Wilde Chase by Susan Hayes

Wilde Chase by Susan Hayes
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (84 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Police Officer Ben Wilde is married to his work, and he wants a divorce. A third generation cop, he knows the price his career demands, but he still hopes for more out of life than taking down criminals and late nights with his canine partner, Chase.

Veterinarian Kelly Towers loves all animals, but she has a special place in her heart for Chase and Ben, his human handler. When her clinic is broken into, it brings the sexy Chicago cop and his four-footed partner to her door, and the sparks that have been smoldering between them finally combust into flames.

Two passionate souls, two demanding careers, and too many secrets lead to a wild chase…

When Kelly Towers’ phone rings after ten pm she considers hurling it out the window. As a vet she’d accepted the long days and frequent late-night callouts, but life had been particularly hectic recently. Answering the call, she finds their newest hire, Tina, had left the alarm off all night to go on a date. Fearing the worst, Kelly rushes in to work only to find the place being burgled. When she calls the cops, Officer Ben Wilde and his furry partner, Chase, answer the call.

I found this to be a really fun, well written story. I loved how the author gave both Kelly and Ben time to get to know each other a bit before jumping into bed, but kept their chemistry sizzling hot enough that the progression to intimacy didn’t feel rushed or fake. I thought it was a bit overt in the introduction of the other Wilde brothers, but good PR on the authors part. The brothers are rambunctious and interesting and will certainly draw more readers into getting their hands of future books in my opinion.

Equal parts sweet and sensual, I found this to be a lighthearted romance with plenty of scorching sex. This is a great read for those who like their erotica fun and sexy at the same time. I also appreciated how Chase didn’t mysteriously disappear from the story the moment Ben and Kelly hooked up. All too often cute pets/companions are left to linger in limbo once the action starts. Chase is clearly a working police dog, but also an equally important companion in Ben’s home life as well. The only down side I felt was that the conflict (a fight between Ben and Kelly and the following consequences) seemed a little too simple – too clichéd in how it comes about and too easily resolved to take it seriously. I feel if there was a stronger conflict – something fresher or different – this would have been a much stronger book. But this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of it, just made me a bit disappointed and took what could have been a well-rounded, excellent book down into being just a really good one.

For a fun, lighthearted, sexy romance this is a good book from an author I plan to keep an eye out for. With good pacing, interesting characters and great sex scenes this ticks a number of boxes for my reading tastes. Recommended.



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