Chasing Tara by Rayne Rachels

Chasing Tara by Rayne Rachels
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Tara Wilson and her daughter, Haley, are running for their lives. They are only steps ahead of her brother-in-law who plans to use Tara to pay off his gambling debts, but before they can reach safety, their car breaks down outside of Bryant Station.

Jason Anderson’s bear knows Tara is his mate, and the bear will do anything to protect Tara and her cub. However, Jason is not looking for a mate. His mate died years ago and bears only get one mate…or do they?

Chasing Tara has a good premise about a mom and her toddler running away from a creepy bad guy and a hero swoops in to rescue them. It’s the idea of heroic action that drew me to this story.

Ms. Rachels delivered on the saving part. Tara needed help and she was a smart and savvy woman who knew it. I appreciated the fact the heroine actually did have a solid and believable plan and it would have worked. The clinker in her plan was fate and the spirit of Mother Bear. Turns out Tara needed to be a heroine; she needed to save someone too – the hero, Jason.

I met Mother Bear in Lisa’s Bear, the first book in the series. It turns out that there is a lot of paranormal mysticism that guides the romances in this series. In this book I learned a little bit of where they originated from and what the goal is as far as Mother Bear is concerned. It’s quite fascinating. That being said, Chasing Tara is definitely a standalone read.

The dialogue, plot, action, characters and environment were well done, engrossing and entertaining. I really enjoyed reading this story but I wasn’t too impressed with some of the editing, especially when at one point the editor goofed and missed the name swap – the story is about Tara, not Tina. Tina was a skank from the last book. And instead of writing bear cub, it had cube. I laughed at that. So, just be aware there are a few glitches but Chasing Tara is still worth reading because it’s fun to watch how Jason messes up with his fast courtship of Tara. He’s such a bear.

Another thing that made my brain itch was Tara’s decision in dealing with the detestable, disgusting bad guy. Jason was warned but he just didn’t get it. I think he was slow on the uptake a couple of times but he’s not a mind reader so I guess being fallible is more realistic. He’s a hero but he’s not Superman. And, even though I wasn’t crazy about Tara’s actions, the author actually addressed that in the book and convincingly justified the events that occurred. I may personally not like those kinds of plot scenarios but I bow to the reasoning, especially since it led to a satisfying happy ever after.

Chasing Tara has some wonderfully tender moments between Tara’s daughter, Haley, and her soon-to-be stepson, Ben. They were some of the sweetest interactions in the story. The spice and heat that an erotic romance promises is more than met with scenes between Tara and Jason. The author provided plenty of fun for readers. On the whole, this was an enjoyable and quick read and I found it just the right size to indulge in before bedtime. I’m glad I read it.

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