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The Chase

(Briar U #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  109,808 ratings  ·  8,459 reviews
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 f
ebook, 377 pages
Published August 6th 2018 by Elle Kennedy Inc. (first published August 4th 2018)
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Mary DeCarlo it is connected to the off campus series, but it isn't necessary to have read that series before reading this one. some of the characters in this seri…moreit is connected to the off campus series, but it isn't necessary to have read that series before reading this one. some of the characters in this series played minor roles in off campus, like summer. (less)

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Narrator: On August 5, 2018, Katerina peacefully finished The Chase. She went to the beach, she was sunburned and ended up looking like a roasted Thanksgiving turkey, she ate seafood with the light summer breeze rustling her hair, and life was simply perfect. Until she got a summons to the Prosecutor's office.

*light knock on the door*
Prosecutor: *without lifting his head* Come in, Miss Katerina.
Me: How did you know it was me?
Prosecutor: It was the smell that gave you away.
Me: Smell?
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

ARC provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

#1.) The Deal ★★★★
#2.) The Mistake ★★★
#3.) The Score ★★★★
#4.) The Goal

“I feel like too many girls fail to remember one vital truth: we deserve someone who gives us one hundred percent. Half-assed effort isn’t effort. Half-assed love isn’t love.”

Elle Kennedy and her steamy hockey romances are back. And, like, what a damn blessing. This is the happiest I’ve been reading a book all damn year. These new characters comple
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳Wanting and chasing for what he cannot have, Fitzy finds himself enamored and enthralled with what is the sunshine that radiates from Summer in this compelling college romance...

➳Everyone who knows me, knows that my love for anything that is Elle Kennedy is immense. Especially when it comes down to the Briar boys that captivated my heart back in 2015 with their unique mindsets and creative personas. My god did I miss all my Briar boys and all their perspective partners. Thankfully Elle has
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022-audio
4 stars

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Elle Kennedy is one of my favorite new adult authors, so when I saw she was coming out with a new series, I couldn't wait. I was especially excited when I heard the hero would be Fitzy- AKA Collin Fitzgerald. Fitzy is a character from her Off-Campus series, but it's not necessary to read those first (even though you should because they're EPIC).

Summer Heyward-Di Laurentis is Dean's little sister. She's beyond wealthy and is starting a new school. Briar. Due to some unfortunate choices
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Chase is book one in the new series, Briar U by Elle Kennedy. This is a new adult spin off from her Off Campus series which I have not read. I don’t feel, though, that not having read the other series took away from this book at all.


Summer De Laurentis comes from a wealthy family. Yes she likes her designer clothes and yes she doesn’t mind some of the advantages her life has afforded her. But she also wants to be seen for who she is. Summer is starting her second semester of her Junior year
chan ☆
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

we stan a fucking blonde, woke, feminist, ADHD legend

god this was so much fun. i've been struggling to read for a few weeks now and i think this was just what the doctor ordered to get me out of my slump. a fun, surprisingly feminist new adult from the lovely elle kennedy.

this story followed fun, blonde, perky, fashion major: summer. i feel like in every single new adult book i've read there's a character like summer. but she's the "other woman" or "that slut at the bar." that's totally not the
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS because I read this in one day.
5 STARS because I never wanted it to end.
5 STARS because I just lost myself in this novel.
5 STARS because it has the sweetest romance.
5 STARS because Summer is the ultimate, the best.
5 STARS because Fitzy just STOLE my heart.
5 STARS because it's hot as fuck.
5 STARS because when it comes to New Adult books, Elle Kennedy just RULES. There's nothing better.
5 STARS because this book reminded me why I love reading romance. It was fresh and fun, swoony an
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I can’t even begin to tell you guys how long I’ve been waiting for this book to happen. 😭 So it’s safe to say that my expectations were really high. Out of all the stories I’ve been dying to read, Summer and Fitzy definitely take the cake. Unfortunately, and it pains me to say this, but... it fell a little short for me.

