Saturday, February 18, 2017

Random Review: Chase the Ace by Clare London #Review #Giveaway

Author: Clare London
Book: Chase the Ace 2nd edition
Series: A London Lads Story #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: January 4, 2017
Cover artist: Valerie Tibbs/ Tibbs Designs
Length: 87 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Newly single in his late twenties, and bored with his quiet life in a London suburb, 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 a complete stranger—friending the wrong Carson brother on Facebook. But Nick Carson 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 he’s 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.

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This is a short read from author Clare London, who I really adore. I'm such a fan of her writing style and try to read whatever I can of hers. I want to start out by saying that I liked this book but I felt it needed to be longer. I am cool with novellas but with this one with all that was happening in some places it needed to slow down and in others I needed to know more. That said it is an enjoyable read.

Dan is a very relatable character. His discovery of Facebook was every person who's ever gotten sucked into the social media hole. It's also humorous. This becomes the whole focus of the story and how it webs out.

Dan's trying to locate some old friends and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say social media helps us reconnect with many from our past. In his quest to find his past he fumbles a lot. He really is inept in this area and again I relate. When I began Facebook it was so foreign to me. It still is in a lot of ways. He forcibly gets Nick (who is the brother of an old friend) to help him navigate.

As Dan reconnects with old friends we're thrust in and I will say it felt so real. He rediscovers them, learns who they are now, and how life has treated them. Through all this a romance blossoms for him and Nick and that was so sweet.

This really is a book about a man opening his eyes to the past and his future. An unexpected love, sweet discoveries, and humor. I do stick by my I think it needed to be longer for certain things it was well written and I did enjoy it.


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1 comment:

  1. Not very last month, but I did finish "Hard Wired" by Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson this week! Loved it so much...