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.
Ok, let me start out with this—Staci Hart knows how to write a damned good romance! Light hearted with a level ten swoon factor. That’s exactly what both With a Twist and Chaser were. Ugh. Her writing style is brilliant; easy as a Sunday morning with lots of wit to make you laugh out loud and tons of heat that will have you fanning the blush out of your face. Not to mention, lovable modern-day characters whom you can’t help but want to be friends with. A group of New Yorkers who have such a comradery with one another you’ll wish you were also part of their inner circle.
I loved that Staci took Cooper and Maggie’s story in such a different direction as she did West and Lily’s. With a Twist was full of build up into an intimate relationship between West and Lily but in Chaser, Maggie and Cooper have a hot and heavy relationship right out of the gate instead building up a budding love story in the middle of some of the most sexiest scenes I’ve read. I thought this gave us such an insight into just how talented this author is by giving us something different but just as amazing. And while they start up as friends with benefits, their story did not lack romance. It was quite the opposite actually. I smiled so many smiles while reading this book and really, what more could I have asked for?
Cooper is hands down one of the ultimate book boyfriends out there. I find so much pleasure and satisfaction when renowned players/playboys find themselves suddenly, unexpectedly in love. It makes finding “the one” even that much better. Maggie is that singular, elemental game changer for him and the means by which he woos her, well you’ll have to see for yourself but I will guarantee that he will make you feel like you’re floating on cloud nine, intoxicated by some crazy love potion number 9 to boot. I “GAAAAH’ed” and I “Ooooooh’ed” and I just about wanted to get down on my knee and ask him to marry me. Gosh, why are renounced bad boys always the sweetest?! Why do they also fall the hardest when the love they declare isn’t so readily supplicated? Ugh my heart squeezed mercilessly for Cooper. I totes understood where Maggie was coming from. She was coming from a dark place having just had pretty much been blindsided by someone she’d loved and trusted her entire life. I get that she would have a hard time ever trusting anyone of the opposite sex; heck any of us would. I’m sure my frustration with her lay on the fact that I wanted to steal Cooper from under her (quite literally). I do love the fact that she really took the time to become the best version of herself for him. To me, it showed such maturity and grace on her part but man did she remind me of Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride. But seriously, when these two were in the vicinity of one another, it was a lost cause to stay within Maggie’s set boundaries. The chemistry between them always winning and getting the best of them. Together, they made sense even before they knew it.
Chaser had some (OK a lot) of the best one liners ever!!! Seriously, my Kindle is littered in highlights and notes. The words that came out of Cooper and Maggie’s mouth??? Nirvana. Take a couple of these for example—
“She took a breath. That breath stole mine.”- Cooper
“This was just his normal, even though it was my extraordinary.” – Maggie
I mean these are tattoo-worthy people!!! For serious, I could not have asked for a better spin-off for Cooper and Maggie. It was more than I could have hoped for and I’m doing my happy dance because what started out with West and Lily is now so much more with the addition of this second book in the series. I flippin’ cannot wait for Patrick and Rose’s story… Astrid and Sam… Brooke and Ash maybe?? Oooooh the possibilities are endless when Staci Hart is the mastermind behind them. If you are all looking for your next 5-star read and your next 5-star book boyfriend, look no more. Chaser is the book for you!
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.