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The Second In The Highland Games Series, Following Long Shot Gleann, New Hampshire S Annual Highland Games Always Deliver The Best Of Scottish Culture Rowdiness, Rugby, Whiskey, And Unexpected Romance Even Though Shea Montgomery S Swanky Bar And Distinguished Palate Have Made Her A Highly Regarded Whiskey Connoisseur, She S Happiest Bringing Her Favorite Spirit To Various Highland Games Around New England Her Demanding Ex Made Her Wary Of Men Obsessed With Money And Status, And She S Now Comfortable In The Country Than In The City Still, When A Gorgeous Rugby Player Straight From Wall Street Barrels Into Her Whiskey Tent, She S Tempted To Change Her Mind JP Byrne Went From Poor Beginnings To International High Roller By Using His Charisma And Wit, And Holding Fast To His Dreams A Strong, Independent Woman Like Shea Is Exactly What He S Looking For, Only He Has No Idea How To Prove He S Than His Three Piece Suits Especially When He S Spent Years Doing Just The OppositeBut As Shea And Byrne Battle Old Demons, They Discover Together That The Best Remedy For Past Pain Is A Good, Stiff Shot Of Present Pleasure

10 thoughts on “The Good Chase (Highland Games #2)

  1. says:

    3.5 Stars It was a Good long Chase for Bryne and Shea Being adults pursuing a higher level in their careers, they never thought of having relationship at this point of their lives As luck would have it, their paths keep crossing, giving them a chance at love.Bryne is a private banker professionally and a rugby player for fun though he s good enough to be in that level Bryne was not what I expected at all He is serious then I thought He is very focused Well, he has reasons to be A baggage he just can t put away and the very thing that holds him back from committing at least until Shea walks into his life.Just like Bryne, Shea has her own baggage that prevents her from any commitments except with her career But can anyone really deny a man like Bryne It was only a matter of time.Shea, as a whiskey specialist intrigued me I didn t know this world even existed nor the art it came along with I was very impressed with her career, enough to do some tasting myself Bryne was certainly engrossed by everything she did He took his time pursuing her but once he did, it was a very romantic courtship.Though this is not my fave, Hanna Martine wrote a very sweet story I love the way she brought highland games and infused with modern themes And there was this tent scene that was just sin.I just realized that Hanna Martine had recently published a novella for this series At this point, I still recommend this book as stand alone but if you ask me which I would start with it s always at book one ARC provided by publisher

