Author: Aimee Nicole Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Bioblossom Creative
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/05/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Chasing Mr. Wright is book one in the Fated Hearts Series and is the latest novel from Amazon bestselling author, Aimee Nicole Walker.
Grayson Wright is a man who knows how to do many things. He knows how to follow his dream and create a company, Wright Creations, alongside his brother. He knows how to be a good son, brother, friend, and employer. Grayson doesn’t know how to fix his toxic relationship with his long-time boyfriend.
Grayson decides to throw his boyfriend a surprise birthday party as a last ditch effort to rekindle the old spark, but it’s Gray who gets the surprise of his life when he turns on the lights and learns the ugly truth about his life. Now at age 32, he re-evaluates who he is, what he wants out of life, and the kind of man he wants to give his heart to.
Chase Rivers has an MBA from Georgetown with a minor in marketing. His life starts looking up when he accepts an entry level position at an ad agency. It isn’t his dream job, but it’s a great start and it just feels right to him. He hopes this new beginning in his professional life will spill over into his personal life.
Chase is unlucky in love and draws every loser, liar and cheater like a magnet. He’s an expert at finding the perfect mate for his friends, but strikes out every time for himself. He gives up on finding Mr. Right and agrees to a date with Mr. Right Now out of loneliness and desperation. Chase didn’t expect Mr. Right Now to lead him to the doorstep of his very own Mr. Wright.
If their first meeting was a fluke, then what was the second and third? Twisted fate? Bad luck? Fated hearts? Buckle up for a bumpy ride as these two men travel down a broken road of heartache and discovery.
This book contains heart, humor, heat, and a cast of characters that is sure to keep you smiling. It contains adult language, explicit sexual acts between two men, and is intended for people who are 18 and older.
Chasing Mr. Wright is my first book from author Aimee Nicole Walker. I am torn on how to review this story. On one hand; I adored these characters. On the other; the lack of proper editing and proofreading prevented my full enjoyment of Chase and Gray’s beautiful story of fated love.
This story is fairly formulaic, but the characters are well built and likable. In the end, you want them to find their HEA, and you want them to find it together. They have an auspicious enough beginning, once they do finally start to get together, the fact that they are incendiary is a shock to no one. They are fated for one another.
Where Chasing Mr. Wright loses points in my book is four-fold. First, the proofreading was simply not done. There were too many missing or incorrect words and punctuation marks. Secondly, there is a lot of story that simply didn’t need to be there. A good professional editor would have reigned in places where Gray and Chase’s story started to drag. As much as I hate to say it, I think we didn’t need quite so much Cruz in this story. We also didn’t need quite so many encounters between Chase and Gray. Many of them didn’t add to the story. Third, there were many instances of switching tenses between present and past tense in the same sentence, much less the same paragraph. Finally, the passage from the grandmother’s book bothered me. It was supposed to be a passage from historical M/M novel, but was full of modern slang and just wasn’t believable. Most of these issues are things that should have been corrected during editing. Even a competent beta could have prevented many of these mistakes, but that isn’t the job of the beta.
Unfortunately, these are all issues I repeatedly find with self-published authors. If a reader is paying for a story, and I did pay for this one, they deserve an author’s best work. Said work goes beyond putting the words on the page. How those words are crafted and presented are at least as important as the plot and characters. These issues detracted from an otherwise sweet and lovable story for me.
Our story is told in alternating first person narratives. These switches are well marked, but I still had a hard time following whose head I was in at times. The first chapter is very confusing because nicknames are used as if we should know who they are, and so many people are in play. Once you get the cast of characters straight in your head, however, you will fall in love with all of them. Well, maybe not Devon or Damian.
All that said, I need Cruz’s story. I need Ben’s, too, and maybe Liam’s… but I really need Cruz’s.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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