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.
This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018. Back in 2015, I fell in love with Elle Kennedy’s writing when she released the first in the Off-Campus series, The Deal. I quickly became obsessed with the characters she created and have been waiting for Summer and Fitzy’s story for what feels like forever! Now just to clarify, The Chase, is a standalone novel and the first in a spinoff series called Briar U. If you haven’t read the Off-Campus series I suggest you go do that but it’s not necessary to read The Chase.
We are originally introduced to Summer in her brother Dean’s book, The Score. I knew at that point that this character needed a book all her own. She is such a vibrant and positive character and I loved the growth we see in her throughout The Chase. Honestly, Fitzy was kind of the low point for me in the book. He is such an interesting character but I found that when it came to the issues he was working through it was very surface level. I needed a little more depth into why he was so stand off-ish when it came to Summer.
If you aren’t a fan of slow-burn romances then this story definitely is not for you. In my opinion, the slow burn was absolutely worth it. As Summer and Fitzy get to know each other further they start to realize that although their personalities are very different, they really do have a lot in common.
I loved that we got some Summer and Dean moments. The two have such a great relationship and the banter between the two was hilarious at times. We also get a few glimpses of the original Off-Campus couples which was so fun to read.
If you’re looking for a great summer read with a slow burning romance and a little hockey thrown in, then this is the book for you!