Author: Staci Hart
Series: Bad Habits #2
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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 fiancé 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.
Firstly, and in some circles most importantly, let my start out by saying how much I absolutely LOVE this cover. Not only is Staci Hart a phenomenal author, but she is a brilliant graphic designer as well. From the cover to the fonts to the teaser graphics, they are all on point and capture the story perfectly! In my opinion, since the cover is the first thing people see and associate with your book, you should always go above and beyond to make it perfect and she nails it!
I will admit that while I really enjoyed this story, most of the book was just okay for me. I was invested in the characters, but I think the back and forth, follow the rules, I’m not ready to love crap grated on my nerves a little. That being said, the last 25% more than made up for it! It was at that point that the book became memorable to me and made me fall in love with the characters. The growth shown between them as a pair and as individuals was astonishing to watch. I loved that for once, it wasn’t the typical man fights tooth and nail to change who he is to meet the woman’s standards. I enjoyed watching Maggie’s changes and that she was the one being chased after. I guess in a way they were both chasers, but I thoroughly liked seeing Cooper become comfortable enough in his own skin to believe in himself wholeheartedly. And when he does fight for her he doesn’t pull any punches. Staci does an excellent job, as with the first book in this series, at showcasing men who are men yet men who aren’t afraid to show their soft and vulnerable side.
Next up is Tricky and Rose’s book and I CANNOT wait! Throughout the last two books we have gotten more and more glimpses into their relationship and I am eagerly awaiting seeing that play out. Hearts are already broken; I’m ready for the mend.
Love is somewhere near the bottom of Lily Thomas’ list of life goals, right next to competitive eating and underwater cave diving. She’s spent six years pirouetting and pliéing her way up the ranks of the New York Ballet with her eye on the prize and love in the back seat. But now that Blane Baker — Lily’s long time crush — is finally single, she’ll throw her rules out the window without thinking twice.
Reality with Blane isn’t as epic as the fantasy she imagined, and the truth sends her spinning straight into the arms of the man she never knew she’d always wanted.
West Williams has been friends with Lily since the day she moved into their building and he saved her armoire from a swift, sudden death by staircase. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined. With neither of them willing to risk their relationship, they’ve drifted happily through the years as companions, never considering more.
That is, until they do. And that realization changes everything.