Book Review | The Chase (Briar U, #1) by Elle Kennedy

It’s so good to be back at Briar University! The Chase is the first book in the Briar U series. This is a spin-off from the Off Campus series.


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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I went in with high expectations with this one and it did not disappoint. No one writes college romance like Elle Kennedy! There was never a dull moment and I devoured this, taking breaks only when forced. It was light and fun, sexy and alluring with lovable characters and of course there was enough college drama to keep me happy.

Key elements to the story that I loved 

The roommate scenario: When you place people who are attracted to each other in the same living space, the sexual tension is taken a notch higher. Throw in the fact that Fitzy and Summer both fight the attraction at first, then things get really interesting.

The sorta love triangle: Oh and of course in said living space there is also Hunter who is crushing hard on Summer as well. Two sexy hockey players fighting for the girl. Yes please! Only Huter has no idea that Fitzy is even interested for a long time. You can imagine how that turned out. The bro code and betrayal and all that. I say ‘sorta’ because it’s very clear who Summer has feelings for throughout the entire book.

The Strong Heroine: There is so much more to Summer Heyward-Di-Laurentis than meets the eye. She was born into a world of privilege and is a sorority girl with a healthy obsession with fashion. Some people, including apparently our hero initially, only see a superficial rich girl. However, we find that Summer has multiple layers. She is a great loyal friend, a really hard worker and I had so much respect for the strength she had to overcome hidden struggles she faced in everyday life.

The theme of opposites will attract: Fitzy is actually a bit of an introvert. He hates being the center of attention and so it’s his natural instinct to stay away from girls like Summer who are the life of the party. The thing is, these two shouldn’t work but THEY DO! In fact they compliment each other really well and bring out the best in each other and this made their love story even more beautiful!

The Cameos: Yes! Yes! We get to see a few of the guys from the Off Campus series. Of course, Dean is Summer’s brother so he pops up a few times. However, my absolute favorite scene was seeing Tucker taking care of his baby girl. My ovaries just about exploded.

Grab this book. It’s a great summer read and I’m already loving all the other characters introduced in this first book of the series.

4.5 Stars
New Adult/College Romance
Heat Level: Mild to moderate
POV: Dual

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review



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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