Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/11/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay Fiction
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.
Does my library – errr, online book blog – card get revoked if I admit that 1. this was my first Andrew Grey title and 2. I thought it was just okay? Because I know he’s a very popular author in this circle, and I didn’t despise the story or anything that drastic, but I could barely remember the details when I sat down to write my review two days after reading.
Anyway…the book is told mostly from the POV of “so rich he’s never done laundry before” Brian, with a few peeks into Cade’s head later on. I actually enjoyed that character (and his brother) a little more than I did Brian, whose frequent confusion came across as annoying instead of ~mysterious. I also found it a tad strange that Brian doesn’t ask if Cade is into guys before (tiny spoiler) initiating their first kiss. Don’t you usually know someone’s orientation/make sure to get their consent for that sort of thing?
At a word count of 60k, Chasing The Dream was a fast and easy read, suitable for things like the beach or the doctor’s waiting room. The plot isn’t hard to follow and all the conflicts wrap up very neatly in the end.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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