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Loving the Chase

(Heart of the Storm #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Charming, adventurous Zach Chase has always craved the spotlight, and now he’s on the hunt for publicity for his family’s storm-chasing business. So when a reality TV network approaches him with the idea for a show profiling their work, he can’t resist. But the last person he expects to walk into the meeting is the former love of his life.

Production assistant Maddi Hayes w
Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Montlake Romance
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Jennifer Kyle
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
”She was all he never wanted, and he lost her to a storm.”


This was a very well written story that for a few reasons just didn’t do it for me. I found this story boring although well done. Yes there is a great cast of characters that are introduced that the author will be utilizes in future books in the series. This story doesn’t end in a cliffhanger and the next book in the series will be another couple. Still, I seriously dragged through this one simply bored. I think the author nailed her
Electrifying, action-packed, emotional and sexy. A moving story about family, love, loss and second chances that will make your skin tingle with fear and excitement with its accomplished storm chasing scenes and will put a blushing smile on your face with the slow burn attraction between the heroes.
“He understood it. The buzz, the rush, the physical pull of such a magnificent monster when it’s so close it’s looking at you. Taunting you. Breathing on you.”

Zach Chase, along with his si
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 second chance stars for Loving the Chase. The story lost a whole star because the first 40% of it was just too slow for me but I'm so glad I stuck with it because Zach so did not let me down. Second chance romances are so nice to read because it gives hope for all the broken couples of the world. I would say stick with the story and you'll be very pleased you did.

Zach is a storm chaser and he even chased one on the day of his wedding to Maddi. Zach's charming, good looking, adventurous, loyal
A Klue
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying this was not your usual run-of-the-mill backdrop for a romantic read. Congratulations to Ms. Lovelace for coming up with a unique concept for a book series. As a NetGalley reviewer, I always dread writing a critical review. Fortunately, this one will be easy to write, because, honestly, there wasn’t anything not to like about this second chance romantic tale. The writing flowed, was engaging, and there was a great cast of believable, well developed characters. You felt ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half of the book moved a bit slow but then it picked up in the second half and I was hooked. Great couple, great supporting characters with an edgy suspenseful story. Definitely offered a little something different which is what I like.
One of my favorite movies is Twister so this appealed to me straight away just from the blurb and cover. Great start to this series and looking forward to the next installment. AND... This can be read as a stand alone... no cliffies is always a bonus!

Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review.

I've seen movies and television shows about storm chasing, but I think this is the first time I've seen storm chasing as an important element in not just one book but an entire series of books. It isn't merely thrown in or mentioned sporadically because it's such a huge part of the Chase siblings, who are the stars of the Heart of the Storm series. I found myself
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Eeeeeekkk!!! I am such a HUGE fan of Sharla Lovelace. I absolutely adored her book "Don't Let Go" so I could not wait to get my hands on Loving the Chase and WOW, it did not disappoint.

I am such a fan of the second-chance romance and Sharla really knows how to bring out all the feels.

What an epic romance for two incredible characters who I will keep with me for a very long time to come
Sheryl C. Nash
*3.5 stars*
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Maddi Hays and Zach Chase are both about to get a big opportunity that could make both of their careers. Unfortunately, it also brings them back in close contact seven years after a devastating break up.

Soon she finds herself back in the town she used to call home with people who were her adopted family. and with the only man she ever loved, but lost and never got over.

Zach has always been the magnetic, charming, adventurer seeking the rush and thrill and wanting to control the weather. He woul
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Sharla Lovelace is a new-to-me author. I first read one of her shorter stories on the upcoming anthology, The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine, because I was lucky enough to be granted the ARC by the publisher from Netgalley. Lovelace's story in that anthology, "Enchanted by You" is my favorite of the three; I loved the emotion that packed within the short time-span. So I decided to give this one a try, seeing that it also had the second-chance trope, which is my all-time favorite trope in
Paula Radell
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love stories about family relationships, and I also love second-chance romance. Combine those features with a unique storyline that appeals to my inner adrenaline junkie, and I'll one-click it without a second thought. 'Loving the Chase,' the first book of a new series by Sharla Lovelace, offered me exactly what I was hoping for and delivered it beautifully. I enjoyed it so much I finished it in one sitting. I could have put it down, I just didn't want to.

