Friday, January 13, 2017

Review & Giveaway: CHASE THE ACE by Clare London (London Lads #1)

Chase The Ace (London Lads #1) - Clare London

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Length: 27,000 words

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


Newly single in his late twenties, and bored with his life in a London insurance company, Daniel Cross soon discovers the lure of social media. Excited at the chance of tracking down his old mates from a schooldays sports club, he launches a personal quest to find out what kind of man each boy has become.

Dan's first mistake is chatting online to the wrong man-Nick Carson isn't one of the boys, but his brother. Nick isn't offended and offers to accompany Dan on the trip to find the others. It's the first step to friendship and something more for both of them.

For Dan, the reunions with the "Gang of Four" range from startling and heartening to disturbing. Nick's company is a constant support, though neither of them are prepared for the exposure of personal secrets they'd thought long hidden. Dan begins to suspect heís really looking for a direction in his own life-and the excitement and purpose he craves may be closer to home than a quest with its roots in a boyhood dream.

Carra's Review

I love a good story where the main character is on a journey to find themselves or figure out some part of their life.  That’s what we have here in Chase the Ace, and Daniel takes us on an actual physical journey under the premise of looking up friends from a sports club he was in as a teen.  He’s joined by Nick, and together they find some unexpected things as well as each other.

Daniel was a good character-an average guy with everyday problems just trying to find some direction in his life.  I did find it a bit odd that at his age he wasn’t very familiar or adept with social media, but figured he was portrayed as an exception and not the rule.  When he discovers Nick online, he doesn’t realize he has the wrong person-he’s found not his old friend but that friend’s brother instead.  It all works out though, and they wind up taking this journey together.  I was surprised at how quickly things got physical between them since up to that point there was not much mention of the attraction that was apparently brewing, but given the shorter length of this story I went with it.

This story shows us that things don’t always turn out like you expect, and that everyone needs to forge their own paths in life.  Daniel sees this with how each of his old friends turned out.  Gerry was my favorite (I think it would be hard not to like him), Mark’s situation kind of creeped me out a bit (though if that’s what worked for him, then hey-who am I to judge?), and Alex I wasn’t a fan of at all (but I did feel quite badly for him).  As for Nick, he does play a role in all this that you won’t expect, though I did begin to have an inkling of what that was before Daniel realized what that role was.

Chase the Ace gets 4 stars from me, and I think it’s a good start to this new series.  I’d recommend this to any M/M romance fan, and it’s meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.

Author Bio

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She's written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she's just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she's happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello! 


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