by Tamara Hogan
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Netgalley
Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.
Several graphic sex scenes
Incubi, sirens, vampires, Valkyerie, faeries, and were-creatures live secretly alongside humanity in this gritty, sexy series.
In the second installment, Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and werewolf geologist Garbriel Lupinsky are assigned to work together on a dig site. Gabriel’s methodical work practices and Lorin’s inexplicable attraction to him grate on the archaeologist’s nerves. But when she unlocks a cryptic box that sends a signal to intergalactic enemies, Lorin will have to set aside her feelings and work with Gabriel…or risk losing everything.
CHASE ME, the second book in Tamara Hogan’s Underbelly Chronicles series, quickly grabbed my attention with a premise that added a sci-fi twist to the origins of the many paranormal creatures that populate this word. Unfortunately, that interesting concept never took flight. I ended up feeling like I read a 352 page prologue that never actually got around to the story. The set up was there, but by the end of the book…nothing had happened.
While I liked how Lorin and Gabe’s romance evolved I would have been fine sacrificing some of their scenes together for some actual plot.Basically, an ancient artifact is discovered, they investigate its properties and find that it could have startling answers to their history, which then leads to a huge cliffhanger at the end of the book. I am fine with a cliffhanger only when something else in the story is resolved. The reader knows who the bad guy is but the characters are pretty much in the dark about him/her. The antagonist is never revealed to the characters and the most action that happens is really in the sex scenes. The only thing that I actually felt satisfied with was the building romance between Lorin and Gabe.
I enjoyed seeing how a valkyrie and werewolf could get along without tearing each other apart considering both creatures are known for fighting and anger issues. The scenes with them are sexy and fun. I loved Gabe being a gorgeous, myopic, and kind of nerdy werewolf who happens to get very handsy and talkative while drunk. While I liked how Lorin and Gabe’s romance evolved I would have been fine sacrificing some of their scenes together for some actual plot movement and resolutions in the story beyond these two solidifying their feelings for each other.
I saw some potential in CHASE ME with the alien origins of the characters and loved the romance but it left me hanging too much to really be anticipating the next book in the Underbelly Chronicles series.