Cassie Gambol is on the run. In what seems like another lifetime, her ex-husband nearly ended her life and effectively ended her successful career as a vascular surgeon. But even though the justice system found him guilty of attempted murder, he fled while awaiting sentencing and Carly Sunderland became Cassie Gambol.My Thoughts: I really enjoyed book 1 in this series when I read it last year so I was raring to go when this one popped up at the top of my TBR pile. Frankly, it didn't disappoint. We got to meet up with the hunky Chase boys again, watch their wacky (but loveable) mama charm the town despite her crazy driving ways, and dip into the small town life that thrives in Petal.
Fleeing Los Angeles, she heads to small and off the map Petal, Georgia to start her life again. Shane Chase, a man who's held himself away from commitment since his fiance dumped him several years before knows the beautiful newcomer is hiding something. He's wildly attracted to her strength and her underlying vulnerability as well.
But the last thing Cassie wants is another big, overwhelming man who wants to control her life. A battle begins between Shane, who knows what he wants and Cassie, who knows she needs to do everything she can to keep a distance between herself and the very handsome sheriff.
But Cassie's ex is back and he wants her dead.
Shane was the commitment phobic brother who dropped Maggie like a hot potato in book 1 (thus paving with way for Kyle to end up with the lady of his dreams) and has shied away from serious relationships since he caught his fiancee with his best friend several years before. He's a little shocked when he finds himself pining for Cassie as soon as she moves to town - especially since he knows there's a whole lot more to her story than what she's telling.
Cassie... Wow. What she had endured was heartbreaking enough. That she lost everything, including her identity and career, because of one seriously deranged man who should have loved her and kept her safe was even worse. Yet, she's a survivor and she isn't about to let panic attacks or fear destroy her life. And she blossoms in Petal. She learns that she can have a normal life and be a normal person and it's liberating. No, it's not an easy road for her to reach that point, but she fights for it.
I honestly love the slice of small town life we're given. I love how everyone knows everything within a day (or a few hours) of it happening and they rally around when one of theirs is in need. Lauren Dane does a fantastic job of bringing the family dynamics to life and building the relationships between the brothers. Fun, sexy, sad, scary - you get a little of everything with those Chase boys.
Books in this series
1. Giving Chase
2. Taking Chase - Kindle
4. Making Chase
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