Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Chasing Sam by Krystal Shannan

Chasing Sam (Vegas Mates #1)
by Krystal Shannan
Contemporary Erotic Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Categories: Action/Adventure, Shifter
Publisher: Self-Published/Indie
Heat Level: Steamy
Length: 78 pages

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Samantha Demakis doesn’t want a mate right now. Her birth-rite and family obligations to her status as the first daughter of a noble family beg to differ. In fact, even her wolf seems to be against her. When a chance encounter reveals the man who might just be a perfect fit, will she run? Or will she fight?

Chase Michaels has been alone for seventy-five years. He’s fought in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan in the US Army. Somewhat resigned to never finding his true mate, he is shocked when his wolf reacts so strongly to a woman he runs into in the airport. Unprepared for the politics and snobbery of the noble families, Chase finds himself fighting in a different type of war —a war for the heart of a woman he knows should be his.

A lot of things are chasing Sam, but who or what will catch her in the end?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.


 “Sam? Sam, have you heard anything I’ve said?”

Sam finally tore her gaze away from Chase. When she’d seen him walk into the lounge, every part of her being began to ache. Her wolf was going nuts, urging her to go over and talk to him immediately. 

“He is here to see us!” 

Sam glanced up at Nicole and then again at Chase. God, he was smiling. A huge lolling sexy grin. Her heart melted into a puddle and all she wanted to do was oblige her wolf, climb into his lap, and snuggle against his broad chest.

Nicole laughed and Sam turned back with a glare. “Out of the entire Vegas strip, soldier-boy hottie ends up one table across from you in your favorite haunt.”

“Shhh… Nicole, don’t talk so loud. He can hear you.” Her cheeks warmed and she took another quick sip of her Jack and coke. 

“Ooooh, this is the hottie from the airport?” Hallie giggled.

Sam put her empty glass down and looked up. All three of her sisters were smiling and waving at Chase and his friend. If only she could disappear into the leather of the seat cushion.

“Nicole, wave them over here to our booth. I want to meet the guy that finally made Sam turn her head twice.” Tess snickered. “It’s not every day you get to see Samantha Demakis blush like a high school freshman.”

“Shut up, Tess,” Sam hissed and scowled at her little sister. She wanted nothing more than to talk to Chase again, but not surrounded by her sisters or in front of whoever his friend was.  

Before she could object, Nicole had hopped up from their booth and walked over to the pair. Sam stole another glance and shivered with excitement when both men stood and followed Nicole back to the table.

My Review:

Samantha Demakis wants to be a doctor but her family expects her to fulfill her obligations as the eldest daughter of her family. I liked Sam, she had spunk and a kind of determination that inspired me to root for her. This was a new idea of pack structure for me in a shifter story, and the idea of the wolf having an opinion was fun. I loved the conversations that Sam and her wolf had. I could see that they probably argued often but they both want Chase Michaels.

Chase Michaels is a soldier and his family is pretty far down among wolf society compared to Sam’s. He’s fought in several wars including Vietnam and Afghanistan. The moment when they brush against each other in the airport and both of their wolves instantly recognize each other was a pretty great scene. I loved that Chase was patient, kind and willing to fight for Sam.

Overall I loved this novella, it was the perfect read while on my road trip. It kept me engrossed and not paying attention to the drive, which was all I could ask for. My only complaint was that I wanted more, but I’m looking forward to the next books in this series. I have a feeling that they will be just as entertaining. 

4 books

I received this book as part of the tour in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Krystal Shannan is a born, raised, and current TEXAN. She is married to a wonderful man who supports her dream of writing and allows her to spend many evening and weekend hours glued to her laptop. During the day she moonlights as an elementary music teacher. In addition to a doting husband, a young daughter is also part of the picture and keeps her hopping! An ornery little Welsh Corgi completes the household.

Krystal has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She has always dreamed of writing romance and sharing the "movies in her head" with the world. If she's not writing, she's reading -historical, paranormal, action, adventure -anything she can get her hands on that ends with a Happily Ever After!

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  1. Sounds like an interesting read.

  2. Whoops the answer to your question - is an angel.

  3. Thanks for hosting me! And for the lovely review!
    Krystal Shannan