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Chaser: A Dive Bar Novel (Dive Bar Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Standalone though part of a larger series
Told from the male POV
No major editing issues
I have loved this entire series but this book is by far my favorite. I think the fact it is completely from the males POV played a part in that. Eric was not only hysterical, but a typical male. He banter with Jean and his brother had me laughing out loud. I also think the author nailed his "thoughts". HYSTERICAL
Beyond being funny though the story was also super sweet. You get to watch a guy who cares about no one but himself fall head over heels for a girl and her daughter. Everything starts to revolve around them, even when there is nothing intimate going on between Eric and Jean.
This book is very swoonworthy. You have to add it to your reading list.
Eric is a man whore. He’s not dependable and doesn’t always make the smartest decisions. And he owns it. So when Eric’s business partner Nell, has her friend Jean move to town, he is inexplicably drawn to Jean. But Jean is off-limits. She’s pregnant and has the very real threat of Nell cutting off his cajones. 😉 Yet, that doesn’t stop Eric from sharing his heart of gold and being a good friend to Jean and her baby.
“But, you know … just out of interest,” I said. “Do you think I’m a manwhore with no concept of responsibility, incapable of having a meaningful relationship, who just uses women because I wouldn’t know real commitment if it bit me on the ass?” Alex’s eyes went real wide. “That’s what Nell says, huh?” asked my brother in a low voice. “Basically.”
As months pass, Jean and Eric’s friendship starts to turn into more. But Eric has his reservations. He’s flawed. He doesn’t believe that he’s good enough for Jean, allowing Nell’s negative perception of him to cloud his “worthiness” of being a relationship with Jean despite all the positive advances Jean has made toward him.
Being told in Eric’s POV, I got to see his insecurities, quirks, and strengths. He’s refreshing and bold to own his prior indiscretions and courageously concludes that he cannot control what others feel, only his reaction. So he makes an effort to reform himself. It is in this reformation that made me respect his character more. I wanted to cheer for him when so many continued to doubt him. It was through his friendship with Jean, with her quiet encouragement, that Eric gains more confidence and starts to evolve into a better person. Reading about that evolution really won my heart over and has me falling for Eric as much as Jean did!!
This is the 3rd book in this inter-connected series of contemporary romance books, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
BONUS: crossover appearances by Stage Dive — a rock band from Kylie’s other book series —was so much fun to read.
4.5 BEAUTIFULLY FLAWED STARS
When a pretty new face walks into the Dive Bar and catches the attention of every male there including Eric, he is mentally preparing his approach. Then you can practically hear the screeching brakes sound effect when she stands up to greet Nell like she has known her forever (danger sign #1) and he sees a significant baby bump (danger sign #2). Babies and Eric are not a combination he wants to even think about, and he goes from smooth operator to bumbling idiot in 2.2 seconds.
Jean finds herself on the opposite side of the country chased away from her home and family and soon to be a single mom thanks to a guy a lot like Eric, so she is in no rush to put herself in close proximity to him by any stretch of the imagination. Yet he shows glimpses of being a great guy between the moments of being a complete jerk so she doesn't write him off completely. Nell's warning to stay away from Jean serves only to wave a red flag in front of a bull when it comes to Eric, but Jean is a shock to him too. He never expected to find himself wanting to spend time with a woman who is 7 months pregnant; usually his interactions with females are of the one night or no strings attached variety only. The more time he spends with her, the more he finds himself actually enjoying a platonic relationship with a woman which is a first for him. That's not to say there isn't plenty of attraction to go around between them though.
Dismayed by the fact his own brother cannot deny that Eric is not viewed favorably by pretty much anyone in their family or group of friends, he decides to take a break from his usual lifestyle and embrace celibacy for awhile to see what happens. He makes a conscious effort to be more responsible and act like an adult, and you can see him starting to mature over time. Of course for every step forward there is at least 2 steps back that make you shake your head and roll your eyes, but he is trying! At the age of 30, he is still a lost little boy in a lot of ways who doesn't know what he wants from life. Ada's birth is an eye opening experience for him though, and the good guy with a big heart that hides beneath the jerk-ish exterior starts to shine through. Of course Nell is a thorn in his side who quite frankly really got my blood pressure up, constantly chirping at anyone who would listen to be sure they know what an irresponsible manwhore she really thinks Eric is. Fortunately Jean is strong enough to make up her own mind without being unduly influenced by her friend, and I really enjoyed their journey from friends to lovers. An appearance by the beloved Stage Dive crew was a highlight for me, especially when my favorite BBF ever Mal made things interesting! All in all, Chaser was well worth the wait so go get your 1-click on and get ready to roll your eyes, laugh and swoon for Eric and Jean!