Chase the Storm

ChaseTheStorm1Title: Chase the Storm

Author: V.M. Waitt

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press May 2013

Rating: A List: Marilyn marilyn a

Blurb: Up until he buys an old truck, Elijah Morgan lives life according to his family’s plan, never feeling like he belongs. Desperate to find his own path, he heads out on the open road, only to end up stranded in Nebraska. Not wanting to ask for his parents’ help, he takes a job with tough, independent farmer Chase McKenzie.

Despite their age gap, the attraction between Chase and Elijah soon becomes undeniable. They give in to their desire, but that night changes everything and threatens the secret Chase guards so carefully.

As the summer heats up, so does their relationship. When autumn arrives, Elijah is due back at college, and he’ll have to choose whether to continue his education and follow in his family’s footsteps… or to stay in Nebraska with the man he loves.

Review: It’s hard to describe both the pain of never belonging or fitting in and the overwhelming grief that comes when you lose someone you love. The author does an amazing job evoking these emotions in such different men.

Elijah is so lost and my heart broke watching this boy and then young man grow up, never quite fitting in. Never feeling comfortable in his own skin, or comfortable with his family, or his life in general. The beautiful bravery it took to run away and pursue his own life was wonderful. I cheered him on as he drove off in his beater truck hoping to find his path.

Then we meet Chase. He’s closed off and emotionally distant. His pain and grief are visible on his shoulders and in his life. Chase fights his attraction to Elijah and his interference in his life every step of the way. He is a hard man to accept and love but the author gives us glimpses into his core, of his battle with depression and his struggle just to survive. Elijah accepts a job with Chase and you see a boy become a man. Not just learning what back-breaking work is, but how to handle his emotions and find his place in the world responsibly.

This is not a tame book sexually either. An experienced man and a young virgin who vibrates with passionate need. When they come together you can almost taste the sweat on their skin. If you don’t like reading beautiful rough dirty sex…well I feel sorry for you really. This book does not disappoint with the passion elements. Several times I had to put the book down, get up, and get a glass of ice cold water they were so hot together.

This is not a happy-go-lucky, funny love story. It’s a finely crafted portrayal of pain and love, grief and growth. I wept more than I smiled and fell in love with Elijah’s pursuit of Chase. In the end I was upset, angry and then finally, came acceptance of the choices these men made.

I adored everything about this story. I loved the hard elements, I was angry, frustrated, grief stricken, moved, and when the story ended I knew this was going to be one of my few A rating books. Sometimes love takes effort, sacrifice and isn’t a joyous time of smiles. Sometimes love looks like work, and Chasing the Storm is a beautiful story of working towards a lifelong love.

Reviewed by Beans

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