Book: The Chase
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series: Briar U, #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 3.25/5 Stars
“I want a man with clear intentions. A man who makes an effort and is excited to spend time with me. A man who actually wants to want me. If he has to fight himself to be with me, then chances are he’d never fight for me if it came down to it.”
After finishing The Chase and thinking about it for a few days, I have come to the conclusion that this is a Legally Blonde retelling. I don’t think this was pitched as a Legally Blonde retelling, but it gave me the vibes. I mean Summer was in a sorority house, attended a new University, is into fashion, falls for a sweet nerd, IS BLONDE. And there were parts at the end I don’t want to give away that also alluded to this theory. But what I will say about it is trigger warning for sexual assault.
Anyway, now that I got that out of the way… The Chase. I’ve been waiting for this release since I finished The Goal. I can’t put into words how much I love the off-campus series, so of course I was excited for this. But unfortunately it did not live up to the hype I gave it. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book, it was entertaining, but there was something about it that was missing in comparison to the books in the off-campus series.
After almost burning down her sorority house, Summer is left unwanted by her old school and new sorority house when she transfers to Briar University. Left we no other options, Summer moves into the house her older brother Dean used to live in. The only problem is she now has three hockey players as roommates, and one of them is Fitzy. The same guy she had a thing for and the same guy who clearly doesn’t want her. Now they have to live together and potentially face what is going on between them.
“We deserve someone who gives us one hundred percent. Half-assed effort isn’t effort. Half-assed love isn’t love. If a man isn’t all in, then we need to be all out.”
This book had its good sections and its meh sections. It was slow-paced, meaning Summer and Fitzy’s interactions and relationship didn’t take off as soon as I expected. The dancing around each other was annoying. But obviously any well-written character is shaped by their experiences. Fitzy’s reluctance, as annoying as it was at first, became eye-opening and interesting when his difficulty in conveying emotions was made clear due to his harsh environment growing up.
I didn’t relate to Summer at all and was a little hesitant to read from her perspective, Fitzy, on the other hand, was more relatable to me. Not that I need to relate to a character to enjoy a book, but Summer’s personality is the type that overwhelms and fascinates me because she is so different. I didn’t know what to expect from her. But what I grew to appreciate about her, and about the book in general, was her passion for girl love. Feminism was an element that really drew me into her character.
“Do you realize how many decades you set us back every time you call another girl a slut? We’ve spent years fighting to not be viewed as sexual objects or be judged and shamed if we happen to enjoy sex. It’s bad enough that men still do this to us. When you do it too, it sends the message that it’s fair game for women to be treated this way.”
“We live in a society where too many women tear each other down instead of raising each other up. That’s absurd to me. We need to empower one another, teach future generations of girls that it’s important to stand together.”
In terms of the romance, I loved the dynamic between Fitzy and Summer when they finally started dating. They were a couple who were complete opposites, which I found interesting to read about. And of course, just as I anticipated, there were sexual lines and lines in general that were cringy. I mean this is a new adult college romance, what else is new?
I found the ending to be abrupt. When I turned to the last page, I was surprised that it was the last page. Which was a little anticlimactic if you ask me. But, I’m obviously excited to continue with this new series. And I’m excited that the release for The Risk is not too far away. I don’t know who the new book is about yet, but I can’t wait to find out.
“A woman isn’t defined by her boyfriends. She’s defined by her achievements. And her shoes.”