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Chased by Lauren Dane
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Nov 08, 2010

it was amazing
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Read in March, 2010

Liv is the ex-girlfriend of Matt, although they remain friends, and she still sees the whole Chase clan due to her friendships with Maggie and Cassie, the wives of 2 of the Chase brothers. Marc, the youngest Chase, is attracted to Liv, but she wants a man who is ready to commit, and she doesn't believe Marc is after more than a one night(or week) stand. Marc, in the tradition of the older Chase brothers, decides to instigate "The Woo", because he realizes Liv is The One.

Liv is a terrific heroine. She is smart, sassy and sure of what she wants. Her inner commentary made me laugh out loud. She is loyal to her friends. But she doesn't believe she is worth being truly loved, or that she will ever find love like her 2 best friends have. Liv just broke my heart. She feels like everyone she loves leaves her, which makes it hard for her to believe Marc has real feelings for her. Even if he does, she doesn't want to lose him or his family when the inevitable happens - he leaves her. Liv had such a hard time making that leap, and trusting in herself and Marc. When a misunderstanding occurs, she and Marc finally confront her deepest fears. Her straighforwardness and honesty in that scene...wow.

Marc is also terrific. He woos with a vengenance, noticing her favorite tea, sending her flowers, bringing her a muffin on the way to work, leaving poetry on her desk. He refuses to let her run away from what he believes they can build together. He enlists the help of his family, and gets some sage advice from Edward, his dad, in the wooage process. Marc is hard to resist, but throw in all of the Chase's and their wives, and Liv never really stood a chance. Marc knows he has to give Liv time to figure that out for herself, and time to trust in him and his feelings. He is patient, strong, understanding and so in love with Liv, but never does he come off as wimpy. In fact, he grows into the dominant side of his personality because he feels free to be himself when he is with Liv.

Liv and Marc really bring out the best of each other. They are terrific characters on their own but together they are stellar. Lauren Dane creates these amazingly real people, effortlessly weaving her story. I loved this book, and the chemistry between these two is off the hot chart.
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