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!