Title – Song Chaser
Author – Kandi Steiner
Release Date – July 1, 2014
Series – Chasers #2
For more than a year, Tanner West has tried to shake his feelings for his long time best friend, Paisley Bronson. She was the perfect girl to fit the lyrics in all his favorite songs – the girl he had always wanted. When she fell in love with another man before Tanner had the chance to tell her how he felt, he was left with no resolve to find love again. Burying himself in school and easy girls has become his new lifestyle, but when Kellee Brooks shows up at his favorite bar, he begins to think there may be another verse to his song, after all.
Kellee Brooks moved to New York City for one thing: escape. Growing up in a small town where her entire life was planned out for her, she’s desperate to break free and find herself without following the same path as her mom. Kellee thought working at the local dive bar would mean more money for school, but when she meets the smoldering, scarred honey eyes of Tanner West, she finds there’s much more hiding in the smoky building than just a few tips.
With Paisley still haunting Tanner and Kellee vowing to save anyone the trouble of loving her, will the pain and fear keep them apart – or will they find a way to rewrite their song together?
Break free with this heartbreaking story of letting go and letting love in.
With as much as I liked Tag Chaser, I had a feeling that I would absolutely love Song Chaser – especially once I knew it was Tanner’s story. I am pretty happy to say that I was proven right and I absolutely adored it, even more so than the first book. Song Chaser was heartbreaking and heartwarming all rolled into one. It is most definitely a ride, but one you don’t want to miss out on!
“Everything isn’t fixed, everything isn’t okay, but at least a line has been drawn. It’s clear now what we are, and at least that’s a step. I just hope I can stay on my side of the line.”
This book begins where the first left off; Tanner has come to realize that Paisley is serious about Corbin and that he has missed his chance to be with her. Through a journey of his own, he discovers what it is he truly wants and does so through the help of Kellee. One of my absolute favorite things about this book was the honesty in how the situation was handled. Tanner wasn’t able to just get over Paisley and live a happily ever after. I appreciated that the relationship was continuously tested and questions were raised, particularly because of his confusion over Paisley. He and Kellee had to continue looking at their relationship from all aspects in order to learn and ultimately grow. It gave the book such a genuine, real-life feel to it that you really couldn’t do anything but love Tanner.
“You’re finding me. You’re bringing back the parts of myself that I thought I had lost forever.”
I also think that the relationship dynamic between these two was just something special and could be felt through the words on the page. They forced each other to look at the truth and evaluate their own reactions. They came to question everything, but in the most positive of ways. Their love certainly was not instant, though their attraction and chemistry were off the charts. They had to really work for a friendship and relationship and it was done with such finesse. I enjoyed the ups and downs, the highs and lows of their relationship. It didn’t feel like what I’ve seen so many times as a reader, as it felt more real while still giving that element of escape.
“Uncomplicate it. Don’t make excuses. Some of life’s biggest heartaches come from missed opportunities and lame excuses. Don’t miss out on what could be the best chapter in your life because you’re too busy rereading the last one.”
Kandi Steiner’s work in Tag Chaser was great, but she quite obviously grew in Song Chaser. The writing feels so much more sophisticated and flowy. She has a knack for sucking you in with her characters, so be careful because you certainly won’t get enough! I appreciated being able to get Tanner’s story and seeing how he was able to rebuild his life and recover after a heartbreak. He’ll definitely always have a place in this heart of mine!
My heart feels like it’s about to beat right out of my chest. Tanner is looking at me like he’s not good enough to touch me and like he can’t keep his fucking hands off me all at the same time. I inhale deep, my breath shaky as I try to find the words to say. I want to talk about it more – about what she is to him, about when she’s coming and what I’m going to have to deal with – but right now all I can think about is how his hands feel on my waist, and how I wish he would touch every inch of my body with those hands.
“Kiss me,” I breathe.
Tanner doesn’t waste another second. His lips find mine, soft and gentle at first, but then a fire consumes us both and I’m biting his neck as he lifts me from my chair. He kisses down my collarbone and then back up to my ear, sending chills cascading down my arms and legs. I moan softly, running my fingers through his hair and tugging a little as I pull his lips back to mine. He slides his tongue between my lips and takes my mouth, deepening the kiss as his hands explore my body.
“How long until dinner?” he pants between kisses.
“Maybe twenty minutes.”
“That’ll do,” he replies, carrying me to the couch.
Tanner’s hands are hungry as he positions himself on top of me, pulling the straps of my tank top down to kiss my shoulders. He nips and sucks softly, trailing a line from my shoulders, to my neck, across my collar bone, and back again. Slowly, he kisses a little lower, sucking at the swell just above the hem of my top. I inhale sharply, my fingers gripping his hair.
“You taste so sweet,” he mumbles against my skin, lighting it on fire. He lifts my shirt and slowly kisses down my stomach, stopping just above the hem of my shorts. He blazes a trail of fire with his tongue from one hip to the other, working the buttons and zipper until he has my shorts loose enough to pull down my shaking legs and throw across the room. He smiles up at me, his sexy half grin silently killing me, and then he completely takes my breath away – because he pulls my panties off with his teeth.
With. His. Teeth.
Suddenly, my heart is beating in my throat. I’m not a virgin, but I’m definitely no where near as experienced as Tanner, no matter how cocky my façade may be. My legs are shaking uncontrollably and I feel it start to move up to my hands. Tanner stops kissing my thighs and looks up at me, concern laden on his face.
“Are you okay?” he asks, moving to position himself on top of me again. He brushes the hair from my face and pulls my shaking hand to his lips, kissing my fingers softly as he waits for me to reply.
I nod, though not confidently. “I hate admitting this to you, but I’m not that experienced.”
He smiles devilishly, his eyes lighting the fire in my stomach again. “You think I don’t know that? Why do you think I’m going so slow?”
I let out of a puff of air, “This is slow?”
His grin grows wider, “Trust me – if I had it my way, your ankles would have been on my shoulders the first night I saw you.”
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Check out the rest of the Chasers series:
Tag Chaser (Chasers #1)
Straight, No Chaser (A Chaser Series Short Story)
Tag Catcher (A Chaser Series Short Story)
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.