The Chase by Elle Kennedy. Review of a story where I was ready to throw the female MC under the bus and ended rooting for her!

Synopsis

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.

Review

4 « read in one sitting » stars

I won’t lie to you : the first chapters of The Chase did give me a bad feeling. I thought I would not go along with Summer, the main female character. I thought she was superficial, only interested in fashion and  a spoiled rich heiress. She had lit her old sorority house on fire and seemed to make dumb moves upon dumb moves.

I was ready to DNF or give a bad rating but …I hoped it was maybe a ploy. Maybe that’s what Elle Kennedy wanted us to see but there was more to Summer than “fluff”.

What led me to it? Well the moment when was thinking “fake it till you make it” in the confidence department.

In this I was no better than Fitz or other characters in the book: I was being judgmental and stereotyped Summer right away.

 

But boy was I wrong!

 

 

Summer is not a hairhead. She is not shallow.

Summer suffers from something that has plagued my son’s life so far but that I won’t reveal here as I don’t want to spoil your fun.

Once I learned the cause of her behavior I really felt bad for my negative thoughts.

From that moment on all I wanted to do was root for Summer and encourage her to believe in her.

 

Now that the air is cleared up about summer, let’s dig into the story and the romance shall we?

 

The story is your *nearly* classical “sportsromance” with big sexy hockey jocks. You’ll have male hotness at every page the same way it happened with The Deal and its sequels.

Summer is Dean’s sister and I was so happy to get a peek at Garrett and Dean’s “after”. This series crosses over with Off-Campus series and it was really heartwarming to get to meet my favorite characters once again.

Summer has a huge crush on Colin Fitzgerald, alias Fitz, tall, muscled, and tattoed hockey player. Now Fitz is not exactly your classical jock *hello stereotypes nice to see you rearing your ugly head once more* he is a geek under disguise! He is a whizz kid with computer games as in programming but also sketching/designing them.

Summer and Fitz are polar opposites.

She loves crowd, parties, fun. She is solar and everyone orbit around her. She is also a drama llama. Fitz is the guy who loves staying home and draw. He hates being under the spotlight. He hates drama.

That’s why for a looooooong time in the book he’ll rebuff Summer. He hates being attracted to her. It gave us hot and cold moments and I really wanted to kick is behind for being a coward. Man up! Poor Summer wears her heart on her sleeve and you trample it after having stroked it tenderly.

Grrrrrr. I found it very frustrating!

We’ll learn he has excuses for acting so erratically but it was no less disheartening.

The whole books serves as a setting for the new series with new future characters.

It is a character driven story with some minor twists and villains. It was light, fun, entertaining, not too angsty thanks God and did pull at my heartstrings as Summer was fighting a hard battle.

True to Elle Kennedy’s style. Fans of Elle you’ll love it and lovers of easy yet well written sportsromance you’ll gobble it up!

Have you ever began a book thinking you would hate the main MC just to be won over?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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18 Replies to “The Chase by Elle Kennedy. Review of a story where I was ready to throw the female MC under the bus and ended rooting for her!”

  1. I’m glad this worked out for you Sophie…I hate DNFing books!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Me too Trisy!!!

  2. Great review. Glad you finished it and it’s a 4 so it was good after you got into it!

    Mary

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Mary!

  3. I’m going to have to get this for sure Sophie – everyone is raving about it! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it too and didn’t give up – great review! =D

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahah thank you Daisy! have fun 😉

  4. OMG, I loved your review! I’m actually looking forward to read this book and your review has made me even more excited it. I’m glad you loved it! I seriously can’t wait to read it!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Raven!!!

  5. I so wanted to know more about Fitzy after the last Off Campus book, and I am so excited to read this. I am glad you stuck it out, and let Summer show her true self to you.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes Sam and yet I feared the worst!

  6. You know, Elle Kennedy is just one author I’ve never read yet. Sure I’ve heard a loooot of her, but I never got the urge to read her tho This sounds like a good book, that I might pass on. Maybe I’m being too judgemental already haha. Fantastic review tho!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Ari as I know you love angst and twisted characters I would say this is not a read for you indeed 😉

  7. Love it when you think a character’s gonna lose you, but then they change your mind completely.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Me too Nicole and I was so relieved!!!

  8. Characters that continually make bad decisions are such a pet peeve. Thank goodness this one came around. I love Elle’s books with Sarina Bowen but I haven’t decided if I’m going to pick this one up or not. Great review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Mmmh Tanya I think you’d love it 😉

  9. Great review Sophie! I adored Summer so much!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh me too Kayla! I ended wanting to protect her and boost her confidence 😉

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