It was the slowest burn of slow burn romances. We don’t get much action until 70 percent or so in. And after waiting for so long for this book to be written already, I was honestl
Aug 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The potential substance this book had was squandered.
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
idk if it’s because i’m sick of this genre because i’m a mood reader but ugh i wanted to fall head over heals for this book

don’t get me wrong i enjoyed it throughly, especially the characters. Fitz was a refreshing character to read about. i enjoyed reading about an introverted nerdy character who also so happens to be very fuckable. there’s something so adorable and cute about reading characters like Fitz. makes me tingly.

I liked Summer a lot, especially reading her inner dialogue. she’s super
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
She brings out a growly, primal side of me I hadn’t known existed until she showed up and started driving me batshit crazy.
And…I frickin’ love it.

Opposites attract in this brand new spin-off series and I frickin' loved it! See what I did there? Alright, that was entirely too cheesy but I simply couldn't resist.

As much as I loved Dean in The Score, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I'd love his younger sister, Summer. She's a heroine that instantly jumps from the pages
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THE CHASE: Is the first full length New Adult novel in ‘Elle Kennedy’s ‘Briar U #1’ A spin off from the Off Campus Series. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives'

➽ 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..

Summer Di Laurentis is
Geri Reads

This is probably one of the most difficult reviews that I have to write this year. For one, 3-star reviews are always difficult to write. And two, I love everything Elle Kennedy writes except this one. I didn't dislike it or hate it. I just didn't LOVE it even though I was expecting to.

The Chase is the first book from Kennedy's new Briar U series. If the name of the series sounds familiar to you, it should since it's the spin off of her popular and widely loved Off-Campus series. This book i
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

I usually love Elle Kennedy, but The Chase was boring. Yes, boring.

I listened to this in audio, and 8 days later I was still forcing myself to continue. I'm obsessed with Jacob Morgan (his narrations are gold and his voice is perfection!), but CJ Bloom always irks me. Her voice sounds so cartoony to me, so of course that didn't help my enjoyment of the story.

However, the plot and the characters also fell flat. I'm over, over!, these model-perfect characters. Super firm asses on female character
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I'll admit it...My name is Jenny, and I have an addiction for college athlete stories! After reading Elle Kennedy's Off Campus series, I knew I had to jump right in with this book and start off a new series. I didn't hate it at all, but I just sadly didn't love it or even like it as much as most of the books in that other series. I think it had the potential to be a lot deeper. Especially with Summer's learning disability and Fritz's parental issues. I just felt like it
Alex ♈
Why did I even bother?...

On the other hand I learned some new shades of TSTL-ishness or was it desperate patheticness??..
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

❝ I don't want to be with a woman who hides in the shadows with me, because that enables me to keep hiding. And that's what I've done for years—hidden pieces of myself from my parents, my friends, chicks, the world. I want someone who encourages me to step out of my comfort zone, and Summer is that someone.❞




Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

I love Elle Kennedy and I have loved almost everything she’s ever written. When I heard she was coming out with a new book that she wrote alone I was beyond excited and when the arc landed on my kindle I dived in right away. I loved Summer as a main character, she had such spark and personality and such life. Kennedy’s writing style is also something I love because I could fall effortlessly into the story. Reading her books never feels like work and I love the world she’s built in the
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

❤️5 stars❤️

I loved it so much, this is one of my most anticipated books for this summer and once I got it I started immediately!The Chase was addictive and fast paced!The romance was perfect, if you like slow burn and angst then this is definitely for you!


I adored Summer and Fitz and I couldn't wait to see them together!They make me swoon and have a smile on my face most of the times.But also they frustrate me in a good way!My heart was aching for the
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I have been dying to read the latest by Elle Kennedy. Sports romances with hockey players are high up on my list of favorites and the ”OFF CAMPUS” series is still my most beloved of Elle Kennedy’s works. THE CHASE, the first installment of ”BRIAR U” was missing the comedic flair I’ve come to expect from this author's sports romances. The “MeToo” movement was very much an influence in this plot, but not only does Elle focus on the way women a
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was all kinds of fun!! What comes to mind is sweet, sexy and sassy!!

