Book: Chasing the Dream
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 11, 2016
Length: 183 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Brian Paulson has lived a life of luxury and ease. If he’s been left lonely because of his family’s pursuit of wealth and their own happiness, he figures it’s a small price to pay for what he sees as most important: money.
Cade McAllister has never had it easy. He works two jobs to support himself, his mother, and his special-needs brother. They don’t have much, but to Cade, love and taking care of the people who are important to him mean more than material possessions. When Cade is mugged in the park, he can’t afford to lose what little he has, and he’s grateful for Brian’s intervention.
Cade is given a chance to return the favor when Brian’s grandfather passes away and Brian’s assets are frozen. Cade offers Brian a place to stay and helps him find work, and the two men grow closer as they learn the good and the bad of the very different worlds they come from. Just as Brian is starting to see there’s more to life than what money can buy, a clause in his grandfather’s will could send their relationship up in smoke.
I love Andrew Grey’s writing. I always have but Chasing the Dream is by far my most favorite book of his he’s ever written. Take that as HUGE because I adore his work. Where do I begin with this book?
Brian had everything, he was richer than rich. Never wanting for a thing and never knowing what a hunger pain was.
Cade grew up with wondering where his next meal would come from, caring for his special needs brother, and an ailing mother. He worked for everyone else his entire life.
Then fate brings them together and what happens from there had my mind in a spin, my heart fluttering, tears pouring down my face, and ALL. THE. SIGHS.
Rich man saving poor man is one of my favorite tropes. But in this instance it was poor man save rich man, then rich man save poor man. It was fairytalish in a way but there was so much reality to it it didn’t become at all cheesy. Brian and Cade’s characters were phenomenal in every way. Andrew wrote them flawlessly. And Phillip? Outstanding. I don’t know what research Andrew did but he nailed it. I’ve read many special needs characters that are very much written as carbon copies of each other, reading Phillip was a treat. The love Cade has with his brother is heartwarming and often brought me to tears.
The evolution of Brian and Cade’s story was breathtaking, emotional, and justified. Yeah, it felt like justice in the end and that was what I loved most about it.
So, yeah, this is the best Andrew Grey book I’ve ever read! Huge bravo! This is a must read. One of the best books of 2016!
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