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Simply fantastic. Super fun, funny, hot, sweet, cute, everything you could want in astory....I read it with the biggest smile on my face. - Jen in Bookland
An utterly fun love/hate romance (well, on Violette's side, anyhow) full of clever banter, and seriously HOT! ... No one writes sexual chemistry and hot, lusty scenes like Laura Florand! Chase and Violette's romance just sizzled and sparked right off the pages! -- The Reader's Den
A fun, fast-paced adventure with clever, witty dialog. - Book Riot, a Best Read of the Month
Chase Me is hilarious, un-put-down-able and just so much fun! It's going to be a Florand novel I re-read easily. - Ivy Book Bindings
A fast paced, funny, suspenseful, sexy romance all rolled into one tidy package. ... From the start of this story, Chase and Violette spark off each other, the result being some fantastic dialogue that doesn't let up for the whole book. - Straight Shootin' Book Reviews
About the Author
After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zeal and to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura nowteaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate.For more information, please see her website: lauraflorand.com.
Find Laura on the Web
- ASIN : B01BH6WC5G
- Publisher : Laura Florand (April 5, 2016)
- Publication date : April 5, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 993 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 0 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #805,673 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Violette certainly brings a new level of intensity to the female lead! I think that she is the most gritty Florand heroine to date (my opinion). Yes, there have been some very strong women in the past, but Violette is a notch higher in will, skill, and determination. A woman that strong would require a special man. Violette had to fight every stereotype to reach her goal of being a top chef in Paris. She also had to work tirelessly in that effort. The cost to her personal life and her physical self was enormous and impressive. I loved Violette. I loved that she had adopted the habit of rewarding herself for her accomplishments. What that meant...she was able to keep the critics' words in perspective. Also, Violette did not spend too much time, comparing herself to her competitors and getting anxious. No, she was focused on besting herself! She was aware of her own worth. I loved Violette (I know I already said that ;)).
Chase caught Violette off guard. He entered the scene at a time when she was exhausted from a typical, crazy day. His approach was very direct and delivered with humor. He was equally caught off guard by Violette. This was his first encounter with a woman who could go toe to toe with him. What this dynamic created was something very special for both characters. Violette was able to be vulnerable in the face of Chase's strength and humor. His protectiveness was the perfect gift of love for this woman. Violette's strength, tenacity, and self-respect were the best counterpoint to Chase's seeming lack of trust in emotional depth. His style of courtship made her feel cherished and protected, not conquered. There was no concern that Chase would not be able to handle her intensity or her commitment to her job. Chase was able to feel the feels and not fear being paralyzed by those feelings. He was able to give in to the growing romantic connection, rather than just be carried away by passion. There was no concern that Violette would not be able to handle his intensity or his commitment to his job. They were able to be equally vulnerable with each other...something very new for both of them!
*By the by...this man had NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER with passion! Holy smokes!!!!!! Plunder away, Warrior Chase! Then make me laugh with some clever witticism, delivered at the absolute perfect moment. *
Violette and Chase truly were the safe place for each other! It was beautiful. Very romantic. Less of a true battle than a glorious surrender. Oh, and I loved Violette. ;)
There is a third character in this story...a very important character AND another hero. The very passionate, indomitable, stunningly beautiful, ever-resilient Paris. Paris, throughout history, has been faced with derision, envy, and physical attacks. Paris...remains. Paris continues to BE Paris. That essence refuses to be diminished or altered. Laura Florand did something extra with this novel. She reminded us all of something very important. While we read romantic fiction (most fiction, really) to be entertained by fictional friends and escape from our daily lives, we generally find that even fictional characters have faced heartaches and disappointments. We are endeared to these people and are routing for their success and happiness. The characters in this novel had faced real-life tragedies that reach right into our real daily lives. They are tragedies that we have all watched unfold, unfortunately. This author has a special connection to the setting for her novels. France, and especially Paris, are near and dear to her heart. The depiction of what it meant to be a Parisienne/Parisian, following the terrorist attacks of November 2015, was in my mind, what made Chase Me an especially poignant story. I applaud this author for taking on what must have been an extremely difficult task. She did a wonderful job.
Violette's success was attacked and challenged. She was literally knocked down. Chase continually faced the threat of danger in facing down the tyrants who strive to put out the lights of any and all who challenge their message of hate. The people of Paris were yet again faced with a vicious and heartless attack on their beautiful city, on their very character. But... the bright beacon of love and hope will ever endure. Were I a fan of the hashtag, I would assign the city of Paris #nevertrulydownandneverout. May we all hold on to whatever it is that makes us be intrinsically who we are. Whatever that is. May we all be sometimes down, but never out.
