Lovelace's LOVING THE CHASE has a lot of heartache in it from the moment the book starts. We are given background on the death of Josiah Chase while chasing a storm as well as Maddi and Zach's history, the grandmother's involvement in their storm chasing business as well as the roles the others play in the business and outside of it. Their mom, Miss Lou, wanted to take care of everyone and always was willing to share her wisdom and her food. While Maddi and Zach are awkward around each other they still have a lot of chemistry and it's so much better when they act on it than trying to ignore the elephant in the room. Zach is so much more than he's perceived by his family but he doesn't let them in to a large part of his life. Maddi is sometimes strong but oftentimes wishy washy as she lets her memories take over at times. Watching the interactions and give and take between the Chase family members and with Maddi was interesting to watch.
There were family and friends, sorrow, loss, fear, storms, damage, injuries, loves lost, tears, sadness, laughter and happiness. There were a lot of stories going on and a lot of twists and turns. Most of the loose ends were tied up and there was some closure and a happily ever after in the offing. I for one am glad this is the start of a new series.
Lovelace is a fairly new to me author only having read DON'T LET GO that also engaged my emotions. I look forward to reading more books in the HEART OF THE STORM SERIES as well as her other books. There was an excerpt of book two, THE SWEETEST CHASE, which only left me wanting more!