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.
Cooper grabbed me by the hips and dragged me to the end of the bed where he knelt. I gasped — somehow, I was completely naked, but he was fully clothed, smiling up the line of my body, that crooked smile of his that made my insides turn into mush. My thighs rested against his shoulders, and his eyes were smoldering hot, locked onto mine as he closed his lips over me and sucked. Hard.
That’s what I tried to say, at least, but I think it sounded more like Humuguh. Not that Cooper needed clarification. His eyes closed, dark lashes against his cheeks, fingers digging into my hips as he licked and sucked, sending tremors up my thighs when he moaned softly against me. My eyes slammed shut, and my chin pointed at the ceiling as my fingers twisted in his dark hair. Within seconds, I was rocking against him with my heart doing its best to escape my ribs and the rest of my body begging him to keep going.
He broke away. I cracked my lids, which weighed about seven pounds each, and glanced down at him. His face was turned toward the closed bedroom door, with alarm written in every angle.
And then I heard the front door close.
Cooper looked back at me, blue eyes wide, and we stared at each other for one stunned second before bursting into action. I rolled out of bed with wobbly knees, and he stood, scanning the room for a place to hide.
Here’s the problem: No one knew Cooper and I were hooking up.
Here’s the bigger problem: My brother, West, might actually kill Cooper if he found out.
“I couldn’t speak. Not with words. So I told her the story of my love with the rest of me. With my lips and my hands. With a touch and a sigh. I loved her, and I didn’t know if I could keep her. But I would try. I would never stop trying.”
Chaser is the second book in the Bad Habits series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Chaser is exactly what a friends with benefits/friends to lovers story should be. It checked off all my boxes for a really great read.
The first thing that caught my attention for this book was the cover. I am a cover girl. To me, the cover is almost as important as the story. And from the moment I saw this one, I was in love. I knew I had to find out more. So, I read the synopsis and that told me everything I needed to know. It told me that I had to read this book. And let me tell you, I am so glad that I did.
Chaser pulled me in from the very first page. I felt instantly drawn to Maggie. She was so easy to connect with and to understand. My heart went out to her and everything that she went through. I mean, no one should have to find their fiance’ messing around on their wedding day. That moment forever changed Maggie. She felt that her only chance at happiness was to flee her home and try to move on. The last thing she was ever expecting was Cooper. Cooper is living the life and has plenty of woman at his disposal. A relationship is the last thing on his mind. However, seeing Maggie hurt, changed something in him. He felt a protectiveness of her and wanted to make her better…..Together, Maggie and Cooper decide to that having a fling is the way to help her get over her fiance’s betrayal. You had to know that this is the absolute worst thing that they could have done. There is no such thing as a string free relationship, especially between friends. What will happen when the lines of friendship and fling begin to blur? Will the two of them be able to keep their bargain and walk away after just a few weeks? All I can tell you, is be prepared for a ride!
Chaser was a really great read for me. It was well-written and entertaining. I fell in love with story and the characters instantly. This story made me laugh, smile, swoon, and fall in love. This story had just the right amount of angst, romance and drama. I am a sucker for those friends to lovers/friends with benefits story-lines. I mean, you honestly can’t go wrong. I loved every second of it. The characters were so fun and engaging. I couldn’t help but be drawn to them and I could definitely see them as people I would want to know if they existed in real life.
I loved Cooper and Maggie together. I thought that they had excellent chemistry. I loved their push and pull. And I won’t lie, I was totally cheering on their relationship the entire time. They were perfectly matched, they just had to open their eyes and see what was in front of them.
Chaser is my first book by author Staci Hart and I am honestly kicking myself for not discovering her books sooner. I can’t wait to go back and read the first book in this series and I’m really excited to see where this author will take us next!
AMAZON * AMAZON UK
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.
Website * Facebook * Twitter