Author: Rick R. Reed
Narrator: John Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can’t help but stare, even if he does make an ass of himself. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond with a dick that’s just right. (They met in the bathroom – of course he looked!) But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance.
When Caden runs into Kevin one night on the El train, he figures it’s fate offering him a second shot. Caden manages to get invited back to Kevin’s place for a one-night stand that turns into the kind of relationship he’s dreamed about.
But the course of true love never did run smooth, and Kevin and Caden’s romance is no exception. When Caden returns from a few weeks away on business, Kevin surprises him with a new and “improved” body – one that fits Caden’s shallow friend Bobby’s ideal, not Caden’s. Caden doesn’t know what to do, and his hesitation is just the opportunity Bobby was looking for. This isn’t the same Kevin he fell in love with – is it?
My View – Story:
Chaser by Rick R. Reed is a story about the various aspects of physical appearances. Initial attraction, personal preferences, self esteem, narcissism, changes. Mr. Reed does a great job of getting into everyone’s head. Who hasn’t questioned what others think of their appearance? Who hasn’t wondered that if they lost a little weight, would they find someone new? Who hasn’t questioned why they just aren’t attracted to the really nice guy/girl that would be perfect? Chaser does a great job of showing these aspects of normal life.
While I enjoyed the premise of this novel, I did not connect with or really like the characters. Kevin was a pushover. He allowed himself to be played because he always hoped for the best. He needed to move on and find someone more worthy of his good nature. Caden was superficial and annoying. While he did change in the end, I just wanted to slap him and tell him to grow up and either go after what he wants or move on. I really think the only reason things ended the way they did was because Caden just couldn’t make a decision to save his life. Finally, Bobby was an ass and while I understand his role, I do not understand why things needed to happen to the degree that they did. Because I did not care for the characters, I did not care about their outcome. I just wanted it to be over and I was so annoyed with the back and forth and up and down and the ending left a lot to be desired. I just did not connect with this book.
My View – Narration:
This was my first experience with John Solo. He was OK. Clear voice, good inflection. Not my favorite, but not the worst I have heard either.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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