The Chase family - Siblings Elijah (El
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
5 thunderous stars!! This one kept me up way past my bedtime because I just couldn’t put it down. I’ve always been a sucker for second chance romances. Add storm chasing into the mix and well it’s a twister of a ride, heh. I do love a good storm and have never read anything like this. Zach Chase… oh my... swoontastic. But not just him, the whole family was wonderful – the dynamics just made my heart melt. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a w ...more
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
So, allow me to clarify why this is on my DNF shelf even though I technically did get through the book from start to end: it's because I skimmed. I skipped around the subplots and jumped right to the few parts of the story I wanted to know.

Overall, this was just a bust of a book, and the ending really killed me. I don't really consider this a spoiler since it's mega obvious from the kind of book this is that the leads end up together--the real plot twist would be a romance novel that just goes "
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Loving The Chase is the first story in the series, Heart of the Storm by Sharla Lovelace. We are introduced to a family of storm-chasers, their friends and their romantic adventures.

Zach and Maddi have past history. Seven years ago, on what was supposed to be the best day of their lives, Zach decided to fit in one fast storm chase. Unfortunately for them both, the storm came to Maddi – and it destroyed more than the building they had shared.

Today Zach is heading
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book full of hope, love, lost, learning, overcoming, dealing with, support, chasing your dreams and losing love because of your dreams. The author gives you a very heart touching read with two people who love so much one left behind the other could not live with the danger of his job. It seems like yesterday that Zach watched love walk away when she returns it feels so right like there hasn’t been years since he last saw her. The sparks fly as they met again each remembering the past a ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Sharla Lovelace knows how to write a great second chance romance and with Loving the Chase, she does not fail to deliver.

The story about Zach and Maddi, separated for 7 years because of a devastating event that made her leave and never wanted to look back. Now they are face to face again and the love never died. The passion is still in both their eyes and the chemistry literally burned up my ereader in each and every scene. You can feel the desperation from both of them whenever they are in the
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, the book title is a cheesy play on character names but you will be sadly mistaken if you skip this book because of it. Sharla Lovelace has done it again. She has taken a second chance romance and added herself to one of my favorite authors. I came across one of her books early in the summer (Don’t Let Go) and enjoyed it so when I saw Loving the Chase come across my recommended list I figured it was time to find out if this was an author worth following. She is. I am now working my way throu ...more
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The story of Zach and Maddi.
Zach is a storm chaser - meaning he and his family follows storms and tries to get video and still-film coverage of storms and especially tornadoes.
Maddi is a production assistant at a news channel.
When she first sees Zach, we find out that they have a history. She comes from the same small town, and in fact, thought of his mom as her own. They also had dated and were almost married at one time!
When the news channel proposes a reality show based on following the famil
C.A. Tibbitts
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Zach and Maddi.
Zach is a storm chaser - meaning he and his family follows storms and tries to get video and still-film coverage of storms and especially tornadoes.
Maddi is a production assistant at a news channel.
When she first sees Zach, we find out that they have a history. She comes from the same small town, and in fact, thought of his mom as her own. They also had dated and were almost married at one time!
When the news channel proposes a reality show based on following the famil
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-books
When I started reading "Loving the Chase," I was so afraid it would follow the story line of the hit movie, 'Twister.' I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book has a riveting tale of its own without shadowing the popular movie. "Loving the Chase" is a story about a family of storm chasers that began back with their father and consumed three of his sons as well as his daughter. The family dynamics ring true as the inter-workings of each of their individual relationships unfold and you ca ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the third novel by Sharla Lovelace that I've read. I started with Don't Let Go and was instantly in love with the author's style.

