In Review: The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy

Posted August 6, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle KennedyThe Chase by Elle Kennedy
Series: Briar U #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 6, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 378 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
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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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

I’m not even going to pretend like I’m the only reader who has been waiting with total grabby hands for Elle’s next solo effort. When I saw The Chase land on my iPad, I straight up squealed. I also made plans to read it ASAP. I freaking loved it. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. It’s a totally bingeable, read in one sitting kind of read if you weren’t silly like me and started adulting somewhere in the middle. But, I digress.

It’s so great to be back at Briar U. The Off Campus series was and still remains one of my all time favorite new adult series. I loved those hockey guys — and their sassy gals — so damn much. I was excited to get back to that world and get to know some side characters better. And, naturally, hopefully see some of my favorites pop up again. (They totally did, btw.) Even if they hadn’t, I’d have been totally happy because I love this new cast of characters so much.

I absolutely adored Summer. She was sweet and sassy and her vulnerabilities made me want to hug her and tell her she was more than she gave herself credit for in those darker moments. Her character leapt off the pages for me. As someone who has roomed with guys in the past, I can tell you it takes a special type of person and personality to survive it. Now, I wasn’t hooking up with mine because, well, they were gay men, but still. I found many of the situations relatable and realistic.

Oh, Fitzy. I totally have a new book boyfriend to love. I love athletes and I love nerds. Mash the two together into one glorious hero and I just can’t get enough. Fitz was amazing. Ok, he also had the tendency to be a bit of a jerk to Summer. — and in those moments I wanted to shake some sense into him. But overall he was a really good guy. And again, who can pass up a video gamer/hockey player combo. Not I.

I love love loved the back and forth between Summer and Fitzy. Now, I have to admit there were times I wanted to lock the two of them in a room so they could get it together. (Or just get together.) But, Elle’s way was better. Man, they were both stubborn as hell at times. I was shipping them so hard because I just knew they would be amazing together. I wasn’t wrong. It just took some time to get there and, naturally, there were some obstacles and some drama along the way. But was it worth the wait? Absolutely.

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I totally loved The Chase. I laughed out loud (literally, in some cases) and swooned and fanned myself. I loved the characters — old and new — and can’t wait for more from the Briar U series. I’m not sure I realized just how much I missed Elle’s writing and her characters until I started this one. I suspect fans of the Off Campus series will love this new spinoff as well. Prepare to see some old favorites and make some new, as well. I’ll just be over here with grabby hands, waiting for the next book’s release.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“A woman isn’t defined by her boyfriends. She’s defined by her achievements. And her shoes.”

“You just described the setup for a porno, so I assume the scene ended with you jacking them all off?”

“I’m not fluff. Yes, I have a stupid amount of energy. Yes, I enjoy shopping, and I’m obsessed with clothes. Yes, I was in a sorority, and yes, I like to dance and have fun with my friends. That doesn’t make me superficial, Fitz. And it doesn’t mean there isn’t more to me beneath the surface. Because there is.”

Here’s the thing about kissing. Some kisses are a prelude to sex. Some happen out of boredom. Some make your body tingle, others might leave you feeling nothing at all. But what do those kisses have in common? They’re just kisses. They’re not THE KISS. The one that lingers in your mind for hours, even days, after it’s over. The one that has you randomly touching your lips and breaking out in a warm, fluttery shiver as you remember the feel of his mouth on you.

When you have one major insecurity that rules your life, your subconscious doesn’t let you forget it. Loving yourself is hard enough. Silencing the inner critic borders on impossible. For me, at least.

“Yeah, you should be wearing a perma-smile because that gorgeous chick actually fooled around with you. That’s probably how Jesus felt when he turned water into wine.”

About Elle Kennedy

A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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