Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Boys Are Better in Books: Chase Jennings

"Boys Are Better in Books" aka "My book boyfriend" is hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader. This is a weekly meme in which bloggers can discuss a fictional crush. Swoon-worthy quotes and an explanation for why you chose the character are encouraged! Also, I enjoy choosing pictures that look how I imagine the character. If you want to join in this fun meme, visit Missie's blog


Chase Jennings 
“You. The only thing in my life that doesn’t change.
When everything went to hell, you were all I had."
  
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Who he is: Chase, a character in Kristen Simmons' Article 5, is an FBR soldier who goes AWOL in order to protect a girl he once loved. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey, and Chase discovers that he still has feelings for his first love.

Age: Somewhere between 18 and 20

Hair: Black 

Eyes: Dark, almost black at times

Description: Chase is described as extremely tall. He is tan with very dark, defined features. His experience in the army has given him street smarts and impressive fighting skills. Chase is extremely protective of Ember and sometimes hot tempered. 


I could not fall back in love with Chase Jennings. Doing so was like falling in love with a thunderstorm. Exciting and powerful, yes. Even beautiful. But violently tempered, unpredictable, and ultimately short-lived.

"It was you," I say softly. "It's always you I think about."

The intensity in his gaze took my breath away. I could feel him. Every part of him. His soul was sewn to mine. His heated blood flowed through my veins. I'd thought that I had been close to my mother, and I was, but not like this. Chase and I barely touched- our hands, mouths, knees- but there was no part of me that was not his.

"Ember, you're the only piece of me I have left. Everything else-my family, my home, my soul- they're all gone. I don't know who the hell I am anymore. If it weren't for you... I don't know."

He was my anchor in the hurricane, yet at the same time, the hurricane itself, so that I nearly always felt safe and afraid simultaneously. There was nothing in the world as confusing and powerful as being close to him.
The fear, momentarily paused, returned with full force, and in this frantic, baffled state I ran to him, and leapt into his arms.

He seemed surprised at first but soon was squeezing back.

"It's all right," he soothed. "No one's hurt. You're okay."

His words sliced through me, and for the first time since he'd taken me from school, I knew the truth about us: I could not be okay if he was not okay. Pain, nightmares, fighting- all of it aside- he was a part of me.

Chase. Jennings. My love for him is definitely unhealthy. I can't get enough of Article 5, and that's mostly because of him. He ranks at the very top of my favorite fictional boys list, competing with legends like Jace Wayland and Edward Cullen.