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chasing Reese. (SAFELIGHT #1)

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Loss brings love...

Everything in life is not permanent but it was perfect. Catalina Pardo had a career in journalism most people could only dream of, a hot, sexy fiancé to call her own and a brilliant future ahead of her. When tragedy struck, the life she once knew fell apart.

Four years later, traumatized by the events that ultimately changed her existence, Catalina sets
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ebook, First Edition, 378 pages
Published January 5th 2015 by RISC Books, New York
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Nicola Anderson
Nov 13, 2014 Nicola Anderson rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of chasing Reese and WOW!! Where do I start?!?
Catalina Pardo is a journalist for a sports magazine, she is engaged and pregnant with her first child, life couldn't get any better until a freak accident changes everything, her life as she knows it is turned upside down and nothing will ever be the same again. Fast forward four years and Catalina is sad, lonely and depressed. She is about to take off for 3 months well earned vacation time when she is forced t
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Ashley Heather
Jan 05, 2015 Ashley Heather rated it it was amazing
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Wow wow wow and another shot of wow!!

This is a beautiful story and one that will stay with you.

Descriptive words to describe this novel would be - stunning, fabulous, emotional, flawless and amazing! 100% worth it.

I truly can't believe this is a debut book by the author! *standing ovation for Ms Santiago*

Whenever I read a book I always find if that book makes me have feelings or think then it's an awesome book!
Well with this one I felt it on every level and I also had so many questions in my h
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K.L. Shandwick
Dec 21, 2014 K.L. Shandwick rated it it was amazing
‘chasing Reese’ Imy Santiago ***AUTHOR!***
Some will know that I mentor Imy and as such, I was privileged with an ARC of this book and have been there as she shared some of the edits. With each excerpt she gave me I grew more and more confident that this DEBUT author was special. (Remember the DEBUT fact when you read it.)
I told her I would read and give my honest opinion and as she knows me, knows that I would only give her a rating based on my honest opinion and without bias no matter how pers
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Kerry Callaway
Jan 03, 2015 Kerry Callaway rated it it was amazing
I was gifted this ARC in exchange for an honest review. OMG!!! I absolutely loved this debut novel from author Imy Santiago,the storyline was well written and I could imagine the stunning scenery and Stryder and Jackson are to die for - still don't know which one I love the most!!
The story starts with Catalina, she is a journalist for Xsports, throughout her life she has lost everyone close to her apart from her best friend Faith, as a result of this she has thrown herself into her work for the
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Terri Gostola
Dec 27, 2014 Terri Gostola rated it it was amazing
What sort of story made me want to skip Christmas parties so that I could stay home to read? What sort of story made me stay up late at night reading when I should have been resting for my work day in the morning? This story! "Chasing Reese" by Imy Santiago was a pleasurable journey from beginning to end, and I shall be racing to read the next book in the series!

I cared about the characters from the start and was swept up in their problems. Catalina Pardo is a sassy journalist who buries herself
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Poe O'neill
Dec 29, 2014 Poe O'neill rated it it was amazing
I won an arc of this book in a competion and i said i would leave an honest review.

I loved this book the story made me laugh, cry and sit with a stupid smile on my face all day while i was reading it.

The chemistry between the three main characters Catalina Pardo the journalist, Stryder Martynus the freelance Photographer and snowboarding gold medalist Jackson Reese was brilliant.

Catalina is a sports journalist who hates the snow due to an accident which left her fiance and unborn baby dead. So
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Joanne Swinney
Jan 02, 2015 Joanne Swinney rated it it was amazing
What a start of an incredible journey. Imy Santiago writes beautifully. I understood her characters really well as she describes everything brilliantly. I can't believe this is her debut. I have fallen in love with this story, which first brought sadness, then smiles, lots of humour and endless amounts of love. The main characters of this fantastic read are exceptional, starting with Jackson Reese, Jackson likes to live life on a high, he has a great sense of humour, but I could also feel the ...more
Rebecca Johnson Dye
Dec 22, 2014 Rebecca Johnson Dye rated it it was amazing
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This story gets 5 amazing stars ! This is the debut book by Imy Santiago. The story opens with Catalina's tragic car accident. Move forward 4 years and we join Cat as she still is working through her grief over Blake's' loss. She is working as a reporter for Xsports magazine. Her biggest fear of course is anything with snow, so when she gets the call to have to take over on a press tour for Olympic snowboarder Jackson Reese, she is not thrilled at all. Stryder Martynus is Jackson's Best friend ...more
Dennis Cardiff
Mar 09, 2015 Dennis Cardiff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating, engrossing, fascinating, enthralling are words that describe my experience of reading Chasing Reese, by Imy Santiago. The heroine, Catalina, or Cat, Pardo is complex. All the people she has loved have died, leaving her with the commitment that she will never love again. She avoids social engagements, but is no wallflower — a reporter who can hold her own against anybody and “swears like a sailor”. This is the street language that I understand. She wears red Doc Martens and clothing ...more
Katja
Jan 05, 2015 Katja rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars. First I wanna say that I wanna go to snowboarding after reading this book. This was very good and I really enjoyed this one. Cat was great and I fell in love with Jackson but I liked also Stryder. I liked how Stryder and Cat met and that they didn't know who the other is. Can't wait for next book. :)

*ARC for honest review*
Nerdy Chic
Ever read a book that you did not want to stop reading? One that, you wanted to finish because you needed to know what happens but wanted to slow down and savor because you didn't want it to end? Chasing Reese was that story for me. Imy Santiago's debut book touched me deeply. The author has such a way with words, I actually couldn't believe it was her debut book.

