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Review: Chaser by Kylie Scott

on April 30, 2018

Chaser (Dive Bar #3)
Kylie Scott
Pan Macmillan
2018, 400p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Love isn’t always NEAT…

Bartender and all round bad boy, Eric Collins, has come to a crossroads. It’s time to take life seriously and maybe even attempt to settle down. If only the person he was hoping to settle down with didn’t turn out to be pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labor during a snowstorm and her car slides on some ice, however, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

The third book in the Dive Bar series revolves around Eric, who has certainly appeared in the previous two books enough to give readers a very clear idea as to his personality. He’s probably best known for his messy entanglement with Nell, co-owner of the Dive Bar, who was separated from her husband Pat at the time. I’m a little salty still that Pat and Nell never got their own actual story and it was resolved as side plots in the first two books. I thought their story was interesting enough to definitely carry a full book and I wanted to know more about the background.

Eric is a player. Too many girls, too little time, seems to be his motto. Now that the rest of the Dive Bar crew are loved up, Eric finds that some of his activities are under scrutiny, particularly by Nell. When a beautiful woman walks into the bar, Eric sees opportunity, but that beautiful woman turns around – and she’s significantly pregnant.

That puts Jean off limits for what Eric usually looks for in a woman but he finds himself drawn to her anyway, helping her move into an apartment upstairs and just generally getting to know each other. It seems as though Eric hasn’t really had a platonic friend before (other than the women his brother and friend’s are in relationships with, which don’t count). But he and Jean develop this friendship, even though in the beginning Eric is quite wary of the whole pregnancy thing – which is quite understandable, the previous books give the reason that Eric might be affected by it on a deeper level than just being some sort of commitmentphobe manwhore.

The thing for me was I didn’t really get Eric’s decision to go ‘cold turkey’ on sex/women based on a few shots by Nell and nor did I see the reasoning for Nell be to quite so savage on him. How Eric chooses to live his life is his own business – and Nell’s criticisms are at best, hypocritical on one count. She seems to almost blame Eric for what happened between them and that really annoyed me. It takes two and Nell was there as well. She may have been in a bad place and I queried Eric’s reasoning for doing what he did but he actually explains it in this book and it makes a bit of sense. Perhaps he should’ve tried to explain it to Nell because for some reason she seems to have the worst opinion of him and I’m not sure he really deserved it. He’s a total player but from what I saw, he wasn’t leading anyone on. He wasn’t promising things he couldn’t deliver. He was pretty clear and seemed to pick people that felt the same way. I had liked Nell in previous books but she felt dialled up way too much here and if she’s still got some lingering issues over what happened and the grief, maybe she should look into that instead of taking it out on Eric. I’m not the biggest Eric fan, he’s a man child that kind of reminds me of Mal sometimes but quite a lot of the Nell stuff was unfair.

I liked Jean – she was level headed, mature but still showed vulnerability about being a single parent. She’d moved across the country for a flimsy kind of reason it felt, but she was a good balance for Eric and I enjoyed their friendship. I also really liked the way that Eric kind of ‘learned by doing’ – he’d had no experience with babies but once Jean’s was born and he started spending time with them as a pair, he didn’t need to freak out and that he was perfectly capable of being an actual adult and taking care of someone. So many people seemed to do some sort of double take when they saw Eric carrying a baby or tending to the baby’s needs and want to rush to take the baby from him. It was very off putting. I liked that Jean was 100% confident in Eric’s abilities and she didn’t make him feel as though he couldn’t do anything or that he wasn’t good enough.

I find this book quite hard for me to rate because it didn’t for me, have the sizzling chemistry between the characters that most Kylie Scott books have. Nor was it particularly angsty. Most of the conflict centred around what other people wanted and thought and there’s a large portion of the book where there’s nothing sexual or romantic happening. Eric learns a lot about himself so I guess this is a huge period of growth for him but the reasoning behind it felt like there was a lot of reaching. I think the fact that it was only Eric’s point of view contributed to this as well because it never felt like we got Eric’s true deep thoughts on any issues – not on his lifestyle, people’s opinions about his lifestyle, even his thoughts on Jean. It all felt like it was just skimming the surface. I think I’d have liked to see Eric through Jean’s eyes.

I liked this, I enjoyed the story but I didn’t love it. And for me, Eric and Jean are probably not a couple I’ll revisit again and again like say David and Evelyn or Lydia and Vaughan.

6/10

Book #79 of 2018


One response to “Review: Chaser by Kylie Scott

  1. I worried about this. This series has not been my favorite at all.:-( I’m still going to try it, but my expectations are low. ;D

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