The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy

“She has the kind of smile that makes a man want to start writing very bad poetry. Dazzling and genuine and as beautiful as the rest of her.”

Trigger Warning: Drug use/ Attempted sexual assault/ Rape culture/ Sexual scenes

Plot Summary

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.

My Review

Summer is a college student who is expelled from her sorority house due to her past. She has nowhere to go, so her brother pulls some strings with his friends and gets her a room in their house. Summer has now two problems: 

Problem no. 1 – her crush, Colin Fitzgerald, commonly known as Fitz, also lives there and despite her best efforts, he doesn’t seems interested in her and talked bad about her with a friend while she eavesdropped the whole thing;

Problem no. 2 – her other roommate, Hunter, seems way too interested in her but the sparks don’t fly for her as they do with Fitz. Also, she kissed him on New Year’s eve after hearing Fitz complain to a friend how shallow she seemed.

Fitz can’t get Summer out of his head, but between the kiss she and Hunter shared, the fact that Hunter called dibs and Summer being his friend’s sister, he simply does what it takes not to show interest…unless Summer makes a move first.

This drags for a while but eventually Summer tells him how she feels, but Fitz has difficulty expressing emotions. Despite that, they eventually crave to their sexual tension and begin some sort of relationship, although they feel bad about Hunter.

Before this book, I only read The Deal and really enjoyed it, so when I saw this ebook free on Amazon, I didn’t hesitate. It was a pleasant read but not as good as The Deal. I liked Fitz but he was a very close up character and I didn’t feel that connection with him.

I loved the interactions between Summer and her best friend Brenna (who, by the way, has some interesting ‘enemies to lovers’ thing going on with a player from the opposite team). I don’t know if there is already a book about her story, but I’m very interested.

I loved Mike, he was always so funny and his interactions with Summer were hilarious.

I felt really bad for Hunter when Summer rejected him and went to Fitz, but his actions after were not something I could easily forgive.

Tropes you can expect:

  • Roommates
  • Love triangle
  • Athlete
  • Brother’s friend


“Not that I expect every male in my vicinity to fall at my feet, but I know he’s attracted to me.”

So I do what any tired twenty-one-year-old woman would do. I crawl into bed with the half-naked man who’s taking up residence there.

My brain goes caveman on me. Summer scream. Summer danger. Save Summer.

“See that room? It’s a sacred room! It’s a temple, Mike! It is meant for one person, and one person alone. Like solitary confinement.” “So is it a prison or a temple?” the bonehead asks. “Shut up,” she snaps. “And listen to me, Hollis. Unlike you, I don’t have a penis.” “Well, thank God for that.”

So yes, I’m pro girl power. Ladies doing it for themselves. I am woman, hear me roar.

“Mike! Do you have a metal plate in your forehead?” Hollis is as perplexed as I am. “Dude. I didn’t think I did. Now I just want to call my mom and ask.”

“Don’t go with Hunter,” he rasps, those molten eyes locking onto mine.

“Thanks for driving me back,” I whisper. “Of course.” I reach over and gently touch his shoulder, and he winces as if I’ve hurt him.

“I’m not having kids with you,” I wheeze at Summer. “I don’t want to be part of your insane family.” “Oh hush, sweetie. It’s too late. I’ve become attached.”

PLOT: ★★★

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