Author: T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Pascal might be chasing the title of King of the Mountains, but will he realise in time that Laurent is chasing him?
Pascal Durant, one of the best mountain riders in the cycling world, was about to finally win his first polka-dot jersey denoting him King of the Mountains in the Tour de France. Then he suffered a horrific accident that left him unable to complete the race. In his forties and fighting chronic injuries, he knows he only has one more shot at the top.
Laurent Desrochers, an internationally known reporter, hears about his dear friend’s crash and watches a moving viral video of Pascal, bloodied yet unbowed, congratulating the winner. When Pascal tells him he’s going to do the Tour one last time, Laurent decides to convince his network to let him follow Pascal on his quest.
Friends for a decade, they had never thought of the other as more. Pascal’s focus on his sport and poor taste in men has never produced a long-term relationship. And Laurent’s constant travel causes a rift between him and his fiancé Jan that proves insurmountable.
Laurent finally realises his ideal partner has been in front of him all along. Can he pull Pascal’s focus from his goal long enough for him to know he’s being chased…and let Laurent catch him?
I liked this one. It was a feel good story that grabbed my heart. The authors gave me characters I easily connected with and gave me something to look forward to. I had to keep reading to the end, because I needed Pascal to reach his goals and I wanted to be right there with him as he achieved his dreams. I wanted Pascal and Laurent to get their HEA because they were each other’s soul mates, even if it took them a bit to see that for themselves. This was my kind of story and I loved it.
I liked that both men were older and were in fields where youth was coveted. This allowed the authors to do so much with the characters. There was great emotion and growth with both men realizing that life could be so much more than it has been. Both men realized that dreams can evolve when the time is right.
I loved the natural feel to Pascal and Laurent’s awakening to each other. It didn’t feel forced or rushed. It felt like the authors took the time to establish both men and when they finally saw the other as more than a friend, it was time. It fit the story and it fit the men’s emotional state. It fit their journey forward. I read this story in one sitting. It was slow and steady but I was captivated by these men and captivated by Pascal’s race to his dream. I don’t know what it was, but their story felt well done and real to me. It really engaged my heart and my emotions.
I loved learning about the sport, but I really loved that cycling was incorporated in the story without being presented as an info dump. The authors gave me the information I needed to understand Pascal but not so much as to overload me. If I wanted more, I could do research but I did not need to in order to understand the story itself. The sport and the romance blended together to create a well rounded love story that had lasting power. There was emotion and I was emotional right along with these men. I even teared up with joy and pride a few times, and the ending was just right for these men.
I don’t know how else to say that I really enjoyed this story. I recommend it to anyone looking for something strong and steady. There was not much angst, but it was not needed for this tale to be complete. Chasing the King of the Mountains was a great addition to this series.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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