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Chase Me Mass Market Paperback – June 5, 2012
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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
About the Author
Tamara Hogan Tamara Hogan is the award-winning author of The Underbelly Chronicles paranormal romance series. An English major by education and a software developer/process engineer by trade, she recently stopped telecommuting to Silicon Valley to teach, edit, and write full-time. Tamara loathes cold and snow, but nonetheless lives near Minneapolis with her husband and two naughty cats. 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 won Prism Awards for Best Dark Paranormal, Best First Book, and Best of the Best. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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In the present, Valkyrie Lorin Schlessinger heads an archeological expedition of student volunteers in search of the now mythical ship; while werewolf geologist Gabe Lupinsky leads the on-site excavation. Lorin and Gabe are attracted to one another, but their dig triggers a beacon that attracts an off-world vampire to this remote meaningless planet as the creature knows this rock contains some valuable treasure that he will plunder regardless of the cost to the ignorant innocent. While the Underworld Council members ponder about punishing the expedition members, Lorin and Gabe confront the evil treasure hunter.
The sequel to Taste Me is a terrific jocular romantic urban fantasy with a wonderful satirical spin; summed up nicely by Carl Sagan as the Emeritus member of the Underground Council. The storyline rotates perspective from the assertive in your face Valkyrie chasing after the reticent werewolf to the student escapades to the Council behaving like Congress doing nothing that matters to the malevolent vampire. Fans will relish this fine tale as we await the paranormal confrontation.
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.
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. I enjoyed watching these two try to find their footing and often losing it, it was quite entertaining. I found myself wanting to skip over the spacey parts and getting back to Gabe and Lorin!
I do enjoy the world these books are set in, I like the side characters and would like to see many of their stories told. I am not ready to give up on this series although, I'm afraid that the space story is going to continue into the next book at the least. T. Hogan writes a great character and I enjoyed the first books story, but then rock stars are always more interesting then crazy space people looking for a box. So we will see what the next book holds in store for us. Overall it was a decent book, I didn't hate it, the characters made up for any story issues I may have had.
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