My additional observation, after having now read the first two books in this new series, Paris Nights, is that Ms. Florand is spending a bit less time on the development of secondary characters than she has in the other series. This has created a more technicolor-vivid and enhanced experience for the reader in the unfolding relationship between the two main characters. It is unique to Paris Nights. I like that she has adopted something different to set these books apart. There is a definitive "personality" to each of Laura Florand's series. I have enjoyed ALL OF THEM!
Chase and Vi are a sizzle a minute, with their snappy yet up-front repartee, their physical flirting(read knife throwing), and their willingness to let each other into the successful and powerful lives they have created for themselves. They both come from such a level of strength and excellence, that they find joy just in discovering there is someone else who can match them. And yet, there is a distinct moment in each of their stories, where Laura weaves in the impression of the national, rather global, tragedies that have shaped them as well. I had read at some point that this was going to be a dark story. It is not. It is a story of light and love discovered and nurtured regardless of the dark.
You can read any of these other amazing reviews, Amy does a bang-up job, and you will get a good idea of what these books are about. You simply can't get an idea of how well they are WRITTEN until you get grabbed at the beginning (or the excerpt!) and not let go until 4 am. Go read this book. Or better yet? Buy it. But don't read it. And then go buy all her other books, and read them. In order. Twice. And THEN read Chase Me. And I recommend you take a month long vacation to do all this. Or you will be sleep deprived. Or jobless.
All I have to say? SO glad there was no excerpt for the next one. Can't wait to be surprised!! Thanks again Laura for all you do.
Violette Lenoir meets Chase Smith when he breaks into her Michelin two-star restaurant right before she leaves for the night. He’s some kind of former SEAL government operative – though he claims to work in private security – but she doesn’t know that when she starts throwing knives at him. Instead of being cowed, Chase realises that this leather clad, no-nonsense chef is the woman of his dreams. A rather delightful round of insouciant banter follows and the two embark on a relationship by assignation.
Vi and Chase are the most playful of all the Florand’s leads which is quite a feat given the counter-terrorism elements and that, by the author’s own post script admission, she had reworked the story following the horrifying November 2015 Paris attacks. They add reality and motivation to Chase’s professional zeal and grounding to the overall plot, not in an overwhelming way but as a dose of reality against the brightness of tone and an especially condensed timeline.
I really enjoyed Chase Me and was pleased to discover that several more stories were clearly being set up for Chase and Vi’s counterparts. Mostly, I reveled in how strong and tough Vi was. Having two tough as nails, protector types going toe-to-toe, and with each savouring the other’s inherent badassery , was a lovely change of pace. Strong heroine’s are not unusual in romance, but Vi was more explicitly tough than most women in these books.
Top reviews from other countries
It's no secret that Ms Florand writes THE perfect hero and heroines. I can credit Ms Florand as the reason as to why I'm inspired to re-learn French and practically obsessed with anything French.
The teaser of the first chapter that was posted honestly does not do any justice to the book. Chase and Vi are such wonderful characters that I was pretty much reading this book throughout the entire working day. The chemistry and the absolutely hilarious banter between Chase and Vi made me so sad that the book ended. I honestly could've done with reading about 500 more pages. I adored Vi's passion and love of cooking and her determination to top a male-dominated field. Its I would've love to have seen more scenes of Vi cooking and with her co-workers, though the absence was integral to the plot. Ms Florand has a way with words when it comes to describing food and chocolate. I quite missed that. Vi is an absolute delight she's so fearless and open about her feelings.
Patrick Chevalier, will remain my all time favourite Florand hero, but I can guarantee you that Chase Smith was so very close to stealing that crown. His dirty talk skills honestly made me nearly fall out of my chair in the office. He's so so so adorable and so head over heels for Vi that he continuously f's up everything for her. Which for a seasoned miliary man is damn near impossible I'd I say! He loves that hes met his match with this leather jacket wearing, knife welding mademoiselle. I do wish that Chase actually understand why Vi's work was so so important for her and why she was so angry when her kitchens were closed. It's at this point where Chase acts like a stereotypical man where he just, sometimes steamrolls over Vi. Though, Vi is right there to put him in his place, she is definitely not weak. The chemistry between Vi and Chase is electric and apparent right from the very moment they meet, nothing slow, no build up. Just BAM steaminess everywhere.
To summarise, I'm so excited to see where the Paris Nights series will be going! I'm so happy that I get to follow this series right from the beginning. You're not going regret reading this book at all.