The Chase (Briar U #1) – Elle Kennedy


Genre: New Adult Romance 
Pages: 427
Release Date: August 6, 2018

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.

The Chase is everything you’d expect from a new adult romance and more: angst, sexy times, and actual substance.

The Chase follows Summer and Fitzy as they navigate their attraction to each other, their opposing personalities, and the hurt feelings left in their wake. The chemistry between Summer and Fitzy drips off the page, though I think it’s safe to say Summer has chemistry with everyone. Summer and Fitzy’s personalities couldn’t be more different, so it leads to a lot of drama and angsty scenes between the two.

Though The Chase features all the classic tropes and clichés of new adult romance, it also features real characters with real problems that are not usually showcased in these types of novels. Summer has a learning disability. She struggles with it and feelings of stupidity. I’m no expert in the field of the various learning disabilities, so I wouldn’t be able to speak at length about positive or negative representation, but I think Kennedy nails it. Summer’s learning disability is never used as a plot device. It’s just a part of who she is.

I’m usually not a fan of the more outgoing, high maintenance female main character, but I really loved Summer. She’s fun, opinionated, and strong in her convictions. She often talks about being a feminist and the difficulties associated with it. However, Kennedy never goes into any great depth about feminism. It’s just another characteristic that Summer possesses that is rarely seen in these types of novels and I enjoyed it immensely.

Overall, The Chase is a fantastic inclusion to the genre that offers something a little more to readers who are looking for a little more substance. With main characters that feel real, feminism and its difficulties, and unwanted sexual advances, The Chase offers a little more than what the genre usually offers.


***I received an arc from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read any Elle Kennedy novels? What did you think? Are you planning on reading The Chase?

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