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Chase in Shadow  - Amy Lane As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!1.5/5 StarsI'm starting to think that Amy Lane's writing is just not for me. This is the fourth novel that I've read by Ms. Lane and I'm still not blown away. I enjoyed her Talker series, but Chase in Shadow and It's Not Shakespeare fell flat for me. I've heard a lot of wonderful things about Ms. Lane's writing and I can see where the praise is coming from, but the plot distracts me from enjoying the book. My friends, well, those who enjoy M/M romance, read her books all the time and love her work. Sadly, I cannot join their ranks.This book, Chase in Shadow, was overdone, in my opinion. Too many things happened. It was enough for me that the main character couldn't come out of the closet because of a traumatic past and that he joined Johnnies, but everything else on top of that just bored me. It bored me because it got ridiculously unrealistic. There were too many obstacles for this all to be possible. Plus the end? Really? That's supposed to work?I didn't like the characters. Tommy/Tango was sweet, but he frustrated the hell out of me. Most of the time, I wanted to slam my head into a wall when he let Chase/Chance step all over him. I couldn't stand Chase/Chance. I get where the character is coming from, but ugh, come on. Weak characters are really getting on my last nerve. Can anyone be strong, independent and be proud of who they are? It's been so long since I read a character with those attributes. I liked most of Chase/Chance's co-workers, though. They added depth, release and friendship that I think Chase/Chance and Tommy/Tango definitely needed in the story. The writing was difficult to get through. The story is told in 3rd person point-of-view, but it's all about Chase/Chance. I didn't mind that, but the flashbacks that are in 3rd person omniscient added little to the story. I would've preferred it stay in a constant tense and the same point-of-view. I got bored and annoyed very quickly. I ended up skipping a lot of the book, but I got the gist of it.Enter sad sigh here. I think I'm breaking up with Amy Lane. No offense to her. Really - it's me, not her. Her books just don't do it for me. I would like to give her Promises series a try, but I make no promises. A little pun there to leave you with.