Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5 Star Review: Chaser (Bad Habits #2) by Staci Hart

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.

My Review

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I love this book. I love the story. I love Cooper. I love Maggie. I love the supporting characters. I love that this book takes place in NYC. So yeah, I basically love everything about this book. 

OH. MY. GOD. Cooper Moore. Cooper Freaking Moore y'all. He's good looking. Charming. He's extremely rich from an inherited fortune, so he spends his days doing basically nothing. And he's quite the ladies man although some would probably call him a manwhore. From that description alone one would think that Cooper is a giant douchebag, but he's not. He is AWESOME. And I highlighted so much of this darn book because the man is funny, sweet, clever, sexy and he had me swooning left and right. Oh and I almost forgot the best part...Cooper is a closet nerd:
Music played softly as I stretched out on my leather recliner in my favorite room in the entire world, reading Watchmen for the ten thousandth time.
Some rich guys had a red room of pain. I had a black room of nerd.
Shelves lined one wall completely, lit to display collector action figures, graphic novels, comics. The other three walls were covered in framed artwork with gallery lights —Gambit and Rogue’s first kiss signed by Stan Lee, the original Batman movie poster signed by Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. Art made from my favorite comic frames, one floor to ceiling piece from V for Vendetta with a note from Alan Moore along the bottom.
And in the corner, in a standing case, was my very own custom-made Batman suit. 
Seriously, don’t look at me like that.
My defense is this: I really, really wanted to go to ComicCon. My addiction is my dirty secret. No one knows, and I don’t want them to. If I went to ComicCon as Cooper Moore, everyone would find out. But if I went as Batman, my secret would be safe, even if a hundred people took pictures with me that day.
I smiled to myself. It was maybe the most epic day of my life.
And that was the moment I fell in love with Cooper Moore. 

Very early in this story we find out that Maggie slept with Cooper (that scene...**SWOON**) on the night of her wedding that never happened. They had one night of passion and then they didn't see each other until Maggie moves to NYC a few months later. They pick up where they left off, but with some rules, Maggie's rule. They will only hook up for two weeks, they tell no one what's going on and after the two weeks, things end and they go their separate ways. Sounds easy enough right? Riiiiiight. 

Here's the thing....Maggie and Cooper make an amazing couple. They are so comfortable with each other and they can just hang out and do nothing (after they have the hot sex, of course). But in Maggie's mind they are together for just the two weeks and it doesn't matter that she is obviously falling in love with Cooper. And eventually Cooper does want more. He basically tricks Maggie into a real relationship and she had no idea what was happening. It was quite amusing to watch play out. But keeping their relationship from the rest of the group and the fact that Maggie never dealt with the fact that she was a jilted bride takes its toll on them and their relationship. 

One of the reasons why I loved this book so much is because it takes place where I live, New York City. The author has basically made NYC into another character. Central Park, 5th Avenue, the Hamptons, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Coney Island, New York City Ballet...all of these places are important to the story. She uses these we ll known landmarks to help tell the story along and she does it so well. I live here and this book made me want to go to those locations and have my own awesome moments. 

I'm looking forward to get Rose and Tricky's story in the next book. The author has been teasing us with the ridiculous sexual tension between these two and I can't wait for it to come to a head. I think it will be well worth the wait. 

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