Release Day ☆ Chaser by Staci Hart +Excerpt & Review
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 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.
Well this was a super cute story. The brother’s best-friend falls for the little sister. Typical trope, but when paired with banter and sexy chemistry, it turns into so much more.
Chaser held a lot of funny moments and tender ones too between Lily and West. Despite the fact that they didn’t really have a tight-knit friendship and weren’t life-long friends, I felt a fierce connection between them. They had this amazing chemistry that while hot, was also familiar and comforting.
The characters definitely endured a lot which was mainly portrayed subtly and over time, but the outcome was quite noticeable. Maggie never dealt with her fiancé’s betrayal so she denied herself the ability to fully move on with her life. In time, she was able to come to terms with what happened, confront the people involved, and then start the healing process.
Cooper was able to be more up front with his feelings—with himself that is. He had a softer side than we tend to see with the manwhore types. He’s considerate and kind, and even a little geeky. *swoon* I just adored the way he treated Maggie. How he allowed her to heal and was determined to wait for her.
I was a bit hesitant to start reading this. A new author to me is always a little nerve-wracking because I never want to encounter a dud. Luckily for me, Staci Hart’s writing is strong and humorous. She knows how to balance the good with the ugly, the cute with the sexy.
Maggie and Cooper were adorable, but the other couple, Lily and West, really made me want to read their story too. I’ll definitely be reading book one, With a Twist, and of course eagerly awaiting the third book in the series.
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.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.