Chase Me by Tamara Hogan
(Underbelly Chronicles #2)
Sourcebooks Casablanca ( June 2012)
Paperback, 331 pages
I really wasn’t sure what I was going to think of Chase Me. Tamara Hogan is a new author for me, and upon reading the blurb I was, I have to say, rather dubious about reading the book. After all, I like paranormal romance, not sci-fi! Things from out of space just aren’t my thing. Far be it from me to not read a book just because of its cover however, so I was big and brave and sucked up my portly tummy, and dived on in. And I have to say I am glad I did.
The leading lady in is Lorin Schlessinger, a Valkyrie archaeologist (darn this is going to take me an age to type!). I really like Lorin. She is sharp, and funny, and can kick ass too!! She has recently been put in charge of the archaeological dig which is trying to find information to confirm the Underworld Council’s (made up of a first and second from each of the seven individual paranormal species) verbal histories.
Lorin stumbles across a very important find up at the site but manages to accidentally open the relic releasing who knows what into the atmosphere. After her rather epic fail risking her life, and that of the other members of the dig, the Council decides to give her a helping hand, in the form of Gabriel Lupinsky, who, as his name suggests, is a Were (wolf shifter).
Although Gabe’s help is not particularly appreciated by Lorin, she definitely does appreciate his body… enter some nice sexual tension between the two, especially as Ms Hogans version of a Valkyrie has the mantra “food, fight, fuck” and they require plenty of three. Add to that Lorin’s friend with benefits, Rafe, has called off the benefits side of their friendship, and Lorin is left with a large and frequent itch to scratch. The subsequent sex scenes are well done and rather steamy.
And then it gets a little bit odd. A vampyr pimp/entrepreneur from space, Beddoe, hears the bleep from a tracking beacon (the opened relic) and beams himself down to the dig site looking for the lost space ship that bought the original paranormal families to Earth. Earth is rich in water, which I gather is in limited supply in space and on other planets, which makes the planet a rich find for Beddoe, and it’s his plan to rule the planet. Strangely enough, this part of the story blends well and I find myself wanting to know more about what’s happening with Beddoe, more about his back story, and to see where his plans are going. He is quite an intriguing character.
The blend between science and paranormal is actually done really well, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying Chase Me, although I am frustrated that I haven’t read Taste Me, the first book in the series, which I hope fills in some of the back story about the spaceship, and how the paranormals ended up on Earth. Things that have happened prior to this book are mentioned throughout and although they don’t have a massive part to play in CHASE ME, I do prefer to start a series at the beginning so I have all the information and don’t have gaps…. I don’t like gaps in a story! So I am going to be making a point of reading Taste me, before I go ahead and move any further along with this series… which I will be doing!!
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Taste Me
- Chase Me
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