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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on April 17, 2018
It’s always a delight to head back to Dive Bar where friends tell you the brutal truth, people work hard and the local bar is the place to go. Kylie hits it out of the park once again with a story of an unlikely hero and a woman making her way on her own in the most unlikely ways.
In Chaser, we head back to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where a local bar seems to be the gathering place for a group of friends, the owners, and the love affairs they are having. If you have read the Stage Dive series, then you will see them again in this story. Oh, MAL! Let’s not forget to mention that this story is told in first person, entirely from the perspective of Eric, or as Nell calls him, fuckboy.
So a little background may be needed here. Nell and Eric own Dive Bar. She is the cook and he is the bartender. Nell was recently divorced from her husband, and Nell and Eric make a mistake and sleep together. This resulted in a pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage and Nell going back to her ex-husband and remarrying him. Awkward? Yes and no.
Now Nell is pregnant again with Pat’s baby and Eric is kind of lost and dumb. He sleeps with women, uses them, but also pleasures them and moves on. Nell loves him as a friend, but also thinks he is a fuck up and constantly rides his ass during the story. In book one, they also took on another partner, Lydia.
In walks Jean to the bar and Eric misses a fact on the first meeting as she is sitting…she’s pregnant. Having a one-nightstand, she gets pregnant and can’t find the father. Her parents want her to give the baby up for adoption and she has had enough. She packs up her things and moves to Coeur d’Alene after meeting Nell on a message board.
While Eric is trying to reform himself, Jean is going through pregnancy. They become stand-offish friends in a way as they live in the same building. When Jean goes into labor, Eric is the only one there for her, but he also flakes out because this is a lot of responsibility.
This is a sweet romance in one way as Eric falls for Jean’s daughter while also falling for Jean. Nell is riding his ass all the time, but through it all he is really trying to change himself. Everyone doubts him, which makes him more determined than ever to be a better person.
We get to know Jean and not get to know her as the story is all from Eric’s perspective. I often wondered what Jean did for a living. I may have found out, but if so, I don’t recall. She’s very organized and really gets Eric. When she has time to get out of the funk that being a single parent to an infant can get you in, she realizes her attraction to Eric is bigger than just being horny.
I was expecting to come in and really dislike Eric. He did some things that ticked me off, but he was also one messed up dude in the head. By taking a vow of celibacy, he also became more in tune to his own wants and needs.
While I said this was sweet, I don’t mean it wasn’t sexy. These two combust when they finally get together. They may not be a conventional couple, but they know how to get it on!
The romance felt real, and heartwarming, while the secondary characters kept everyone on their toes. I can’t wait for the next book and I just finished this one. Can I say I am addicted to this series!
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