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The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy

The Chase Book Cover The Chase
Briar U #1
Elle Kennedy
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
August 6th, 2018

Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.

And that his best friend has a crush on me.

And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.

Megan’s Review

“She’s the one girl he shouldn’t want…”

If there is one thing Elle Kennedy knows how to do and I mean do phenomenally well, it is write amazing sports/college romances. I fell in love with her storytelling way back when I read her Off-Campus series, which is still one of my favorite sports romance series of all time. Her latest story, The Chase, kept me fully invested from start to finish with Elle’s signature smart and witty writing. The characters were as different as night and day. I love a great story where opposites attract and the plot got better and better with each turn of the page.

Summer Di Laurentis is Dean’s little sister and for anyone who has read The Score, then you know who Dean is. Summer is new to Briar U, she was forced to leave her former Ivy League college due to being in a whole heap of trouble. Summer arrives at the Kappa Beta Nu sorority house with the intention of starting a new college with a clean slate, but unfortunately things don’t go as planned for her. She soon discovers that despite her desire to start again, her reputation has followed her to her new college. To say Summer received an unwelcome reception would be an understatement.

Having visited her brother on campus the previous year, Summer has become familiar with Briar campus and Dean’s former hockey team mates, especially Colin Fitzgerald (Fitzy). Fitzy has a preconceived idea on the kind of person Summer is based on their previous encounter, but things are about to get really interesting when Dean, knowing Summer is technically homeless, calls in a favor to his former team mates and asks that they rent their spare room to his sister.

Fitzy is not your typical jock. Yes he is a mean hockey player, tall, built, tatted and gorgeous, but he is also what some may consider a gaming nerd. Fitzy is studying both Fine Arts and Computer Gaming, so when he is not at practice or playing, this takes up most of his time.

“In college, I’ve made more of an effort to be social, but deep down I’m still the guy who wants to remain invisible. Summer is the most visible person I’ve ever met.”

While Summer is a force to be reckoned with, a blonde bombshell tornado making her presence known, Fitzy is an introvert who prefers to stay out of the limelight and keeping to himself.

Summer was such a fun character; she was feisty, extroverted and you could never be certain of what would come out of her mouth whenever she spoke. I found her absolutely hilarious and loved her gregarious nature. I loved Fitzy too for the sole reason that he was everything Summer was not. These two were perfect opposites, two wrongs making a delectable right.

When they get to really know each other they soon discover that things aren’t always as they seem. I loved discovering the depth of both characters and watching them grow, it made for more relatable characters and the development felt so much more real.

The Chase was written to be devoured and enjoyed and it would be a travesty to all romance literature to not pick this one up and read. If you are a fan of your NA sports/college romances, then there are no better stories of this genre than Elle Kennedy’s to get your fix. I wait with bated breath for book two in the Briar U series, The Risk, because I know it’s going to be everything and more.