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    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty A riveting and often funny love story that caught me completely by surprise Romance lovers will definitely not be disappointed Opening Sentence I need a hot guy in a kilt.The Review Shea Montgomery has a dream of owning her own whisky distillery someday She s even picked out the perfect location For now though, she ll settle for running a very popular whisky bar in New York, one that gets hired for a lot of Highland Games events At one such event, she runs into Byrne, a rugby player who does his very best to charm her It works, but Shea has very strict rules about mixing business and pleasure, not to mention the fact that she is very wary of wealthy men, and Byrne is incredibly wealthy As he keeps popping into her life though, her resistance starts to wear down She finds herself and drawn to him and can t help but wonder if maybe she should throw her rules out the window for once Will Shea find the courage to take a risk on Byrne I d been putting off reading this book because plain old contemporary romance without any suspense and or paranormal elements really doesn t do anything for me Boy, was I surprised when I was hooked on this book by the time the first chapter was done The characters are wonderful and easy to connect to, and the story moves at a very good pace, but not one that makes it feel like things are moving too fast on the romance front Granted, Shea and Byrne are talking about sleeping together by the time the book reaches the 20 percent mark, but for some reason, it really didn t feel rushed in this case The chemistry between the two is so strong that you re just itching for the two of them to get together already.One issue I had with Shea had to do with her attitude towards rich people I understand that her marriage was bad and her ex is a rich douchebag, but I could not understand why that one experience made her think every rich person was like that Some of the initial thoughts she has about Bespoke Byrne as she calls him are very unkind and made her seem a little unlikeable at first Once she started seeing Byrne for who he really was though, she really opened up as a character and that unlikeable part of her personality dropped away.My absolute favorite thing about this book is how real it all felt It s often hard to find a lot of realism in romance novels, but here, practically everything that happened felt true to life The problems Byrne and Shea have both individually and in their journey as a couple felt like problems that could actually happen to someone Nothing felt contrived, like it was just there to serve as a conflict in the romance I greatly appreciated that, and it made me love the book all the for it.All in all, this was a very entertaining read and a wonderful romance story I will definitely be looking into books by this author in the future and hope that they are just as good as this one was Notable Scene When Shea opened her mouth, out came this throaty voice that had Byrne tightening the grip on his beer glass so hard he thought it might shatter.She sang with the microphone set on the stand, her torso loose and flowing, accenting the words in perfect time She didn t make eye contact with the audience, but sang to some unseen ex lover far past the heads of everyone who watched and listened The song built and built, her tone controlled and sad in the beginning, but then as the emotion grew, the lyrics echoing frustration and loss and heartbreak, she just let it loose.That voice That voice.He thought about all that she d revealed to him up in Gleann about her dreams of the distillery At the time he thought he d learned so much about her, but she d still held back He d just cracked the surface with her, and it was like he was a treasure hunter who d broken down a wall to find a vast cavern filled with jewels beyond.To see her up onstage that presence, that clear passion dear God, he didn t know if he d seen anything like it She loosened up as the song went on, the release coursing through her body and voice, just like she d said it would By the time the song finished and she was gripping the microphone stand in both hands, her legs braced apart, the power of the finality of her voice ringing through the club, Byrne knew it Was absolutely sure of it.This was not mere attraction It was complete and total infatuation.FTC Advisory Penguin Berkley provided me with a copy of The Good Chase No goody bags, sponsorships, material connections, or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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    I read Long Shot, the first book in Hanna Martine s Highland Games series, about a month ago and while I didn t love it I was really excited about Shea s book, The Good Chase Unfortunately it didn t quite live up to my expectations So we have our heroine, Shea, who dreams of opening her own distillery and works extra hard to bring that dream to life She has strict rules when it comes to her personal and professional lives but with Byrne she s willing to make an exception, though she has a hard time with it from time to time Then we have Byrne He works extra hard to prove that he s worth than the poor kid he once was He tries to take care of his family and Shea, and he doesn t understand why they won t let him help when he has the means to do it In a way Byrne is extremely admirable and on the other hand, he s a bit too pushy at the same time.You can feel the instant attraction between Shea and Byrne but, of course, Shea keeps pushing him away The thing that bugged me the most, though The fact that Byrne didn t try harder to win her over He asks her out, she says no, and he lets it drop until the next time they accidentally run into each other I guess I just wish that he had pursued her a little Shea and Byrne are both headstrong, independent characters and while I can appreciate that there were some parts of the story where I felt that they probably wouldn t make it as a couple in the real world with the way they butted heads I really enjoyed how they talked it out and worked through it though There s some drama with his family and her ex that I feel was just thrown in there to add drama to an otherwise drama free romance and I think if that hadn t been the case maybe I would have enjoyed it As it was, the story started out strong but then I felt it just dragged after a while and I found myself getting distracted If you re looking for a light, angst free, contemporary romance this just might be the book for you, unfortunately I was hoping for After being slightly disappointed with the first two books in the Highland Games series, I probably won t continue if there are others Print copy kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

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    was given a copy of this book to write an honest review for Cocktails and Books.THE GOOD CHASE is a captivating story with fascinating characters that slowly draw you in Shea Montgomery owns Amber Lounge It s an exclusive lounge that caters to people who are willing to pay exorbitant prices for a taste of the renowned whiskey she purchases Shea loves her job, has a unique talent and conducts whiskey tastings all over the country Bryne is a wealthy private banker who plays rugby on weekends and also appreciates a good glass of whiskey He first meets Shea at one of her whiskey tasting and is intrigued by the beautiful, smart whiskey expert, but every time he makes a move, she puts him off Shea s reputation is important to her she wants to be taken seriously and keeps her focus solely on her career goals.Byrne and Shea are both strong, successful people and they have many facets to their personalities that they reveal through the course of the story Their relationship builds gradually as they learn they can trust each other and feel comfortable opening up and sharing their pasts Bryne is a sexy, alpha male and he won my heart I admired the way he treats Shea, because even though he doesn t always agree with her decisions, he reluctantly respects them I could sympathize with Bryne and Shea and understand how they thought and made their decisions Bryne and Shea are confident, career driven people in their thirties, who have spent all their energies on their careers and left little time for a personal life This was a well written story, but I was disappointed with the ending because it felt too abrupt That said, I thought Hanna Martine s story was absorbing with realistic character development and I found myself involved in story from start to finish.

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    The Good Chase is the second book in the Highland Games series, contemporary romances that incorporates the Scottish Highland Games played throughout the book and series as a whole.Shea Montgomery is a renowned whiskey expert, with a famous bar Amber, she also runs whiskey taster tents at the Highland Games when she can, it s through these games she makes the acquaintance of Byrne who is persistent in asking her out, her answer is always no until one day she tells him yes and they start to date, but what s keeping Shea from getting any closer to Byrne is the fact that he s very rich, after suffering through a marriage with a wealthy man, she vowed to never get involved with someone like that again, but there s just something about Byrne that draws Shea to him, and maybe it s because he s so completely different to her ex husband and may have judged him unfairly, with both Shea and Byrne carrying pasts that affect their lives to this day, can they both let go and finally move forward with their lives together I thoroughly enjoy this series, the characters are extremely likeable, the story lines are enjoyable and I love the inclusion of all the Scottish elements, I eagerly await the next book in the series.Highly recommended.

