The Chase (Elle Kennedy)

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.


I’m so happy to be able to able to visit the Briar University world again! ❤

I missed Elle Kennedy and her writing, and the amazing group of friends that she created on the Off Campus series, and I’m very glad that most of them made an appearance in this book. And I really loved the 2 new characters that she gave us on this first book of this new series.

I really liked Fitzy, though sometimes I wanted to smack him for his stupidity. The character definitly had layers and I understood his reasonings, but nevertheless, he’s one of the reasons I’m not giving this book 5 stars, because Fitz’s character development is SO SLOW!

Summer, however, I LOVE! This girl is all kinds of amazing, and it’s so rare for me to like a girl MC more than the guy, but Summer stole the show. I loved her internal dialogs, I loved how Elle Kennedy represented Summer’s wandering mind, I loved how protective she was of the people she loved, and how she fought for what was right. But mostly, I loved that even though she didn’t have it easy, she didn’t confirm and she always tried to be better.

I loved the romance between these 2, they had such different personalities and ways of living their lives, but they just fit! But mostly, I loved he development of their relationship. I’m happy that they took their time, and went through all the ups and downs when they did.

However, I was not a fan of the love triangle thing. It was clear that Hunter never stood a change, but I didn’t appreciate that he was lead on for so long. It put a damp on my enjoyment of this book, and it’s the other reason why this is not getting 5 stars from me.

Elle Kennedy writes amazing romances, but she also writes amazing friendships, and I’m so happy for the connection between Summer and Brenna. I love Brenna! And while on the Off Campus series I always felt like the guys shone more than the girls, I think Briar U might go the opposite way, and that makes me excited for the prospect.

Guys, this is yet another amazing book by this author. If you’ve read and loved the Off Campus series, get this book now!


Excerpt:

“Dance with me?”

I want to say no.

But I also want to say yes.

I call this the Summer Dilemma—the frustrating, polar reactions this green-eyed, golden-haired goddess sparks in me.

Fuck yes and hell no.

Get naked with her. Run far, far away from her.

“Thanks, but I don’t like to dance.” I’m not lying. Dancing’s the worst.

Besides, when it comes to Summer Di Laurentis, my flight instinct always wins out.

“You’re no fun, Fitzy.” She makes a tsking noise, drawing my gaze to her lips. Full, pink, and glossy, with a tiny mole above the left side of her mouth.

It’s an extremely hot mouth.

Hell, everything about Summer is hot. She’s hands down the best-looking girl in the bar, and every dude in our vicinity is either staring enviously or glowering at me for being with her.

Not that I’m with her. We’re not together. I’m just standing next to her, with two feet of space between us. Which Summer keeps trying to bridge by leaning closer to me.

In her defense, she practically has to scream in my ear for me to hear her over the electronic dance music blasting through the room. I hate EDM, and I don’t like these kinds of bars, the ones with a dance floor and deafening music. Why the subterfuge? Just call your establishment a nightclub, if that’s what you want it to be. The owner of Gunner’s Pub should’ve called this place Gunner’s Club. Then I could’ve turned right around when I saw the sign and spared myself the shattered eardrums.

Not for the first time tonight, I curse my friends for dragging me to Brooklyn for New Year’s Eve. I’d way rather be at home, drinking a beer or two and watching the ball drop on TV. I’m low-key like that.

“You know, they warned me you were a curmudgeon, but I didn’t believe it until now.”

“Who’s they?” I ask suspiciously. “And hey, wait. I’m not a curmudgeon.”

“Hmmm, you’re right—the term is kind of dated. Let’s go with Groucho.”

“Let’s not.”

“No-Fun Police? Is that better?” Her expression is pure innocence. “Seriously, Fitz, what do you have against fun?”

An unwitting smile breaks free. “Got nothing against fun.”

“All right. Then what do you have against me?” she challenges. “Because every time I try talking to you, you run away.”

My smile fades. I shouldn’t be surprised that she’s calling me out in public. We’ve had a whopping total of two encounters, but that’s plenty of time for me to know she’s the type who thrives on drama.

I hate drama.

“Got nothing against you, either.” With a shrug, I ease away from the bar, prepared to do what she’s just accused me of—run.

A frustrated gleam fills her eyes. They’re big and green, the same shade as her older brother Dean’s eyes. And Dean’s the reason I force myself to stay put. He’s a good friend of mine. I can’t be a jackass to his sister, both out of respect for him, and for fear of my well-being. I’ve been on the ice when Dean’s gloves come off. He’s got a mean right hook.

“I mean it,” I say roughly. “I have nothing against you. We’re cool.”

“What? I didn’t hear the last part,” she says over the music.

I dip my mouth toward her ear, and I’m surprised that I barely have to bend my neck. She’s taller than the average chick, five-nine or ten, and since I’m six-two and used to towering over women, I find this refreshing.

“I said we’re cool,” I repeat, but I misjudged the distance between my lips and Summer’s ear. The two collide, and I feel a shiver run up her frame.

I shiver too, because my mouth is way too close to hers. She smells like heaven, some fascinating combo of flowers and jasmine and vanilla and—sandalwood, maybe? A man could get high on that fragrance. And don’t get me started on her dress. White, strapless, short. So short it barely grazes her lower thighs.

