Monday 5 October 2015

Review ~ Chaser (Bad Habits #2) by Staci Hart

Release date: 15th October 2015

Book Description:

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.

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“I’d been hiding almost my whole life, hiding pieces of myself from everyone.”

We have had Lily and West’s story and now it was the turn for Cooper and Maggie. I loved the first book in this series, With a Twist, and this book continues where that left off but now centring around Copper and Maggie, but all our favourite bunch of misfits make an appearance. This crew are like a family and they are always there for each other whether it is wanted or not.

Maggie is West’s sister and she is just recovering from the not wedding from hell, on her wedding day, three months ago she caught her fiancĂ© banging the Maid of Honour so she got the hell out of dodge and moved to New York to be with West but most importantly to escape her past. She had had a lucky escape, but the heart and head can be conflicting. You cannot just forget seven years and you also cannot forget that betrayal, Maggie is struggling but she has Cooper to take her mind off what she is desperately trying to forget.

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

Cooper, Cooper, Cooper...I love this man with a passion. He is the rich boy that has everything, he has played the field, been seen with celebrities and models alike, but hasn’t really found his purpose in life, he is kinda in no man’s land. His parents are not putting any pressure on him to work so he is enjoying his days while he can. He knows he has to decide what he wants to do but at this moment in time he just doesn’t have the inclination to make grown up decisions. He is one of the top most eligible bachelors and lives up to his playboy lifestyle but deep down is a little boy lost and it was this little boy that called out to me while reading this book. He wasn’t the conceited playboy that everyone deemed him to be and once we got to know the real Cooper your heart couldn’t help but melt. Sometimes it takes that one person to change everything and Cooper seems to have met his game changer.

“...and when I slipped inside of her and took her mouth, took her body, I could feel her heart, feel her soul. I only hoped she could feel mine too.”

I loved that it was Maggie that went into this arrangement with her list of rules, she was the one that called the shots in a poor attempt at saving herself from heartbreak, but really who would be the one that would really get their heart broken? When Cooper falls, he falls hard, he knows that Maggie is the forbidden fruit, as West’s best friend he knows he shouldn’t even entertain Maggie but his heart says one thing and his head says another. Is this relationship doomed before it has begun? Maggie has a 747 full of baggage and Cooper has a reputation that precedes him and a best friend with a big fist.

“Home is where you are.”

I love Staci Hart’s writing, since I found her with her Hardcore series I have been a huge fan, she never fails to deliver her quirky sense of humour with a great huge dollop of emotion to boot. She always manages to captivate me with her stories and this one is no different. My heart broke for these two, I did shed a few tears but most of all I went on this journey with them. Despite the trials and tribulations I knew that these two were well suited and I just hung on for the ride desperately wanting them to wake up and smell the coffee. People can change for the better, it just takes that wake up call, but will these two wake up? Another fab read and I cannot wait to see who is up next. There are so many fantastic characters in this series so no matter who it is, I will be waiting.

***ARC received unproofed. Quotes may change in final version.***

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