Series: Briar U #1
Published by Self-Published on 08/06/2018
Genres: New Adult
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’ve been a fan of Elle Kennedy for years, since I first read The Deal back in 2015. That book reminded me of all of the reasons why I love New Adult. Unfortunately, The Chase reminded me of all of the reasons why I hate New Adult.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate this book. In fact, I quite liked it for the first 80%. I flew through 30% – 80% last night alone and was eating it up. But then… everything sort of fell apart in the last 20%. The DRAMA. Oh man. It was a lot and it was over the top and unnecessary. There was so much going on in this book at one time, especially towards the end that it was hard to keep up.
I wasn’t sure I liked Summer for quite a while. She was very spoiled and entitled in the beginning, with a pretty bad attitude. I didn’t warm up to her until around 25% in. I really liked her once she befriended Brenna and I’m actually looking forward to Brenna’s book. But there was so much in this book that could’ve been avoided and that was frustrating as a reader.
I’ve come to the conclusion that both Summer and Fitz are selfish and immature, but I think that also has a lot to do with their age. They’re the embodiment of what I hate about New Adult. They’re kind of crappy friends (see: Hunter and Dean). They are both unlikeable characters that I wanted to like (and only sometimes did).
I really liked Fitz the vast majority of the time, except for when Summer turned him into someone I hated. I know it sounds like I didn’t like this book, but I really did. It was good, it’s just frustrating because it could have been so. much. better. if it weren’t for all of the foolish, childishness. I enjoyed it for the majority of the book, I’m just mourning what it could have been. If you’re familiar with Elle Kennedy and you enjoy New Adult, I think you’ll mostly like this book. If you’ve never read her, I suggest starting with The Deal.
Well, that is it for me. I cannot read new adult romance. I’m so done. Elle Kennedy is a fine writer, but unfortunately The Chase is my NA scapegoat.
I know for certain that there are many readers who will enjoy The Chase. But for me, the story was superficial, I could not see myself in any of the characters or sympathize with their motives, and found many, many plot points used as drama for drama sake. I like when an author makes me work a little for what makes a character tick, but to wait nearly three quarters of the book for the big reveal, and then it wasn’t really that interesting or justified the characters actions/inaction? Really? Three quarters? Please.
Clearly I didn’t enjoy this one and I could continue with my diatribe but I think I’ll just leave it at: DO NOT RECOMMEND.