I am so glad I have the opportunity to be part of the Chasing McCree blog tour! Chasing McCree is a sweet romance about the coming together of two characters from completely different lifestyles.
by J.C. Isabella
Published: April 14, 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.
I love romances with cowboys. The first romance I read at the tender age of 13 had a cowboy hero and I was hooked. But YA romances with cowboys haven't done much to impress me. They stereotype cowboys into hicks and Bubba's. Chasing McCree was a wonderful change from that.
There were so many places this story could have gone wrong, but it didn't. Isabella kept the story simple and centered on the romance. There was just something refreshing about reading a book where girl meets boy, they fall in love, and there's no third wheel or major drama driving them apart for silly reasons.
With so many possible wrong turns, how did Chasing McCree stays good? The characters. Briar isn't perfect, and when we first meet her she's drunk, but she is endearing. She realizes how judgmental she has been and honestly regrets it. Once she realizes what kind of person she wants to be, she doesn't bow to peer pressure and she takes a stand not for a boy, but because it's the right thing for her to do for herself. Chase is the good-old boy cowboy. Honest, hardworking, earnest, and laid back. He doesn't come across as perfect, but there's also a sense that he's the kind of guy your mother and father would love.
This is a book I would definitely feel comfortable giving to my 13 year old niece. It shows how love, honesty, and hard work still have a place in the world today.
I'm J.C. Isabella, and I love to write. I've been writing for about ten years now. Mostly it was just for fun, for me. But my friends liked my work, so I decided to self publish. I hope you enjoy the rest of my site, and the books I have written.
The reason I chose to write romance, is because I love a happy ending. In YA there are so many lessons to be learned, so many firsts to be had. Why not write about first kisses, first crushes, or trying to explain to your father you were bitten by your boyfriend, who happens to be a werewolf?
One thing I will always promise in my books is a happy ending. I've always hated getting to the end of a really great novel, and feeling let down because it didn't end the way I thought it should. So about ten years ago, I decided to write a book. I remember it was about these kids who hijack a boat to find buried treasure in Mexico....
Needless to say, my writing has come a long way since my teen years, and I know I have room to improve, but I feel guilty having these books sitting in my computer, with no one to read them. So I'm putting them out for the world to see!
I try not to take myself too seriously. I'm not an editor, nor am I a total wiz when it comes to grammar or language. I try my darndest though, and I hope to give people an enjoyable read that is nice a break from reality.
I put a lot of work into what I do, and I appreciate people reading my work. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.