Chasing Red

Isabelle Ronin
Chasing Red
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Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date
September 2017
Book 1 of Chasing Red
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

He had everything—wealth, adoration, a brilliant future. Until one chance encounter changed everything.

The moment Caleb Lockhart spotted the mysterious woman in her siren red dress, he couldn't tear his eyes away.

For the first time in his life, he wanted something. Something he knew he could never have.
The unforgettable stranger he dubs RED.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 17, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
17 people found the following review helpful
3.5 obsessive stars for CHASING RED.

When Caleb Lockhart spots the sexy woman in a sinful red dress dancing, he knows he wants her in his bed. And before the end of the night, she most definitely is, but certainly not in the way he had hoped. Veronica Strafford is beautiful, bitchy and broke. When Caleb finds out she's recently lost her apartment, he invites her to stay at his swanky pad…and much to her humiliation, she accepts. As grateful as Veronica is, she is terrified of boys, especially boys from campus who are known manwhores. But Caleb is not like any boy she's ever met…endlessly patient, playful and kind, he's seriously tempting her to finally say goodbye to her V card and take a chance on him. Her past is terrifying, giving in to Caleb is even more so, but losing him? That might just be the most scary thing of all.

CHASING RED is the first book in the two-part Red series by Ms. Ronin, and I really went back and forth on whether or not I enjoyed it. To be sure, this book was flawlessly written on a technical level, and the writing was strong and solid…both super important things for this former editor. I think that anyone who enjoys NA/YA reads will go bananas over CHASING RED, but I'm not that person. I don't usually dig the barely legal vibe, and the extreme immaturity of the MC attitudes feels like nails on a chalkboard. And while Caleb and Veronica are both more mature than their ages would suggest, they still called each other boy and girl in their inner monologues, which gives me the squirms in a not-so-good-way.

Additionally, I felt like Ms. Ronin kept writing the same scene over and over (and over) throughout the book. Caleb is sweet, Veronica falls a little harder but immediately retreats, Caleb tries a different sweet tactic, and on and on it goes. After awhile, I wound up skimming because there wasn't anything new happening between these characters in this 388 page behemoth. Fair warning, this book does end in a massive cliffhanger, so be prepared that this is NOT a full book. Sadly, it was just getting good and sneaky, which could've been a nice addition to this novel. Even so, I have no real burning desire to pick up the next one, even though I can totally see why fangirls the world over will be squealing in delight when it comes out.

Bottom Line: Minor OM/OW; no sex, just some hot kissing; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; mild violence, no murder.
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