Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: Tag Chaser by Kandi Steiner

Title: Tag Chase
Author: Kandi Steiner
Release date: October 13, 2013

Paisley Bronson is a 27 year old successful advertising professional, but the most exciting part of her life happens outside of work. Claiming the life of a tag chaser toward the end of her college career has taught her one thing - never get too close. She has enjoyed her dating lifestyle, but when her best friend makes a bet that she won't ever be able to date a normal guy, her competitive nature takes control and she vows to change the game. 

When Paisley meets the incredibly handsome and practically perfect Corbin Ray, she begins to think keeping her word might be easier than she thought. But when an accidental discovery reveals that Corbin is in the Army, she knows she must run the other way and never look back. Although it kills her, she aims to move on and look for a new prospect. 

There's just one small problem. 

Paisley's been assigned a new client at work, and his name is Corbin Ray. 

Will Paisley and Corbin give in to the chemistry between them, or will their past and present complications keep them apart? 

Immerse yourself in this fun and irresistibly 
naughty game of cat and mouse.

Paisley is a tag chaser, despite what she thinks. She likes men in uniform and she pursues them strictly for that reason. But it's not the sexy threads that get her going. No, it's the week long romance before they have to leave, that really works for me. Paisley does not do commitment, and what better then a man in uniform heading out on deployment to engage in a whirl-wind romance with? That is, until her best friend bets her that she couldn't give up chasing the tag for a year. If she loses, she has to explain why she's so against relationships. A deep secret that she's not willing to share. 

When she meets Corbin, she realizes this bet might not be so hard to win. Until she starts digging through his things and discovers he's in the Army. While he's in the other room, she bails on him with no intentions of ever seeing him again. That is, until he shows up at her work the next day, as her new client. 

She tries. Boy does she try. But chemistry like theirs cannot be contained. But the real question is, is she pushing him away because she doesn't want to lose the bet or because she knows he's someone she can connect with? 

Tag Chase was fun. It kept me interested. The scenes were hot. I will tell you that at one point, I was so invested in the story that I couldn't take the anticipation anymore and immediately flipped to the back of the book. I cheat sometimes. I should be ashamed but I'm not. 

I flush and take another, longer sip from my glass. I look up at him, my guiltiness written all over my face, I’m sure. He laughs a little and shakes his head, “Relax, you don’t need to explain anything to me if you really don’t want to. I’m curious, but I’m just glad you met me for dinner tonight.”

“I am, too.” I blurt out. Shit, Paisley, you’re supposed to not be interested. “It was delicious.”

Corbin’s eyes are searching mine and I feel him leaning in closer to me. Shit, shit, shit.

“But, uh, I have yoga really early tomorrow. So I should probably get going,” I fumble, setting my glass of wine down on the coffee table. I go to stand but Corbin’s hand reaches out for mine, stopping me in my tracks.

“Wait, what about dessert?”

I turn to face him again and melt to the floor when I see the look in his eyes. They’re dark, daring. He’s daring me to stay. Daring me to take a chance.

He slides his other hand around my waist, leaning closer with every word, “You’ve got three options.” I know I should leave, should stand up right now and walk toward the door, but I’m frozen in place and captured by his eyes. “ I could whip up some delicious chocolate fondue with fresh cut strawberries,” he breathes, tickling my back a little with his fingertips. My breath is hitched in my throat and I can hear my heart beating in my ears, the rate rapidly increasing with every syllable that escapes his mouth. “We could make a trip to the store and pick up the perfect ingredients for you to show off your baking skills,” he pulls me a little closer and I have to turn away, the intensity in his eyes too much for me to handle. My legs start shaking a little and I try to steady them and focus on breathing. His body is so close to mine now, I can feel his chest against mine. “Or,” he pulls his hand from mine and touches the side of my face, running his fingers up through my hair, and begins planting soft kisses on my neck. “We could stay right here, and I could make you dessert, instead.”

Holy. Fuck.

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer. 

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order. 

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