This book has been one of my most highly anticipated books of the year. And I'm relieved to be able to say that it delivered.

The Chase was a college sports romance that worked for me in all kinds of ways. It had everything I like about NA college sports novels. Emotional situations, sexual attraction that fizzled, hysterical OTT moments, and a cast that was as hilarious as it was charming. All in all I thought the author ga
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“She’s the one girl he shouldn’t want…”

If there is one thing Elle Kennedy knows how to do and I mean do phenomenally well, it is write amazing sports/college romances. I fell in love with her storytelling way back when I read her Off-Campus series, which is still one of my favorite sports romance series of all time. Her latest story, The Chase, kept me fully invested from start to finish with Elle’s signature smart and witty writing. The characters were as different as night and day.
I was captivated by The Chase

I judged Summer and I’m not proud of myself. To be honest, I don’t think I will be the first or the last reader to do so. It’s hard to look at an extremely beautiful, rich and vivacious woman, with a family who loves and protects her, and not think that she has everything. What could she possibly have to complain about? I became judge and jury finding her guilty of being a bit of fluff, a princess and a spoilt brat. Maybe I was a little jealous and resented her good
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Summer Heyward-Di Laurentis is from Connecticut, and has a wealthy family of successful lawyers. She's a fashion major who just transferred from Brown to Briar University. Starting over at a new school is proving more difficult than she anticipated as she suddenly finds herself in need of a place to live. Her brother Dean arranges for her to stay in his old house. She is now living with three gorgeous hockey players. It's a bit awkward because one wants to dat
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it

That’s my 1 word summary. If you’ve been around for a while you’d know Elle Kennedy reads are like my kryptonite. And good old uni themed ones with hot athletes? Count me in.

This one? Not so hot.

Summer Heyward Di Laurentis is Dean’s younger sister. If you don’t remember Dean from the Campus series, maybe you’ll remember good ole Garrett? Anyway, Summer possesses 1/7th the amount of endearing Dean possessed (and Dean wasn’t even all that endearing). All fractions aside - Summer’s cha
Sarina Bowen
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just awesome. Bring on the next one!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 So Many Pluses Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free-FREE For a LIMITED TIME and LUCKY YOU the FULL Series is out there!!! BINGE AWAY
What to say... When You Adore and Respect the talent of a favorite author... Repeating all of the things you have said before... can get redundant. Elle Kennedy is an author whose talent is immense. I have appreciated her writing for quite some time and when she did the Off-Campus series, it was one of the few New Age series I enjoyed. She now has brought us the spin-off and
Anouk ♡
Sep 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
This series by Elle Kennedy is already great. 🤍
After reading all the books of the off-campus series this is the college spin off.

This is the story of Summer and Fitz.💕
In all honesty.. these books are becoming a bit repetitive.
Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy them a lot!
They both are really likeable, it’s a cute story and the smut is definitely hot!🔥

But in all these books it’s a hockey guy with an insanely hot girl who for some reason believe they would be a weird match and there’s a problem a
 ✘Paulette & Her  Sexy Alphas ❤️
Title: ➳ ❤The Chase
Series ➳ Briar U 1#
Author: ➳ Elle Kennedy

Published August 6th 2018
⭐ ⭐ ⭐

ღ it’s been Lil over two years since I read The Goal & I really was looking forward to reading Fitzgerald. & Summer!

I held off reading, cuz I made the mistake reading few bad reviews on this book

For those of you that didn’t know Fitzgerald. & Summer We meet both of them in Off-Campus Series… but no worries ladies this A standalone novel & spin off from (Off-Campus Series).

You don’t need to read (Off-
aly ☆彡
Aug 25, 2021 rated it liked it
I started this book because I saw Qis's aesthetic reel and it heeds me to start the Briar U series. Indeed, it is a delight to be back in this world again!

I really adore Summer, who despite her learning disability, is wonderful, fun and smart. She is often affiliated to being 'dramatic' but it is the aspect of her characters that I enjoy the most. It enliven the book into something more entertaining. And I admired her love of fashion, which other times would make you surmised, seeing her wealth
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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

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