Thursday, July 25, 2019

#REVIEW: The Chase (Briar U, #1) By Elle Kennedy #hockeyromances #newadult

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The Chase by Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Elle Kennedy
Release Date: August 4th, 2019
Format: kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy 
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 devoured Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus series, so of course when I saw she had a spin-off series Briar U, I downloaded both books immediately and read them back to back in two days flat! I adore this Ivy League college and all the hockey players on the team. I was so prepared to not really like Summer, because she seems like so bubbly and excitable and just not the type of girl I would be friends with. But Summer also has a really good heart and she sees the best in everyone and seeing her struggle with her learning disability just broke my heart. 

I think I would have liked the romance stuff in this book better if there was no love triangle. I liked Fitz and as an introvert myself I kind of get why he was so hot and cold with Summer. His background with his parents pitting everything he says against each other also made sense for why he's such a quiet guy. I could have been more okay with how he is so wishy-washy with her if Hunter wasn't in the mix! I also totally don't blame Summer for agreeing to going to dinner with Hunter because Fitz gave her so many mixed signals so here was a guy that actually showed an interest in her. I think if the whole conflict with Hunter didn't exist, this might have been a 4-star review, instead of a 3.

The side characters that are introduced in this book are some of my favorites! Brenna, the girl who Summer basically forces to be her best friend is who I aspire to be. She's also the coach's daughter, so it was cool to see her mix it up with the boys. I also loved Hollis, he's not what I expected at all! He's mentioned in the other books, but I think this is the first one we really see a different side of him. I'm wondering if we will get a book about him, because I definitely want to read that one. 

I enjoyed going back into this world and I'm glad there is a happy ending, but I have to say not one of my favorite books in this world. I think I liked it better than The Goal though. 

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