Mom and Dad!"

"Hello, my darlings!" His mother's voice sounded a little choppy, but being they were calling from the freaking Himalayas, who could complain?

"Gabe got the promotion!"

So much for his news. As Glynna chattered away, he winced, raising a hand to his stinging left eye. Was there any aspirin in the house? Because he could really-Ouch. He caught his breath as the sting became a stab. Something... snapped. "Shit." Doubling over, he slapped his hand over the hot, lancing pain.

"Gabe?" He heard his mother's worried voice.

He collapsed onto a nearby chair. Jesus. Someone was skewering his eye with a rusty blade.

"Gabe?" Gwen touched his wrist. "What is it?"

"Pain," he gritted out. "In my eye."

"Glynna, call the ambulance-"

"No ambulance."

"Gabe-"

"Call Dr. Mueller." Gabe rattled off his ophthalmologist's phone number.

"What's going on?" his mother demanded from half a world away.

Gingerly opening his eyes, Gabe peered at the screen and tried to shove down the panic. He could hear the worry in her voice, but he couldn't see her mouth.

The black sinkhole in his field of vision swallowed her lower face whole.

***

Lorin Schlessinger stumbled into her chilly cabin, tracking clods of mud across the rough plank floor, entirely focused on the precious cargo she carried, swaddled in a large piece of treated chamois.

Shouldering the heavy door closed, she nudged the fabric aside to make sure she wasn't hallucinating. Nope. Still there. She carefully set the luminescent silver metal box, about the size of a fisherman's tackle box, on the wooden table next to her laptop. The box was unexpectedly light for its size, and accidentally hitting it with the stake she'd tried to hammer into the ground hadn't scratched its surface.

She was late for her meeting, but... damn, what a reason for tardiness. After years of backbreaking work-hell, generations of backbreaking work-had the unforgiving ground finally surrendered not just concrete evidence of their ancestors, but the Holy Grail of concrete evidence?

Noah Pritchard's command box. Knees suddenly wobbly, she lowered herself onto one of the table's straight-backed chairs and scrubbed her fists against her numb cheekbones. Breathe. In and out.

She gazed at the box, marveling at the serene, almost phosphorescent, glow. She wasn't aware of any local metal possessing such properties, but she was no metallurgist. Someone back at Sebastiani Labs would have to help identify the composition-once she le...


More About the Author

Award-winning author Tamara Hogan loathes cold and snow, but nonetheless lives near Minneapolis with her partner Mark and two naughty cats. When she's not telecommuting to Silicon Valley, she writes urban fantasy romance with a sci-fi twist. A feral reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Tammy is forever on the lookout for the perfect black boots.

Her debut, TASTE ME, won a Daphne du Maurier Award for Mystery and Suspense, was nominated for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award®, and recently won Prism Awards for Best Dark Paranormal, Best First Book, and Best of the Best.

For contact information, and to find out more about the next book in the Underbelly Chronicles series, go to www.tamarahogan.com.

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The set up was there, but by the end of the book...nothing had happened.
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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.
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The humor and the romance are perfect and go along quite well with the plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Sey on June 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 3.5

So I read the first book in this series to know and understand what would be going on in the second book, I usually hate picking a book up in the middle of the series and not knowing what is going on. That being said, even having read the first book the details provided in that book on their beginnings are very vague and do not prepare you very well for this book, you are just kind of thrown into the whole alien space concept like you are expected to know more then you actually do. I have to say, I wasn't a huge fan of the whole space, bad guys plot, it felt a bit forced and not a natural flow or fit.

That being said, I did enjoy the romance! Gabe and Lorin have a great sexual tension going on at the beginning of the book, and their attraction turns explosive. Who knew a science geek could turn out to be so sexy, Lorin sure didn't, Gabe sure blindsided her and he's the one who is half blind! Gabe has this whole she's above me mental thing going on that puts up fences, and Lorin has this whole commitment issue thing going on that keeps him at an arm's length emotionally, but they can't fight the physical. T. Hogan, sure knows how to steam up the pages with her characters there is a great build up and then an explosion for the main event! LOL But, she doesn't forget the love story, she still builds a lasting connection between our hero and heroine, despite themselves and their issues. Lorin and Gabe find themselves closer than they ever thought they would be. It was suppose to be just sex, two adults scratching an itch, but before they knew it, those pesky emotions got involved ruining a perfectly good booty call and they both find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookLover on June 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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