Release Blitz + Review – The Chase (Briar U, #1) by Elle Kennedy

THE CHASE, the first standalone in the all-new BRIAR U series from New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy, is NOW LIVE!

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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.

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Review

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The Chase was a sexy, funny, and entertaining standalone college romance, and I really enjoyed it! The storyline and characters were great, and I loved Elle Kennedy’s writing style. I loved her Off-Campus series, and when I found out she was writing a spin-off series to that one, I was so excited. The Chase was a wonderful start to the new Briar U series, and I can’t wait to read what’s to come!

   It’s been a long time since I’ve read a college romance, and I forgot how much I enjoy them. They do have a lot of drama, which can be annoying, but usually a ton of funny and sexy moments as well, so they kind of balance each other out. The storyline for The Chase was a little different than I expected, but I still enjoyed it. I loved coming back to Briar University and its hockey players. I’m not a huge fan of watching hockey, but ironically, I love reading hockey romance, or any kind of sports romance for that matter. There were some instances and aspects that I didn’t care for, and I wished certain things had progressed a little differently. Although I didn’t love every part of The Chase, I still really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

   The characters, both main and secondary, were wonderful. Colin (Fitz) Fitzgerald and Summer Heyward-Di Laurentiis were excellent, and I loved them so much. I loved their personalities and red-hot chemistry together, and how most of their relationship progressed throughout. I loved reading the book from both Fitz and Summer’s point of view, and most of their banter and interactions with each other. The journey of their relationship wasn’t easy, and it was slow at times. There were definitely some difficult and frustrating moments, but others I really loved. Despite some of the negatives, however, I really enjoyed Fitz and Summer’s story from beginning to end, and even though there were highs and lows, I was pleased with the conclusion. I would have loved a little more at the end, but it was still a good outcome. Most of the secondary characters were amazing as well. I loved Summer’s best friend, Brenna, Fitz and Summer’s roommates, and several others. They were a great cast of characters, and I loved their addition to the story. They were highly entertaining, and almost always made me smile and/or laugh. Brenna was definitely my favorite secondary character, and I’m so excited to read her story in The Risk!

   The Chase was a sexy and entertaining standalone college romance, as well as introduction to the Briar U series, and I would definitely recommend it! Elle Kennedy did a great job with this book, and even though there were certain aspects I didn’t like, I was satisfied with the outcome to Fitz and Summer’s story. The Chase was a great way to kick off the Briar U series, and I can’t wait to read the rest, especially The Risk!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

Excerpt

“Dance with me?”

I want to say no.

But I also want to say yes.

I call this the Summer Dilemma—the frustrating, polar reactions this green-eyed, golden-haired goddess sparks in me.

Fuck yes and hell no.

Get naked with her. Run far, far away from her.

“Thanks, but I don’t like to dance.” I’m not lying. Dancing’s the worst.

Besides, when it comes to Summer Di Laurentis, my flight instinct always wins out.

“You’re no fun, Fitzy.” She makes a tsking noise, drawing my gaze to her lips. Full, pink, and glossy, with a tiny mole above the left side of her mouth.

It’s an extremely hot mouth.

Hell, everything about Summer is hot. She’s hands down the best-looking girl in the bar, and every dude in our vicinity is either staring enviously or glowering at me for being with her.

Not that I’m with her. We’re not together. I’m just standing next to her, with two feet of space between us. Which Summer keeps trying to bridge by leaning closer to me.

In her defense, she practically has to scream in my ear for me to hear her over the electronic dance music blasting through the room. I hate EDM, and I don’t like these kinds of bars, the ones with a dance floor and deafening music. Why the subterfuge? Just call your establishment a nightclub, if that’s what you want it to be. The owner of Gunner’s Pub should’ve called this place Gunner’s Club. Then I could’ve turned right around when I saw the sign and spared myself the shattered eardrums.

Not for the first time tonight, I curse my friends for dragging me to Brooklyn for New Year’s Eve. I’d way rather be at home, drinking a beer or two and watching the ball drop on TV. I’m low-key like that.

“You know, they warned me you were a curmudgeon, but I didn’t believe it until now.”

“Who’s they?” I ask suspiciously. “And hey, wait. I’m not a curmudgeon.”

“Hmmm, you’re right—the term is kind of dated. Let’s go with Groucho.”

“Let’s not.”

“No-Fun Police? Is that better?” Her expression is pure innocence. “Seriously, Fitz, what do you have against fun?”

An unwitting smile breaks free. “Got nothing against fun.”

“All right. Then what do you have against me?” she challenges. “Because every time I try talking to you, you run away.”

My smile fades. I shouldn’t be surprised that she’s calling me out in public. We’ve had a whopping total of two encounters, but that’s plenty of time for me to know she’s the type who thrives on drama.

I hate drama.

“Got nothing against you, either.” With a shrug, I ease away from the bar, prepared to do what she’s just accused me of—run.

A frustrated gleam fills her eyes. They’re big and green, the same shade as her older brother Dean’s eyes. And Dean’s the reason I force myself to stay put. He’s a good friend of mine. I can’t be a jackass to his sister, both out of respect for him, and for fear of my well-being. I’ve been on the ice when Dean’s gloves come off. He’s got a mean right hook.

“I mean it,” I say roughly. “I have nothing against you. We’re cool.”

“What? I didn’t hear the last part,” she says over the music.

I dip my mouth toward her ear, and I’m surprised that I barely have to bend my neck. She’s taller than the average chick, five-nine or ten, and since I’m six-two and used to towering over women, I find this refreshing.

“I said we’re cool,” I repeat, but I misjudged the distance between my lips and Summer’s ear. The two collide, and I feel a shiver run up her frame.

I shiver too, because my mouth is way too close to hers. She smells like heaven, some fascinating combo of flowers and jasmine and vanilla and—sandalwood, maybe? A man could get high on that fragrance. And don’t get me started on her dress. White, strapless, short. So short it barely grazes her lower thighs.

God fucking help me.

About Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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