I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Elle Kennedy’s The Chase. I know this is not true of course and I want and respect authors who take whatever time they need to write their books. But my oh my am I glad to finally have this on my kindle.
The Chase is the first book in Elle Kennedy’s spin-off from the Off-Campus series. This new series is Briar U. As far as I am aware, much like her other books, these books will be intereconnected but also standalone really nicely. Such is the case with The Chase which features Summer and Colin “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who were secondary characters in the original series. I am super glad Elle Kennedy choose to write about them.
Summer has recently transferred to Briar University. She had some trouble at her last school and well, now she’s kind of on her last legs at Briar. But she is determined to make it work. Unfortunately, she has a few things working against her. Her learning disorder, her attraction to Fitz, and the assistant dean who is her adviser and is also a total jerk. Oh yeah, and she has no place to live. Until that is, her older brother Dean (from The Score) calls in a favor and she is now the fourth roommate with three well-known and well-liked Briar U hockey players: Mike Hollis, Hunter Davenport, and Fitz. Talk about being in the belly of the (very attractive!) beast.
Fitz has been attracted to Summer for awhile but she seems like, well, a lot of work. He isn’t sure he is ready for someone that dynamic and dramatic in his life. When he is about to make his move on New Year’s Eve, he sees her hooking up with Hunter and well, that’s that. He’s disappointed but determined to move past his attraction.
Easier said than done, especially with Summer living in the house. She is front and center in his life in a major way and he can’t keep his eyes off of her. Unfortunately, Summer is getting fed-up with his definitive answer: does he want something with her or not? Fitz isn’t sure but if he doesn’t decide soon, he’s going to lose Summer. She is tired of being ignored or pushed aside by him after they share an intimate moment. She’s not ashamed of herself and won’t let him act this way. Will Fitz get it together?
I am so glad I got the chance to know Summer better in this book. I got a much better understanding of her as a woman. She is (much like Dean) more than meets the eye. I enjoyed celebrating her successes (her super fun independent study that involves fashion–you’ve got to read to know more!) and understanding and empathizing with her tough moments. I feel like Elle Kennedy captures the learning disability spectrum fairly well but as I don’t have a learning disability myself, I can’t say for sure how accurate Summer’s representation is, but I have a feeling it at least resembles someone’s experience out there. I also enjoyed watching her stand up for women (her new friend Brenna and just other female characters she got to know as the story continues). Like Summer, I was understandably frustrated with Fitz. While he didn’t think of it as a game, it kind of came off as one in the way he would reach out to her but then draw back again.
Fitz is an interesting and intense character. He has some scars from his parents’ divorce and constant fighting over him. He loves video games, he is artistic (in fact, one of my favorite scenes is when Fitz realizes Summer likes to draw too and he basically becomes the heart eyes emoji) and a good hockey player. I also like how he stands up for his friends and for Summer (eventually). I do wish he hadn’t dithered quite so much on his feelings for Summer. Like her, I was a bit frustrated because I wanted to see him take the leap.
There is much to enjoy in The Chase. I just thoroughly enjoy Elle Kennedy’s writing and characters and I think this book is one of her strongest yet. I am SUPER excited for the next book in the series, The Risk, which will feature Brenna and I think I have the hero figured out but I may be surprised.
And guess what, this week only, The Chase is only $2.99!! Readers, just go buy this book! It’s worth every penny.
The Chase is sexy, it’s got some really funny comedy touches, and it features a heroine I loved getting to know. Summer can kick-butt any day of the week!
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.
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