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Chase in Shadow | [Amy Lane]

Chase in Shadow

Nobody knows the real Chase. Chase Summers has a razor blade to his wrist and the smell of his lover's goodbye clinging to his skin. He has a door in his heart so frightening he'd rather die than open it, and the lies he's used to block it shut are thinning with every forbidden touch. Chase has spent his entire life unraveling, and his decision to set his sexuality free in secret has only torn his mind apart faster.
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Publisher's Summary

Chase Summers: Golden boy. Beautiful girlfriend, good friends, and a promising future.

Nobody knows the real Chase. Chase Summers has a razor blade to his wrist and the smell of his lover's goodbye clinging to his skin. He has a door in his heart so frightening he'd rather die than open it, and the lies he's used to block it shut are thinning with every forbidden touch. Chase has spent his entire life unraveling, and his decision to set his sexuality free in secret has only torn his mind apart faster.

Chase has one chance for true love and salvation. He may have met Tommy Halloran in the world of gay-for-pay-where the number of lovers doesn't matter as long as the come-shot's good-but if he wants the healing that Tommy's love has to offer, he'll need the courage to leave the shadows for the sunlight. That may be too much to ask from a man who's spent his entire life hiding his true self. Chase knows all too well that the only things thriving in a heart's darkness are the bitter personal demons that love to watch us bleed.

©2012 Amy Lane (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-05-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-05-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Lane... usually a winner!"

    I usually like all of Amy Lane's books... this one was good..but the back and forth from present, past and future...confused me a bit....and if the book wasn't shifting timeframe...well there u go! Confused....

    AWESOME NARRATION! I loved Crisden!!!!

    Maybe a credit if u can figure out the timeframe!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    debbie United States 04-03-14
    debbie United States 04-03-14

    I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)

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    "Oh The Pain!!"

    One recommendation I have is to read "Dex in blue" That's the first book in the series, and it sets up "Chase in Shadow" and makes it even better.

    This is such a good book, Chase and Tommy ripped my heart out. There were tears and sniffling. But The HEA is worth all the pain and hurt.

    I love Chase and Tommy and all the supporting cast, well except the dad (he's a jerk). The story drew me in to the very last word. Amy Lane can tell a darn good story.
    Sean Crisden did a wonderful narration as usual and i was happy to see it was him doing it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 04-07-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Come meet the boys from Johnnies & fall in love"

    be prepared to cry, and laugh, and have your heart hurt just a little bit. Chase in Shadows will grab you by the heart in the prologue, and never let go.
    Chase shatters, and Tommy is broken but their love is strong enough to pull through. The boys of Johnnies gather round to help anyway they can, and you will want more - lucky for us Amy has written 2 additional Johnnies books Dex in Blue and Ethan in Gold.
    As always, Sean Crisden does an excellent job of bring all the characters to life. He's one of my favorite narrators.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 04-04-14
    T. Henry The Woodlands, TX 04-04-14 Member Since 2012

    T.Henry

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    "Heartbreak"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, heartbreaking story by Amy Lane and best narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is hard to say,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This beginning, not favorite, just stunned!


    If you could take any character from Chase in Shadow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Chase and hug him and love him


    Any additional comments?

    Great, but heartbreaking story or not being able to live your life due to fear!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather K United States 06-24-14
    Heather K United States 06-24-14

    Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

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    "Another angsty good one from Amy Lane"

    *Audiobook edition*

    Amy Lane's Johnnies series? Bring on the ANGST!

    I mean this is Amy "rip-your-heart-out" Lane we're talking about! I love when she tears me to pieces. I'm an Amy Lane specific masochistic. I was like, "DO YOUR WORST! I'm ready!"

    Somehow I read all of the other books in the Johnnies series before this one, the one that started it all. In fact, Dex in Blue was my first Amy Lane. The characters from "Chase in Shadow" are mentioned over and over in the other two books in the series, so I had a VERY good idea about the tidal wave of angst that this book would send my way.

    When I saw that the audiobook was up for review, I jumped right on it. I'd heard about Sean Crisden for ages among audiobook buffs so I couldn't wait to get my grabby hands (err, ears) on it.

    I'll talk a little about the narrator first. While I don't think that Sean Crisden has a particularly sexy voice, he does have silly-putty vocal chords that he can bend any way his heart desires. He managed to make each Johnnies character instantly recognizable, which is a HUGE thing with audiobooks. Some voices I loved more than others. Chase's voice was a little nasally for my taste but I got that that was the voice that Sean envisioned for the character so I didn't mind it. The intonations were good, the reading was good, and, all in all, I think that Sean Crisden did an excellent job.

    Now on to the story itself. I loved the intensity of Chase and Tommy's relationship. I didn't mind the quick jump to love as much as I usually do and I thought that there was a ton of passion between them. I got them as a couple and I think that Amy Lane did a great job of showing them both as flawed but empathetic people.

    Cheating isn't my favorite of subjects but I really am flexible with my boundaries on that. Some of my most loved reads have MCs that have started as cheaters. Whether or not I like a book like that is totally dependent on the author's treatment of the subject and I really liked how Amy Lane did it here. I understood Chase, even if I didn't always agree with him, and I loved seeing his mental and emotional struggles.

    So what didn't I like? Well, I thought that some of the psychiatric imagery was a bit heavy-handed and repetitive. Without giving spoilers, I thought that a lot of Chase's emotional issues were drawn out to the point that I was kind of over listening about them (does that sound heartless??). I also thought that some of the time/space transitions were a little jumpy.

    So did this book satisfy my Amy Lane angst fetish? HELL YES! It was a great audiobook and a nice, painful (hurts so good) kind of read. Bring on the porn-stars, I'm ready for more!

    **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 05-12-14
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Amy Lane doesn't disappoint"

    Fantastic combination of a great book and a great narrator bring this heart wrenching tale to life. It's not an easy book, but it's expertly handled by the author and narrator alike. Amy Lane always delivers, love her work.

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    Danique Bleary Tokyo, Japan 04-18-14
    Danique Bleary Tokyo, Japan 04-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I HATE CHASE!!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This would've been a good experience if the main character just killed himself.


    Has Chase in Shadow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book would"ve turned me off from the genre if it was the first one I read. Thank God it wasn't


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Th narrator was fine. The book was awful.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Redeeming qualities? My ears are bleeding. I've never had such a visceral reaction to a book before. The whole book is centered around a lying lying douchebag who still gets his happily ever after.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, The main character just made me want to punch him out. Every word out of this character''s mouth made me want to puke. possibly the worst representative of a human being ..yeah .. it was crap

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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