This book nearly got 4.5 stars. I relented because the reason was that I wanted more and it ended.
Laura Florand's Chase Me is handled with her usual grace and exquisite sensitivity. Chase Me deals with issues of grief, of terrorism, the world we live in and how it shapes us, and the people who stand so bravely between the rest of humanity and the dark. All this and yet this story was filled with humor, with laugh out loud moments, with knowing chuckles even as my heart twinged with shared sorrow.
I loved Chase and Vi's story. Seriously, the only flaw I can see is that the story ended at all. I would have loved to see more of their banter, more of the strength and grace they bring to each other and the world, and to see how they each fight for the world in their way.
Chase might have been the special ops guy, but I appreciated that Vi and her team of chefs were just as kickass when terror burst into their kitchen. Do not mess with a person who knows how to fillet and julienne or you might find yourself very sorry indeed. As someone who is often singled out for extra attention at airports, I loved Vi's defense of her friend.
Yes, there is the dark, but there are also people who fight against it. Vi and her team, by feeding people, providing warmth to those who need it, and opening a refuge of sorts, such as it is. Chase and his team by being the shield and the bullet and the silent knife. Laura and her beautiful stories that illuminate even as they remind us to be always aware of the dark, to be part of the light.
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.