Monday, March 9, 2020

Giving Chase (Havenwood, #1) by Riley Hart



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Blurb

KELLAN

I wasn’t supposed to fall for my older brother’s best friend. Unfortunately, that ship sailed when I was a teenager, even though Chase Hawthorne always treated me like nothing more than a younger sibling. Things were worse after my parents died. Chase was sweet and supportive, which only strengthened my feelings for him. But then he’d act like I couldn’t take care of myself, and that part didn’t go over well with me. Yeah, I had a habit of screwing up. I’d always been the weird boy in our small town, but just like my big brother, he took overprotective to a new level. Until one night when I was eighteen and Chase and I hooked up. It was a ding to the ego that he left town right afterward. Ridiculously, I’m still not over him.

CHASE

I betrayed my best friend, Griffin, the night I messed around with Kellan. So I ran—first to the Marines, then into law enforcement. Ten years later, I’m back home, this time as a patrol officer rather than a troublemaker’s son. Oh, and unable to keep my hands off Kellan Caine. There’s always been something about him…the way he stands strong in who he is, even when he’s standing alone. I’m trapped between someone I want more than anything and Griff, the guy who’s like family to me. Yet the more time I spend with Kellan, the harder it becomes to deny there’s something real between us.With my dad stirring up trouble, and me going behind my best friend’s back, everything’s a mess. The more tangled the web gets, the more I realize I need Kellan. And that there might be something in the Hawthorne family history that’ll make me lose both Kellan and Griffin for good.


Review 
My Rating - 5 Stars!


Omg I love Riley Hart's Giving Chase, book one of the Havenwood series. My favorite trope is best friend's brother, so this one immediately had me excited. Add that Riley is the author and I knew this one would be fantastic. 
 
Kellan and Chase are certainly swoon-worthy together. The romance is great, the tension is good, and the suspense will keep you intrigued. 


Their story is heavy on the emotions; a sweet and tender romance mixed with a little bit of mystery. The chemistry is strong, as they have to hide their relationship which naturally develops into more, totally leaving the reader invested throughout. The character growth is fully present, as the men definitely have some internal struggles to deal with. 


Adding to the fun, I love the amazing group of family and friends that contribute tremendously to this tale. They are all people I already care about and I can't wait to read more about them.


The writing is everything I've come to expect from this author. Well developed characters, a seamless storyline, and plenty of emotions. Told in dual pov's, the reader is able to fully become invested in both men, and their emotional rollercoasters. 


Riley Hart once again impresses me with Giving Chase. I am seriously addicted to her books and can't wait to see what happens next in this series. I know the ending of this one is super duper sweet. 



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