"This woman, with her curves and sass, insecurities and bravado, intrigues me. The more I know her, the more I want her."

Catalina Par
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Imy Santiago
Jul 08, 2015 Imy Santiago added it  ·  (Review from the author)
"I don’t have the time, need, or care for anything beyond that. That includes men and relationships. I. Am. Not. Ready! No matter how often you try to tell me this or that about my life, you’re not telling me something I don’t already know!” -Catalina Pardo in chasing Reese.

It would sound a bit unusual for me to write a review on my own novel, but the truth is, as a writer, you have to pride yourself in your work because if you don't believe in it, who will, right?

Why did I write this story? &l
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Amazeballs Book Addicts
Jan 03, 2015 Amazeballs Book Addicts rated it it was amazing


OMG, I loved this story. When I started reading it, it starts with an emotional scene that had me little teary eyed. We start with Catalina's POV, then we get Stryder's POV. At first I was little confused because Stryder wasn't Reese and I was confused on how the three would all play into together. This story does not have a love triangle.

Reese is a professional snowboarder and is doing some damage control with the media. Catalina is a sport writer because of tragedy she doesn't do well in the
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Book-Lover Book Blog
Dec 28, 2014 Book-Lover Book Blog rated it really liked it
*ARC received in exchange for honest review *

Catalina Pardo is a journalist working for xsports magazine and has been assigned to a case that includes lots of snow. she has a major fear of snow due to past circumstances that immenently broke her. She has go on a press tour for a Olympic gold medalist, Jackson Reese and is paired with a world renowned photographer. she never thought she would find love again but will this work out? or will it just be a fluke.

I did enjoy this book, though I found
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Lisa
Jan 11, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This is a twist on romance story.

Jackson Reese is a professional snowboarder. He is also an Olympic Gold Medalist. He just happened to have a lapse in judgement one night and made a horrible mistake. Now he has to try and get his reputation better from it.

Styder Martynus is an award winning photojournalist who is also best friends with with Reese. They have been best friends since a very young age. He is also Reese's personal photographer. He goes on tour with Reese when he is asked.

Catalina Par
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Catarina Swartz
Jan 07, 2015 Catarina Swartz rated it it was amazing
Imy Santiago has written a beautiful book which really contains two stories that intwine with each other, the first being about Jackson Reese An Olympic Snow boarder and the second being about Catalina Prado the journalist who has to interview him.

Jackson's story get really interesting and he finally concurs problems he has with Catalina's help and a deep friendship and bond is formed.

Catalina has had a hard time for the last for years and fears of loosening those she loved has stopped her from
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Lisa Atherton
Jan 06, 2015 Lisa Atherton rated it it was amazing
Sometimes people come into our lives at just the right moment and make a huge difference in our lives. This is certainly the case for Catalina, Stryder and Jackson. Each of them are battling their own demons but together they can find their way back to the light through love and friendship.

Catalina is a sports journalist sent to cover Jackson Reese, a champion snowboarder. When she keeps being thrown into Stryder's path, it seems that fate is sending her a nudge. Stryder is an award winning pho
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Claire
Jan 04, 2015 Claire rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that I did not know what to expect when I started this book, but if I did have any expectations they were all completely blown away by the time I had finished.

I won't go into a revamp of the plot. I'm sure other reviewers will and I don't think it's necessary.

The characters were well rounded and beautifully written. I fell in love with all of them. I adored Catalina's sassy swearing self, her insecurities and her inner goodness. My heart broke for her and I was rooting for h
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Maggie
Jan 20, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing
I would give this story more than 5* if it were possible. I loved it from page one, the writing is beautiful, descriptive and mesmerising. The characters are so likeable they felt like friends by the end, as if I knew them so well. I laughed, smiled, cried and even shouted at my kindle once, I was that involved in it. I found it so hard to put down.

