Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: Chase Me
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful #1
Heroine/Hero: Roxy Cumberland/Louis McNally
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: College drop-out, Roxy Cumberland, moved to New York with dreams of becoming an actress, but her dwindling bank account is quickly putting the kibosh on that fantasy. To make some quick cash, she signs up to perform singing telegrams. Her first customer is a gorgeous, cocky Manhattan trust-funder if she ever laid eyes on one. And what could be more humiliating than singing an ode to his junk, courtesy of his last one night stand? Maybe the fact that she’s dressed in a giant, pink bunny costume…
After a night out to celebrate winning his last case, lawyer Louis McNally II isn’t prepared for the pounding in his head or the rabbit serenading him from the front door. But the sassy wit and sexy voice of the girl behind the mask intrigues him, and one look at her stunning face—followed by a mind-blowing kiss against his doorjamb—leaves Louis wanting more.
Roxy doesn’t need a spoiled rich boy who’s had everything in life handed to him on a Tiffany platter. But there’s more to Louis than his sexy surface and he’s determined to make Roxy see it…even if it means chasing her all over NYC.
Review: The moment that Roxy Cumberland stepped into the hallway with her pink bunny costume and then sang an ode to Louis McNally’s penis (courtesy of his latest one-night-stand), bantered with him (“Please, oh keeper of the golden penis, let me worship at your flawless phallus.”), then impressively kissed the hell out of him, I was hooked. Yep, it was a case of instant-attraction for me …
Roxy drops out of an acting program at university to pursue an acting career in New York. I loved the realistic look on her struggles with getting a worthy role, that her auditions are not always a success. But at the same time, Roxy has that positive attitude in her, even if she is at the lowest point of her ‘career’, which involves her taking a strip-o-gram offer just to get enough money to pay for a dream apartment. I loved this girl so much – she keeps her wit and integrity come rain or shine.
While Louis McNally the Second – he doesn’t feel like a Louis to me though – is more than just another traditional rich boy who works as a lawyer in one of his father’s friend’s firm. Yes, Louis doesn’t have steady relationship and he sleeps with many different women (and doesn’t remember their names the morning after!), but Louis is more than meets the eyes. I loved Louis’ genuine passion for pro bono work. For him, helping those who are in actual ‘need’ brings more satisfaction than the ones with actual money. I wholeheartedly admired Louis for that – we need more lawyers like that in this world. Louis also has a way of dealing with women in mood-swings, thanks to being a little brother to two terrifying (and awesome) older twin sisters. So, Louis is actually a darling under that playboy personality.
These two characters charmed their way out of me. I found myself crackling in delight on more than one occasion with every refreshing situation and the amusing repartees between them.
About the last quarter of this book, I started to feel rather annoyed though. I felt that Roxy’s insecurity about whether she was just another notch in Louis’ bedpost, or him being an Ivy League boy, as repetitious. It didn’t exactly ring true with the young woman who was confident enough wearing a pink bunny and Lady Liberty costume, fighting other contenders for a cheap apartment-sharing in Chelsea, or channeling her inner Jersey girl when dealing with rejection. It became another obvious “you’re kind of out of my league” theme, which I am not particularly fond of.
Then the ending felt rather lacking in closure – Roxy and Louis’s professional future is up in the air, and I wonder if it means it will be settled in the next book.
Despite my fussing, Chase Me is a buoyant romance with an independent heroine and kind-hearted hero. The chemistry between Roxy and Louis is unmistakable; I loved them individually and together. I’m sure readers will enjoy watching these two working things out despite the misunderstanding and miscommunication. In addition, Louis’ two best friends and Roxy’s two new-roommates are definitely a wonderful bonus, since I’m sure they will end up as couples as well. I definitely can’t wait for the next book in this series.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*