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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2011
I absolutely enjoyed this book and have subsequently bought the rest of the series.

Book one is Maggie and Kyle's story. Maggie is a history teacher and dresses like one too, much to her friend's disappointment. She just doesn't have the confidence to dress sexy, because after years of her mother comparing her to her older pageant winning sister she knows she isn't beautiful at all. First off Shane Chase bumps into her and spills food all down her, she tells him off and he seems to admire that, and they even go out on some dates. However Shane's ex did a number on him and he is soon out the picture leaving his younger brother Kyle to step in his place and claim the woman that he only stepped back from because his brother wanted her first. An ex of Maggie's gives her a lot of trouble and Kyle vows to make Maggie his and show her she's worthy of all the love he has to give, will she accept it though?

The Chase brother's, wow i wouldn't mind visiting the little town where they are!! Kyle is a little of a ladies man at first and after Shane i would have been a little dubious about dating another Chase! However when they are as hot as this lot with a Momma who takes no rubbish from her strapping lads and kicks their butts when they need it, the family as a whole is very seductive. My advice? Buy, buy, buy :)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2011
The highest praise I can give this book is to say that halfway through this story, the first of 4 about the Chase Brothers, I logged back onto Amazon and bought the other three. That's how much I was enjoying it.

This has a great plot, all the relationships, both romantic and family, are believable and although there are elements of violence, I did not find this overpowering and it added to the tension of the plot well. At the end of the day, this was a heartwarming romance without being overly slushy and I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading romance with a bit of an edge to it.

I intend looking out for other titles by this author. She's a very talented writer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 7 June 2010
This is book one of four books by Lauren Dane about the Chase Brothers - Kyle, Shane, Marc and Matt. Book one is about Maggie & Kyle. Maggie has been belittled all her life by her mother and her elder sister and has always been told her sister is the pretty one. Maggie is a teacher but a bit frumpy. Her friend Liv gives her a mini makeover after her split with her latest boyfriend and she sets her sights on Shane Chase. However, Shane has been hurt in the past by his ex fiance and is now a love em and leave 'em type. He dates Maggie a few times but something she says scares him off. Waiting in the wings is Kyle who is attracted to Maggie. It takes a while to convince Maggie how attractive she is and things are not helped by her evil Mother and Sister. Maggie also has a stalker in the form of Alex who she dated once or twice. Kyle and Maggie are sweet characters and this is a good start to the series - Shane' story is next (Taking Chase). Would recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It appears I'm in the minority in disliking this book, but we've all read this kind of romance before, haven't we? Small town setting, impossibly hunky men and a heroine who has no self confidence in herself yet is pretty underneath it all and manages to bag herself one of four hunky brothers who are described as the prime specimens of manhood. Tall, muscular and impossibly good looking... need I go on?

Sigh. I wasn't expecting anything utterly brilliant or anything, but I did want a nice, sexy romance to curl up with after reading some heavier books recently and this plot sounded charming enough. Instead what I got was a completely predictable Mills and Boon-esque story that was riddled with clichés, poor sex scenes and some of the most arrogant men I have ever read about. The Chase brothers really do think they're god's gift to women and about a quarter of the way into this book they were making me feel a bit stabby.

The book revolves around history teacher Maggie- a bit of a plain Jane who after bumping into hunky town Sherrif Shane Chase ends up on a date with him. After Shane makes it quite clear he's only looking for a fling though, she ends up dating his more dependable younger brother Kyle instead who seems to be completely drawn to her after she has a makeover. Throw a nutter stalker into the mix and small town trials and tribulations and you have yourself a romance.

I do have to say that some bits of the plot worked well enough, despite how dismissive I sound overall- Kyle is certainly a protector and he did sound yummy, as did all of the perfect Chase brothers- all with good jobs and good looks (another cliché). It's just a shame that he constantly talked about the other women he had slept with and dated but how Maggie was the most special. Seriously, if I had been Maggie that would have been enough to put me off! That's not something a girl really needs to know. Also, every other woman in town seemed to be throwing herself at Kyle right in front of Maggie and even Kyle's parents in a rather cringey Thanksgiving scene. Were they drugged or did they just have no self-respect?! It just seemed a bit unbelievable and contrived. Nevertheless, I did like the close friendships that Maggie had with Liv and Dee and her growing relationship with Kyle's parents was heart warming too.

