Review: Choosing Chase by Julie Raust with Interview

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Review: Choosing Chase by Julie Raust with Interview

Choosing Chase - an Old Enough to Love You Novella

Just when Tess — widowed, pushing forty and carrying a few extra pounds — becomes resigned to her nonexistent sex life, her hunky young landlord makes his interest known. Tess would give anything to take Chase up on his offer for a one-night stand, but she’s afraid of ruining their friendship. She has a choice to make – one mind-blowing night with Chase or a lifetime of wondering ‘what if’.

Chase has wanted Tess for the last two years. Hell, he is head-over-heels in love with her, but he's almost a decade younger and she doesn’t take him seriously. Chase is livid when he assumes someone else has been fulfilling Tess’s needs. He wants her to see him as more than just a friend, even if it means playing down-and-dirty to prove it. But just how far will Chase go to win Tess’s heart forever?

He's a hunky yet misunderstood alpha male hero. She's a beautiful independent but gun-shy heroine. This book contains sexual situations, content and language and is intended for mature readers.

Title: Choosing Chase
Author: Julie Raust
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: 12 April, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 45
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Stars: three-half-stars
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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A quick and ultimately sexy story, the conflicts are entirely self-created and often have a feel of being overly important to the character’s personalities.  Tess is a widow, having moved into the apartment that Chase owns after her undemonstrative husband died.  Feeling unwanted and unattractive, the person she has fantasized about is Chase, the younger landlord.

Chase is attracted to Tess: her body, her personality and her big heart.  While the two of them dance about the attraction, Chase’s friend makes a bet with him to ‘make a move and make it last’.

Sexually the story is super steamy with desire and satisfaction taking the lead.  When Tess overhears the tail end of a conversation, her worst fears take over and her reaction leads to the two not speaking and lots of heartache.

Tess was beautifully crafted, but I found her annoying with her hesitations, and her low self-esteem.  At a point when she should be reveling in the satiation and the sexy man who is perfect for her in every way, she is trolling the internet looking for appropriate acronyms and trying to label their relationship.  A relationship, I should mention, that has no need for a label from the younger man.

There was, however, emotion and attraction that was palpable, the sex was steamy, and the set up for the story was a cute one, leaving everyone satisfied in the end.

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Vanessa: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a nut – not in the eccentric artsy kinda way, but in the silly, goofy, love to laugh kinda way. I dislike anything too deep or depressing and that’s probably why I love romance so much. I crave the happily ever afters. After many successful years climbing the corporate ladder, I finally decided to trade in my power suits for sweats pants and t-shirts.

Now I spend my days on a quiet little street in the suburbs of Toronto where nothing really exciting happens except in the books I read and write. I’m thankful to my husband and three wonderful kids for supporting my decision to stay at home and focus on my passion – writing. It’s taken me a few decades, but I finally understand the concept of “love your job – love your life”.

Vanessa: Can you tell us about your current work in progress, perhaps you could share a favorite fact or piece of fascinating information about it?

Currently I’m working on the second book in my Old Enough to Love You series – Giving Up Gage. This is the first book I’ve written where the main characters don’t really get along. Gage and Roxi definitely have sexual chemistry but they can’t seem to stop fighting long enough to accept their attraction for each other. Don’t worry though; it all works out in the end with the help of some stolen panties, a spiteful ex, a sexy alpha male and some pretty hot lovin’. As always, I promise a happily ever after and lots of sexy dialogue.

In addition to Giving Up Gage, I’m also completing my first full novel in the Shifter Breeds Series – Making Maggie Mine.

Megan: What fictional character would you most like to be stranded with on a deserted island? (it can be one of yours or another authors)

I would love to take any one of Laurann Dohner’s New Species men with me on a deserted island. Most likely I’d choose Fury or Valliant. They’re sexy, protective and dedicated. I’d never have to worry with a species man around, plus my nights (and hopefully days) would be very fulfilling – wink wink!

Megan: What is the first thing you do when you finish a manuscript?


Then – I relax with my family for a day or two.

Then – I call in the troops – my editor, formatter and cover artist.

Evelise: What do you do to get in the mood to write? Quiet space, music? Do you outline or do you let it flow?

I get most of my writing mojo while trying to fall asleep for the night. It must be the sound of my husband’s ear piercing snoring that lets the creative juices flow.

Jacque: If you were to change one thing about your book, what would it be and why?

I would make it longer. Choosing Chase is a short novella and although I’m a lover of short quick reads, I’ve received a lot of great feedback from readers wanting more.

Jacque: What books have most influenced your life most?

I began my love affair with romance books by reading Diana Palmer, Sandra Brown, Lori Foster, Julie Garwood and Johanna Lindsey. Any one of their books have influenced my life’s direction and provided fuel for my own romantic imagination.

Lusty Penguin: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That it’s ok to delete a scene even if you love it. I had a hard time with that concept, but once I learned to just go with the flow of the story rather than trying to fit all the planned pieces into place, it worked out so much better.

Lusty Penguin: How do you cope with writer’s block?

To be honest, I don’t have too much experience with writer’s block. I have years of untold stories that I have created in my head so there’s more than enough material to keep me busy for a long while.

Lusty Penguin: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Sorry, no messages hidden in my books. I’m just not that deep.

However, I am trying to add a little piece of Canadian culture into each installment in the Old Enough to Love You Series. Choosing Chase features Tess as the heroine. Tess loves Beaver Tails – a fried cinnamon dough and powdered sugar Canadian treat. Readers can look forward to more of these hidden Canadian facts in future books.

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