Title: Better Than Chance
Author: Lane Hayes
Narrator: Tyler Stevens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Jay Reynolds has a crush on his project leader at work, but an office romance with Peter Morgan isn’t likely to happen since Peter is straight. Worse, Jay soon fears Peter is homophobic, and his initial infatuation turns to loathing. But one fateful night, Jay is forced to acknowledge things aren’t quite as they seem with Peter. Suddenly, his crush is back and unbelievably, Peter is interested too.
They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter’s past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn’t ready to take a chance on anything more.
My View – Story:
I read this series out of order. I don’t usually do that, but this series can handle it. While this is the second book in the series, chronologically the main portion of the story is the first, Better than Good, and the prologue and epilogue coincide with the beginning of book three, Better than Friends. All books in this series are fabulous.
Better than Chance focuses on Jay and Peter. If you have read books one or three, you know they end up together, but hey this is a romance novel, so that is pretty much the conclusion one expects. However, before you scream spoiler, the prologue tells you this as well. I don’t know if I would say this is my favorite of the series, but it is close. I still have a soft spot for Aaron and Matt.
We watch Jay and Peter fall in love, we watch them struggle to come to terms with that love, we watch them mess up repeatedly. One thing that struck me is that, unlike most romance novels, this story is told from the (first-person) point of view of the “injured party” when time comes for the obligatory grand gesture. Yes, there is a formula involved, but the characters are rich enough and the story intriguing enough, that you don’t care about the formula you just want to be along for the ride.
My View – Narration:
Tyler Stevens nails it once again. He is a voice actor, he is not just reading you a story. He brings the stories to life and drills them into your heart. At first I was unsure of how I would feel given that the entire book is told in first person with accent and affectation, but he WAS Jay, that is all there is to it. He also easily and smoothly took on the roles of the other characters in the story.
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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