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.
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.”
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**
When I was contacted by the author to read and review Tag Chaser I really didn’t know anything about the author or the book. Well let me just say I was pleasantly surprised by both. I really enjoyed Tag Chaser. I will admit that I wasn’t really pulled into the book by the title of the book, I had never heard of a tag chaser before, but after reading the synopsis and now the book, I completely understand the title. I have to say that this book really put a smile on my face pretty much the whole way through. There was a little spot towards the end where my heart was being torn apart and I got teary eyed but I was glad to see it all work out. I was scared for a moment thinking this book was taking a turn in a direction I really didn’t want it to because I’m not a fan of those type storylines, but thankfully it wasn’t what I thought. I have to say I thought the writing style of this author was really good. The storyline was unique in that the drama (secrets) that was revealed was something I don’t see too often in other books. I also thought that the story flowed and moved along at a great pace. My only negative would be that the ending was kind of abrupt. The drama of the storyline came out kind of late in the book so the resolution was kind of quick. We do get an epilogue so that was great bc I felt it finished the story.
As for the characters…I really liked both Corbin and Paisley. I loved Paisley right away because of her name. I don’t think I have read another book with that name. Paisley was a strong woman but also a broken woman. She had some serious trust issues, stemming from something that happened between her parents. Because of these trust issues she has built huge walls up and really doesn’t let anyone but her BFF Tanner in. So when she meets Corbin and is instantly attracted to him she is very gun shy to start anything. Although the bet she had going with her other BFF McKenzie didn’t help that either. It was nice to see her grow as a person through the story and finally start breaking down her walls. Mostly in part to Corbin. I really liked Corbin. He was sweet and caring and was willing to do anything for Paisley. He was also troubled do to a tragic event that happened when he was just 17, it left him scarred and kind of shut down, until he met Paisley. Getting to know her and building something with her made him open up and learn to start living again. These two were really good for each other. They truly did have a great connection.
As for McKenzie and Tanner, the two bff’s, I also liked their characters. They were both great support systems for Paisley. I didn’t really like the direction the author took with Tanner towards the end but it didn’t bug me enough to deter me from enjoying this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read without a whole lot of drama.
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.
What People are Saying
“Tag Chaser is a heart-pounding and utterly captivating story of finding true love and fighting for it. One of my absolute favorite books.” – Kellee Fabre, beta reader
“A fresh, laugh-out-loud storyline. I didn’t want it to end.” – Tisha Carter, beta reader
“Have you ever read a book that made you forget to eat or use the bathroom? Well, Tag Chaser is one of those books.” – MaRanda McCandless, Randa’s Reviews
“Tag Chaser is full of undeniable chemistry. Definitely a page-turner.” – Sasha Whittington, beta reader
“I’m a dude, and even I liked it. Tag Chaser is unexpectedly funny and romantic.” – Sean Brown, beta reader
“Fun, funny, and hot.” – Betsy Kash, editor