Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: Chaser by Staci Hart

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Everyone knows you should never say never.

Cooper Moore never saw Maggie Williams coming. She was just his best friend’s little sister, the curly-haired, freckle-faced girl from Mississippi who was absolutely off limits. And he never thought about her any other way — not until he saw her that night, broken and brave. From that moment on, he knew he’d do whatever it took to protect her, even if it meant he had to stay away.

Maggie never expected to find her fiancĂ© banging her maid of honor an hour before she was set to walk down the aisle, but life’s funny that way. The only option to save her sanity is to get the hell out of Jackson and move to New York where her brother lives. The only downside: Cooper is there too. And she just doesn’t know if she can stay away from him — the filthy rich, dead sexy playboy who’s allergic to commitment.

The second Maggie sees him again, she realizes he’ll be impossible to resist. Luckily, commitment is the last thing on her mind, and Cooper is the perfect escape. As long as she can keep her heart in check, everything will be just fine. Because she can never have feelings for him. Or at least that’s what she’ll keep telling herself.

Chaser is a standalone romantic comedy and book 2 of the Bad Habits series.

Natasha’s Experience:

You know those stories where you go into them thinking, “Ah, I can’t wait for this fun and potentially fluffy story that’s bound to be equal parts hilarious and hot,”? Well, squash that idea before reading CHASER. This isn’t just a fun and exciting New Adult read – this book gives you some tough love and characters that are inherently afraid of love, for different reasons.

“We weren’t a real thing. It was just for fun, a fling, a diversion, that was all. I was not ready to date. I needed it to be easy and simple. That was the theory, at least. I just wasn’t sure what easy or simple was.”

We meet Cooper and Maggie in WITH A TWIST, the first book in this series of standalones, and you just suspected that something was going on with them, but you didn’t know for sure. Then CHASER brings to light their relationship, or rather, their arrangement. Maggie isn’t ready for a relationship after being badly burned by her fiancĂ©, and Cooper is notorious for being a player, the guy who never lets anyone get too close. Together, they agree on hooking up, leading a ‘relationship’ that is strictly physical. However, feelings don’t care about your rules and love is famous for being a rule breaker.

“It’s painfully clear that I don’t know anything about relationships or love. How can I trust somebody else if I don’t even trust myself?”

Maggie is incredibly genuine, a loyal friend, a force to be reckoned with. She knows that she can’t hope for more with Cooper because she doesn’t feel ready for that kind of real, and Cooper isn’t known for his commitment. She wants to find herself a place in New York and she wants to one day just be okay, not feel the need to run every time something goes wrong.

“Here’s the secret to life: figure out what you want and then go get it. Everything falls in line with that.”

Cooper is the life of the party, the guy who never takes anything too seriously, but being with Maggie gives him this idea that maybe finding a purpose to life is more important than living aimlessly. He realizes that everything he had been doing up until being with her had been empty. She shows him what happiness looks and feels like.

“I hung on to the hope that I would be enough for her. That she’d take a chance on me. I knew she felt what I did. I just needed her to want to feel it.”

This story is seriously New Adult at its finest – you get authentic voices, hot and fiery chemistry, and characters that grow together, who make mistakes and actually learn from them. CHASER is that story that will surprise the hell out of you, stealing your heart from the first page.

“That’s the thing about love. You’re not always certain. You’re not always ready.”

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k. 

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