FALLING IN LOVE WITH ROMANCE AGAIN THANKS TO ELLE KENNEDY

“I feel like too many girls fail to remember one vital truth: we deserve someone who gives us one hundred percent.”

34851664Everyone 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.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I loved every moment of this book. And honestly, it’s the kind of book I just couldn’t put down.

I have to admit, before going into it I was in a bit of disbelief it was going to be as good as hyped reviews said. Mainly because I wasn’t a super-fan of Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series. However I’m happily eating my words because The Chase has quickly become one of my favourite reads of 2019 and simultaneously making me fall in love with the romance genre.

“Fitzy is short for Colin Fitzgerald, and he just happens to be THE UNICORN. The tall, sexy, tattooed, hockey-playing unicorn of a man who I might have a teeny-weeny itsy-bitsy crush on. Okay, fine. A big motherfucking crush on. He’s so…magical.”

I had so much fun whilst reading this book. Elle Kennedy really showed me what a master she is at writing romance. This book has so many fantastic, well-balanced elements. It’s comprised of light-fluffy moments, steamy moments, but most surprisingly some really important moments about self-worth, rape culture and abuse.

Summer is a bubbly fashion student from a wealthy family. She is extremely vivacious, with the snark and quick wit that makes for great dialogue. I honestly couldn’t help but make comparisons to Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl. I thought the most distinctive (and likeable) parts of Blair and Serena were present in Summer.

“Which era Selena Gomez are we talking about? Justin Bieber or The Weeknd? Or Bieber part two?”
I frown at my phone. “Are you for real right now?”
“What?”
“A woman isn’t defined by her boyfriends. She’s defined by her achievements. And her shoes.”

It’s not hard to love and champion Summer. She is so unapologetically herself this entire book and it’s endearing. I don’t think I have come across a character in New Adult fiction who has jumped off the page as colourfully as Summer does. Elle Kennedy really has set the bar high for me.

Fitzy is a hockey player, yet if you didn’t look closer you might not guess he’s also a massive nerd. This made him super lovable to me. I really liked that our male love interest isn’t the party animal or womanizer. I know it’s not a rarity, but it’s more common than nerdy characters – who are personally more appealing to me.

Summer has been crushing hard on Fitzy since she meet him. Despite the obvious attraction and chemistry between them, Fitzy is super reserved about any feelings he has for Summer. Usually I dislike dual perspective in romances, but this book is the rare occasion when it really worked for me and I’m sure it has something to do with Fitzy have amazing equally amazing characterization.

Fitzy is pretty much the polar opposite of Summer. He despises attention and shies away from the spotlight, unless it’s on the ice. This leads to some really judgemental opinions about Summer being superficial because of her wealth and bubbly personality. As well as the fact that drama seems to follow her everywhere, but his opinions couldn’t be further from the truth.

“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.”

This prompts Summer to think about what she deserves and what she’s not willing to put up with. In fact, Summer’s sense of self-worth is really strong. With a learning disability, Summer faces some hurdles with college workload that she needs to overcome. Although her ADHD can embarrass her, she is always kind to herself and never misses a moment to remind herself that there’s nothing wrong with being different. 

I do have one slight gripe with this book, that isn’t isolated to this book alone but to the genre in general and it’s that I wish authors did something different with their lead characters. I‘m sorry, but I think the genre is overrun with romantic leads that are tall, leggy blondes, who are thin yet curvy in the right places (aka they have big boobs and a nice arse). I personally would just love to see Elle Kennedy diversify her leads a bit more. 

“I try to remind myself that I’m all about girl power. We live in a society where too many women tear each other down instead of raising each other up. That’s absurd to me.”

I could’ve stayed up all night reading it, which is a testament to how much I loved it! I cannot recommend it enough, especially to readers of the romance and new adult genre. But Elle Kennedy is a popular author amongst this crowd so I’m sure I didn’t need to convince people too much. But if you’re looking for a fun romance with a healthy amount of angst, balanced with some more serious elements – look no further than this book.


Hey readers! Anyone big into the romance genre? I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading at the moment and catch up with you all ☺️📚

Carly

10 thoughts on “FALLING IN LOVE WITH ROMANCE AGAIN THANKS TO ELLE KENNEDY

  1. What a wonderful review Carly… I loved this book a lot too 🙂 🙂 Summer is awesome…
    I hope you decide to pick up the next one too which is Brenna’s book..

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  2. Since reading [and becoming slightly obsessed] After I’m slowly getting into the romance Genre. It seems that The Chase is one I’m going to have to look into! I love a book set in university too – it doesn’t seem like there are a whole lot floating around. I hope your reading month is going well! ❤

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    1. I know what you mean, I can read one romance novel that I like and it sends me into a spiral of only wanting to binge romance!

      I hope you love The Chase just as much as I do. This series is really special. But I’ll stop hyping it up so I don’t ruin it for you. 😋

      Thank you, hope you’re having a great reading month too, can’t wait for your monthly wrap up! ❤️

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      1. This month will be an interesting wrap up because I’m having one of those slow reading months and it’s fast becoming a mood.

        I’ve been binging the After series and even though I feel like I need a break from these characters, I’m at that stage where I can’t figure out what else I want to read so I just keep reaching for the next installment??? It’s weird. It’s not exactly a slump but I feel like I’m on that precipice.

        On the other hand though, the After series is not only getting me real into Romance but also making me want to re-read the classics! I’m thinking I need a P&P re-read but I’m worried that a classic will send me into a slump?
        Know what I mean? ❤

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  3. Aww, I really love Elle Kennedy’s books! I’m so glad that this one seems to be just as good as her other ones — and I definitely need to put this higher on my TBR priority list. Are there any more romance books you can recommend? I’m super in the mood to get back into the genre right now. ❤ The last romance books I really liked were The Hating Game and Luna and the Lie. 🙂

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    1. Me too! I also five starred the second book in this series The Risk and the third book is coming out in a few months, so it’s a good time to start reading this series. 😄

      I’m honestly all over the place with romance reads and feel really unqualified to answer your question, buuut I really liked Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. 😍 I’d highly recommend PeaceLoveBooksxo on YouTube. I recently started following her, but she posts videos very regularly and largely about romance books. I’d highly recommend her channel for more (and probably better haha) romance recommendations!

      I have heard so many good things about The Hating Game, it’s definitely on my radar of books I need to get too. I hope you enjoy this series when you get to it, it’s honestly something special!

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