The story is of Catolina - Cat, a reporter who has suffered more than her fair share of tragedy, so she lives life day to day without joy. She is sen
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Chantel
Jan 12, 2015 Chantel rated it it was amazing
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Imy’s debut book is a tear jerker. So, many feels! Have Spotify up and follow her play list because it moves you as it gets listed in the book. This book for me has been an eye opener. When you read the description it’s almost like you’ve read it before. An angst book with a love story but it’s not. The descriptions will pull you and make you fall in love with not just one character but three. I read this story in one sitting. I didn’t want to put it down. I get to the last couple pages and my ...more
Sarah
Jan 12, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Wow!! I honestly cannot believe this is Imy's debut book. It had me hooked from start to finish. The story completely captured me, the characters were all brilliantly written and I completely grew to love them all!
Catalina's life was perfect until one fateful accident and she loses everything she has ever known. She then puts everything into her work, not delving into any form of intimate relationships for the next 4 years.
In walks Stryder, a hot, famous sport's photographer. He himself has been
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Ginelle Blanch
Apr 27, 2015 Ginelle Blanch rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 10 stars I would! I won a signed copy of this book from a book blog on fb. I had never heard of the author before and, this is her very first book.

I am SO impressed with the writing, voice, and style of this book. You'd never know that this was a first book for the author. It's amazing, fast paced, and heartfelt.

The story is about living life, not simply existing in life. It's about picking up the pieces after tragedy occurs. It's about learning to love again. It's abo
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Chicks Looking For A Book Fix
4.5 Stars

Right from the beginning this book just rips your heart out, even without really knowing the characters yet. It’s just one of those scenes that will bring tears to your eyes.

chasing Reese. is an amazing debut novel. The book is descriptive, but not in the sense that it is too much. As I read I could picture everything perfectly in my mind. The writing just flows beautifully and you will not want to put it down. As far as female characters go Catalina was sweet and sassy, I liked her a l
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Le Ann Foster
Feb 02, 2015 Le Ann Foster rated it it was amazing
***I recieved a copy of this book from the author for a honest review***

***Book reviewer for Book Fancy Blog***


Where do I start with this book. From the beginning I cried, at the end I cried and even laughed in between. This book is not a ugly cry by any means. The book is written so well that Imy captures you immediately. I loved how the story flowed., it wasn't your typical boy meets girl and fall in love. This book they both had to work at it, giving it the realistic feel.

The book starts 4 y
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Erica
Jan 04, 2015 Erica rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
Absolutely amazing debut!!

To say I underestimated this author would be accurate, but to be honest I don't go into a debut novel expecting to be blown away, in my experience most debut novels are either soon to be great authors getting their feet under them or a complete disappointment.

Not the case with Imy Santiago.

Chasing Reese is perfection.
I fell in love within a few pages and was hooked, I could not put the book down and didn't stop (other than to cater to my kiddos) until the very e
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Sara
Jan 05, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
I have to say I fell in love with this book! The story takes you to the Catalina Pardo’s life and you feel the emotions and man did I feel for her. Catalina is a very strong character I fell in love with her. I was so caught up in her world and I cried with some of her story!!! I have to say the author will make you feel for this character and you feel the rawness. Catalina is supposed to be on vacation and gets pulled away to report on a story she does not normally set off to do. She meets a ...more
Jessica
Jan 05, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, series
This book was so good! I did not want it to end. I am still thinking about the characters and want the next book now. This leaves you with a cliffhanger, so be prepared!!


I laughed, I cried while reading this book.

Catalina (Cat) does not have it easy, she has been through alot, just when her boss makes her take vacation time, its taken away and she is sent to cover a story in Canada about super star snowboader Jackson Reese. Cat fears and hates snow, everything about it, due to tragic loss of lo
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Lola Karns
Jan 07, 2015 Lola Karns rated it really liked it
Debut author Imy Santiago is one to watch. Chasing Reese, billed as a New Adult is a terrific tale of friendship, love, overcoming the past and embracing the future. First off - I am jealous of Imy Santiago's skill at writing snappy dialogue. Profane, yes, but often hilarious and true. I think the profanity made this a hard sell as women's fiction and the hot sex pushed it out of the general fiction category, but I hope this book will find an audience. The depiction of friendship is top notch ...more
Hooks Books
Jan 02, 2015 Hooks Books rated it it was amazing
***Arc copy given in exchange for an honest review***

WOW!! I had no idea what to expect from this book. Holy hell debut novel!!! Imy blew me away! The emotions, the characters...damn I just loved it!! So many feels at the beginning of the book...I was smiling & in tears. Shattered hearts trying to piece themselves back together. Stryder...Jackson....Cat...loved them all. Cat cracked me up with her sailor mouth and sassy personality! "Um, if sitting inside a metal coffin with a rotor going up
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Jane Hunt
Jan 05, 2015 Jane Hunt rated it it was amazing
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'Chasing Reese' is an engaging mix of realistic contemporary dialogue and vivid poignant description; you experience every emotion as the story unfolds. The pacing is gentle which is unusual for this type of story but it works. It's like watching real life. There's a slow burn of passion and some repetition as different characters interact and learn what's happening but it gives the story a un
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Imy Santiago studied Criminal Justice and Psychology at Universidad Metropolitana, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011. As a Summa cum Laude graduate, she is the recipient of the University President medal for excellence in academic achievement. She lives on Long Island with her fiance and daughter. Currently, she spends her days nose-deep in her iPad writing new stories she hopes to pu ...more
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