Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Review: "Chasing Me" (Jennifer Probst)

James Hunt comes from a wealthy, influential family, and has never wanted for anything, but his passion for the visual arts doesn't belong in that upper-echelon world. When he risks losing the woman he loves more than anything else, he moves to Chicago to begin study in his art at the Brush Institute and to be with her, to prove himself worthy.

Maybe he has no idea how to do that, after all. With his art teacher keeping him constantly off-balance and the pressure to support himself weighing more and more heavily on him, stress makes him suspicious and difficult to live with, even for Quinn.

Quinn Harmon is nearing graduation, delighted to be living in Chicago with her boyfriend James. She's working at a rehab clinic, hoping for a full-time position when she graduates, and juggling part-time work in addition to her time with James. But things aren't what they used to be between them. James is secretive, holding back, and she has no idea why.

Can they overcome the increasingly overwhelming obstacles to stay together?

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst presents Chasing Me, the sequel to her renowned Beyond Me in her scintillating Sex on the Beach series.

Though Chasing Me is a sequel, as aforementioned, Probst expertly handled its writing such that any reader can pick it up and step right into the immediate story without having read the prior book, although reading both in order certainly only improves the experience.

She uses the contemporary romance format to explore themes of insecurity, fear, self-doubt, ambition, the definition of success, love, lust, sacrifice, betrayal, and more. In Quinn, readers have a sweet, dedicated, hard-working woman for whom to cheer, as she works to achieve her dreams in her chosen field and to support and encourage the man she loves.

Meanwhile, James is by far the edgier character, not only in terms of his obsessive sexual desire and passion for Quinn but also in regard to his emotional stability, mercurial temperament, and overall cynical outlook, all of which he struggles to pour into his art, to his creations' detriment.

For those who read the first book and perhaps came to know James as someone who had no problems toeing and even occasionally crossing the line between the lip of the precipice and a deliberate dive over the edge, he spends a great deal of this second book playing it safe in all aspects of his life based on a number of false assumptions. (You know what they say about making assumptions, after all.) Chicago certainly turns out to be a different milieu for him.

If you don't mind spicy eroticism, a survey of some of the typical societal issues that new adults face, and a fair amount of emotional and psychological suspense, then Chasing Me is one romance you won't want to miss.

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Author: Jennifer Probst
Title: Chasing Me
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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