Review: Chase Me by Sharon Kleve

Reviewed by Shelly

The first in Sharon Kleve’s ‘Sage McGuire’ series, this is a pretty short read and while I thought the blurb sounded very interesting with an adventurous and spunky heroine, I’m not sure that’s what I got. The story opens with Sage and a few of her friends drinking at a bar. They’re there because Sage’s boss has died, but that’s okay because Sage wants to open a private investigate firm. While at the bar, she sees Carter from across the room – sparks fly. When Sage wakes up the next morning, she makes some assumptions that she should have made the night before, but maybe the beer goggles were too thick. Things happen and she finds out that Carter is actually a police officer. Her getting in the PI business and Carter being a cop should equal happiness for her, but not so much, and it’s a long yet short road to their HEA.

Now because this is a novella I’m not sure if there just wasn’t time for character development, but I know that I needed some. I also needed more fluidity in the transitions from scene to scene. It all felt very choppy and not as if I’m reading something that an experienced author would write. I had a lot of the same feelings and thoughts after reading “Four Weddings and 1 Fiasco” by the same author.

I didn’t like Sage or Carter. It wasn’t that they weren’t likable characters. My problem was that there wasn’t enough personality that came through. Sage seemed flakey and I’m still trying to figure out how she qualifies to start a PI business. She has zero experience. She can’t even last a single day in the self-defense class; she was bummed when she got her a*s handed to her by the instructor. While she’s in class, she befriends a fellow student and get a recommendation for an online dating service. Yes, that’s right but don’t ask. There’s more but it’s all too much for a novella. There was too much stuff that were so quickly moved on from that it made me dizzy.

Carter’s character was like a thief in the night. Here one second, gone the next. Nothing there. No substance. No sense of longevity. No sense if he’s even a good guy for Sage.

The story felt choppy, and with unlikeable characters and the whole thing about Sage having no experience to start the PI business – there wasn’t a lot for me to like. That entire story line with Daniel made zero sense. Hopefully it’s better in the next book, “Kiss Me.” This is HFN.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: D

*Book provided by author

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Chase Me
by Sharon Kleve
Release Date: March 28, 2017

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