God fucking help me.


October Book Haul

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Once again, I didn’t haul that many books this month… mostly eARCs. 🙂


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The Goal (Elle Kennedy)

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She’s good at achieving her goals… 

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.


I love the Off-Campus series, you all know that by now, right? And I’m glad I “made” Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much read the series too, because we ended up reading The Goal as a buddy read.

I obviously loved it… did I even have to say that?! Maybe I did: I freaking loved Tucker and Sabrina’s story.

Because I don’t know how to actually review this, I’m making a list!

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  • First, I feel like each of these books expanded the guys’ universe a little bit more, you know? I loved that we get more and more awesome people in the mix.
  • With that said, I love Fitzy and I can’t wait for his own book. I want it. No… I need it! NOW!
  • Tucker is crazy amazing! I mean, he’s not my favorite guy of the bunch, but he’s amazing nonetheless. I really loved how caring and sweet he was.
  • Sabrina surprised me so much, by how much I came to care about her. She showed so much strength throughout this book… MIND BLOWN.
  • The incredibly complex situation.
  • Tucker and Sabrina’s chemistry and overall amazing relationship.
  • I really liked that Tucker gave Sabrina her time, for everything. That was the world’s most patient guy, for sure!
  • Garrett and Logan fighting it off… GIGI! I will never look at this name the same way again!!!
  • JAMIE!
  • Jamie again because… do I really need a reason?
  • Jamie with everyone.
  • Uncle Dean!!!!
  • I loved loved loved that the book took its time. The other books spanned just a few months, but The Goal covers over one year. This allowed for a deeper story, and I digged that.
  • THIS BOOK WAS HOT!!!
  • IT’S ALWAYS THE QUIET ONES….

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  • At one point I wanted to slap Tucker, because I thought he was being TOO PATIENT! I mean, he was awesome and adorable, but maybe drastic measures would have opened Sabrina’s eyes a little earlier?
  • The only problem with the time span of the book, for me, was that while the story was deeper, the characters weren’t as much. They’re both still very complex and well rounded characters, but the time going quickly meant that a lot of their relationship and inner struggles were told in the past, and so not so profusely.
  • While I understood why Sabrina stayed at home, mostly, I also didn’t quite get it. Her stay there wasn’t free, and I somehow wished that her whole situation at home was different. With that said, I loved how Tucker made himself her ROCK.
  • While I liked Sabrina’s friends, they made a couple of comments that left me a bit mad.

Bahhh, I don’t know what else to say without giving the book away completely.

I really liked this one, it reached a level that The Score also did, but this one did it for longer, which meant that I was a mess for a large portion of this book.

I hope Elle Kennedy keeps adding these awesome hockey players to my list of book boyfriends. They just keep piling up.

Have you guys read this one? What did you think? Who’s your favorite boy? What’s your favorite book of the 4? Isn’t daddy Tuck just too hard to resist?

October TBR

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These last months haven’t been the best for reading, but I’m finally home, which means I have some more time to do my reading, so I’m going to point for 15 books this month, mostly ARCs, because I need to get to them soon – and I mean SOON!

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  1. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy
  2. The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
  3. Just One Moment (Black Alcove #4) by Jami Wagner
  4. Watch me Rise by Tara R.
  5. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  6. All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard
  9. Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine
  10. Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
  11. Top Shelf (Aces Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson
  12. The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  13. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  14. Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry
  15. The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

August TBR

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This month I’ll point to reading 14 books at least, some that I had on my list before, other are ARCs, and I might be reading the Off-Campus series again, in preparation to The Goal‘s release. I’ll be reading a few of these with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much.

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  1. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  2. Heartfall by J.B. McGee
  3. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  4. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  5. Tyson Caine (Brothers in Arms #1) by Aleya Michelle
  6. The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen
  7. Blind Spot by Katana Collins
  8. Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry
  9. Wrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey
  10. The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
  11. The Proverbial Mr. Universe by Maria La Serra
  12. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read
  13. The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read
  14. The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy – Re-read

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The 2nd Half Of 2016

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

Here we go then, 10 of my anticipated releases for the second half of this year.


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Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Brings Me Joy!

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “International Day of Happiness was celebrated a few days ago!! Choose a book that brings you joy“. I decided to use a book from one of my favorites New Adult series, Off-Campus, so I’m going with The Deal because this book cracked me up and just thinking about it puts a huge smile on my face :D.


Original COver:

This is the original US cover, and I have to say, for a self-published book, I really like it! Actually, I’ve become quite fond of the covers for this series. It doesn’t hurt that the guys are absolutely delicious.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

Obviously, we have no cover for Portugal, but there is a spanish edition, though I’m not sure if it serves just the Latin America or Spain as well… Either way, it it is. I don’t like it.

Favorite COVER(s):

                      

I think this book has such cute covers! The New Adult genre is full of less than stellar book covers, but these are quite good! I really like the Danish, the color and aesthetics are great. I also really like the German edition, yes, it’s a bit too summery, but it’s cute and sweet (though I’m not sure that Garrett would ever wear those pants!). And of course, the original… it just grew on me!

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                                 

I really hate the Czech cover. It feels like the original one on steroids, and that’s not good. Then we have the Spanish, that we’ve already established that it’s not a good one, right?