Eloise Deacon has a deadline: deliver a hyena princess and ten grand in ransom money in less than two days, or Eloise will pay with her life. The only problem is, she can’t find the princess and barely has two nickels to rub together. She’ll need more than her mother’s Medusa powers to stay alive — until handsome Benedict Chase walks into her life.
Benedict Chase spends most of his time chasing trouble for his brothers. The girl with the silver eyes is clearly her own kind of trouble, but he’s powerless to resist when his lion claims her. So what if her hair literally has a mind of its own and most of the shifters in the city are after her? She’s exactly who he’s been looking for, as long as she doesn’t paralyze him by mistake.
But saving Eloise from the trouble she’s in means risking a war with the hyenas, and it could drag every other shifter in the city into an inter-species civil war. Benedict knows she’s worth it, but his brothers aren’t so sure. Will he go against the Pride to save her, risking everything the Chase brothers have built?
Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.
Read o n for my thoughts on Chasing Trouble.
In Chasing Trouble, the second story in the City Shifters, The Pride series we have Benedict and Eloise’s romance – and talk about opposites attract. Benedict comes from a very wealthy, prominent lion shifter family, he’s the lawyer for both the Pride and the family. Eloise is a former foster kid, street kid who has always been on just “this” side of the law – never anything huge but trouble nonetheless. When Benedict is bailing out his brother at the local jail he sees how Eloise is being treated by the police and make a split second decision to represent her. It doesn’t really take him long to know why he stepped in, his lion made it pretty clear that Eloise is their mate but she certainly is trouble with a capital T. In short order Eloise will steal his heart, his wallet and his clothes – and bring him and his pride into some serious undertakings that will have long reaching effects.
On some level, Eloise knows she’s been used and now set up to take the fall. While she’s having trouble believing that this is happening, she still has to make it right, and this sexy lawyer just might hold the key to getting out of this alive. But she’s spent too many years on her own to trust anyone else, her friends can only help so much. Can she really bring this world of danger that she’s in to Benedict’s door? His family already wants him far away from her and rightly so. But he’s convinced that they belong together and for the first time in her life, she wants to believe in that possibility so badly.
Chasing Trouble packs a serious punch with believable situations and realistic characters – yes, I know this is supernatural, but within that world, I can easily relate to what is happening. Eloise would easily be considered a myth, even in this world, and her powers and abilities have only begun to be tapped. If she can get control, she will be a formidable ally and feared enemy. Benedict and Eloise gave me many chuckle worthy moments, some serious sizzle and an enjoyable opposites attract couple that make perfect sense together. You’d think they don’t fit, but in reality they fill the gaps in each other and make a complete unit when together.
The world building continues to add depth to the series. The secondary characters are being fleshed out into people who will one day tell their own stories, but in the meantime they are becoming a strong, tightly knit group. Enemies are not always what they seem on the surface, and even when in doubt about motive some things are in the grey area and we’ll see how they turn out in later books, I’m sure. I really enjoyed this visit to Layla Nash’s world. It’s a fast paced, sexy, action filled story with layers upon layers to discover along the way. Never trust that you know everything until the final page is turned.
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