Chasing Sam by Krystal Shannan

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Vegas Mates Book #1
Kindle version

Short Summary: Samantha Demakis is a wolf, dead set against the expectations of her family to find a mate until she meets Chase, a solider in the army, resolved never to finding a mate himself. Unprepared for the politics and snobbery of Sam’s family, Chase finds himself fighting in a different type of war —a war for the heart of the woman he knows should be his.

My Review:

I don’t remember where I pick up this book, but I got hooked on the pacing and the author’s writing style. That being said, it ended abruptly, leaving you with questions that needed to be resolved.

Sam wants to be in control of her life and finish school. She has ambitions, but her family has other plans for her. The twist in this book is that she’s a wolf, who is forced to find a mate. She has a clear goal, but the train ride to it is so short.

Her internal struggle with herself and her inner wolf is also too short. She meets Chase and has a connection so suddenly. Her mindset changes based on this one interaction at the airport. At first, I thought she already knew Chase, but at the same time she acts like she’s never met him. I guess she knew of his family, but had never met him? This was a little confusing. It might have been more believable if she had run away to school to get away from this connection when she was younger. That way, when she returns, she’s almost dreading running into him. This build up of tension from a past relationship might make the moment where Sam asks him to join the hunt less awkward.

When I started reading this book, I had a picture of Romeo and Juliet in my mind, though I wasn’t expecting a tragic ending. Even in Romeo and Juliet, you see the conclusion after their deaths. There is a final wrap up of the conflict between the families. This is what the book lacks; a glimpse of more tension building or diffusing between the families. This tension clearly spills over into book 2, from what I’ve read so far. So, book one needs to have that transition set at the end, allowing it to flow over the edge of that cliffhanger, instead of just cutting the reader off mid-way to their final destination. The way it is now doesn’t leave you satisfied or wanting more; it just ends.

Overall, the writing style and pacing was great. The interactions and dialogue between characters were realistic. There’s a lot of showing instead of telling, which kept me hooked. The hunt itself was entertaining with quick pacing. Loved the bear. I also liked the quick glimpse at Sam’s mother’s character, which is a great set up for book two. I just wish there had been even more conflict and tension, things going wrong for the main character, before and after the hunt. I would have loved to see more interaction between the families, especially at the end. There are so many questions that need to be resolved here before moving on to the intro of book 2.

Needs developmental/content edit.