So many aspects of the book just didn't tie in very well and I just had to grit my teeth and suspend my belief. For example: Maggie's stalker's actions and how the police respond to him. Er yeah, sure it would be just like that in real life and they would make the mistake of GIVING BACK the things he initially stole from her in error! Come on people, I know this is fiction, but still! Also, even though Maggie's mother and sister were really bitchy and were made out to be that way right from the start of the novel, they could have at least sounded and behaved in a more plausible fashion- they just came across as completely wooden and two dimensional with some sort of maniacal hatred of Maggie that is never fully explained. And her father stood by and let them treat her like that? Good grief! In all honesty, the character development in this book falls pretty short and I was expecting more from the plot- particularly in the last few chapters where a lot more could have been made of what happened to Maggie- it was a bit of an anti-climax.

This wasn't a badly written book exactly; it was just far too full of clichés and small town stereotypes for my liking and the summary makes it sound a bit better than it is. The sex scenes were also pretty cringey and most certainly not erotic in any way- I've most definitely read better. There's no way men talk to women the way that Kyle did whilst Maggie was in his bed- it sounded tacky and false- whoever he's picked up his womanising tips from his definitely led him astray!!

I'm so glad I didn't pay for this and I definitely won't be reading any others from the set, which is a shame because I had high hopes for it. I've read better Mills and Boon books, to be honest. Not recommended- by me anyway, though it's certainly a quick, none too taxing read that is probably ideal for the sun lounger. If you want a believable romance about some hunky brothers then try the Quinn brother's series by Nora Roberts instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 8 July 2011
Maggie Wright has lived in the town Petal all her life, she is a teacher at the school, she is a caring and thoughtful girl, who cares about her job, and her two best friends Liv and Dee. The Chase brothers are the best looking guys in town, way out of Maggies league or so she thinks. Maggie's sister Janie is tall and beautiful as is their mother, Maggie was always made to feel the ugly duckling in the family, Shane Chase the local sheriff takes Maggie on a couple of dates, but he has been betrayed very recently by his ex fiancee and does not do exclusivity with women any more, and in-between dating Maggie he is dating other women, Shane's brother Kyle also has his eye on Maggie so when Shane messes up with her he is quick to step in. This is a very romantic story, with a full cast of great supporting characters, the story was excellent and keeps the reader engrossed. There is a threat to Maggie in the story, which is very well depicted.Maggie and Kyle's growing relationship is wonderful to read Maggie finds it hard to believe that one of the fabulous Chase brothers is interested in her and for Kyle's part he is kind caring and very sexy. Such a wonderful story that I can heartily recommend to everyone! Can't wait to read the second book in this series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2011
It was ok. The characters jumped about and sometimes it was difficult to follow. One minute Maggie is a lovely shy woman and the next she is dropping the f-bomb in front of her future in-laws!!! Would recomend it if it was a 'free' read - don't bother buying it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2011
i loved this book from start to end, i couldnt put it down. the detail of the story was great, not to much just the right amount instead of some long indepth draged out information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2011
This is not normally my kind of book but as it was free and previous reviews had been good I decided to give it a try and I was more than pleasantly surprised. This is a wonderfully written book with identifiable characters and a very real feeling setting. The interpersonal interactions done very well across the board for friendships, family and dates and it all feels very believable. As a result I found myself quickly sucked into life in Petal and the main character Maggie was very easy to relate to. This is a real life style romance novel with relationships that have ups and downs and so avoids the trap of being gooey and chocolate boxy. The sex scenes are done very tastefully, avoiding the use of overly flowerly language yet without being overly crude either.

All in all for me this was a real, edgy, slightly steamy at times book and I instantly went on and bought the other 4.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2010
I loved this series it was excellent and lauren dane at her best not as hot as laid bare and relentless but really great set of characters, the women are hot, funny and give the men a run for their money and the men those chase boys if only they were flesh and blood hot hot hot, the 1st book sees kyle chase get together with maggie and centers around her pervy stalker, all four books are great my favourite brother shane, sexiest sounding brother matt, funniest girl has to be liv, but back to this book it sets up the series showing us a bit about each brother shane has next book then marc then matt, love polly chase (the mum) she sounds fab, if you havent read this series its a must, like i said a bit tame for lauren dane but you forgive that for the great story you get lost in each book and are sad when the last one ends, get this and the other 3 and sit back and enjoy the ride
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2011
I just loved this book, it was on free download and well, the remaining brothers are on the wish list... to quote the singer Paula Cole "WHERE have all the cowboys gone?"

No spoilers here, picked it up at about 9pm last night and read through until 2 am this morning, another hours read on my lunch, and waited dinner until I finished it.

Just amazing
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