  6. says:

    Loved the characters, the whisky theme and the Highland games.

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    4.25 Stars This is the second in a series that features sexy men and women who participate and watch the highland games located in New England I missed reading the first book but will definitely pick it up as well as the next in the series.Shea Montgomery is the owner of Amber, a high end bar that serves Scotch Whisky in New York She has built up a reputation for her knowledge of the drink and goes to some interesting places to help others enjoy the taste of Scotch One of the places she goes each year is the highland games where the decedents and wanabe s of Scotland flock to the tent to sample some good whiskey.JP Byrne works as a banker, he is very successful but has worked very hard to get where he is today forgoing many social activities, however he does enjoy playing rugby to release the stress of a work week Shea and Byrne met at the highland games a year ago and although he was interested, nothing ever came of it When he sees her again this year, he is ready to pursue a relationship, only to find she has some definite rules about dating.I liked this immensely, the characters are engaging and the two had an amazing connection, unfortunately life, work and their pasts seemed to get in the way.Shea is an extremely strong, intelligent individual who went through a tough time after leaving her sheltered family life She jumped with both feet into a relationship with a wealthy distinguished man and immediately lost herself, she is bound and determined to never do that again She is intrigued when she meets Byrne for the first time but then backs away because of what she perceives about him, based on his wealth and career Instead what she finds as they dance around each other is an amazing person who she is drawn to over and over again despite the issues that seem to block them.I fell in love with Byrne, he is warm, witty and a remarkable person that did not want to give up on having Shea be a part of this life He pursues her as much as he can without scaring her and have her push away and I like that about him He came from humble beginnings, his parents were loving and kind but had no money and rarely asked for help which molded him to the person he is today The interesting thing is that when he is in his work environment he seems like the typical driven business mogul but when you meet him on the weekend, during the highland games he is her rugby man, totally different, the one that Shea wants to be around, down to earth and adorable.Byrne and Shea really mesh well, they connect on a deeper level and the chemistry is amazing When together, they clearly are meant to be but the schedules they keep and the rules Shea wants to follow make it difficult to actually be together But the they get to know each other, the they both want to bend those rules blurring the lines between work and play Unfortunately families and the past come back to interfere in their lives and the romance that is just beginning to bloom The only thing I thought that did not flow well was the storyline about his brother, I think Byrne could have come to the same conclusions about his life and it just felt false somehow.The pace of the book flows well and the romance is compelling which keeps the reader invested until the end I enjoyed the various characters that came and went throughout the story, Byrne s good friend Eric is a kick and I would love to see of him and I also like his sister Caroline This is not so much a story about sports but rather a heartfelt romance with the backdrop of the highland games, but the rugby players are sexy and I enjoyed hearing about the games I also really enjoyed the addition of whiskey as part of the story and I am intrigued with this complex yet simple drink All in all this is a wonderful romance with some conflict and heartache to make the ending worth it.Review posted at Ramblings from a Chaotic MindCopy from publisher for an honest review

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    Hanna Martine does a great job with the second book in the Highland Games series, The Good Chase Martine brings whiskey and rugby to the forefront in this contemporary romance about two people who have overcome a lot to get to where they are Martine uses a bit of a Highland theme to get the ball rolling with this one and reader s who love all things Scottish will find this one irresistible Martine s use of the whiskey industry in the story was ingenious and makes for a really interesting read.What I liked I haven t read the first book in this series, Long Shot, but I was really intrigued with The Good Chase Being of Scottish decent probably had something to do with that I love stories that portray aspects of the Scottish people and homeland The Highland Games is something synonymous with the Scotland and I was interested to see how Martine handled it Usually, the any Highland Games held in America is similar but not exactly like the real thing I thought Martine had her facts straight and she made the games seem like a place any reader would want to visit As well as Shea s whiskey tasting tent.Shea s profession was certainly not what I expected I loved it though The background on the whiskey industry was interesting and full of unique facts It added a certain finesse to the story It cost quite a pretty penny to be able to taste the fine whiskey that Shea was providing and she made it a great experience for those who got the opportunity I ve never seen a whiskey tasting at any Highland Games I have been too, but I think it would make an amazing addition Scotch whiskey, yummy I liked Shea as a character as well She has started a new life for herself after a marriage to a controlling wealthy man, who didn t see her potential I liked the fact that she took a chance and did something she loved She was a self made woman, so to speak and so was the hero, J.P Byrne He also came from humble beginnings and now had become a banker with enough money to help his impoverished family, but he didn t understand why they wouldn t take his help His story was compelling and interesting.The chemistry between Shea and Byrne was electric They had met before in the first book in the series, but the encounter didn t go anywhere Shea has some strict rules when it comes to dating and Byrne had to take a chance that he might be the man to help her lower her barriers He was persistent but not overbearing in his pursuit of Shea He let chance encounters and situations dictate the pace and it worked for him I was glad he didn t pressure her, that would probably have been the end of it considering her past.It gets a bit hot and steamy now and then, but Martine works that aspect of Shea and Byrne s relationship right into the story It felt natural and flowed easily You might need a good cold drink and a fan, because, these two are smoking hot together Martine writes these types of scenes very well She is descriptive without being crass and the reader will enjoy the balance between sexual and emotional moments.Bottom Line I definitely want to go back and read the first book in this series I really enjoyed The Good Chase and thought Martine did a great job with her knowledge of the Highland Games and the whiskey industry It gave the book a high end kind of feel, but didn t seem pretentious I liked the characters a lot and found several secondary characters that I hope enter the forefront in new books in the series.

