Roxy Cumberland is a struggling actress in New York. She thinks she’s hit rock bottom when she takes a gig as a singing telegram, but when she shows up dressed as a giant bunny and a super hot dude answers the door, she knows she’s hit a new low. Louis is hot, all right–hot and rich, and everything Roxy says she hates. So why is she so drawn to him? The feeling is mutual, especially after the two share a steamy kiss. Louis is determined to track Roxy down, but it’s going to require quite the chase.
For readers who like their romances steamy and their dialogue witty, Tessa Bailey is an author that should be on their radar. In this novel, one being hailed as “new adult romance,” she’s crafted vivid characters whose chemistry practically leaps off the page. It’s fun, fast, and sexy, and it’s perfect for a day at the beach (or an hour, because this one reads very quickly).
The book’s strengths lay in its characters and their interactions. Both Roxy and Louis are well-drawn as far as characters go, and there are some nice touches with regard to Roxy’s roommates (both girls have their own spin-off sequels) and Louis’s twin sisters. The dialogue is genuinely funny and often very qitty, something that can be difficult to pull off without readers being able to see how hard the author is working. It’s got a whip-fast plot (sometimes to its detriment) and the love scenes are sexy as hell.
All of this makes the incredibly abrupt ending all the more frustrating for readers looking for a bit more closure. There’s not much practicality in how it ends, which will leave some readers scratching their heads. Also frustrating is how predictable the book’s central conflict is, because it’s a trope so well-worn even the most forgiving reader will see it coming from a mile away. Even so, readers will stay for the characters. It’s still a hell of a lot of fun.
Chase Me by Tessa Bailey. Avon Impulse: 2015. Library copy.