Fresh Fridays: On Friday, I review a brand new series (ie. only has one book released so far) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:
Other books in the series:
Synopsis for Chasing Red (from Goodreads):
HER HEART MIGHT BE THE ONE THING HE CAN’T WIN…
When cynical straight-A college student Veronica “Red” Strafford gets kicked out of her apartment, notorious basketball player Caleb Lockhart offers her a place to stay. Intensely drawn to her, Caleb wants something for the first time in his life. But Veronica’s painful past makes trusting difficult, and her heart might just be the one thing Caleb can’t win.
They said she was going to be my ruin…then let her ruin me.
SERIESous’ Top Picks: 2017 New Adult Fave, Canadian Author
Author: Isabelle Ronin
# of Books: 2 (Chasing Red, Always Red)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: No, Always Red, will be published in November 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: September 5 ,2017 – ongoing
Source & Format: Netgalley–eARC | Thank you Sourcebooks Casablanca!
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
When I was browsing upcoming releases, Chasing Red immediately caught my eye for a few reasons. One: is that cover–it’s just so colourful! Two: is the fact that Isabelle Ronin wrote this story on Wattpad–I’ve had great successes with stories that were first published there. Three: I love when the “popular guy” meets his match in a girl he never expected. (And I later learned that this book is set in Canada and is written by a Canadian Author! Bonus!!!)
I couldn’t wait to dive into this novel!
What I Liked:
I just started Chasing Red @IsabelleRonin and I’m already in love with this story! I’m so addicted! ?
— Lauren (@SERIESousBooks) August 19, 2017
Red/Veronica is such an endearing heroine. She’s strong yet flawed and such a hard worker. You really get a great grasp on who she is and why so I never got annoyed with her actions. I fully understood everything she did because I knew her that well.
Swoon! New Book Boyfriend Alert!
He knows all the right things to say but he is also so genuine about it as well. What a fantastic complement his character is to Veronica.
I also loved all of their friends and I truly hope we learn more about them in the sequel to this novel OR they each get their own story because I would love to read it.
–The Perfect Slow Burn Romance–
I had butterflies the entire time I was reading this–in like a totally awesome way. They have fantastic chemistry together, right from the start.
This romance had this amazing ability to feel like a slow burn romance but give you all the passion you expect in an already established romance. I loved watching these two explore their connection and building a relationship together. Besides physical attraction, they had that deeper bond. It was such a joy to watch them fall for each other.
What I Didn’t Like:
I really thought everything worked really well for this story. At first, I wasn’t sure about a particular plot line but I realized (as I was writing this review) that what I thought was a little unnecessary was necessary. I guess my biggest disappointment is waiting for the sequel!
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
I can’t wait to see how Red and Caleb’s story concludes! And maybe some more insight on their friends as well?
My Rating: 5/5
Chasing Red 5/5 | Always Red TBP
This story had everything I love in a great New Adult romance: genuine characters, great chemistry and a solid plot line. Completely addicting from start to end.
Read if You Like: slow burn romance, new adult, books set in canada
Avoid if You: dislike slow burn
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