Review by Darcie Sherrick
Leah Rossi hasn't had an easy upbringing and is looking to start fresh when she leaves for college. Being abandoned by her mom and ignored by her grandma, she's basically on her own dealing with life's everyday struggles, and added into the mix is a three year old. But as soon as she locks eyes with a tattooed up bad boy looking Chase O'neil, she's hooked and has no where to run while she fights the overgrowing attraction that ignites between them.
I enjoyed reading Chasing Leah. You start off meeting the MC Leah right off the bat, living with her best friend Ally and her toddler aged brother Caleb. Fairly early on you get a flashback in Leah's life to show how an 18 year old girl ends up raising a child on her own and you can't help but feel for her right from the get go. Life as a teenager, graduating high school, heading off to college is hard enough on it's own but when you add a child in their, it's almost impossible. WIth the help of her friend Ally, Leah is able to afford rent, is able to go to school and work part time. It is fun to see the friendship these two girls have developed to being more like sisters.
Determined to remain single, Leah avoids any kind of real dating but you know right away as soon as Chase O'Neil walks into the picture, that she won't be single for long. Chase's character is intriguing, the tattoed bad boy, in a band but then you meet his family and you know he can't be all that bad.
I found Leah and Chase's relationship to develop quickly and quite intensely and at times I felt like maybe it was going a little too fast. I admit their relationship is pretty sexy though! When stragedy struck Leah, I felt like even though she wasn't connected to the tragedy because her childhood circumstances, she remained more distant than I would have liked and she seemed to get over it more quickly than I think she would have in reality.
Chasing Leah is a heartwarming story, inclusing all the feel good moments of watching two people who struggle apart become whole as a couple. You can't but feel the warm and fuzzies as you watch Leah and Chase create this amazing little family.
Chasing Leah is a good YA romance with characters you can't help but fall in love with!
You can find Chasing Leah on Amazon and on Goodreads.