Title: Chasing Nikki (Chasing Nikki #1)
Author: Lacey Weatherford
Chase Walker used to be a good kid—charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t notice time slipping away until he’s arrested for underage drinking one night.
Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase’s mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won’t give football players like him the time of day.
Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face—she’s a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki’s life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she’s taught him? Will it be enough?
I've been wanting to read Chasing Nikki for awhile now, and finally got the chance when Lacey so generously offered this book for free one day. I did have some reservations about reading it because I had heard it was sad. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this though, it was wonderful!
Chase is a teen boy who is dealing with depression after a family tragedy. He turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. After being arrested for underage drinking, his mom gets fed up and they move to a small rural town to live with his grandparents. Here, he meets Nikki and he is instantly attracted to her. Unfortunately, Nikki thinks he is a punk and won't give him the time of day. Chase doesn't give up so easily though and Nikki finally decides to give him a chance.
They have such a sweet relationship with plenty of swoon-worthy moments. These two have a lot of chemistry together. Nikki is a wonderful girl and brings out the best in Chase. Life is finally going well for him, and then it all comes crashing down. I feel so bad for him – life has dealt him a rough hand. I'm not sure how much more pain one person could take. It is completely heartbreaking.
I liked how this was written from Chase's point of view. The plot was great and there are many things in this book that send out a good message. The background characters were very likable too. I'm so glad I waited to read this book until now, because I know the next one is coming out next month and I CANNOT wait to see what happens next!
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