Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Review: Chase Me by Laura Florand

Chase Me ( Paris Nights #2) by Laura Florand
Publication date: April 5th 2016
My rating: 5 stars 
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A Michelin two-star chef at twenty-eight, Violette Lenoir could handle anything, including a cocky burglar who broke into her restaurant in the middle of the night.

Or so she thought.

Elite counterterrorist operative Chase “Smith” had been through things that made Hell Week look easy. But nothing had prepared him for a leather-clad blonde who held him at bay at knifepoint and dared him to take her on.

Now if only saving the world didn’t require he ruin her life.

Two people who thought they could handle anything now have to take on each other.

It's a battle neither one expected. But with their futures on the line, they have nothing to lose...but their hearts.

Warning: This book contains one arrogant Navy SEAL, nights of Paris passion, and a woman who wants to have it all.

My Thoughts:
Chase Me was an utterly fun love/hate romance (well, on Violette’s side, anyhow) full of clever banter, and seriously HOT!

Violette Lenior fought her way to the top as a chef with hard work and talent which earned her two Michelin stars, and the command of her own restaurant.  Unfortunately, all this is about to go bottoms up when Chase Smith breaks into her kitchen.  Knives are thrown, heads and hearts are lost, and it is soooo very, very sexy! However, the next day Violette’s world comes crashing down when her kitchen is shut down with a bogus accusation, and she just knows Chase had something to do with it!   Let that man beware, because this knife wielding woman is on the warpath!

When Chase breaks into Violette’s restaurant he doesn’t expect to be completely bewitched by the knife wielding, leather wearing dynamo!  She’s strong, confident, and Chase’s heart is a goner! But he knows things will not be smooth sailing, especially since Chase’s mission to thwart a terrorist attack means shutting down Violette’s restaurant. 

I was totally smitten with Chase!  He was the perfect melding of playful arrogance and a big heart.  He was an unstoppable force, and once Violette became his target she didn’t stand a chance in getting away.  The fact that Violette was strong and confident didn’t threaten Chase in any way, in fact that revved him up even more!  Violette’s mix of strength and vulnerability endeared me to her, and I related to every passionate emotion she had. 

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!  Chase is chasing Violette a lot and Violette is beating him off a lot, but without serious conviction for the most part, because Chase is pretty irresistible! There was so much delicious, playful push and pull; I had a huge grin on my face for so much of the story! I’m still smiling just thinking about these two!

I just LOVED Chase Me!  As usual I’m in awe of Ms. Florand’s writing talent.  The plot includes a potential terrorist attack on Paris which is very current, serious, and, I thought, dealt with respectfully. Yet, this romance still managed to be lighthearted, fun, and full of the zest for life.  Nothing could keep Violette or Chase down!  A total recommend!


Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Since then, her books have appeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Year by Library Journal, RT Book Reviews, and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. In 2015, NPR gave her the enormous honor of naming her Chocolate Kiss to its list of the Top 100 Romances of all time.

For more information, please see her website: www.lauraflorand.com.  


Joy said...

Ack. I got this email from Laura about a download of this book, but the download didn't work for me. *cries* I'm going to try again. Anyway, was there ever a surprise? Nope. 5 stars! I'm dying to read this now.

Alyssa said...

All you had to say was "hot" and "sexy" and usually I am sold. ;) Dude! I'd never even heard of this author before this post. o_o Well, I definitely have to check out some of her books. Fantastic review, Rachel!

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Nick said...

Gosh, I really really need to read a book by Laura Florand. You know what, Rachel? I'm going to go ahead and purchase a couple this week!
I love that she does sexual tension and chemistry so well. And I'm already a little bit in love with Chase. :)
Fabulous review, Rachel!

Lekeisha said...

I think I'll give the first book a shot. This sounds like my type of hotness. Great review!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I need to read something light and fun and flirty. I will have to go look this one up, plus I love seeing that five star rating.

brandileigh2003 said...

The hotness level and the banter sounds like great things in favor for this one

Eva @ All Books Considered said...

I've only read one book by this author and I didn't love it! Sounds like I have seriously been missing out! I'm glad you loved this one Rachel and I think I'll give this author another try!

Keertana said...

I loved this one too, Rachel! It's very different from Florand's typical romances but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I fell in love with Chase as well! I'm so excited to read the rest of the books in this series, not to mention I'm already impatient for Florand's next novel. Wonderful review, Rachel!

Ksenia said...

I finished A Wish Upon Jasmine and loved it! Wonderful review, Rachel! Can’t wait to start this series, it sounds absolutely fabulous.

Eri said...

I'm in love with Laura Florand's books and I recently read the first one in this series, and I cannot wait to read Chase Me! I agree, no one does write chemistry the way she can and the whole spy angle has me buzzing for this to be released. Great review!

Eri @ Airy Reads

Piecraft Bucharest said...

Sounds so good! And I'm so due for some quality escapism... A considerate and well written review, Rachel.

Carina Olsen said...

Yay! Awesome review Rachel :D So glad you loved this book so much. <3 I have not heard of it before, but you do make it seem pretty amazing :) Though not a book for me. But yay for it being so good :D Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts about it. <3

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