Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
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
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: September 5 ,2017 – November 7, 2017
Source & Format: Netgalley–eARC | Thank you Sourcebooks Casablanca!
**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**
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?
–October 27, 2017– Book #2: Always Red
I didn’t love this book as much as Chasing Red for a few reasons. The main one is that all the drama got to me. It was a touch over the top but I kind of expected that given then ending of Chasing Red. The focus shifts from character development to navigating a relationship with all this added drama which is totally fine! It’s just that the character focus and growth was what charmed me in the first book.
The other reason is Caleb. He was just too much for me. His alpha male tendencies were overwhelming to say the least. Which is a shame because I really loved him in the first book. His approach made the relationship seem toxic at times. One positive though is that they do discuss his attitude and how it is impacting their relationship so that pleased me.
But I was still totally invested in this book! I loved having all these characters back in my life. I can’t wait for some sequels to be churned out and get the complete stories of everyone I’ve met so far. I think fans of Chasing Red will be pleased with this finale.
My Rating: 4.5/5
Chasing Red 5/5 | Always Red 4/5
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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I haven’t read a NA for some time now and this looks like the perfect read! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, the characters sound pretty awesome as well as realistic. Adding this to my tbr right now! Loved your review. <3
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I think you’ll really enjoy this one Poulami! It definitely reminded my why I love NA novels as I was reading it 🙂
I remember reading this book on wattpad and thinking that it was really good! I might skim through this one day to refresh my memory and see how they tuned everything up, but I don’t know if I want to actually READ the book. But now that there is a sequel, I just might! Glad to see you loved this!!
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It would be interesting to see what they changed since it was first written. I’m very excited for the sequel. I keep checking my email to see if I was approved for the ARC and the wait is killing me!