Title: Playing Chase
Author: Julie Prestsater
Series: Against The Wall
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 130 pages
Release Date: August 27, 2013
There are many words that have been used to describe Chase Marino: cheater, backstabber, dirt bag, heart breaker. He earned those titles cheating on his high school love Shelly and his co-worker Summer. He broke both their hearts and knows it’s his lot in life to make it up to them somehow. But while the ladies intend to make his life miserable, Chase is pretty good at doing it to himself. With his dad around treating him like a frat brother rather than a son, it’s easy for Chase to beat himself up over the shameful mistakes he made in the past.
That is until Tiffany Gutierrez, the new student teacher arrives. Feeling an immediate attraction to the young beauty Chase does everything in his power to fight it and do the right thing for once. But when Tiffany shows the attraction is mutual all bets are off. Chase soon realizes that while he’s teaching Tiffany how to be a good teacher, he’s learning a thing or two from her as well. Maybe it’s time to move on and let go of the past and realize that he may just deserve a real shot at love.
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Thoughts on "Playing Chase"
My hat is off to Julie Prestsater. Not only did she take a take a huge douche like Chase and make him the poster boy for all douches but then she turns us around and explains why he acts the way he does. And in an absolutely believable way no less.
Chase Marino has left a trail of broken hearts and angry women in his wake and they are out for revenge. Together they create an online dating profile and set Chase up with some of the scariest women possible. The old Chase would have laughed went on his way but the new Chase, the one who is beginning to realize that perhaps his past behaviors will leave him a bitter, lonely old man like his father, decides to use the dates as penance. And then karma bites him in the butt by giving him Tiffany Guitterez, a super formal, overly note-taking student teacher that is not only beautiful, but one person who sees past all of his attitude to the person underneath.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this Chase. The interaction between him and Tiffany was sweet, yet professional. Even though Chase was "teaching" her, you feel as though perhaps it's the other way around- Chase is the one learning from Tiffany. I think Tiffany is my favorite character of the whole series. For being the youngest I think she showed the most maturity in every situation from meeting Chase's father to being "schooled" by the "We hate Chase" fanclub. And I loved how she would say, "Let me tell you a story" before sharing her opinion. I so want to steal that.
Playing Chase is a satisfying end to the Against The Wall Series and great choice for those who like seeing a not-so-nice guy redeemed.
About the AuthorJulie is a high school teacher by day, and a writer by night. She writes both young adult and adult romances. When she's not writing, she can be found out and about with her family, reading, and watching football. As a reading intervention teacher, she prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers.