Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: April 2012
Briar Thompson had it all. The right clothes, the right friends, the right car. Being popular was all that mattered. Her parents were rich and treated like royalty throughout the community. She thought her senior year of high school was going perfectly, until the night her drink was spiked at a party by one of her so called friends.
That was the night she met Chase McCree.
Chase wanted to go back to Montana. To the ranch and the wild, wide blue sky that went on forever. He wanted nothing to do with flashy cars or spoiled rich kids. But he found himself head over boots for the quirky cheerleader who turned her back on her social status. She befriended him when no one else would.
Shunned and hurt by the people who were once her friends, Briar flees with Chase to his family ranch in Montana. There she discovers another world, and apart of herself she never knew.
The cowboy wasn’t like anyone she’d ever met. The cheerleader wasn’t like anyone he’d ever met. Apart their lives didn’t seem to make sense, but together, they were chasing forever.
Chasing McCree is another “opposites attract” kind of book. I, initially, did not have high hopes for this book, but as is the case with many other books, I was pleasantly surprised.
Chase McCree is a rancher from Montana. His mother, who lives in Florida with her husband, has successfully persuaded him to live with her (in order to feel less guilty for leaving him in the first place). A little more than two weeks towards the summer break, Chase meets Briar. She’s a cheerleader at school, and comes from a rich family. Her friends are quite shitty, and her parents are even shittier. (Pardon my language 😉 )
They form a bond, and Briar realises that she has been making certain decisions for the wrong reason: to please her friends and parents. When it’s time for Chase to return to Montana, he invites Briar to go on the road trip with him. Of course, she accepts.
I won’t go into much detail about what happened while they were at the ranch, but know that at the end of the story, the McCrees came out victorious, and everyone (that mattered) lived happily ever after!
One thing I really love about this story is the dialogue: it’s very believable. There’s nothing over the top about the way the people talk to each other. There were a few instances where I just could not believe the snobbishness portrayed by the rich, preppy kids, but you never know.
Briar seems to be a character who is tired of the pretentious life she lives, and she wastes no time in changing the less than pleasant aspects of her life. I don’t know how likely it would be for a rich, popular city girl to leave everything she knows behind to go to a farmland in Montana, but then, Briar isn’t exactly a typical rich b****
Chase, though, is a very mature gentleman. A rich one, for that matter. He’s down to earth, and anything but materialistic. Really, Chase just made me want to fall in love, move to Montana, and herd cattle.
The story was fast paced, believable (a little bit), and sweet. There, you have it; my verdict on Chasing McCree.