Isabelle Ronin is on the blog today with the first in her Red duology, a contemporary new adult romance title. Please read on for my review and excerpt from
I’ve not been reading many new adult titles of late, mostly because the drama and immaturity brings more drama to my life, in a time when I really don’t need it. But, after hearing about this title and the buzz from the wattpad release, when it was published with Sourcebooks, I decided to take a chance. Firstly, you need to know that this is the first half of the story, and there is a cliffhanger. No big deal, if you are aware, but that may affect your decision as the conclusion isn’t available until November. Now, this is a new adult romance, so the characters are immature and prone to a ton of back and forth from their issues, so if you want a more mature approach to a romance, it won’ be here. But, I digress……
Veronica is spoilt, self-centered, snarky, suspicious and difficult. Even with someone who is trying to be helpful, she’s always looking for a catch. Sure, there are issues in her past that make much of this understandable, but truly, she needed to approach life and situations a bit more openly. She was also really guarded with readers, which meant she wasn’t even close to gaining empathy: in fact, I spent most of her page time looking for something to redeem her. Then we have Caleb: also in his own world where things come easily and quickly, where he just expects things to be good. Sure, that’s not a bad way to live BUT he takes it to an extreme, and contradicts his own approach to the people in his life constantly. He’s reacting to Veronica’s inability to trust with his own issues – and it comes out to two people second guessing one another’s motives.
It sounds difficult to follow because it was – or rather, the interest that I would have had with some character growth and development didn’t exist – Veronica and Caleb arrived, got together amidst overly frequent bouts of drama and questions, and left – neither appearing to have incorporated any lessons learned from their experience, that may help them in future. What I never do, and I did frequently, was look for ‘how many pages left’, as this experience was painful and proves, yet again to me, why every book is not for every reader.
Title: Chasing Red
Author: Isabelle Ronin
Series: Red #1
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 5 September, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 49 minutes
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Find out why millions of readers love Chasing Red
Chasing Red is the Wattpad phenomenon with over 130 million reads, and one million reads each week. Revised and with new original content, it will be published in two volumes, Chasing Red and Always Red. New readers and fans alike will fall in love with Red and Caleb--over and over again.
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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.