I was practically bouncing like a little kid when I began reading Loving the Chase. And I quickly became disappointed. I love Sharla Lovelace's books because of the great characterization and the emotion that you can't help but feel along with the characters. This book felt more like a regular romance that you can pick up anywhere. It felt like it was more abo
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4.5 Twisting Stars

This book was right down my "tornado alley"! I am majorly into watching documentaries or movies about storm chasing. I've just always been into them. A few years ago, my youngest son started watching them with me. I was ecstatic! As long as he doesn't wanna go out there himself and "for real" start chasing storms. Then, we will have a problem.

I've never read a romance book with storm chasers though. I loved it! It's an awesome idea for a story. I found out the author is a funne
Amber Tinsley
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ya'll I cannot even begin to imagine that I will be able to do this book justice with words. I loved this book so hard that I already want to read it again. I've always loved all things weather related, but I've had a deep rooted love for storms and tornadoes since I was a child. I never thought in a million years that I would read a book that captures that feeling. But Loving the Chase proved my theory wrong. I've seen the chaos a tornado leaves behind,I've even seen an EF1 and an EF2. And I fe ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
Zach Chase and Maddi Hayes were engaged until he left on a storm chasing trip and she was injured when their apartment was destroyed by a tornado. After that, she wan't able to stand having anything to do with her storm chaser. Now, a few years later, Maddi is a production assistant for a TV network that wants to profile Zach's storm chasing family in a reality TV show. As Maddi and Zach are around one another again, it soon becomes clear that the feelings and attraction remain. Maddie has to de ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this novel. When a young woman in thrown into a meeting who someone who chases storms and she find out that the man sitting across the table from her is her ex-fiance and she hasn't talk to him since walked away from him on their wedding day because she was scared from the storm that destroyed their home and she was along. She still loves him, and he hasn't gotten over her. But they are trying to be professional. To make it worse her boss who is suppose to be doing this promo ...more
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
First half was a little slow but this book picked up and kept me completely captivated. I love second chance love stories and Sharla writes them so well. Full review to come
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want to give this book (or any written by Sharla) a bad review but it was like reading "Twister: Extended Edition Revisited", and that wouldn't have been a bad thing at all because Twister is actually one of my favorite movies (I'm an action movie kind of girl) and actually one of the reasons why I bought this book, but it felt totally unoriginal. The tornado scene was very much like the one in "Just one day" and the country dance scene very much like the one in "Don't Let Go". Actually ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Heart of the Storm series by Sharla Lovelace. I am looking forward to this series and what the author is going to bring to us with it. Her writing is so smooth and intriguing that you will not want to put this book down until you know how it is all going to end for Zach and Maddie.

Zach, as well as his siblings, have the storm chasing gene in them that they all inherited from their dad. Zach's dad had a goal in mind though when he was chasing these storms, to provide
Samantha Bilodeau
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I happened to introduce my kids to the movie 'Twister' recently, which got me really wanting a good storm chaser romance (I am a huge fan of Molly E. Lee's Love on the Edge series!). While searching, I found this.

And boy, did I find what I was looking for! This was seriously a great read, sucking me in from page one. Pardon the pun. :P

The characters are all rich and vibrant, from our two leads, Zach and Maddi, to smaller characters like old family frenemy, Harlan. You learn to love this ensemble
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Unpopular opinion:
This would've been better as a miniseries, with actors and settings and music to nuance the corniness and angst. As a novel, the melodrama and flashbacks just came across flat and grasping. Plus, the author indulges in slut-shaming. I love the concept. But the execution left me unfulfilled. I came for the storm chasing. I left because it was a maelstrom of cliches and predictable, impulsive character actions that chased me away. Not awful, but not memorable.
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Sharla Lovelace is the Bestselling and Award Winning Author of five standalone novels, the exciting Heart of the Storm series, and the fun and sexy Charmed in Texas series, all featuring sexy small town love stories with heat and humor. Being a Texas girl through and through, she's proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, a souped up golf cart, and two crazy mutts.

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