Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Chasing After Me - R.C. Martin

Chasing After Me (Made for Love #5)
by R.C. Martin
Published: March 6, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

I found her hiding in her own eyes—
the pretty little thing in black Chucks.
Even then I knew...
Knew that she would light my world.
Knew that she would steal my heart.
In just one glance, I knew I'd let her have it all.
All she had to do was take it.
All she had to do was chase her...
Chase the girl I saw in those gorgeous brown eyes.

Chasing After Me has been written as a STAND ALONE novel. Intended for readers 18+ years of age due to language and sexual content.

4 Stars

Kenzie has known everything she ever wanted in life and has worked tirelessly to get there, only doing what is needed to attain her end goal. Convinced by her best friend to attend a party Kenzie starts to bend the rules when she sees the handsome guy in the motorcycle boots. Soon she's questioning her life goals and enjoying drinks, cozying up to Coder "Motorcycle Boots," and reviewing her commitment to her steadfast faith. Coder makes her see things differently and she soon finds that she can have everything she wants and more.

Chasing After Me is the story of Kenzie and Coder, characters we don't know well from the Made for Love series, but who fit right in with the others. Kenzie is young, smart, determined, and still growing into herself. Coder is older, a tattoo artist, and surprisingly full of so much life that his bad boy persona is immediately forgotten. Their relationship doesn't make sense to others, but they bring out the best in one another. I loved their story as they brought Kenzie "Mack" out of her shell and Coder found that all he'd been living for before her wasn't what he wanted anymore. They cover the topic of life, family, love, and God, their relationship so well rounded you have to read it to believe it. It's an emotional read though, at times filled with such sad subjects that I wanted to cry and other times making me smile endlessly. Ultimately, I loved that CAM wasn't just a romance, but rather a book about life with romance wedged into the story.

Chasing After Me is a heavier story than previous Made for Love novels, at least for me. God, a topic I actually enjoy in a book, has a bigger presence in the main character's life and the struggles she faces, though not directly her own, certainly break your heart. I couldn't read CAM as fast as I have read previous R.C. Martin novels, just because it was so emotional for me to keep pushing through. Kenzie and Coder are perfect together, but as individuals and as a couple they go through a lot of development as well. It's just not a book I could get through in one sitting, but it is a book I can see myself reading again and again. Yes, there were a few slight grammatical errors and yes, Kenzie comes across as pretty immature for the first half, but as the story evolved so too did Kenzie.

R.C. Martin writes story with depths, with real life woven into the words, and Chasing After Me, the final novel in the Made for Love series, is no different. It's serious and sweet and absolutely worth the time it takes to read and digest. If you're looking for an emotional read that will suck you in, Chasing After Me is it for you.

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