Chasing Claire by Paula Marinaro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Claire Winston knows
she’s lucky to be alive—and even luckier to have the love and protection
of a man like Prosper, her adoptive father and leader of the Hells
Saints Motorcycle Club. Yet, try as she may, she can’t leave yesterday
behind. She’s still haunted by Reno, the bad-boy biker her heart loves
but her spirit fears. And she can’t seem to escape the terrifying
memories of a night filled with blood, bullets, and brutality.
Saints soldier Reno has tried everything with liquor and lace to get
Claire off his mind. But he just can’t forget her freckles, her fierce
fragility, and her tender heart. He knows he’s the only man who can give
her the love she truly deserves.
As Claire and Reno spiral back
into each other’s lives, they wonder if happiness is finally in their
cards. But when violence once again explodes around them, Claire must
decide if she really can trust Reno and commit to life with him—or if
she’ll stay chained to her past forever.
I really enjoyed Chasing Claire over Raine Falling. Ms. Marinaro did a better job with editing, more story development, and didn't over do the steamy scenes.
Claire has demons to face from her past and recent choices- which really, these were choices she should never have had to make. She's in love with Reno, but she's also a runner. She needs to let go of her fears, open up to Reno - once and for all, and plant her feet firmly in one place with the man who can ground her for life.
Reno loves Claire, but he's got a case of STUPIDITIS - so stupid is what stupid does. He takes off for awhile before he realizes he's an idiot and comes back. He doesn't make it easy for Claire at first, or for himself, but he learns and does all he can to man up.
In the meantime, we have a little bit of a second storyline going with Jules and Glory. They have some issues to work through and she's going to need someone to lean on when life throws her a nasty wrench in her path. I can't wait to read their book, which I'm hoping is book 3.
Also, there's a side story glimpse at something possible with Dolly, Reno's mom, and Gianni, a head crime boss of his family. I'm definitely hopeful for their own book.
While all of this is going on, Claire makes a big life choice for her future, while some crazy bad people try to take away Reno and Dolly's future altogether.
In the end, everyone needs to band together, sort their junk out, and realize what they have and fight for it. Or maybe that's just Reno - as life flashing before your eyes can do that to a person.
When I first went into this, I was a bit nervous. I didn't love book one, as the couple was ruled by their libido's, and I felt the story line lacked a real story. I was pleasantly surprised by this story and glad I read it. I'm glad that the steam didn't over ride this book and that we had a few couple's going through some stuff, with a bit of crazy left over to be fixed from book one. Though, I do wish that more drama had happened because of some left over things from story one.