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    Javagirl s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews4.5 STARSReview copy provided for an honest reviewI enjoyed Long Shot, the first book in Hanna Martine s Highland Games series, so I assumed I would like the second in the series, The Good Chase I am so happy to say that I was wrong I loved this book, and stayed up far too late reading it Byrne and Shea met in Long Shot, when Byrne s rugby team came to play in the Highland Games tournament where Shea Montgomery was offering tastings of her specialty, whisky She shot him down, but they keep running in to each other at various Scottish festivals and back home in Manhattan I loved the slow build of their relationship Byrne and Shea are both smart, sexy, fun, complex characters, with unexpected facets that I loved discovering, as the story unfolded They are two hard working, honest, ethical people with big dreams and plans I loved the way these two worked through the issues and obstacles that inevitably popped up, without unnecessary drama Both are in their 30 s, and were mature and thoughtful in their relationship This doesn t mean they didn t have their issues, arguments or problems they did, but the way they worked to resolve them was believable and true to character I loved Shea s passion for whisky the backdrop of the whiskey industry was so interesting to me, and such a refreshing change Byrne s is a very emotional story, but told in such a way as to not feel overly sentimental or emotionally manipulative its just a great story that really drew me in and touched my heart Ms Martine was really able to impart the deeply felt emotions, of all kinds, of her characters I rarely cry over books, but I found myself getting a little weepy over this one I am so glad that I took a chance on this series, and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great romance, an emotional story, some hot sexy times, and a great supporting cast of characters, all in a rather unique setting Scottish Highland games, rugby teams, and an upscale whiskey lounge.Even though this is the second book in the series, it could easily be read as a standalone However, I really enjoyed the unique setting of Highland Games in a Scottish village in New Hampshire that is at the center of book one, Long Shot, and would recommend reading that one as well.

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    Review can be seen on Books and Swoons I received an early copy of this book from the publisher, but it did not influence this review in any way I was extremely happy when I first got this book in the mail I ve been looking for an adult book to read and from the synopsis, The Good Chase sounded like an interesting concept The main character, Shea, is basically a whiskey connoisseur and that little difference made me pick up the book Reading the way we book lovers and bloggers do, we seem to find ourselves in a rut and reading the same thing over and over again But even the little difference of a job, say Shea being a whiskey connoisseur, makes things all the fun I found that detail, so fascinating because, while I m a wine lover, I ve been so scared about whiskey because it a man drink but after this book, I m definitely willing to try some whiskey.We first meet Shea as she running a whiskey tasting booth in a highland game and in comes tall, sexy, rugby playing Byrne and fans self woah baby The sexual tension between Shea and Bryne is so palpable that Shea has to try to talk herself out of her attraction towards him I personally think she was crazy but once we learn of her reasons why, I can see where she was coming from What follows is some extreme flirting and UST that had me wanting to do this When they finally did come together DEFINITELY made up for all the wait Both Shea and Byrne are very independent and not afraid to take charge of their life and decisions So seeing them both come to the realization that depending on one another wasn t such a bad thing They slowly learned, through both of the messes that blew up at them, that they were stronger together Hanna Martine managed to create a story I simply could not put down I read The Good Chase in just a couple of hours in the afternoon because it was so good The ending felt a little too perfect and cliche, but it left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside I truly hope that Ms Martine write another book in this universe I want to go back and read the first book in series because The Highland Games left me wanting of these rugby men And I think that s never a wrong thing.